Hunter Morrison, KDLL - Soldotna

Hunter Morrison, KDLL - Soldotna
a harbor seal

Alaska SeaLife Center rescues abandoned harbor seal in Kenai

Staff at the center say the pup was found May 9 without its mother, and would not survive without intervention.
a bucket tree

Soldotna Girl Scouts’ ‘bucket trees’ help keep campfires from becoming wildfires

The trees, which hold water buckets for campers to extinguish their fires, were inspired by the devastating 2014 Funny River Fire.
solar panels

Soldotna solar installation set to go online this summer

The 600-panel array will be able to fully power the Whistle Hill business complex east of Soldotna when weather permits.
a meat vending machine

Soldotna butcher’s meat vending machine earns its chops

Although Echo Lake Meats' vending machine has only been in operation for about a month, staff have seen more people use it than expected.
a mountain

Warmer weather could increase Kenai Peninsula avalanche threat

Areas most prone to avalanches are those under the steep slopes where many summertime hiking trails on or near the Kenai Peninsula are located.

Locally written film to be shot on Kenai Peninsula

“Chasing Rainbows,” written by Aaron Gordon specifically to be shot in Alaska, is a fantasy story about a teenage girl in a strange land.
a parking lot

Drones assist in Alaska’s conservation efforts

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation flies many drones, some with thermal cameras and water sampling capabilities.
a dog

Dog shot in Soldotna animal-cruelty case is in recovery with rescuers

Members of Kenai Peninsula Animal Lovers Rescue have been working with the dog, dubbed Ace, after troopers seized him from his owner Tuesday.
Blue police lights.

Soldotna man charged with animal cruelty after shooting dog, troopers say

Troopers say the man shot the dog with a handgun. But the dog was able to escape.

Kenai Central students get a behind-the-scenes look at career options

This year’s job shadow day saw about 25 business participants, including Marathon Petroleum, Duke’s Transmission, Full Auto Repair and more.
two men

Researchers utilize fiber optics to detect Cook Inlet’s seismic activity

A University of Washington team is testing whether fiber optic cable laid across Cook Inlet can help measure the region's earthquakes.
a cold-water crash simulator

‘It saves lives’: Kenai center trains aircraft crews for cold-water crashes

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is training aviators at a Kenai pool on how to escape a helicopter crash in the state's frigid waters.
a man

Kenai man amasses vast collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia

Some people collect coins. Others collect jewelry or trading cards. But Kenai’s Kelly Bookey collects Coca-Cola memorabilia, and in large amounts.
a sign

Ravn Alaska will no longer serve Kenai

A Kenai airport spokesperson says the airline’s decision was primarily driven by the nationwide pilot shortage. Ravn has employed 17 people at the airport.
a bear

Fat Bear Week honors Katmai’s healthy ecosystems

“Each bear in Fat Bear Week is an individual with a unique story to tell about life and survival," said naturalist Mike Fitz.
a brown bear

Katmai’s Fat Bear Junior competition kicks off this week

Four Katmai National Park brown bear cubs will face off to take home the crown of Fat Bear Junior Champion, ahead of the park's Fat Bear Week.
a blue fish

Homer angler reels in blue-fleshed fish

Joe Chmeleck, owner of The Lodge at Otter Cove, says that this isn’t the first time he’s caught one of these vivid rock greenlings.
a remotely operated vehicle

NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer wraps up Alaska expedition

The expedition surveyed maritime regions throughout the state, including the Gulf of Alaska, the Aleutian Trench and the Kodiak-Bowie Seamount chain.