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Expedition Alaska to take on Mount Marathon July 5

Expedition Alaska to take on Mount Marathon July 5

  On Sunday, July 5, beginning at 9AM, teams from throughout the world will take on Mount Marathon as part of Expedition Alaska, a 7-day, multi-sport, 380 mile adventure race through Alaska. The race began on June 28 at Eklutna and will end in Seward on July 5. Twenty co-ed teams have been kayaking, traversing glaciers, mountain biking, trekking and packrafting their way […]

July 2, 2015 ·

Suspension of Fireworks Sales Suspended in Kenai Peninsula Borough

Alaska State Fire Marshal News Release – June 30, 2015 – FIREWORKS SUSPENSION UPDATE The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, has cancelled the suspension of sales of Fireworks In the following areas: Copper River Valley Fairbank North Star Borough Kenai borough Matanuska Susitna Borough Municipality of Anchorage Tanana Valley north of […]

June 30, 2015 ·
Burn closure lifted for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s

Burn closure lifted for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s

THE STATE Department of Natural Resources DIVISION OF FORESTRY/DIRECTORS OFFICE RELEASE –  As of 0800 hours this morning June 30th 2015 the BURN CLOSURE for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s is being lifted.  The Burn Suspension for debris pile burning and burn barrels will remain in place until we receive significant precipitation.  

June 30, 2015 ·
Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Release – June 26, 2015 – Soldotna, Alaska – The Burn Closure activated earlier this month is still in effect.  This means that there is No Open Burning allowed. This includes campfires, warming fires, signal fires, burn barrels and charcoal fires.  A gas or electric BBQ grill or fish smoker is permissible. Also, fire officials want […]

June 26, 2015 ·
Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge News Release – June 25, 2015 – Effective at noon today, Thursday June 25, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the following campgrounds within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area: Hidden Lake Campground Upper Skilak Campground Engineer Lake Campground Lower Ohmer Campground Jean Lake Campground Kelly Lake Campground Peterson Lake […]

June 26, 2015 ·

SBCFSA Regular Meeting July 6

The next Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area regular meeting will be held Monday, July 6th at 6pm at the KPB Seward Annex office  in Sea View Plaza at 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122. The agenda includes Permit for Review US Army Corps of Engineers POA-1998-771-M2 Bardardson Salmon Creek, New Business Lost Creek, and Informational Items Resolution Authorizing KPB Mayor to […]

June 25, 2015 ·

Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter

Chugach National Forest News Release – Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter   Cooper Landing – On Monday evening, June 22, a firefighter working on the Juneau Lake Fire in Chugach National Forest encountered a bear and sustained minor injuries. Due to the remote location of the encounter, the most direct transport was a life med helicopter which airlifted […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Stetson Creek & Juneau Lake wildfire update

Stetson Creek & Juneau Lake wildfire update

United States Forest Service and Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 Release – Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires FIRE UPDATE:   June 20, 2015, 2100 Fire Information Email:  stetsoncreekfire2015@gmail.com Phone:  907-595-1244 Information hours:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm   Incident Management Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Type 2 IMT Incident Commander:  Brian Goff   Incident Command Post Cooper Landing […]

June 21, 2015 ·
Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Even though the incoming, fire-management team only arrived on scene in Cooper Landing at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, it had begun working the fire much earlier according to new incident commander Brian Goff. Oregon Interagency Management Team 4, a group of nine experienced professionals, had received briefings while in Anchorage and had started to […]

June 20, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Borough Fireworks Suspension

Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office Release – The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has expanded the localities to be included in the immediate suspension on fireworks in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code. In cooperation with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Division of Forestry the suspension will include the sale and use of all fireworks and […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As the smoke of three wildfires lent unsettling tang to the air in Cooper Landing, structural firefighters filled portable water tanks near businesses along the Sterling Highway while small crews of wildland fire fighters attacked two blazes ignited yesterday. Public affairs specialist for the Chugach National Forest, Mona Spargo said that as of about […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Blackhawk helicopters refuel at Seward for Cooper Landing fires

Blackhawk helicopters refuel at Seward for Cooper Landing fires

Today at 1 pm, two massive, fire-fighting Blackhawk helicopters thundered down the Resurrection River valley from Cooper Landing to the Seward Airport. Large, orange, expandable water buckets dangled on long cables. Airport fuel manager Denny Hamilton said Seward was a better choice than Soldotna due to the smoke from all the fires. Each Blackhawk takes 300 gallons and burns about 140 […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Moose family enjoys Bear Lake neighborhood

Moose family enjoys Bear Lake neighborhood

Bear Lake Lodgings B&B visitors took these nice wildlife photographs of a mother moose and her two young calves.

