Fish board takes on hatchery issues

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 22:34

After a number of people voiced concerns about the state’s salmon hatcheries, the Board of Fisheries has decided to dedicate a committee to learn more about them.

Poor northern Cook Inlet king returns lead to closures

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:06

King salmon runs to the Susitna River aren’t looking good for 2018, leading to closures in both the commercial fisheries and sportfisheries of Upper Cook Inlet.

Bacteria found in wild sheep, goats

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:06

A strain of bacteria known to cause respiratory issues in Lower 48 bighorn sheep has been detected in Alaska, and on the Kenai Peninsula, for the first time, putting farmers and wildlife conservationists on alert.

State seeks federal exemption to manage sea otters

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:05

The state is targeting sea otters because of concerns about their growing population.

Cinderella’s Closet opens its doors

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 20:50

The floral printed dress with an empire waist and halter top looked great on Nikiski junior Diana Narimanidze, eliciting a chorus of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the group of women standing around the mirror with her, but that was the problem.

Premera to invest $50 million in health initiatives in Alaska

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 20:50

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska is planning a multimillion-dollar investment into Alaska’s mental health and rural health care service.

Ninilchik launches Homer-Kenai bus service

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 20:50

Western Kenai Peninsula residents can now get to Homer, Kenai or Ninilchik by shuttle, courtesy of the Ninilchik Traditional Council.

Nikiski Fire trains up on ice diving

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 20:56

The old saying goes that there’s no bad conditions, only bad gear. The Nikiski Fire Department is testing exactly how far that goes with some of the hardest conditions imaginable: underwater beneath about three feet of ice, with blizzard conditions raging outside.

Tyonek the beluga moved to Texas

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:52

Tyonek, the six-month old Cook Inlet beluga whale calf rescued from a mudflat in Sept. 2017, was transported from Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center to his new home at a SeaWorld theme park in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday.


Board of Fish to meet on peninsula in 2020

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:09

Central Kenai Peninsula fishermen will get to stay at home for the 2020 Board of Fisheries meeting.