Recent News Stories

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an update on a long-awaited expansion project on the Sterling Highway at its meeting this week. The Cooper Landing Bypass has been in the planning stages for years, but some real first steps are scheduled to take place in 2013.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor is currently operating in Cook Inlet’s Southern Cross Unit after spending much of the summer season drilling offshore from Anchor Point. But when the snow starts to fly and the ice begins to form, the rig will be looking for a winter home.

As business, industry and population continue to grow on the Kenai Peninsula, residents and elected officials continue to grapple with the question of how to facilitate that growth in terms of the size of government and the specific roles it plays. 

The U. S. Small Business Administration is making low-interest, federal disaster loans available to small businesses economically impacted by this year’s king salmon disaster. 

The Kenai Peninsula lost one of its most influential figures Wednesday.  Clayton Brockel, the founding director of Kenai Peninsula College, died. He was 86. Brockel was chosen as the first director of KPC in 1963.

Officials and technicians with Enstar Natural Gas Company were in Homer last week to talk to a group of do-it-yourselfers with plans to convert the appliances in their homes and businesses to natural gas. The main takeaway from the discussion was "safety first." 

A Homer man has a plan to remake city government. If his efforts are successful, a new seven-member commission could be formed to write a new city charter. Ken Castner says the move toward a charter commission is not just about him.

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 scary one. Toby Burke Burke says the bear had been acting somewhat erratically.

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