Sabine Poux, KDLL - Soldotna

A pod of whales in the ocean with a mountain in the background.

Scientists are still following whales that swam through the Exxon Valdez oil spill

The pod is called the Chugach Transients. There were once 22 whales in the group. Now there's seven. The Chugach Transients have not had a calf since swimming through the oil spill.
An oil platform at dusk

Feds file environmental review for Cook Inlet lease sale

It’s the second time in less than a year that the feds have put out an environmental review on a potential Cook Inlet sale.
A body of water in between mountains.

A melting glacier could mean a chance for Alaska’s biggest hydroelectric project to expand

The Dixon Glacier, on the other side of Kachemak Bay from Fitz Creek, is rapidly receding. That’s true for glaciers around Alaska, and the world. But what’s special about Dixon is it sits just a few miles from Bradley Lake, a source of hydropower that supplies the railbelt with about 10% of its energy needs.
A man in a troopers uniform shakes another man's hand while getting a diploma.

Soldotna trooper arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

Troopers say 39-year-old Benjamin Strachan had been working for the department since June 2020.
A white man in a cowoby hat playing an acoustic guitar

Diagnosed with end-stage cancer, Hobo Jim thanks his fans for their support

James Varsos, best known to Alaska and the world as Hobo Jim, said his cancer is untreatable and that doctors told him he has three to six months to live.

Massive algae bloom in the Gulf of Alaska could be good for marine life, researchers say

Each spring and summer, a large concentration of phytoplankton blooms in the gulf. This year, researchers recorded the biggest bloom they’ve ever seen.
An empty chamber as seen from a lectern

Advocates of unproven COVID treatment dominate Kenai Borough Assembly meeting

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting turned into a debate about the coronavirus this week, when a resolution condemning vaccine mandates generated hours of conversation about unproven COVID-19 treatments.
A man holds a hose as water shoots out of it into a lake.

With 700 new trout, Nikiski lake is open to fishing

One minute, there were zero rainbow trout in John Hedberg Lake. Fewer than 30 seconds later, there were 700.

Kenai homeowners tackle bluff erosion, one recycled pipe at a time

Dave Salter’s yard is, quite literally, falling into the ocean. He didn’t know it was going to happen so fast when he bought the place on Toyon Way in Kenai. “The agent that showed us...
Two baskets of literature on a table

Kenai Peninsula Borough to consider resolution against ‘vaccine segregation’

The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor and several members of the assembly want to publicly denounce what they call “vaccine segregation” by the government.
An empty hallway lined with red lockers.

COVID is surging in Kenai Peninsula schools but district won’t require masks

In the week since the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District started tracking COVID-19 cases, 130 students and staff tested positive for COVID-19 while 930 others have been identified as “close contacts” of cases.

New research prompts Alaska Fish and Game to regulate kelp harvest

In the last four years, the state’s Department of Fish and Game has learned more about the biological value of detached kelp populations in Cook Inlet. And it wants to make sure the kelp isn’t overharvested.
A man in a hat wearing a rain jacket pulls a fish trap out of a creek.

As local streams warm on the Kenai Peninsula, cold water inputs could be crucial for salmon

A pocket of Beaver Creek, just a short and muddy tromp away from a gravel parking lot between Kenai and Soldotna, is home to several cold water inputs that could be crucially important for young salmon as they swim from the Kenai River to Cook Inlet.
An oil platform at dusk

Feds to resume work on possible Cook Inlet lease sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior has been at odds with several Republican states over the federal leasing program since Biden halted the two auctions and promised to review the program earlier this year.
People in aders in a large river fishing with poles

Kenai River sockeye run over-escaped by 1 million fish

The over-escapement is concerning fishermen like Joe Dragseth who says it's unfair to restrict commercial fishing while so many fish have made it up the river.
A man in a suit gives a talk at a microphone.

Kenai Borough mayor challenges doctors, promotes unproven treatments for COVID-19

Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is using his platform to challenge local doctors and promote unproven COVID-19 treatments, on local talk radio and in public meetings.

Troopers arrest Anchor Point man in connection with officer shooting after overnight search

Alaska State Troopers say an officer was shot in downtown Anchor Point around 1 p.m. Monday, and they're now asking for the public's help locating a man who they say is wanted "in connection" to the incident.
A woman pulls a net out on the deck of a boat.

No longer able to make a living in Cook Inlet, young commercial fishermen head west to Bristol Bay

More and more young commercial fishermen are making the tough decision to migrate from the Kenai Peninsula to fish Bristol Bay, where salmon are running in record numbers.
A large ship on the water with mountains in the background.

Judge orders EPA to update rules for dispersants used on oil spills

Clean-up crews used dispersants in large quantities after the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill and 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico
An empty hallway lined with red lockers.

Face masks optional at Kenai Peninsula schools this year

“Younger students need to see faces to decode and learn language," says the superintendent.