Rashah McChesney

  • Despite the on-record protestations of nearly 30 people, cheered on by an audience of more than 70, the Soldotna City Council voted to move forward with a plan to spend money researching the feasibility of annexing neighboring territory — albeit with a newly narrowed focus on the economic benefits...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:43pm
  • Nine people were laid off from positions within the Homer Electric Association last week. Their departure represents about $1 million in savings for the company which has seen declining energy sales for the past several years. In 2012, the company sold 490,000 megawatt hours — a megawatt is about ...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:41pm
  • It was all about money during a four-hour meeting at which Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members heard about funding schools, flooding and animal control....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 8:49am
  • After a lengthy debate about the morality of taxing food, funding for public schools, revenue for local cities and questioning voters for a third time on a change to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s food sales tax structure, the issue has again been put to rest after the borough assembly voted to kil...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:16pm
  • A remote beach on the west side of Cook Inlet has seen an uptick in traffic as clammers hitch rides with charter boat captains or hop on small planes to find a stretch of beach where many say the razor clams are beyond comparison to any found on the Kenai Peninsula. The Polly Creek beach, near Tuxed...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:39am
  • The Alaska Board of Game voted to give Kenai Peninsula brown bears a bit more protection by lowering the cap on how many can be killed each year before the state shuts down the hunt. After hearing from federal Kenai National Wildlife Refuge managers and biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish ...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:44pm
  • Soldotna resident Elaina Spraker has been hired as the regional director for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s new Kenai office. The office, located at 805 Frontage Road, Suite 101 in Kenai, sits down the hall from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office which makes it a “one stop shop,” for residents who ...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:08am
  • On the last day of 2012, the oil-drilling rig Kulluk ran aground on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak. The weather was foul, the location remote, and the timing unfortunate. But responders had a new tool that let them scope out the weather, sea bottom, navigation threats, endangered environmental resour...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:38am
  • A Kenai Peninsula resident known for his habitat advocacy has applied to be on Alaska’s Board of Fisheries. Robert Ruffner, outgoing founder and executive director of the Soldotna-based Kenai Watershed Forum, applied for the board in February....

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:06pm
  • Students at Kenai Peninsula College will see a 5 percent increase in tuition following a Friday vote by the University of Alaska Board of Regents. The change will equate to an $ 8-$11 increase for in-state undergraduate students, according to a University of Alaska Office of University of Advancemen...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:13pm

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