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The Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska facility

Despite decades of warning, looming natural gas shortage threatens to drive up Alaska energy prices

For the second time in just over a decade, utilities are talking about importing liquified natural gas amid looming Cook Inlet gas shortages.
Seward City Hall

Seward voters reject electric utility sale by 7 votes

This is the second time since 2000 that a majority of Seward voters have approved a sale of the utility, but fallen short of a 60% threshold.
a snowblower

Think finding eggs was hard? Try buying a snowblower

Staff at Ron’s Rent-It Center, in Kenai, have had to make a waitlist of people who want snowblowers stretching into next year.
the Alaska State Capitol

Bill would extend state taxes to cover Hilcorp

Senate Bill 114 would extend income taxes to companies that aren't publicly traded — like Hilcorp, Cook Inlet’s dominant oil and gas producer.
a woman

Snowverloaded: Kenai Peninsula residents deal with extended winter

Since the first big winter storms, snow on the western Kenai Peninsula has collapsed roofs, broken gas meters and raised backcountry avalanche risk.

Correctional officer charged with bringing drugs into Seward prison

Troopers say Spring Creek Correctional Center video showed Steven Manuel secretly delivering apparent contraband to a prisoner's cell.

Kenai’s Hashade continues to see statewide popularity

Hashade, a cannabis-infused lemonade, is Alaska's most popular cannabis product according to its makers at Kenai's Red Run Cannabis Company.
yelloweye rockfish

As fishing guides diversify, rockfish feel the pressure

As state regulations on halibut and king salmon fishing have ramped up, charter guides have branched out into another species: rockfish.
Charlie Pierce

Kenai Peninsula Borough settles Pierce harassment suit for $237K

Former borough mayor Charlie Pierce owes $31,250 in a settlement of then-assistant Pamela Wastell's sexual harassment claims against him.

In unprecedented move, federal council takes no action on Cook Inlet salmon plan

Management of the Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishery will likely fall to the federal government — which fishermen warn could severely limit it.
the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers

Kenai Peninsula Borough begins work on new harassment policies

The borough is facing multiple lawsuits from former employees who allege harassment by supervisors — including former mayor Charlie Pierce.
Narcan doses

Narcan to be available over the counter soon, though questions remain about cost

A Kenai Peninsula advocate says making the overdose-reversing drug more available will help reduce stigma and help Alaskans stay prepared.
Seward City Hall

Seward approves electric utility’s sale to HEA — but voters will have a say

Seward voters will decide in May whether to sell their city-run electric utility to Homer Electric Association for $25 million.
the Soldotna City Council

Soldotna City Council rejects lewdness ordinance

A heated debate over what is and isn’t allowed in Soldotna’s public spaces is over, for now, following a drag performance in Soldotna Creek Park.
the Anchorage PFD office

House special committee takes up PFD question

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, co-chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, which helps set Permanent Fund Dividend checks' amounts.
Bob Penney

Bob Penney, KRSA founder, dies at 90

Kenai River Sportfishing Association founder Bob Penney died earlier this week at his winter home in Indian Wells, Calif.
a buoy on a beach

Months before season begins, state closes most Cook Inlet king salmon fishing

Changes have been hard on guides who long relied on taking clients on king salmon fishing trips.
a white dog near a kennel outside

Sled dog caught four days after Seward Highway escape

Five-year-old Donna went missing last Monday.
sled dogs

Clam Gulch musher still looking for dog after Seward Highway trailer incident

One sled dog was rescued from an ice floe and another is still missing after a Kenai Peninsula musher’s trailer disconnected from his truck.
a person near avalanche debris

Unstable snowpack causes heightened avalanche risk in Turnagain Pass this winter

The reason for the uptick in human-triggered avalanches this winter: persistent weak layers in the snowpack.