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A drilling rig operating for Buccaneer Energy stands in the spruce forest alongside Marathon Road earlier this year. The company is close to delivering gas from the well.

Industry sees a big year for energy development

Last year saw numerous developments that proved to be promising for the Kenai Peninsula's oil and gas industry.

by Brian Smith

Peninsula economy stable, diverse

The Kenai Peninsula is characterized by stable, steady growth, a diverse economy, a relatively low cost of living and a wide variety of jobs and supporting industries, a state economist contends.
Brian Smith

Vintage data to smart exploration

During the last few years, the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet areas have seen several independent oil and gas companies conduct massive seismic data gathering campaigns.
Brian Smith

Peninsula retailers carve out their niche

On the wall of Paul Miller's office hangs a framed drawing of a western-style building. A porch runs past the front two doors and four beams support the roof. A long sign on top of the roof reads "Trustworthy.
Dan Schwartz

Tourism steady, Peninsula still a recreation draw

While the recession cut into the tourism business nationally and the 2008 implemented cruise ship head tax hurt the business in Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula is still a microcosm for what tourists seek in Alaska: mountains, glaciers and...
Dan Schwartz

Local fish processors adapt to changes

A decade ago, Fred West at the Tustumena Smokehouse in Soldotna, made his money processing sport and commercially caught fish from Cook Inlet.
Rashah McChesney

Setnetters, sport guides guarded heading into 2013

There are some things Norm Darch has to buy for his Salamatof Beach setnet sites every year such as fuel, supplies for his crew, nets and maintenance on his equipment.
Rashah McChesney

Hilcorp sees promising future in Cook Inlet

Some could mistake talk of a Cook Inlet hydrocarbon renaissance as simple rhetoric, an energy company public relations campaign, or a way to coin the industry buzz in the area.
Brian Smith

Economists forecast fair outlook for state and nation

Economists predicted slow and steady growth for the Alaskan and the national economies at the World Trade Center Alaska's annual economic forecast presentation on Jan. 22.
ELWOOD BREHMER

Project at a glance: HEA Independent Light

Homer Electric Association has been preparing to sever a decades-old agreement with Chugach Electric Association at the end of 2013 that will place it in direct control of area power generation needs.
Brian Smith

New cancer service will benefit patients, economy

When asked what they would do with the chance to start a new line of cancer treatment services in the Central Peninsula area, officials with the new Peninsula Radiation Oncology in Soldotna had a quick response.
Brian Smith

Project at a glance: Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska

The $161.4 million Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska facility finished construction and made its first injections of summer-produced natural gas for winter time withdraw in 2012.

CPH spine program keeps millions of dollars on the Peninsula

The Central Peninsula Hospital is investing a lot of money in order to develop its spine program, said Chief Executive Officer Rick Davis.
Jerzy Shedlock

KPC dorms a boost for K-Beach economy

Lela Rosin remembers when Kalifornsky Beach Road was a two-lane street and how, years later, the community pushed for the construction of the Soldotna Sports Center, now a hub for local residents, she said.
Dan Schwartz

Area's avid gardeners split into 2 camps: spendy and thrifty

Jane Madison and her husband missed the taste of Midwestern tomatoes. Store-bought vegetables don't taste that great, she said. To remedy the problem, they constructed a greenhouse.
Jerzy Shedlock

Project at a glance: Kenaitze Indian Tribe Dena'ina Wellness Center

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe broke ground on its new 52,000-square-foot Dena'ina Wellness Center in Old Town Kenai in the summer of 2012 and expects to start serving the community when the building opens its doors in early 2014. The $35.
Brian Smith

Sterling distillery races to fulfill demand

It's not a shot-type spirit in the least, said High Mark Distillery owner Felicia Keith-Jones. The Sterling-based distillery produces a unique spirit called applejack, an alcoholic beverage produced from apples. Her recipe has Scottish...
Jerzy Shedlock

Housing market continues upward trend in 2012

The Central Peninsula's housing market saw a slight improvement during 2012, following the previous year's trends. The number of units sold and average sales price of residential homes both increased.
Jerzy Shedlock

Come for the fishing, stay for the festivals

You and your family are driving through Kenai, headed back to Anchorage to fly home, when you pass hundreds of people gathered in front of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. You step out of your car and walk over.
Dan Schwartz
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