Soldotna, AK


Borough Property Tax Exemption Deadline Approaching

The Kenai Peninsula Borough property tax exemption programs for permanent residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough is reminding qualified residents of the January 16th, 2023 deadline for filling applications. Applicants must own and occupy their property by January 1 and must occupancy 185 days each year. Applications must be postmarked...

KPBSD Winter Music Programs

The holidays are a special time of year to celebrate what is right in the world by supporting education. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this holiday season is giving the gift of music during the darkest month of the year to brighten the Christmas spirit. Many schools from across the KPBSD are having winter school music concerts or play to attend or watch.

Kenai man has the nation’s 19th-best mullet

Mullets are making a big comeback. The business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back hairstyle, famously worn by hockey players and rock stars in the 1980s and 90s, has made its way back into the canon in the 2020s. That trendiness doesn’t matter to 31-year-old Joe Malatesta III, of Kenai. He’s been growing out his...

Kenai Conversation: Shopping local

‘Tis the season to start thinking about shopping — and shopping local. We had three local business owners in the studio to talk about what this time of year means for them and how the local shopping climate on the Kenai Peninsula has changed over time. Sabine Poux is...

Wednesday Evening 12/07/22

An application for a Homer charter school has been delayed by a year; after 15 years of working as Soldotna's city manager, Stephanie Queen steps down. The production of the local evening newscast is made possible by the generous support of Duncan House Diner and Bay Realty. Originally from the...

SoHi & KCHS To Battle Palmer In Railbelt Hockey Home Contests

It may be early in the Railbelt Conference regular season for high school hockey; however, with one less team in the conference in 2022-23 (Homer Mariners) and no conference qualifying tournament to the ASAA Division II State Hockey Championships, every conference game takes on added importance and the Soldotna Stars and Kenai Kardinals are hosting the 2-0 Palmer Moose with conference games Thursday-Saturday.

KPBSD Student Enrollment Holds Steady For 2022-23

While other major school districts within the state of Alaska deal with decreased student enrollments, decreased funding from the state and the outlook of possible school closures; the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has maintained enrollment and stands close to the projected enrollment numbers for the 2022-23 school year. The...

SoHi-Kenai Hockey Alumni Game Set For December 23rd

The 26th Annual Kenai Central High and Soldotna High hockey alumni game is scheduled for Friday, December 23rd at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. The deadline for players to pre-register in December 16th with on-line registration forms available at Kenai-SoHi Alumni Hockey Facebook...

Brown Bears Hockey Closes Alaska Run In Anchorage

Following four, straight games against the Anchorage Wolverines at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, the Kenai River Brown Bears close their first Alaska series with two games in Anchorage–against the Wolverines. Kenai River faces-off against the Wolverines at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday, December 9-10...

As Hilcorp drills for more natural gas, some Ninilchik neighbors refuse to sign on

Don Shaw bought his nearly 10-acre property in Clam Gulch, on the Kenai Peninsula, for $9,000 in 2003 with an inheritance from his mother’s death. He’s a self-described techno-hermit, and can stay on his property for upwards of two months, leaving only for cigarettes. He’s also a member of the Exxon Valdez oil spill class-action lawsuit from 1994. He said he has deep resentments about the way oil companies have impacted Alaska.

Ruffridge Relinquishes Council Seat December 14th

Soldotna City Council member Justin Ruffridge, following a successful bid to become Alaska House District 7 representative for Soldotna and Kenai, will officially resign his seat on the Soldotna City Council as of December 14th, 2022. Council Member Ruffridge announced at the Soldotna City Council meeting held November 30th, that...

Popular women's self-defense class expands from Homer to Soldotna

Police forces across the Kenai Peninsula are putting on a five-hour self-defense course for women next month, after an outpouring of interest for a similar course in Homer. The January course is a collaboration between the Soldotna, Kenai and Homer police departments. Soldotna Police Chief Gene Meek said already, they have a waitlist of women signed up.

Soldotna Celebrates Christmas In The Park On Saturday

Santa Clause is coming to town! So are the Victorian Carolers, a live nativity scene, Rudolph and friends, a tree-lighting ceremony and a fireworks display; all as the City of Soldotna and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce bring “Christmas to the Park” at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, December 3rd.

Alaska activist describes decades dedicated to anti-abortion work

Rebecca Hinsberger was raised thinking the right to abortion was a good thing. “My mother was a very outspoken supporter of abortion,” she said. “So I grew up in that atmosphere: that abortion was perfectly OK and shouldn’t be stigmatized.” Hinsberger started adulthood this way. She lived in a yoga ashram for six months. She […] The post Alaska activist describes decades dedicated to anti-abortion work appeared first on Alaska Beacon.

Refuge Announces Opening to Snowmachine Use

Refuge Manager Andy Loranger announced Thursday November 30th the opening of all areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge traditionally open to snowmachine use effective December 1, 2022. Areas always closed to snowmachine use within the Refuge include the Headquarters area on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area (except...

Alaska Communications expands fiber internet to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Soldotna

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 1, 2022-- For Anchorage bed and breakfast owner Kathryn Deal, having slow internet is a matter of having guests – or no guests. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Pictured: Kathryn Deal, owner of Deal’s Bed & Breakfast. (Photo: Business Wire)

Queen to leave City of Soldotna in February

Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen said she will not renew her contract with the city when it expires come February, capping five years as city manager and nearly 15 years working for Soldotna. Queen, who has lifelong roots on the peninsula, said it’s a decision she’s been mulling for a...

Stars Shut Out Bears: Juneau Tops Kenai In Railbelt Hockey

The Soldotna Stars defended home ice and the Kardinals dropped a road contest in Juneau in Railbelt Conference hockey, opening a pair of two-game series for SoHi and Kenai. SoHi’s experience and depth proved overpowering for the Kodiak Bears as the Stars posted a 9-0 shutout on Friday night in Railbelt Conference hockey action.