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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

NOAA Report Shows Slight Increase In Cook Inlet Beluga Population

NOAA Report Shows Slight Increase In Cook Inlet Beluga Population

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a slight increase in the Cook Inlet Beluga whale population. But, the whales haven’t bounced back as fast as scientists hoped when they were placed on the endangered species list in 2008.

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April 1, 2015

Public Comment Sought For Cooper Landing Bypass

The state department of transportation released its first draft of a plan to reroute the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing.

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March 31, 2015
Kenai Police Lt. David Ross addresses the media at Kenai City Hall Monday afternoon. Police believe they have found the remains of Rebecca Adams, 22; Michelle Hundley, 5; Jaracca Hundley, 3; and Brandon Jividen, 37, all missing since May of 2014.

Police Confident Remains Belong To Missing Kenai Family

Police investigators in Kenai are confident they’ve found the remains of a family missing since last May.

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March 23, 2015

Crews Work To Clean Up Milne Point Oil Spill

Clean-up crews are still working on an oil spill at Milne Point, about 25 miles northwest of Deadhorse. Milne Point is operated by Hilcorp.

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March 3, 2015

Much To Sort Out Before Subsistence Gillnets Hit Kenai, Kasilof

A new federal subsistence fishery rule adds set gillnetting to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. State and federal biologists are concerned the new rule will hamper conservation efforts aimed at preserving king salmon and other fish species in the rivers. But the Ninilchik Traditional Council, which asked for the right to set gillnet, says it can fish responsibly.

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January 30, 2015

Subsistence Community Allowed To Use Set Gillnets On Kenai, Kasilof Rivers

A new fishery approved by the Federal Subsistence Board last week will allow the use of set gill nets on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers.

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January 26, 2015

Blue Crest Plans New Onshore Wells, LNG Shipments

The resurgent boom continues in Cook Inlet. At the annual Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum this week in Kenai, new oil and gas player Blue Crest, based in Forth Worth, made some of the biggest announcements.

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January 9, 2015

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