Alaska LNG Project water testing to occur in August

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 21:07

The Alaska LNG Project is moving forward with an aquifer pump test on its land in Nikiski this summer.

The project, a collaborative effort between ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP and the state of Alaska to bring natural gas on the state’s North Slope to market, has conducted geophysical and...

Senate rejects call for veto override; Legislature poised to adjourn with no action

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 21:07

The Alaska Legislature is poised to adjourn its fifth special session without taking any action to address the 49th state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.

On Thursday, Alaska Senate President Kevin Meyer said by phone that the Senate will turn down an invitation from the House to consider...

Ninilchik Traditional Council sues for speedy approval of Kenai River gillnet

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 21:07

As part of an ongoing lawsuit against the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, Ninilchik Traditional Council is asking that the authorities give it a community subsistence sockeye salmon gillnet permit before the sockeye runs peaks.

NTC filed for a preliminary...

Carving up creativity

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:45
Sawfest continues run at Progress Days

The Sawfest Chainsaw Carving Competition will make its fourth return to Soldotna’s Progress Days after it was taken up by the city’s Chamber of Commerce from local carver Scott Hanson.

Hanson initiated the competition as a way to motivate his apprentices at his business, Town of Living...

A few new things to expect at this year's Dutch oven competition

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:45

This year’s Alaska State Championship Dutch Oven Cooking Contest to be held during Progress Days is going to be a little different.

First off, former Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson and his wife Carla, the couple who many saw as the glue of the competition, currently live in Africa, and are...

Eagle to be released

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:43

Eagles are a common sight on the central Kenai Peninsula, but those wishing for a closer encounter with this majestic bird will have an opportunity on July 23, when a rescued bald eagle will be returned to the wild at 2 p.m. at Soldotna Creek Park.

Amy Kilshaw is the rescue coordinator of...

Horses and eagles and chainsaws, oh my!

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:43
Progress Days to bring variety of events to Soldotna

With 56 summers under its belt, the Soldotna Progress Days festival is a tradition in the city on the Kenai River.

The annual festival will light up Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna July 23–24, spreading out to include the rodeo grounds and Stanley Chrysler in a variety of events...

Progress Days 2016: Progress adds to Soldotna's quality of life

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:43

This July the City of Soldotna and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our annual Soldotna Progress Days celebration. As Soldotna’s mayor, I invite everyone to help us celebrate and savor how Soldotna has progressed, and see what we have to offer.

“Quality of Life” can be...

Penny-farthing owner keeps on riding

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 09:51

Doug Field of Kenai recently dusted off his penny-farthing replica for one of its biannual routes in the Kenai Fourth of July parade.

Balancing his weight between the 2-foot, minute back wheel and 4-foot, bulbous front wheel, the seasoned rider hopped on and off the bicycle to demonstrate...

Refuge Notebook: Coyotes prove adaptable on the Kenai Peninsula

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:38

Coyotes are perhaps the most adaptable carnivore in North America, ranging from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts and from Central America north to Interior Alaska. They live in remote wilderness areas as well as urban areas, and have been seen in city parks in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles...