Rashah McChesney

  • A joint Kenai and Soldotna chamber of commerce luncheon was awash in marijuana slang and fresh-baked brownies Tuesday as the merits of a ballot measure to legalize the substance in Alaska were debated. About 30 people gathered to hear Taylor Bickford, a representative from the Campaign to Regulate M...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:26pm
  • Isis Fischer wanted to dance. She squatted, stamped her feet and arched her back, and stared at Rolly Rivas, whose bell-wrapped feet matched the rhythm of the Mount Susitna drummers and singers gathered around a skin drum in the large gathering space of the Dena’ina Wellness Center. Rivas spun aro...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:15am
  • After several days of fighting to keep the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire from burning homes in communities along the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road, a light rain fell on the windy, dry Kenai Peninsula Tuesday and Wednesday, showering evacuees who were told they could return home....

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:11pm
  • The Kenai branch of Acuren USA has suspended operations after the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission found high radiation readings during a surprise inspection in early April. The company is licensed to use radioactive materials when inspecting pipe welds. According to a confirmatory action...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:12pm
  • Resources for All Alaskans, a group formed to combat a proposed initiative to ban commercial setnet fishing in certain parts of the state, met in Kenai to talk strategy with several local fishing groups after being dealt a blow when an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that it could not intervene in...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:49am
  • 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

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