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a turkey tail fungus

Fruit and fungi: What to forage on the Kenai Peninsula this fall

The constant barrage of rain has come at the chagrin of a lot of Alaskans in Southcentral this summer. But Jenni Trissel, of Homer, said it’s been awesome for foragers.
a cabin in the woods, near mountains

Forest Service to build new cabins in the Tongass and Chugach

It’s not often the Forest Service gets to build new cabins.
barry arm

Barry Arm landslide’s acceleration is ‘the opposite of reassuring,’ scientist says

Researchers are no closer to knowing when a catastrophic slide might occur that could trigger a potentially life-threatening tsunami near Whittier.
a man in a suit gives a talk at a microphone.

Kenai Peninsula Borough says employee made ‘credible’ harassment claims against Pierce

The borough disclosed the new information regarding departing mayor Charlie Pierce at a special meeting Sunday, but stopped short of releasing specifics about the allegations.
a man stands over buckets with water and shellfish in them

White House announces $49M grant for Alaska mariculture development

Mariculture is the farming and enhancement of seaweed and shellfish, and it’s picking up steam in Alaska.
a man in a windbreaker

Mike Navarre to fill in as Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor

Former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre received an interim appointment to the job from the borough assembly after Charlie Pierce's resignation.
a man holding a fish in an aquarium

Stream by stream, volunteers map the Kenai Peninsula’s anadromous waters

A coordinator says the project was born out of a recognition that guides and anglers had a lot of local knowledge about where anadromous fish were — even if those areas weren't yet in the state's formal catalog.
dozens of dead salmon, in a container

Scientists use genetics to track Alaska salmon bycatch

Federal scientists want to understand where bycatch in pollock and other fisheries is coming from — especially for stocks in western Alaska, an area of the state that is seeing dismal salmon returns.
a Kenai Peninsula Borough government building

Kenai Peninsula Borough’s chief of staff follows Mayor Pierce in resigning

Aaron Rhoades has been the right hand to Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, who resigned last week saying he needed to focus on his bid for governor.
a group of people in a crowded meeting room

Soldotna to start park policy review as Pride pushback continues

The pushback started in June after a conservative Alaska blog posted an eight-second clip of a drag queen dancing on stage at Soldotna Creek Park during a Pride march and celebration.
A man in a suit gives a talk at a microphone.

Kenai Peninsula Borough won’t say if Pierce resignation is linked to recent HR investigation

Charlie Pierce announced his resignation as borough mayor on Friday.
A man in a suit gives a talk at a microphone.

Charlie Pierce resigns as Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor

Pierce said he’s resigning as mayor next month to focus full-time on his gubernatorial campaign. He did not respond to calls seeking comment.
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Alaska’s ‘Farm Family of the Year’ has deep Soldotna roots

The award honors families that epitomize a commitment to local agriculture. And the Lancashire family has been committed to local food for longer than most.

Marathon Petroleum gets extension on Kenai project amid global instability

The company said the future of the project hinges on finding a competitive fuel source — which in today’s market, is looking more challenging than ever.

Set-netters’ case shot down, again, in court

That opinion from the Alaska Supreme Court, published Friday, is the latest legal blow to the 440 or so east-side permit holders.

Congress directs Interior to hold Cook Inlet lease sale this year

Several previous Cook Inlet lease sales have canceled due to lack of industry interest.
The wreckage of a small white and blue plane leans against a stand of spruce trees.

NTSB says 2 pilots in fatal Soldotna crash had ‘unobscured’ view of each other’s plane

The National Transportation Safety Board is not yet pointing to one probable cause for the crash. But the new, 11-page report zooms out on the many factors that could’ve contributed, like visibility.
a man sits next to a canoe outside

Alaska Geographic publishes guide to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge canoe trails

For his research, Dave Atcheson’s been back out onto the canoe trails he's been paddling for decades. Atcheson and Alaska Geographic just published a guidebook that chronicles that system so others can enjoy it like he has.

Is now the time for Alaska’s massive liquified natural gas line project?

The massive gas line plan has been on the table for as long as Alaska has been an energy state, though the steep costs of constructing the pipeline have long been too prohibitive to make it a reality.
Exterior: Set-net fishers pull a net from the water

Cook Inlet fishermen sue over set-net closures

The set-netters were shut down early this year for the fourth year in a row.