Rashah McChesney

  • With very little fanfare, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education passed a more than $161.2 million operating budget that leans heavily on unassigned fund balance, or district savings, to balance revenues and expenditures during the coming fiscal year.During Monday’s work session and subseq...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:36pm
  • Pink salmon fishing in Lower Cook Inlet could soon be revitalized as the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association finalized its purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery on Monday after nearly two years of planning, permitting and logistics. The facility has not been operational since 2007, when low returns of...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:51am
  • After nearly a full day of board deliberations on 25 proposed regulatory changes, the Cook Inlet’s personal-use fishery remains largely unchanged in the midst of a process that has dramatically restructured commercial set and drift gillnet fishing in the same region. Board members, dipnetters and ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:55am
  • ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial setnetting in the Cook Inlet is no different. As king salmon runs continue to decline, keeping nets out of the water and fishers off the Kenai River, the east side setnet fishery has seen its time reduced, gear restricted and full-on closure ...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:52am
  • ANCHORAGE — After two full days of public testimony, the Board of Fisheries has heard from the bulk of the 234 people signed up to testify on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries issues. Most who spoke were given three minutes to voice their support or opposition to the proposals the board will take up duri...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:05pm
  • With more than 230 regulatory proposals, several pages worth of suggested changes to the Cook Inlet finfish fisheries, nearly 500 written comments and several hundred pages of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, opinion and reports, the seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will ha...

    Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:07pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the sixth story in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:35pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the third in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” There are very few things that can immediately quantify the declining value of sport fishing for Kenai River king salmon as quickly as the sh...

    Wed, 11/20/2013 - 3:23pm
  • After a brief presentation by Buccaneer Alaska Operations LLC representatives, Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission members unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the company’s Marathon Road facility to operate a facility for the storage and disposal of drilling waste....

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:12pm
  • The chords, familiar to many in the bar, drifted out over the audience who sat laughing and talking to each other. Several lifted glasses to drink as Richard King leaned into the microphone and crooned out the words to a classic Mexican song. “Besame, Besame mucho. Como te ama (sic) esta noche la ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:33am

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