Ben Boettger

Ninilchik harbor dredging planned

On Friday, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers released a report about its annual dredging of approximately 9,000 cubic yards of material from Ninilchik’s small… Continue reading

Agrium seeks DEC permit to discharge from Nikiski plant

The Alberta-based fertilizer producer Agrium has applied for an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit for waste discharge from its Kenai Nitrogen Operations facility in… Continue reading

Bear injures woman on Kenai refuge trail

Bear injures woman on Kenai refuge trail A woman hiking alone Sunday on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Lower Kenai River trail was bitten on… Continue reading

Approved by borough, peninsula marijuana growers now in final permitting

After the state issued its first marijuana growing permits on June 9 and 10, nine local cultivators were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly… Continue reading

BlueCrest unveils Anchor Point pad

BlueCrest Energy ceremonially opened their Hansen Production Facility, an oil wellpad on the shore of Cook Inlet near Anchor Point. A small group of guests sheltered… Continue reading

BlueCrest addresses fracking plans

Within a few weeks drivers passing between Anchor Point and Ninilchik may see a new feature on the coastline — BlueCrest Energy’s 30 foot-tall drill… Continue reading

HEA briefs members on hot topics

Issues discussed in Homer Electric Association’s annual members meeting, held May 4 at Kenai Central High School, include what the electric cooperative is doing to… Continue reading

Warm winters fuel outbreak of aphids

Last spring, homeowners near Halibut Cove and Homer began to see needles on their spruces turning yellow and brown. Naturalists from the Alaska Division of… Continue reading

Alaska LNG Project still moves forward

Local representatives of the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project said that although their leaders have spoken of possible delays, employees of the project remain… Continue reading

HEA scheduled to raise rates beginning Feb. 1

Rates paid by Homer Electric Association users will rise by 3.25 percent beginning Feb. 1. The Alaska Regulatory Commission, which permits rates charged by public… Continue reading

Kenai may get unlikely million to upgrade its wastewater plant

Despite the scanty state spending expected in 2016, this year’s state capital budget may provide funding for long-deferred upgrades to Kenai’s wastewater treatment plant. Built… Continue reading

HEA prices dropped at beginning of 2016

Homer Electric Association decreased its rates starting Jan. 1, while an unresolved proposal that may raise them remains suspended until July. The cost of power… Continue reading

Kenai considers marijuana setbacks

KENAI — Setbacks for commercial marijuana establishments may become more tightly regulated in Kenai than they are at the state level. Alaska’s regulations for commercial… Continue reading

Cooper Landing bypass path picked

After considering several possible paths for a new highway section around Cooper Landing, the Alaska Department of Transportation named its preferred path for the new… Continue reading

CINGSA to sell newly discovered gas

On Friday, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska ruled that Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska can sell 2 billion cubic feet of gas unexpectedly discovered… Continue reading

Peninsula hospitals measure impact of reimbursement rate freeze for Medicaid

With Alaska Medicaid cut by $51.9 million in this year’s state budget, Kenai Peninsula Medicaid providers are seeing the first financial effects of the underfunded… Continue reading

Cook Inlet oil companies big users of state tax credit reimbursements

Presenters at a June 17 joint meeting of the House and Senate Resource Committees identified Cook Inlet companies as heavy users of oil tax credits.… Continue reading

Speakers address climate change, subsistence

Three Alaska Native subsistence users addressed an audience of national wildlife policy advisers last week about the risks of climate change to subsistence-based communities, what… Continue reading

Permit opens up markets for Alaska LNG

The pipeline proposed by the Alaska LNG project would bring North Slope natural gas to liquefaction and export facilities being considered for construction in Nikiski.… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee seeks members; deadline is June 4

The proposed Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee is another step closer to reality. After writing and receiving comments on a draft charter, the group’s convening… Continue reading