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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Furie Applies For New Cook Inlet Platform

Furie Alaska has submitted an operations plan for a new offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet. If the project is approved, natural gas production could begin as soon as this fall.

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March 10, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Buccaneer, CIRI Heading Back To Court

Buccaneer Energy is going back to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to try and settle issues at the Kenai Loop well site in Kenai.

February 27, 2014 - 10:33 am

Board Of Fish Contemplates Kenai River King Conservation

The state Board of Fisheries continued deliberation over dozens of proposals for Cook Inlet fishing industries today. Some steps were made in the direction of conserving Kenai River king salmon, but many other issues are due for some attention.

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February 5, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Board Of Fish Meetings Continue

The state Board of Fisheries continued its Upper Cook Inlet meeting Tuesday. Much of the day was devoted to Kenai River king salmon issues, but the Board began the day by taking a step back.

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February 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Proposed Setnet Initiative Heading To Court

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance did not agree with the Lt. Governor’s decision this month to not allow its proposed ban on commercial set netting on the 2014 ballot. They’re taking their case to court.

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January 22, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Natural Gas Service To Expand In Sterling

Several hundred Sterling residents could finally get hooked up to natural gas later this year.

January 22, 2014 - 2:04 pm

ADF&G Anticipating Another Low King Salmon Return

The Department of Fish and Game is predicting another below-average year for king salmon returns on the Kenai River.

January 22, 2014 - 2:02 pm
New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks

New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks

Fisheries scientists gathered in Soldotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of Belugas.

January 21, 2014 - 11:31 am

Buccaneer Seeks New Revenues In New Year

Just weeks after top executives for Buccaneer Alaska were fired, the company is making moves to shore up its financial situation.

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January 7, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Treadwell Rejects Setnetting Initiative

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell rejected a proposed ballot initiative aimed at banning commercial setnetting throughout most of the state on Monday. The language in the initiative didn’t agree with a previous Alaska court ruling.

January 6, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Kenai Groups Oppose Commercial Setnetting Ban

Two government bodies on the Kenai Peninsula have voted unanimously to oppose efforts to ban commercial setnetting in Cook Inlet.

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December 24, 2013 - 3:39 pm
High Mark Distillery owner Felicia Keith-Jones tests the proof on a jar of Blind Cat moonshine at the tasting room in Sterling. Photo by Shaylon Cochran,KDLL - Kenai.

Making Its Mark: Local Distillery Celebrates One Year Selling Spirits

Tucked a few miles off the highway in Sterling is one of the newest players in the burgeoning Alaskan craft spirits industry.

December 19, 2013 - 10:12 am
Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, pictured in Skagway in 1898. Photo from  soapysmiths.blogspot.com

The Legend Of Soapy Smith

Alaska’s history is peppered with crooks, cons and other characters famous for running afoul of the law. One of them is Soapy Smith, whose travels brought him briefly to the Kenai Peninsula. Historian Jane Haigh has written about Smith, and on Thursday night, told his story at the Kasilof Regional Historical Association Museum.

November 19, 2013 - 11:58 am
Melissa Hill (left) of the Department of Natural Resources and David Shady of the Department of Environmental Conservation present their research to the Borough Assembly Tuesday night. Photo by Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Extends Emergency Declaration

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly extended an emergency declaration order at its meeting Tuesday night. The move allows for continued efforts for flood relief around the Peninsula.

November 7, 2013 - 11:25 am
Red Cross Shelter Open For Flooded K-Beach Homeowners

Red Cross Shelter Open For Flooded K-Beach Homeowners

Roadwork continues along K-Beach Road south of Kenai to try and alleviate some of the flooding in residential areas there. The high groundwater is not only making it difficult to navigate several roads, it’s also left people without water in their homes.

November 6, 2013 - 11:49 am
Tesoro To Begin Construction Of Cook Inlet Pipeline Next Year

Tesoro To Begin Construction Of Cook Inlet Pipeline Next Year

Construction on a sub-sea pipeline to bring crude from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski could start as early as next May. The project that’s been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources for consideration is basically the same as the one Cook Inlet Energy pitched last year; a 29 mile long, 8 inch diameter, U-shaped pipeline, joining production facilities at Kustatan with refining operations in Nikiski.

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November 4, 2013 - 5:56 pm
Ground and surface water has washed out sections of several roads in the K-Beach area, including here at Bore Tide between Karluk and Kalgin.

K-Beach Flooding Declared A Disaster

Residents near K-Beach Road in Kenai might finally have some relief as they continue to battle surface and groundwater flooding. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre issued a local disaster emergency declaration Tuesday.

October 30, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Disaster Declared For Area South Of Kenai

A handful of residents on the Kenai Peninsula have been battling surface and groundwater flooding for more than a month.

October 29, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Chuitna Citizens Coalition Gets Win In Superior Court

After a four year wait, the Department of Natural Resources will finally make a decision on applications having to do with the proposed Chuitna mine. A superior court decision handed down this week compels the Department to make its decision within 30 days.

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October 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Industry, Agencies Probe Aging Cook Inlet Infrastructure

Leaders from the oil and gas industry and state regulatory agencies met in Anchorage Monday for a work session to begin the conversation about what to do with aging infrastructure in Cook Inlet. One of the biggest questions to answer: who will be responsible?

September 13, 2013 - 4:08 pm