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A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly-generated proposition and the race for the borough mayor’s position this fall were factors in starting a dialogue about how borough residents are taxed and the balance between those taxing levels. Proposition No. 1, which appeared before voters in October, sought...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 9:28am

Local electric customers will see a slight decrease in rates this month. The Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCRA) component of Homer Electric Association’s members’ bills will go from 5.297 centers per kilowatt hour to 4.424 cents per kilowatt hour. Overall, that’s a decrease of about 4.4 p...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:02pm

According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, school has been cancelled at Nikiski North Star today.  Staff is at the school in case children arrive; parents are being contacted via AlertNow. Also, Mountain View, Skyview, and River City Academy are on a two hour delay start. Stay up...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 7:21am

Windy weather caused power outages around the central Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, high winds had knocked out power to 6,000 homes between Nikiski and Homer, according to Homer Electric Association. Homer Electric Association’s Joe Gallagher said there were scattered outages th...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 3:58pm

A Juneau Superior Court judge issued a ruling earlier last week that granted Tlingit and Haida Alaskan tribal courts jurisdiction to adjudicate child support for children who are members of the tribe. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the plaintiffs in the case against th...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 7:53am

The Kenai Police Department responded to several motor vehicle accidents Monday caused by slippery roads during the first significant snowfall. "I think it's definitely the roads," KPD Sgt. Ben Langham said. "But it's also a driver-adjustment -- it's something that happens every year during the firs...

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 7:48am

Kenai’s efforts to mitigate bluff erosion are coming to fruition. The city is looking to curb erosion on a mile-long stretch of bluff between the canneries and old town. The bluff needing stabilization is on the north side of the river mouth, from Mission Avenue east toward Kenai’s senior center...

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 7:35pm

As many as 51,900 late-run Kenai River king salmon may have made it to the spawning grounds in 2011. Or it could have been as few as 16,100. That's the range of escapement estimates provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to the state Board of Fisheries at its Oct. 5 work session, undersc...

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 8:06am

Land use; recruitment for boards, commissions and committees; and city projects are all on the table for Kenai city council’s Wednesday night meeting. Kenai’s capital improvements list is up for approval at the meeting. The list, which was drafted in a work session in October, outlines the city...

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 8:51pm

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