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Forecast predicts another poor sockeye season for Cook Inlet

Fish and Game's area manager for UCI commercial fisheries says the projections aren’t surprising.
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Seward demolishes Jesse Lee Home and plans memorial in its place

The historic Jesse Lee Home is mostly demolished. Now, the Seward property will be rezoned as a park, following a unanimous vote by the Seward City Council last week.
A baby seal in a towel being held by someone in a red hoody

SeaLife Center seals deal on spill response partnership

The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is partnering with an oil spill response organization to rehabilitate oiled marine mammals in Western Alaska.

Prices drop for Alaska sport fish permits

Resident permits will drop to $20, while nonresident permits will now cost $100.
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Federal government moves toward Cook Inlet oil lease sale

The federal government has released a draft environmental impact statement on an oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, tentatively scheduled for late 2021, a process conservationists say is rushed.
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Amidst crackdown, Kenai Peninsula lawmakers among those moving to unregulated social media

Some lawmakers are using sites like MeWe, but they have yet to gain the traction of social media giants like Facebook and Twitter.
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Safari Club International appeals ruling on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Safari Club International is appealing a decision from a federal judge to uphold hunting and trapping restrictions in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
A podium with a piece of paper taped up saying 'covid vaccine clinic'

First COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Alaskans 65 and older set for next week

Originally, the state told providers they couldn't start vaccinating seniors until later in January. Now, Alaskans 65 and older can make an appointment to receive the vaccine at covidvax.alaska.gov.
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East-side razor clam crash sends diggers across Cook Inlet in 2021

Scientists are still digging for answers about the low abundance of adult razor clams on the east side of Cook Inlet. In the meantime, charter companies are taking passengers over to the west side, where razors abound.
Two crew men shovel a deck full of fish on board a large boat

Alaska fishermen cheer passage of the Young Fishermen’s Development Act through Congress

A new federal act will set aside funds annually to support fledgling fishermen, pending approval from President Donald Trump.
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Southcentral’s Silvertip plow station to re-open after public pressure

A coalition of truckers and backcountry recreators pressured the Department of Transportation to reopen a maintenance station in Turnagain Pass.

James Fisher, elected to Alaska’s first Legislature of 1959, dies of COVID-19

James Fisher died four days after testing positive for COVID-19, in long-term care facility Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 93.
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Thirty-one years ago, Redoubt eruption triggered seismic shift in Alaska volcano research

John Power remembers a set of foreboding, low-frequency volcanic earthquakes under Redoubt 23 hours before the eruption. That was AVO’s first hint of the six-month eruption that followed
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Worry for commercial fishermen and Peninsula communities after Cook Inlet fishery closure

Federal managers voted Monday to close a huge swath of Upper Cook Inlet to commercial salmon fishing, capping a two-year fight over the fate of the fishery and its 500 permit-holders.

With little government action on Kenai Peninsula, businesses left to enforce mask rules on their own

Without mask requirements from state or city officials, business owners on the Kenai Peninsula have been left to enforce public health protections on their own.
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Soldotna elder care facility gets hit with COVID-19

Nearly a third of residents at Heritage Place have tested positive for COVID-19, but the facility operator says that so far, no residents have been hospitalized.

Alaska’s oldest WWII veteran prepares for 104th Birthday

Alaska’s oldest World War II veteran, 103-year-old Hallie Dixon, decoded and encrypted messages for the Navy as a telegrapher during the war. And that wasn’t even her greatest adventure.
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Alaska Moose Federation hits brakes on roadkill salvage program

Lawsuits and a decline in membership have forced the organization to stop picking up and distributing road-killed moose, this time for good.
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Wandering Washington cat winds up in Kenai

The cat walked into a shipping container and traveled 2,500 miles to Kenai.
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Hospitals bring the ballot bedside

Kenai Peninsula voters with unexpected hospitalizations were able to vote, thanks to hospital staff and a state of Alaska rule.