Brian Mazurek

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink participates via teleconference in the state’s daily press briefing on the new coronavirus on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

State changes website, COVID-19 reporting

Seward reports second COVID-19 case

 

Mariah Schloeman wipes down the counter at East Rip in Kenai on Wednesday. The store has implemented more stringent cleaning protocols, including wiping down surfaces after every transaction, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends: Pot industry looks for stabilization amid market, global uncertainty

“One thing that’s certain is that people want their cannabis.”

 

A sign welcoming visitors to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting is seen here at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends: Shifting tides

A look at the regulatory changes for the Upper Cook Inlet Fisheries

 

Nathan Simpson of Dutch Boy Landscaping on Nov. 14, 2019, installs colored lights on the tree by Homer Electric Association in Homer, Alaska. The big tree by HEA is one of Homer’s landmark holiday decorated trees. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Candidates announced for HEA board elections

Completed mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on May 6, 2020 in order to be counted.

Nathan Simpson of Dutch Boy Landscaping on Nov. 14, 2019, installs colored lights on the tree by Homer Electric Association in Homer, Alaska. The big tree by HEA is one of Homer’s landmark holiday decorated trees. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Anchorage hospital reports first coronavirus death within Alaska

Alaska Native Medical Center announced the death Friday afternoon

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Democratic party turns to vote-by-mail primary

All in-person voting scheduled for April 4 has been canceled.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Public health offers guidance on coronavirus

The state of Alaska and local communities are beginning to implement closures of public buildings and events and encouraging social distancing to prevent the spread… Continue reading

Out of the Office: Dropping a line

In my ongoing quest to shake off my Florida roots and achieve the illustrious title of “Real Alaskan,” I recently managed to cross an important… Continue reading

A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center welcomes rescued otter pup

The 2-week-old otter pup was found on a beach surrounded by birds with snowballs embedded in his fur

A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meet for the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Meeting at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Board hikes Kenai River king salmon escapement goal

Proposal 104 was adopted by a vote of 5-2 on Friday.

Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meet for the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Meeting at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A map of the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Gill Net Management Area. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Board of Fish tightens central district drift net restrictions

The move is an effort to strengthen Susitna salmon returns.

A map of the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Gill Net Management Area. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Susitna River sockeye delisted as stock of yield concern

The stock was designated after missing its sustainable escapement goal 5 years in a row.

Kasilof man killed by troopers

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation and the General Investigative Unit in Soldotna are investigating.

Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information 
                                The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The fire forced HEA to de-energize the transmission line that runs to Anchorage for several months, which essentially isolated the Kenai Peninsula from the rest of the utility rail belt.

HEA to install new battery storage system

The system will allow for more consistent power delivery if a generator goes down or usage spikes.

Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information 
                                The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The fire forced HEA to de-energize the transmission line that runs to Anchorage for several months, which essentially isolated the Kenai Peninsula from the rest of the utility rail belt.
Tammie Willis speaks at the LGTBQ Town Hall at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 4, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Packed town hall addresses LGBTQ safety

Town hall ends with call to action for local lawmakers

Tammie Willis speaks at the LGTBQ Town Hall at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 4, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Tammie Willis is seen here at Kenai Peninsula College on Dec. 19, 2019. The bandage on her arm covers some of the cuts Willis received while being attacked at her home on Dec. 9. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘I don’t want it to be about me’

After series of attacks, local woman fears LGBTQ community is being targeted.

Tammie Willis is seen here at Kenai Peninsula College on Dec. 19, 2019. The bandage on her arm covers some of the cuts Willis received while being attacked at her home on Dec. 9. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                The author in his natural state — a newsroom.

Out of the Office: What Makes an Alaskan?

Here’s a philosophical question for the readers out there —what qualifies someone as being “Alaskan”? Is it strictly a matter of time spent living here,… Continue reading

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                                The author in his natural state — a newsroom.

Homer man charged with murder three years ago to face trial Tuesday

Editor’s note: The story has been changed to correct the first name of public defender Joy Hobart. A Homer man charged with murder three years… Continue reading

Borough to spend $150,000 burning brush at the landfill

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is taking a torch to the problem of excess brush and woodland debris that has piled up at the landfill.… Continue reading

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                                Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30.

Senator Micciche asks for clarification on Swan Lake Fire Management

In the wake of the Swan Lake Fire, Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Kenai/Soldotna) is requesting a frank discussion on wildlife management policies. Micciche sent a letter… Continue reading

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                                Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30.