Alaska Department of Fish and Game

2017 is anticipated to be a fairly strong year across the board for commercial fisheries in Lower Cook Inlet, with pink salmon potentially making a comeback yet again.

Pinks are expected to steal the show once again this year, pulling up from their diminished numbers in 2016.

Kenai Peninsula Rich In Commercial Fishing History

Feb 20, 2017
Alaska and Polar Regions Archives of UAF

Commercial fishing has had a century and a half impact on the western Kenai Peninsula, though it’s unclear why the first fishing vessel sailed up Cook Inlet in the first place.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for Feb. 20, 2017

Feb 17, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Ken'tuq: It is low tide. 

Ken'tuq aciwarluta.

Translation: It is low tide, let's go gather seafood.

Seaton, Stevens Discuss House Income Tax Bill

Feb 17, 2017
State of Alaska

During the 2017 legislative session, we'll be speaking with Kenai Peninsula representatives live from Juneau as part of our legislative call-in series.

This week, KBBI's Shahla Farzan spoke with Representative Paul Seaton of House District 31 and Senator Gary Stevens of District P about a new House bill that would institute a state income tax and a Senate proposal to increase the state fee for studded tires.

Port Graham Students Study Salmon Lifecycle

Feb 16, 2017
Devin Way

For the last five months, fifth through twelfth grade students in Port Graham have been getting a hands-on look at the lifecycle of fish.

The project is a joint effort with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ program and the Port Graham Hatchery. The students are raising eggs from the hatchery that they will eventually release into the wild later this spring.

Cook Inletkeeper To Sue Hilcorp Over Gas Leak

Feb 16, 2017
Cook Inletkeeper

Footage taken from a helicopter provides a look at a gas leak first reported last week in Cook Inlet. The video, emailed to reporters by environmental group Cook Inletkeeper, shows gas steadily burbling to the water’s surface as chunks of ice float nearby.

Alaska's Wage Gap Among Largest In U.S.

Feb 15, 2017
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Alaska has one of the largest wage gaps between men and women in the country, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday.

Women in Alaska who worked full-time in 2015 earned a median weekly pay of $787, while men earned $1,034 per week.

That means female workers in Alaska took home about 76 percent of what their male counterparts earned.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to introduce an ordinance on Feb. 14 that would put an end to the invocation that begins each meeting.

South Peninsula representative Willy Dunne introduced the ordinance, which would modify Kenai Peninsula Borough code.

The ordinance cites the “emotional divisions in our community” the invocation controversy has caused.

Rashah McChesney

A state agency announced Tuesday it is fining an oil and gas company that operates in Cook Inlet for major safety violations.

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) is imposing a $446,000 penalty on Cook Inlet Energy for operating a well with failed safety valve systems. The valves prevent fluid from escaping an oil or gas well and can help guard against a blowout.

Borough Assembly Fills District 2 Seat

Feb 14, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly appointed a new member at its Feb. 14 meeting.

Kenai resident Jill Schaefer was elected to the District 2 seat by secret ballot from a pool of four applicants.

She currently serves as the Operation Manager for the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy association of businesses and individuals in the oil, gas and mining industries.


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