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Kenai River Ranch development plans advance

As plans materialize for development on the Kenai River Ranch property, residents are caught between concerns of access and conservation.
River Ranch in Funny River considered for upgrades

Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed the River Ranch property as being homesteaded by Eugene and Della Hansen. It was not. Glen and Bertha Moore homesteaded the property, which the Hansen's later purchased.
KRSMA Board hears updates on Kasilof boat retrieval, deferred maintenance

...but must rely on private exit points on the lower portion of the river. In late 2011, The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation received $2 million to fund public feedback, property investigation and...
Kenai certifies elections, faces natural gas issues

Capital projects, natural gas and dipnetting dominated the discussion during Wednesday's Kenai City Council meeting. The evening began with the certification of the results from the Oct.
State temporarily closes Pillars boat launch

Due to heavy rainfall and road damage, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has closed the Pillars boat launch in the Kenai River Special Management area. According to a press release...
Seward, Borough watch for flooding

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management is watching several areas of concern and potential road closures as storm water runoff continues to swamp roadways and cause river flooding. According to a media release residents should avoid flooded areas and roads and watch for traffic diversions. Several areas have either already been closed or are being watched including -Areas of the Kenai River where the bank is eroding faster than normal -Leopold Road in Ninilchik which has yet to be closed but should be avoided
Officials urge safety on the water

For the past two weeks, volunteer mariners have conducted free boat examinations on the Central Peninsula, marking the approach of Memorial Day weekend and boating season. Members of the Kenai Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary have examined various personal-use boats to determine if the boats meet federal and state requirements. "We look for valid registration, personal flotation devices, fire extinguisher," said George Leighton, vice flotilla commander. "And depending on the vessel, we check for other requirements."
Fish guide policy passed

New legislation passed this month will allow commercial sport fishing operations on the Kenai River to replace injured or lost guides, keeping their clients hooks in the water.
Catching the drift

In the first phase of the construction project, the division is asking the public for their input on what they would like to see from the project, said DNR project manager Monica Alvarez.
Residents help shape Kasilof boat pullout project

More than 30 residents crowded the Tustumena Elementary School on Wednesday night to hear an update from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on the recently funded public drift boat takeout on the Kasilof River. So far, the division has gathered just short of 90 comments on the proposed public takeout facility to be located in the lower portions of the river to address the increasing demand from users of the drift boat-only fishery.


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