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January 25, 2010
by The Associated Press Sunday, January 24, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A small earthquake has hit near several Alaskan towns but there have been no reports of damage. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the 3.2-magnitude quake struck around 6 a.m. Saturday and was centered in the Kenai Peninsula region. The quake rattled within 50 miles of several communities and was felt in both Homer and Anchor Point.
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By Jackie Bartz and Channel 2 News | October 26, 2011
An aerial wolf control proposal on the Kenai Peninsula is before the Alaska Board of Game. It's part of a intensive management plan for moose that was submitted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  If the proposal is passed, the state could issue permits to department employees and the public.  The Board will take up the proposal at it's November meeting in Barrow.  Some environmental groups argue that it's not the best...
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May 28, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Thursday, May 27, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Open burning has been suspended on the Kenai Peninsula due to dry conditions. Officials recommend that residents should check any fires they have lit in the past month to ensure that they are completely out. Campfires and burn barrels built to approved safety standards have not been suspended, but individuals must use caution and ensure that there is no wind and adequate clearance from vegetation.
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By Reba Lean & Abby Hancock and Channel 2 News | September 23, 2012
The Department of Environmental Conservation is advising Kenai Peninsula property owners near flooding streams and rivers to boil their water used for drinking, cooking, hand washing or dish washing. Wells near the flooded water systems may be contaminated with bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause illness.  Boiling the water should reduce any harmful effects, and the department recommends boiling filtered and settled water vigorously for two minutes. After the flooding subsides, the well and water systems should be disinfected with chlorine and thoroughly flushed, then tested for drinking safety, according to a release by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
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March 26, 2010
by Channel 2 News staff Thursday, March 25, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The first Wal-Mart store on the Kenai Peninsula is set to open next week. According to Mitchell Communications Group, the new Kenai Wal-Mart will open March 31. The group says the store will employ approximately 300 associates and will increase the tax revenue to support the area's economy. Nonprofit organizations are also expected to benefit from the retailer through ongoing charitable contributions.
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May 4, 2010
by Mike Ross Monday, May 3, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Dangerously dry conditions and strong winds have prompted a burn ban on the Kenai Peninsula. The Division of Forestry and the Ninilchik Volunteer Fire Department scrambled Sunday to put out a one-acre grass fire. Firefighters say it got out of control because a person who started a debris burn didn't clear away a firebreak. Open burning and fires in burn barrels have been suspended by the Division of Forestry until further notice.
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By Channel 2 News staff | June 14, 2012
Channel 2's translators on the Kenai Peninsula have temporarily failed following their conversion from analog to digital signals this week. Channel 2's Engineering Department received a report Thursday that the translators in Homer/Seldovia, Ninilchik, Kasilof and Kenai/Soldotna for all Anchorage TV stations were temporarily down, possibly due to the failure of a backup power supply. The translators will be repaired, but service will not be restored until Thursday evening at the earliest.
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By Jackie Bartz and Channel 2 News | January 18, 2012
The State of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game will begin shooting wolves for the first time on the Kenai Peninsula, in order to boost moose populations for hunters. It's part of an intensive management plan for moose that was passed by the Alaska Board of Game on Tuesday, during its statewide meeting in Anchorage. "It's to promote a balance between the predators and the prey, relative to human interest for having food for consumption in that area of the state," said Dale Rabe, acting director of the department's Division of Wildlife Conservation.
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November 17, 2012
Ted Spraker is the acting chairman of the Alaska Board of Game.  He is retired wildlife biologist, who is also an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman, now living in Soldotna. He worked for almost 30 years for the State Department of Fish and Game, where he served as the Area Wildlife Biologist for the Kenai Peninsula.  He also worked briefly with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
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By Mallory Peebles and Channel 2 News | July 8, 2013
It has been one year since an Anchorage woman went missing from a Kenai Peninsula campground and her family still has no idea what happened to her. Valerie Sifsof went missing the evening of July 7 and has not been seen since. Sifsof is among a number of other people reported missing in 2012 that have not been found. In October of 2012, Mary-Anne Alexie went missing from the Spenard area after coming to Anchorage for college. Carol Bender never met Alexie but says she felt compelled to help find the missing 33-year-old and organized a search last fall.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | September 10, 2013
An Alaska State Trooper got more than he bargained for while refueling his cruiser at a gas station on the Sterling Highway Sunday night, arresting a visibly intoxicated driver who also pulled into the station. AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the trooper, Jason “Woody” Woodruff , had been conducting DUI enforcement work with the Bureau of Highway Patrol on the Kenai Peninsula when he stopped at Big John's Tesoro station near Soldotna shortly before midnight to refuel and get some coffee.
