Ashlyn O'Hara

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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Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna.

Assembly unanimously approves construction of communications towers

Four towers will be constructed to expand internet access following an assembly vote Tuesday.

Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna.

All central peninsula schools shifted 100% remote learning Wednesday

Spike in COVID-19 cases on central peninsula led to school district decision

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An at-home COVID-19 test is seen. (Courtesy photo)

At-home COVID-19 test kits for sale at Safeway pharmacies

At-home COVID-19 saliva test kits are now available for purchase at Safeway pharmacies.

An at-home COVID-19 test is seen. (Courtesy photo)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

More than one-fifth of all district students enrolled in Connections homeschool program

Only four of the district’s 42 schools had enrollments greater than projected

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, left, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, right, participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Farnsworth-Hutchings emphasizes team work

The race for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor

Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, left, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, right, participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign welcomes travelers to the Kenai Peninsula on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign welcomes travelers to the Kenai Peninsula on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)