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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

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
Board Shake-ups at Buccaneer Continue

Board Shake-ups at Buccaneer Continue

The Board of Directors for Buccaneer Energy has a new look again, just weeks after an attempt to overtake the Board by two Singapore-based investment companies was only partially successful.

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August 27, 2013 - 5:23 pm

National Guard Cavalry Goes On ‘Spur Ride’ In Kenai

Every weekend across the country, service men and women in the National Guard fall in for training drills. Troops with the 1st Squadron 297th Cavalry did the same in Kenai recently, but this wasn’t an ordinary drill weekend.

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August 8, 2013 - 5:07 pm

AK: Fish Camp

Dotting the coast line of Cook Inlet from Ninilchik to Nikiski are some of the Kenai Peninsula’s oldest businesses. Many of these commercial fish camps are still owned and operated by the families that started them two or three generations ago. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has a closer look at the family traditions that are at the center of the culture of setnetting.

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August 2, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Central Peninsula Hospital Opens New Oncology Unit

Wednesday was the grand opening of a new oncology unit at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Tt’s the latest development in a broader effort to expand medical services on the Peninsula.

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July 12, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Kenai Peninsula College Founder Dies

The Kenai Peninsula lost one of its most influential figures Wednesday. Clayton Brockel, the founding director of Kenai Peninsula College died. He was 85.

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July 11, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Study Attempts To Pinpoint Salmon As They Hit Rivers

King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. After last year’s disastrous fishing season, the Parnell administration launched a 5-year, $30 million effort to find out more about salmon life cycles in the ocean. One of the studies under way is trying to figure out where kings and reds are hanging out in the water just before they return to the rivers.

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July 10, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Hilcorp Handed $115,000 Penalty

Citing aggressiveness in its operations, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has handed down several orders to energy producer Hilcorp, including a $115,000 civil penalty.

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June 20, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Lawsuit Over Beluga Population Counts Settled In Court

A lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service has been settled in District Court in Anchorage. Native and environmental groups took issue with some of the math the agency used in calculating how many Cook Inlet Beluga whales would be affected by seismic testing for oil and gas.

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May 31, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Tesoro Fined For Clean Air Violations

Tesoro Corporation has been issued a fine of more than $1 million for violating provisions of the Clean Air Act.

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May 30, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Kenai Peninsula Group Seeks To Increase Voter Turnout With New Ordinance

A group of citizens on the Kenai Peninsula is trying to change the way voters cast their ballot in Borough elections.

May 24, 2013 - 12:26 pm

State Leases Nearly 150,000 Acres To Oil, Gas Developers

The state of Alaska leased nearly 150,000 acres to oil and gas developers in a sale on Wednesday. The sale represents a continued interest in development in Cook Inlet that could focus on oil drilling in the coming years.

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May 8, 2013 - 5:33 pm