DAN BALMER

  • SOLDOTNA — Jobs for Alaskans, funding for education and improving health care were topics that resonated with five candidates vying for three seats in the state House of Representatives as they discussed their legislative goals during a forum Tuesday in Soldotna. The five candidates running for Di...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:57am
  • News of a family of four missing from their north Kenai residence for nearly two weeks has been unsettling for residents who described the neighborhood as quiet with transient people who don’t live in the area long. “We don’t know everybody in our building much less buildings down the street,...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:42am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Fair has made some changes that will delight music and carnival enthusiasts. Brian White, an award-winning country music artist from Oklahoma and the band Home Free, a country vocal group that won this season’s “Sing Off” on NBC, will perform at the Ninilchick Fairgrounds A...

    Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:35am
  • After a failed attempt by Kenai City Council member Brian Gabriel to slash more than $300,000 from the budget to avoid a mill rate increase, the city of Kenai passed the fiscal year 2015 budget with more than $92,000 surplus in the general fund at Wednesday’s meeting. The new mill rate jumped from...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:53pm
  • The wildfire in Tyonek spread to 350 acres as of Tuesday morning but fire crews made progress in building a fire line on the flank close to the village as the wind-driven fire has moved west away from the threatened subdivision, according to the the Alaska Wildland Fire Information. Sarah Saarloos, ...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:07am
  • KENAI — The rising cost of health-care premiums for city employees has the city of Kenai grappling with a proposed half mill rate increase as administration works to finalize the city’s operating budget for 2015. Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said the mill rate has not increased in the eight year...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:13pm
  • Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich said he remembers driving through the Kenai Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape. In a return to the area, he shared some insight into his congressional activities then ...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:43am
  • As the Kenai River personal use fishery has grown over the years, the City of Kenai has had to adapt with it. In an effort to clarify confusion on the fishery use fee structure, the Kenai City Council amended and approved a resolution to enact fee changes for the 2014 personal use fishery at the Apr...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:05pm
  • Get ready for another busy tourist season in the Kenai Peninsula. Projections for 2014 have called for another 2 percent increase with an estimated 500,000 peninsula visitors, said Shanon Hamrick, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Hamrick said she is expecting reco...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:27pm
  • While job growth has risen steadily in the past few years, a state economist predicts a slight decrease in job growth for the Kenai Peninsula in 2014. Alyssa Shanks, economist for the Alaska Department of Labor, presented her projections at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 15. Compared t...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:27pm

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