Murkowski gives D.C. update

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is visiting the central Kenai Peninsula this week in a public tour around the state. The Senator stopped by the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce luncheon Wednesday to give an update on Washington, D.C.

LNG consortium files application for export license

The consortium planning the big North Slope gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project has taken another big step. An application was filed Friday for the U.S. Department of Energy export permit for the project. North Slope producers, TransCanada Corp. and the state of Alaska asked for permission to export up to 20 million metric tons yearly of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from Alaska, the group announced in a press release.

Bulldog reporter Tkacz dies at 61

JUNEAU - Bob Tkacz may not have always been well-liked, but he was always respected, according to those who knew the longtime reporter. Tkacz was found dead Tuesday evening in his Fourth Street office in Juneau. He was 61. Lt. David Campbell with the Juneau Police Department reported there were no immediate signs of foul play and nothing that indicated he died of unnatural causes; there were indications of medical issues, but no further details could be shared.

New wildlife refuge visitor center taking shape

Despite an interruption from nature, construction for the new $6 million Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna is on schedule with the completion date set for the end of September.

Refuge Notebook: Counting moose with drones? Maybe sooner than you think

Imagine you are at the controls of a Piper Super Cub flying at tree-top level 150 feet above the ground.

Work approved in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

...including certain mineral rights in federal conservation units like wildlife refuges.Under federal law the Department of the Interior, which manages wildlife refuges, must grant Alaska Native corporations access to lands they own within refuges...

Lawmakers rekindle mining reform effort

...Grijalva, D-Ariz., who along with Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, requested the GAO study.The U.S. Department of the Interior collected $11.3 billion in 2010 and $11.4 billion in 2011 from oil, coal and natural gas royalties and...

Grounding prompts federal assessment of Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE - A day after Royal Dutch Shell PLC towed a damaged floating drill rig to shelter from a remote Alaska island, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department will perform an "expedited, high-level assessment" of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season.

Council mulls dipnet fishery, senior housing

Frustrated Kenai residents opened Wednesday's Kenai City Council meeting expressing concerns about their beach's poor sanitation. All of the speakers cited dipnetters as the problem. "Our community may have not asked for the responsibility of this dipnet fishery," said Courtney Stroh, ROC the Kenai member, 16, in a speech, "but nonetheless, the burden is ours to bear." Leslie Cooper said the dipnet burden has worsened each year. "I have no words to describe how foul dipnetting has become," she said.

Kenai River, management groups, River Center praised by federal official

Those looking for a reason to celebrate the Kenai River as the rising sun illuminated its turquoise waters Friday morning did not need to look far. Scores of pink and silver salmon swam in the lower river, rainbow trout navigated the middle, and spawning sockeye and king salmon rolled in its upper sections. Fishermen and recreational users enjoyed its bounty along its banks and in its flowing waters.



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