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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Fish & Game Releases Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its summary report for the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. Continued low king salmon numbers and new management tools were at the heart of this year’s fishing.

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October 14, 2014

Parnell, Walker Spar At Soldotna Gubernatorial Debate

Four gubernatorial candidates took questions at a Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday in Soldotna. It quickly turned into a debate between the two bigger names on the ballot, Governor Sean Parnell and Bill Walker.

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October 8, 2014
Hilcorp Drilling Platform Catches Fire In Cook Inlet

Hilcorp Drilling Platform Catches Fire In Cook Inlet

Four people were safely evacuated from a drilling platform in Cook Inlet that caught fire Thursday morning.

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October 2, 2014

Brown Bear Hunting Suspended In Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Last month, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it was thinking about temporarily suspending brown bear sport hunting on the Refuge until late next spring. This week, they held two public meetings to see how people felt about the proposal and on Friday, they made their decision.

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September 2, 2014

Brown Bear Hunting In Kenai Wildlife Refuge Could Be Closed For Year

Brown bear hunting in the Kenai Wildlife Refuge could be closed entirely this year. The Refuge’s proposal comes just days after a call for a full and permanent ban on brown bear hunting.

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August 18, 2014

AFCA Responds to State’s Challenge of Setnet Ruling

In July, Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance president Joe Connors was very pleased that the group’s effort to get commercial setnetting banned in the state’s urban areas, was going to move forward.

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August 6, 2014
Parnell Finalizes Tax Cuts for In-State Refineries

Parnell Finalizes Tax Cuts for In-State Refineries

After getting through all of the security clearances and checks, guests were ushered into the fire station at the Tesoro refinery where Governor Parnell put his signature on the dotted line.

July 31, 2014

Effort to Ban Commercial Set Netting Moves Forward

The push to ban commercial set netting moved another step forward this week. A Superior Court Judge in Anchorage ruled yesterday that the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance can begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative, so voters can decide about the value of commercial set net fishing in Cook Inlet.

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July 24, 2014
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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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