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State Releases Design Study For Tustumena Ferry Replacement

The ferry Tustumena is getting old. For the last few years, the state has been looking into options for repairing or replacing the aging vessel, which serves parts of Southcentral and Southwestern Alaska, Kodiak Island, and the Aleutian chain. On Dec. 2, the Department of Transportation released the design study report for a replacement vessel with an estimated construction cost of $237 million. Download Audio

Experimental Pollock Seine Fishery Opens in Cook Inlet

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is conducting a test fishery for walleye pollock using seine gear that starts today and runs through February. Download Audio

Sterling Highway Crash Leaves 1 Dead, Several Injured

A crash Tuesday on the Sterling Highway has left one motorist dead and several others injured.

NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area

Ocean acidification and climate change have become more prominent topics of conversation over the past few years, especially in areas heavily dependent on the sea, like Alaska. Download Audio

Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness About Homeless Students

The sign that marks the entrance to Farnsworth Park reads “Dedicated to the children of Soldotna.” During the day, kids can often be seen playing on the equipment or in the grass. But the nighttime vigil held at the park was for kids who often go unseen. Download Audio

5 Escape Juvenile Detention Facility, Apprehended Over Weekend

Seven teenagers were involved in an attack on unarmed guards at a Kenai Peninsula juvenile detention facility Friday night. Five escaped the facility and were apprehended over the weekend. Download Audio

Republicans Sweep Peninsula Elections

Republicans win all four House seats and both Senate seats on the Kenai Peninsula in the 2014 Alaska General Election. Chenault, Olson, Seaton, Micciche, and Stevens keep their seats. Stutes wins House District 32. These results are unofficial.

Federally-Managed Cook Inlet Waters Could Open Up For Oil, Gas Exploration

The federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet could open up for oil and gas exploration in the next few years. Industry interest has spurred the review of sites along the Inlet by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. BOEM held the first of two meet-and-greets yesterday with Peninsula residents to reopen the conversation about the proposed sale. Today, it released its intent to draft an environmental impact statement in support of a potential sale. Download Audio

Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. And, earlier this summer, a magnitude 6.2 quake shook Southcentral Alaska. Download Audio

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Deadly 2013 Soldotna Crash

A plane crash in Soldotna last summer resulted in the deaths of 10 people. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings on the crash this week.

Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup

A very special Stellar sea lion pup got a name last week at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. He’s the result of a special breeding and research program looking into the decline of the endangered marine mammals in the state. Download Audio

Search Suspended For Missing Kayaker

The official search has been suspended for a missing kayaker on the Kenai Peninsula, pending new information. Download Audio

Extra-Tropical System Makes Way Up Alaska’s Southwest Coast

The storm system making its way up the southwestern coast of Alaska is bringing rain and high winds. Download Audio

Extra-Tropical System To Bring Rain, Some Wind to Coastal AK

A tropical storm is making its way from Asia to Alaska. It’s expected to reach the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound later this week. Download Audio

Alaska Schools At Forefront Of FASD Prevention Effort

Today is National FASD Awareness day. FASD, or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is a type of developmental disability caused by being prenatally exposed to alcohol. Alaska and some of its schools are at the forefront of understanding and preventing it. Download Audio

British Adventurer Begins 6,000 Mile Bike Ride Across North America

A British adventurer is making her way around the world in human-powered craft. She’s rowing, kayaking, and biking from London to London. She arrived in Homer two weeks ago after kayaking up the Aleutian Chain. Over the weekend, she started the next phase of her journey – a 6,000-mile bike ride from Alaska to the East Coast. Download Audio

Complaints Filed Against Statewide Public Officials

Three Kenai Peninsula residents have filed complaints with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against statewide public officials for failure to disclose gifts.

3 Officials Accused of Failing to Disclose Gifts

Three Kenai Peninsula residents have filed complaints with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against statewide public officials for failure to disclose gifts.

Commercial Fishing Winds Down In Lower Cook Inlet

The season is wrapping up in the Southern, Outer, and Kamishak Bay districts. Sockeye returns were not very consistent over the lower Cook Inlet, but pinks did well overall, a Fish and Game biologist says.

Seldovia Tribe Awarded $40,000 For Cultural Preservation

The Seldovia Village Tribe was awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Park Service for cultural preservation. Download Audio