Ashlyn O'Hara

Robert Gibson testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough looks to revamp agricultural lease rates

Many of the borough’s existing agricultural land leases were issued during the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Schools head to ‘medium’ risk

Eastern and southern peninsula schools may return to in-person learning five days a week for all grades on Jan. 25

 

An area set up to administer doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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An area set up to administer doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Large vaccine clinics to happen later this month

Clinics are being offered by Soldotna Professional Pharmacy and Nikiski Fire/OEM

 

Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

As in-person learning resumes, parents ask for more changes

Many called for allowing students in all grades to resume in-person learning five days a week or for eliminating mask requirements for student athletes while active.

Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and face masks are seen on a table inside of the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers on Monday, Jan. 4 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly to meet in person following renovations, COVID mitigation measures

Renovations include a new configuration of the assembly dais and audience, and new camera equipment

Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and face masks are seen on a table inside of the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers on Monday, Jan. 4 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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High-risk KPBSD schools to resume on-site learning Monday

The shift comes a week earlier than anticipated

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Bailey Epperheimer and Judah Johnston pose with Epperheimer’s pigs, Maui and Chancho, at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Branching out: 4-H Ag Expo to relocate to Soldotna

The Kenai Peninsula Agricultural Expo is moving to Soldotna starting next year through at least 2022

Bailey Epperheimer and Judah Johnston pose with Epperheimer’s pigs, Maui and Chancho, at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Vaccine rollout continues throughout state, on peninsula

12,202 total COVID-19 vaccinations had been given in Alaska as of Sunday

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
State health officials brief members of the media on new COVID-19 vaccine developments in Alaska on Monday, Dec. 2021. (Screenshot)

Moderna vaccine doses arrive in Alaska

DHSS has anticipated that Moderna’s vaccine will be logistically easier to handle and to distribute

State health officials brief members of the media on new COVID-19 vaccine developments in Alaska on Monday, Dec. 2021. (Screenshot)
Protestors are seen at the intersection of Kenai Spur Hwy. and Sterling Hwy. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Parents protest remote learning

People held signs and glow sticks in Soldotna to protest remote learning

Protestors are seen at the intersection of Kenai Spur Hwy. and Sterling Hwy. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members participate in a special meeting, which was conducted remotely, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (Screenshot)

Assembly extends borough disaster declaration

The declaration was extended until March 31, 2021

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members participate in a special meeting, which was conducted remotely, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (Screenshot)
In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a syringe during a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

‘Beginning of the end’: Alaska’s first COVID-19 vaccines may arrive next week

The state’s health officials gave a vaccine update on Monday

In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a syringe during a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
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On-site learning could resume in January

K-6 students will be allowed to return to school on Jan. 19 even if their region is at high risk.

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A sign detailing the store’s mask policy stands outside Safeway in Soldotna on July 21, 2020.

Borough attorney signs letter refuting state’s claim that second-class boroughs can mandate masks

The letter describes specific statutes barring them from enacting mask mandate

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A sign detailing the store’s mask policy stands outside Safeway in Soldotna on July 21, 2020.
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

State COVID officials brief Soldotna City Council in work session

The council was joined by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and State Testing Coordinator Dr. Coleman Cutchins

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Moose are seen eating on the shoulder of Kenai Spur Highway on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Moose are seen eating on the shoulder of Kenai Spur Highway on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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DHSS encourages COVID-positive Alaskans to do their own contact tracing

In a Monday release, DHSS said that surging COVID-19 cases are creating a data backlog

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien (courtesy photo)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien (courtesy photo)
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School district explores reopening plans

The district launched a parent survey to get feedback on how to best resume on-site learning.

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