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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenai Man Describes Bear Attack

A weekend encounter with a brown bear on the Kasilof River left a Kenai man with just minor scrapes and bruises and his family unharmed. But the encounter was a terrifying one. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with Toby Burke for a first hand account of what happened.

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May 1, 2013

Hilcorp, Aurora Outline Cook Inlet Drilling Plans

The summer drilling season is getting closer and operators in Cook Inlet have big plans for 2013.

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April 17, 2013

Buccaneer Energy Files Countersuit Against Archer Drilling

Buccaneer Energy Alaska has filed litigation countering a lawsuit brought by a subcontractor in December concerning work on the jack-up rig Endeavor. The Endeavor is currently in Homer. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has the details.

March 15, 2013

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
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

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

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

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