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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Emergency Order Limits Kasilof King Fishing Hours

Emergency Order Limits Kasilof King Fishing Hours

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order restricting personal use setnetting on the Kasilof River Thursday. That fishery’s time will be cut in half in an effort to get more king salmon up the Kasilof River.

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June 13, 2014 - 3:45 pm

Research Opportunities Abound In Funny River Fire Aftermath

The Funny River fire is now considered 60 percent contained, with minimal fire growth over the past few days. As the fire slowly burns out, scientists are excited about new research possibilities in the area.

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June 12, 2014 - 5:55 pm
Funny River Fire Consumes Nearly 50k Acres

Funny River Fire Consumes Nearly 50k Acres

The Funny River fire that has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula since Monday has grown to nearly 50,000 acres.

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May 22, 2014 - 5:03 pm
Smoke from a 20,000 acre wildfire looms over Ski Hill Road south of Soldotna. (Photo by Shaylon Cochran/KDLL)

Funny River Fire Takes 20,000 Acres, More Firefighters On The Way

Now in its third day, the wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula has consumed 20,000 acres.

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May 21, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Wildfire Continues To Burn On Central Kenai Peninsula

A 7,000 acre wildfire continues to burn on the central Kenai Peninsula. So far, no evacuations have been ordered, and no property damage has been reported.

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May 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm

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