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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

Gas Storage Facility Opens In Kenai

Utility companies in Southcentral Alaska will enjoy a little more stability in their supply of natural gas this winter with the opening of a new $160 million storage facility in Kenai. Operated by Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, or CINGSA, the new facility is the first of its kind in Alaska and will provide a buffer between the seasons of peak production and peak demand.

May 31, 2012

Fish And Game Announces Ninilchik River Restrictions

Last weekend was the King salmon opener on the Ninilchik River. Yesterday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce new restrictions for the river after seeing lower than expected escapement numbers for Kings.

May 30, 2012

Officials Anticipate Similar Kenai Salmon Numbers To 2011

The Department of Fish and Game has announced the projected outlook for salmon runs on the Kenai Peninsula. The numbers look a lot like last year. Fish and Game is transitioning to a new method of counting salmon on the River and in the Upper Cook Inlet, which has left a lot of questions for both the commercial and sport fishing communities, who are returning from a rough year in 2011.

May 29, 2012

Officials Suspend Kenai Peninsula Aerial Wolf Hunts

Following a decision to implement aerial wolf hunts on the Kenai Peninsula as a means of increasing local moose populations, the Department of Fish and Game has decided to suspend those operations for at least a year in order to gather more information.

May 3, 2012

UA Regents Meet On Kenai Campus

The University of Alaska Board of Regents held their spring meeting at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna late last week. Each year, the Board travels to one of the University’s satellite campuses for their April meeting. In addition to conducting regular business, these spring gatherings give the local campuses an opportunity to showcase their facilities and programs to the entire Board.

April 16, 2012

Buccaneer Energy, Apache Alaska Found In Violation Of Clean Water Act

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday two permit violations for seismic surveying activity around Cook Inlet. Buccaneer Energy and Apache Alaska are the two companies found to have been in violation of provisions of the Clean Water Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.

March 20, 2012

Kenai Peninsula Attempting To Revitalize Moose Populations

As a tough winter winds down on the Kenai Peninsula, efforts are being made to revitalize the local moose populations, which have struggled in recent years. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game approved aerial wolf hunting on the peninsula earlier this year and now, wildlife biologists have started a new, high-tech study to learn more about what can be done to bring back the moose.

March 19, 2012

Escopeta Fined $15-Million For Jones Act Violation

High energy prices, new technology and a favorable business climate are all contributing factors to a resurgence of natural resource development along the Cook Inlet. However, the race to get to those untold quantities of oil and gas has led to what some are calling a Wild West mentality among developers.

February 8, 2012

Nikiski LNG Plant Gets Reprieve

The ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas plant in Nikiski that was moth-balled last month has gotten a reprieve.

December 19, 2011

800 Still Without Power on Kenai Peninsula

Damaging winds earlier this week knocked power out for nearly 10,000 customers around the Central Kenai Peninsula. Crews were still at work Thursday to bring the grid back online.

November 17, 2011