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By Corey Allen-Young and Channel 2 News | August 27, 2013
For five years and counting, Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater has called the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District his home. Atwater said the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is the perfect compromise to push his students and staff to be the best schools in the country. There's no other place on earth Atwater would rather be than with the district and its more than 9,000 students. "It's semi-urban, you can also get out to the outdoors pretty easily," Atwater said. It's a district that stretches from Hope to Homer that mileage-wise is bigger than the state of West Virginia.
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By Mallory Peebles and Channel 2 News | July 8, 2013
It has been one year since an Anchorage woman went missing from a Kenai Peninsula campground and her family still has no idea what happened to her. Valerie Sifsof went missing the evening of July 7 and has not been seen since. Sifsof is among a number of other people reported missing in 2012 that have not been found. In October of 2012, Mary-Anne Alexie went missing from the Spenard area after coming to Anchorage for college. Carol Bender never met Alexie but says she felt compelled to help find the missing 33-year-old and organized a search last fall.
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By Abby Hancock | June 22, 2013
Wildfire crews battling fires across the state will soon have extra hands with 100 firefighters from the Lower 48. On Saturday night, the five, 20-person crews mainly from Oregon, arrived in Fairbanks. The crews will be sent to the fire lines in McGrath, Fairbanks, and possibly along the Kenai Peninsula, according to Pete Buist with the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. "We only have a limited number of type 1 crews in Alaska and they've been working hard for a couple weeks," said Buist.
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By Neil Torquiano and Channel 2 News | June 16, 2013
Dry conditions across the state have increased fire activity and the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center expanded red flag warnings on Saturday. There were fire weather watches for the Susitna and Kuskokwim valleys as well as very dry conditions in the Copper River Basin and Kenai Peninsula. Wood chips and organic debris was burning within the Yukon training area - creating smoke that may last throughout the summer, but fire activity in Fairbanks and nearby areas have remained minimal.
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By Dan Carpenter and Channel 2 News | May 15, 2013
Fishing is a thread running through the fabric of many Alaska communities. On the Kenai Peninsula, that thread is symbolized by the Kenai River and the king salmon it brings. In a small workshop in Soldotna, strong fishing line is spun onto spools and threaded through fishing poles. Greg Brush is gearing up for another season as a sport-fishing guide. “I came up here and started deck handling and then guiding, and then I started my own business and built it up through the years -- and I'm still going,” Brush said.
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By Jessica Ridgway and Channel 2 News | May 13, 2013
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is issuing catch-and-release restrictions on Kenai River king salmon sport fishing, due to estimates that rank this year's preseason run as the lowest measured over the past 28 years. Fish and Game officials say the preseason estimate for 2013 indicates a total run of 5,300 kings -- a number which pales in comparison to runs from 1986 through 2012, which measured an average run of 14,000 fish, according to an ADFG report. “We're forecasting a well-below-average run for king salmon on the Kenai River," said Fish and Game biologist Tom Vania.
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By Jessica Ridgway and Channel 2 News | May 3, 2013
The Hope Community Resources 44th Annual Walk & Roll for Hope event starts Saturday, May 4, at the west end of the Delany Park Strip in Anchorage. Check-in for the event will open at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. According to a Katie Johnston, a spokesperson for Hope Community Resources, registration for this event is not required, but a donation of $25 is suggested. "If you want to come down and show your support, we'd love to have you," said Johnston. For the past 44 years the Walk & Roll for Hope has raised funds to benefit individuals with disabilities and help them achieve their dreams.
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By Blake Essig and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | December 26, 2012
Heavy snowfall on Kenai Peninsula power lines Monday led to scattered outages through Christmas Day, with most customers back online but service still being restored Thursday to parts of Seldovia and some of Channel 2's translators. According to Homer Electric Association spokesperson Joe Gallagher, a power line between Seldovia and Six Mile Jakolof Bay Road was re-energized at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Gallagher says those customers are the only ones still without power Thursday, with minor outages in Anchor Point and Sterling repaired Wednesday.
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By Jessica Ridgway and Channel 2 News | November 29, 2012
Troopers found a man dead in a shed in Voznesenka shortly before 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Alaska State Trooper dispatch. The man was later identified as 43-year-old Nazary Polushkin. He was found inside his shed at his residence in Nikolai Court. No foul play is suspected at this time. Polushkin was transferred to an Anchorage hospital for an autopsy. Voznesenka is a small community on the Kenai peninsula, located about 25 miles east of Homer.   Contact Jessica Ridgway  
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