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Planning commission defines 'water-dependent' buildings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough planning commission issued a more detailed definition for buildings placed inside the anadromous stream setback. Most of the population of the peninsula lives near a body of water, many of which are anadromous streams.
Appreciation for the hand that feed us.

Twenty five years ago when consensus was the Cook Inlet was a declining oil field and support industry was shuttering their doors on the North Road, Jack Brown and the late Aaron Goforth decided to through a festival to appreciate the goose that laid the golden egg. It was called Industry Appreciation Day when the community turned out to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals in the oil and gas industry.
Ruffner unanimously passes through first confirmation hearing

Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident and outgoing Kenai Watershed Forum Executive Director Robert Ruffner unanimously passed through his first Board of Fisheries confirmation hearing
Voices of the Peninsula: Solving fishery issues requires honest dialogue

The iconic Alaska king salmon are returning in lesser number, younger and consequently smaller, and with a skewed gender ratio across most of our state.
Ruffner to step down from Kenai Watershed Forum post

After 18 years as the executive director of the Kenai Watershed Forum, Robert Ruffner announced Friday that he will be stepping down. "It was not an easy decision to leave," Ruffner said. "This is something I have struggled with for a while.
Public testimony on HB77 extended to today

With each passing minute at the Legislative Information Office in Kenai, it became increasingly obvious that not all of the 25 people that came to give public testimony on House Bill 77 Wednesday would be heard.
Dipnet work session brings hope for changes

The City of Kenai held their second work session on the dipnet fishery Tuesday night and 11 citizens shared their input as the city continues to troubleshoot ways to better manage the growing event.
Central Peninsula speaks out against HB77

The Central Peninsula's normally-polarized community came together Monday to protest HB 77 during testimony in Soldotna.
Senate committee hears second day of testimony from Cook Inlet fishers

Testimony continued Wednesday before the Senate Resources committee as representatives from several Upper Cook Inlet and statewide fishing-related organizations testified on perspectives and issues involved in areas fisheries. Committee chair, Sen.
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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