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Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A commercial drift gillnetting boat leaves the mouth of the Kasilof River at about 1 a.m. Thursday morning July 17, 2014 during an overnight fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska.

Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest forecasted to beat 2014

If everything goes as forecast, Upper Cook Inlet fishermen should see a total run of 5.8 million sockeye during the 2015 fishing season.
Of those, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that about 2.

by Rashah McChesney

Faced with uncertainty, fishing guides innovate

It's not something they like to talk about, but the Fenton brothers figured out a new way to fish for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River in recent years.
Rashah McChesney

ADFG opens experimental pollock fishery in Cook Inlet

Despite more than thirty years of fishing around Alaska, Kasilof fisherman Rob Nelson had never let out a net hoping to catch pollock before December.
Molly Dischner

Mobile payment programs expand businesses

Kenai businesses are modernizing, slowly but surely. After ordering a morning coffee, customers are passed miniature mobile devices through coffee-cart windows, and with a few screen taps, the financial transaction is complete.
Kelly Sullivan

Licensing burden eased with online filing

How easy is starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula in 2015? Due to improving technology and more resources to assist prospective business owners, it's never been easier according to many around the community.

Lea's Boutique expands by fitting in

One business on the Kenai Peninsula has filled a gap in the market, and it's a perfect fit.

Area entrepreneurs turn hobbies in to businesses

On the Kenai Peninsula, many residents have turned their hobbies into a successful, growing businesses. While transitioning from a hobby to a business has some pitfalls, it's not without advantages, according to some local experts.

Job training options abound for Kenai Peninsula job seekers

As industries grow on the Kenai Peninsula, job-training options are becoming more abundant.

Kenai reaps benefits of Cook Inlet boom

City leaders say Kenai has seen steady growth as Cook Inlet's oil and gas industries expand.

Soldotna sees steady growth

Soldotna is an evolving municipality. The population is expanding steadily, by the hundreds each year, said the city's Director of Economic Development Stephanie Queen. "The one thing all employers need is a skilled workforce," she said.
Kelly Sullivan

State drastically cuts spending on capital projects

Alaska's yearly capital projects budget distributes state funds, as well as federal funds received by the state for local projects, to Alaskan municipalities and boroughs.

BlueCrest, WesPac ink deal to develop Cosmo

BlueCrest Energy plans to resume drilling at the Cosmopolitan oil and gas deposit near Anchor Point this summer, BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said.

Industry wary amid shakeups

There was an apprehensive mood among oil support contractors and service companies at the Alaska Support Industry Alliance's annual "Meet Alaska" conference in Anchorage Jan. 9.

Inlet rebound comes at cost to state during price plunge

The turnaround in Cook Inlet oil and gas production in recent years is one of the big success stories for Alaska. It has come at a hefty expense, however, to the state treasury.
Tim Bradner

Walker announcement causes uncertainty on AlaskaLNG project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The big news at the Capitol this past week was Gov. Bill Walker's gas line proposal, one that some legislators fear will create an atmosphere of uncertainty over efforts to bring Alaska's gas to market.
Becky Bohrer

CIRI settles long-running dispute over Kenai Loop gas fees

The fight over Kenai Loop natural gas appears to be over. Attorneys for all four parties currently involved in the dispute - Cook Inlet Region Inc.

Administration "fully engaged" in advancing Alaska LNG project

State officials are "fully engaged" in negotiations over commercial agreements needed in 2015 for the large North Slope natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project, but declining to give specifics.
Tim Bradner

Federal coordinator weighs in on AK LNG

A federal coordinating office handling Alaska's gas pipeline projects has been defunded by Congress and will no longer serve as a liaison between the public and organizers of the behemoth AlaskaLNG project.
Rashah McChesney

Central Peninsula Hospital sees rapid expansion

Soldotna's Central Peninsula Hospital, one of two borough funded hospitals on the Kenai Peninsula, has been expanding steadily since it began as a clinic operated by Dr. Paul Isaak in the late 1960's.

Soldotna senator weighs in on the state's looming budget cuts

JUNEAU, Alaska - If people are uncomfortable with the impact of rescheduling ferry reservations, they will never be comfortable with the type of cuts needed to make the state budget work, a Senate Finance Committee member said during a...
Becky Bohrer

Kenai Peninsula tourism evolves under pressure

The landscape of tourism on the Kenai Peninsula is changing out of necessity. For the second year in a row the Kenai River will be closed to early king run salmon fishing, an indication of the low numbers of the once notoriously plentiful...
Kelly Sullivan

Gas prices may entice more RV tourists

While Alaska is projected to have another historic year for tourism, how visitors get to the Kenai Peninsula is still up in the air.


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