June 17, 2015 ·
Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

From the KPB Office of Emergency Management – Forestry provided the following update: Approximately 1200 acres have burned. Three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft and 50 crew are assigned to the fire. Air attack and retardant will resume this morning. Five hot shot crews are arriving late afternoon today and the Type 2 team is expected tomorrow. Six structures […]

June 16, 2015 ·
Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – June  15,  2015  -­‐  7:45  p.m. (Fairbanks,  AK)  –An  explosive  wildland  fire  on  the  Kenai  Peninsula  forced  the  evacuation  of  hundreds  of  homes   and  burned  at  least  six  structures on Monday. The  640-­‐acre  Card  Street  Fire  was  reported  as  a  1-­‐acre  fire  by  Alaska  State  Troopers  at  1:52  p.m.  near  the   community […]

June 15, 2015 ·

KPB Office of Emergency Management Sterling Wildfire Evacuation Update

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management Release – The evacuation area has been expanded to include residents living in the area  of Salmon Run Drive to the end of Fisherman’s Road and Dow Island. The evacuation is still active for all subdivisions off of Feuding Lane to Sterling Hwy and Kenai Keys to the Kenai river. Residents should use […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Wildfire along Sterling Hwy Milepost 76-77

Reported from Alaska 511, the Sterling highway from Milepost 76-77 is open to traffic, but use caution when traveling. Emergency Vehicles are on the road. The Peninsula Clarion reports of the fire spreading in Sterling. Read more here: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-06-15/fire-spreads-in-sterling.  

June 15, 2015 ·
Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – Soldotna, AK – The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has issued a burn permit suspension for the Kenai Peninsula due to warm, dry weather conditions. The suspension includes the burning of debris and burning in burn barrels, as outlined in the burn permits provided at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Campfires are allowed […]

June 15, 2015 ·
KPB Considers Amending Salmon Ordinance

KPB Considers Amending Salmon Ordinance

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Since its original enactment in 1996 and its most recent amendment two years ago, Kenai Peninsula Borough’s, Anadromous Waters Habitat Protection Ordinance has required property owners along certain water bodies to get a borough permit before taking actions within 50 feet of the water, that could degrade fish habitat. If enacted, KPB Ordinance 2015-14 would […]

June 11, 2015 ·

New Initiative Would Re-Allow Pro and Con Statements for Ballot Propositions in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Voter Election Guide

Alaskans for Grocery Tax Relief Press Release – Alaskans for Grocery Tax Relief Now has filed an Initiative Application for: “An Ordinance Amending KPB Title 4: To Provide Voters with More Complete Information in the Election Pamphlet,” which has now been certified by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk. Kenai Peninsula, Alaska – June 5, 2015 – This citizens’ initiative would […]

June 9, 2015 ·
KPBSD is grateful our Borough funds public education

KPBSD is grateful our Borough funds public education

  KPBSD News Release – Soldotna, June 3, 2015—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will receive the maximum amount of funding for K-12 public education from the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) in 2015-2016 (FY16). At the KPB assembly meeting on June 2, 2015, assembly members voted to fund the KPBSD FY16 budget with the maximum allowable contribution that Alaska state […]

June 5, 2015 ·
SBCFSA Work Session June 15

SBCFSA Work Session June 15

The next Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area work session will be held Monday, June 15th at 6pm at the KPB Seward Annex office  in Sea View Plaza at 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122. The topic will be Lost Creek.  Residents of the Old Mill subdivision and public are invited to attend. For more information contact the SBCFSA Office at 302 […]

June 3, 2015 ·
KPB Mayor Mike Navarre

Cuts to Wildfire Prevention concerns borough mayor

By Mike Navarre, KPB Mayor – In the last month, the ADN has published close to an article a day on the subject of wildland fires and fire danger.  We learned that we’ve had fires near Eagle, Delta, and Dillingham.  On the Kenai Peninsula, we’ve got hotspots smoldering and have had small fires near Homer and in Hope.  Fire suspensions […]

June 2, 2015 ·
Seward recycles

Seward recycles

Here’s a reminder to those new in town, or those who may not be aware.  As always, you can recycle at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Waste Transfer Facility in Seward at the end of Dieckgraff Road, also known as the” levee road,” or “dump road,” off Seward Highway as you enter town. You can also recycle many items at the […]

June 1, 2015 ·
Public Comment Period Re-Opens for Salmon Creek 205 Project

Public Comment Period Re-Opens for Salmon Creek 205 Project

    Salmon Creek Public Notice ER-15-11        

May 31, 2015 ·

Refuge Celebrates Grand Opening of Visitor Center in Soldotna

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge News Release – May 27, 2015 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the Grand Opening of your new Visitor Center on Saturday, May 30, from 1:00- 5:00pm. At the top of Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, the new Visitor Center sits tucked into the hillside surrounded by boreal forest. The building features a sod roof, […]

May 28, 2015 ·