Elizabeth Earl

LNG project could bring more traffic to busy Kenai River

Managers are concerned that pressure on the Kenai River could increase if the Alaska LNG project goes through.

The project is still tentative and will not receive a final ruling until 2018 at the earliest, but if it does go through, the borough could see an influx of as many as 5,000 workers for the five years it takes to construct the 900-acre plant in Nikiski. Unless the camp is closed, many of them will likely recreate on the Kenai River.

Navarre proposes uniting 3 hospitals under 1 umbrella

The Healthcare Task Force zeroed in on the hospitals at its meeting last week.

At its third meeting, the Healthcare Task Force heard from the representatives of Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board and the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board about their roles in hospital operations. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre also gave the borough administration’s recommendations for connecting the hospitals in Soldotna, Homer and Seward.

Here comes the boom: Peninsula business offers crane certification

The whole lot smelled of diesel, mud, rubber and rain. Brandon Leary, a crane operator for Crowley Maritime, delicately extended the hydraulic lift on the dull yellow crane, lowering the round weight onto a wood platform.

Bill Elmore swung his right arm horizontally, raindrops pinging from his hardhat. That Leary was done with the practical exam for his crane certification and could stop the crane was all said in one hand signal.

Anchor Point man faces federal weapons charges, making threats against law enforcement

An Anchor Point man faces federal charges for allegedly threatening law enforcement over the radio.

Larry Clarence Volz Jr., 58, was arrested Oct. 1 during a Federal Bureau of Investigation search of his home on the 41000 block of the Old Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. An FBI SWAT team executed a search warrant as part of a Safe Streets Task Force investigation, according to a statement from the FBI’s Anchorage office.

Angelica is back

She walks slowly, but Angelica Haakenson is walking.

Twelve-year-old Angelica of Anchor Point lost both her legs in a car accident on Christmas Day of 2014. After months of convalescence in Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and physical therapy, she is slowly transitioning out of a wheelchair onto prosthetic legs.

Alaska sees increase in people in poverty

New census data shows that poverty has increased in Alaska, but it may not be as simple as the numbers make it look.

Alaska’s statewide poverty rate climbed in 2014 to 11.2 percent, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey data. It was the only state that saw both an increase in the number of people living in poverty and the percentage.

Hilcorp applies to drill 2 wells

Hilcorp Alaska’s plans to drill two additional oil and natural gas exploration wells southeast of Ninilchik are moving forward into the permitting phase.

If approved, the company plans to begin clearing vegetation in late September, construct a gravel pad and begin drilling two wells to be completed by May 2016.

New borough system will make it easier to share chemical safety information

All government and school facilities in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will soon have access to an online system for chemical safety information.

After an August 2014 Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection showed deficiencies in the Bear Creek volunteer fire station, the borough faced a fine and a citation for insufficient Hazard Communication.

New community health center to open in Kenai

A new full-service community medical center is slated to open in Kenai.

A federal grant to the Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska, a Soldotna-based nonprofit that already operates two facilities that provide dental, behavioral health, psychiatric and medical services, will fund the center. The grant, awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resource and Services Administration, provides $858,333 to the new center.

Assembly OKs bonds for Soldotna hospital

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted on Tuesday to move forward with issuing more than $3 million in bonds to fund a Central Peninsula Hospital project.

The bonds, which were originally proposed to fund medical equipment purchases for the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, will be extended on short, 8-year terms, according to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. 


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