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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Environmental Group Sues Over Seismic Work in Cook Inlet

Oral arguments are being heard Friday in US District Court in Anchorage for a lawsuit that challenges the decision made by the National Marine Fisheries Service to authorize the first of at least three years of seismic exploration in Cook Inlet.

February 1, 2013 - 5:39 pm
Volunteers Bill Nelson (left) and Bud Crawford unload logs in front of the Watchmen's Cabin, which is being restored at the Kasilof Regional Historical Association's museum. Photo courtesy Joseph Robertia, Redoubt Reporter.

AK: Restoration

For the past three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been putting in countless hours restoring a Watchmen’s cabin for the Kasilof Regional Historical Association. Each Friday they get together and make a few small steps toward bringing the once-ailing cabin back to life.

January 25, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Cook Inlet Energy Proposes Pipeline To Link West Side Of Cook Inlet

Plans for a 29-mile pipeline underneath Cook Inlet were announced Wednesday. Cook Inlet Energy, one of many new players in the area, is the company applying for a right-of-way lease from the Department of Natural Resources. An underwater pipeline would solve several problems for Cook Inlet oil producers, but other concerns remain.

December 10, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Parnell Proposes Chinook Salmon Research Initiative

Governor Sean Parnell visited Kenai Wednesday to meet with local officials, mingle with residents and make a $30 million announcement. That’s the amount the Governor is proposing to spend on a five-year Chinook Salmon Research Initiative.

November 27, 2012 - 5:13 pm

A New Paradigm: Salmon Task Force Meets In Soldotna

The Task Force organized in October to address issues related to the Department of Fish and Game’s king salmon management plan met for the first of four meetings Friday at Kenai Peninsula College.

November 20, 2012 - 11:23 am

Slow Vehicle Turnouts Planned For Sterling Highway Between Soldotna, Homer

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is developing a Highway Safety Improvement Program project that will construct Slow Vehicle Turnouts on the Sterling Highway. The project would add 22 of the turnouts to reduce injuries and fatalities between Soldotna and Bay Crest Hill in Homer.

November 20, 2012 - 11:21 am

FTC Investigation Into Hilcorp, Marathon Deal Closed

The energy company Hilcorp has announced another step toward finalizing its acquisition of Cook Inlet assets from Marathon. The transaction had been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, but that investigation has closed and the deal will move forward as South Central Alaska braces for a possible natural gas shortage in the coming years.

November 8, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Anthropologists Studying Subsistence-Based Economies

As modern development speeds toward some of the last truly subsistence-based economies and tribes in the world, researchers are working to better understand this way of life. Two anthropologists from Kenai Peninsula College have been working on a project just like that for the past two years and recently presented what they learned in Soldotna.

November 2, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Hilcorp Gets Permits For Construction At Redoubt Bay

After concerns were raised about the safety of the Drift River storage facility located at the base of Mt. Redoubt, the energy company Hilcorp has started a project to ensure protection of the large oil tanks located there. But, the project first needed waivers from provisions of the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Management Plan.

October 5, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Kenai River Flood Warning Extended Through Thursday

Flood waters have begun to recede in Seward and points north, but the National Weather Service has extended its flood warning for the Kenai River until Thursday. Flooding along the Kenai has been reported in several areas and forced road closures and evacuations.

September 24, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Kenai Peninsula Incumbent Loses To Soldotna Mayor

After a long summer of heated campaigning, the Senate race on the Kenai Peninsula ended with the incumbent defeated. The winner, Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche does not face a challenger in November.

August 29, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Kenai King Concerns Prompt Disaster Declaration Request

The concerns over this year’s low return of king salmon to Cook Inlet have made it to the federal level. Governor Sean Parnell sent a letter to the Commerce Department last week seeking a federal disaster declaration for Cook Inlet fisheries.

August 20, 2012 - 5:28 pm
No Relief In Sight For Cook Inlet Set Netters

No Relief In Sight For Cook Inlet Set Netters

Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Fisheries did little to offer relief to set netters on Cook Inlet’s east side. Presented with seven petitions asking for the chance to salvage the last few days of the sockeye season, the Board voted 5-2 to take no action.

July 26, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Hilcorp To Reopen Drift River Terminal Oil Storage Facility

This spring, Hilcorp, Alaska announced plans to reopen the Drift River Terminal oil storage facility on the west side of Cook Inlet. Hilcorp’s announcement raised concerns about the safety of the terminal because it’s at the base of Redoubt Volcano. Calls have been made for construction of a pipeline to transfer oil to the east side of the Inlet for processing, most recently by the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council or CIRCAC.

July 25, 2012 - 5:24 pm
Set net fishermen from Cook Inlet took to the streets following a rally Friday in Kenai.  Setnet fisheries have been opened just three days in 2012 in an effort to preserve king salmon runs. Photo by Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Commercial Fishermen Rally For Change In Fishing Policies

Nearly 200 commercial set net fishermen from the east side of Cook Inlet gathered Friday with their families to rally support for a change in the policies that have allowed just three days of fishing so far this year.

July 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Kenai King Fishing Shuts Down

As in many parts of the state, so far, 2012 has been a rough year for fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. Despite a healthy run of sockeye salmon to the Kenai River, king salmon fishing was shut down completely this week. The slow season is beginning to take its toll, and not just on the sport fishermen.

July 19, 2012 - 5:17 pm

Soldotna Hold First Public Hearing On Coastal Zone Management Initiative

The first of 10 public hearings on the proposed Alaska Coastal Zone Management ballot Initiative took place Monday evening in Soldotna. After expiring in 2011, the state legislature failed to come to an agreement on terms to extend the previous management plan. The initiative will come before voters in August as Proposition Two.

July 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

AK: Ionia

Among thick spruce forests just a few miles offshore of Cook Inlet near, Kasilof about 40 people have been carving out their own version of an Alaskan life. It’s called Ionia- not a commune exactly, but a place where residents can live a different kind of life. Now in its third decade on the Kenai Peninsula, the community continues to grow, and not just in numbers.

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June 29, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Workforce Program Celebrates Anniversary

The All Alaska Workforce Initiative celebrated its one year anniversary earlier this week.  The program is a joint venture between the state and federal Departments of Labor and seeks to put Alaskans to work in Alaskan industries.  The new Copper River Seafoods processing facility in… Read More

June 27, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Hilcorp Plans To Increase Cook Inlet Energy Production

After buying the legacy assets of Chevron in Cook Inlet – Hilcorp, Alaska is moving forward with plans to increase energy production in several fields there. Part of that plan includes reopening the Drift River Terminal Storage Facility at the base of Mt. Redoubt on the west side of Cook Inlet. But, an eruption of Redoubt in 2009 has many wondering about the wisdom of that plan.

June 1, 2012 - 5:22 pm