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Linda Hutchings speaks during a forum for borough mayoral candidates last month. (Photo by Will Morrow/Peninsula Clarion)

Pierce, Hutchings headed to runoff

Charlie Pierce and Linda Hutchings are headed to a runoff election in the race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, according to unofficial results of Tuesday’s… Continue reading

Linda Hutchings speaks during a forum for borough mayoral candidates last month. (Photo by Will Morrow/Peninsula Clarion)

Keep Cannabis Legal group leads pack for campaign spending

With less than a month to go until the regular election, candidates and groups are racking up campaign spending. The single biggest spender so far… Continue reading

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 photo shows the upstairs fan structure in the heat, ventilation and air conditioning system of the George A. Navarre Borough Administration Building in Soldotna, Alaska. The HVAC systems are original to the building and inefficient, leading to cold patches and overly heated portions of the building. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Prop 2 asks voters to support HVAC repairs to borough building

A set of round dials mounted on a monitoring box in a cramped maintenance room are supposed to measure air pressure through the pneumatic system… Continue reading

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 photo shows the upstairs fan structure in the heat, ventilation and air conditioning system of the George A. Navarre Borough Administration Building in Soldotna, Alaska. The HVAC systems are original to the building and inefficient, leading to cold patches and overly heated portions of the building. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten (left) and Board of Fisheries member Reed Morisky (right) testify during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation field hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, hosted by Sen. Dan Sullivan on Aug. 23 in Soldotna. (Photo/Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Stakeholders voice preferred changes to federal fisheries act

SOLDOTNA — Sportfishing groups and advocates want to see the federal government separate the management of sport and commercial fishing in the upcoming renewal of… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten (left) and Board of Fisheries member Reed Morisky (right) testify during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation field hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, hosted by Sen. Dan Sullivan on Aug. 23 in Soldotna. (Photo/Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

A lack of candidates plagues service area board elections

After October, only two of the five members of the Seldovia Recreational Service Area Board will be elected. The other three will be appointed by… Continue reading

Judge orders council to get to work on Cook Inlet salmon plan

KENAI — The United Cook Inlet Drift Association’s lawsuit against the federal government has finally reached its conclusion, though its repercussions are far from over.… Continue reading

This map, taken from Alaska Communications’ presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, shows the areas eligible for broadband expansion with the funding Alaska Communications received from the Federal Communications Commission. The company plans to expand its broadband internet services on the Kenai Peninsula in stages from 2018–2025. (Courtesy Alaska Communications)

Alaska Communications plans broadband expansion on peninsula

Residents in the most rural areas of the western peninsula may get access to much better internet connections in the next few years. Alaska Communications,… Continue reading

This map, taken from Alaska Communications’ presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, shows the areas eligible for broadband expansion with the funding Alaska Communications received from the Federal Communications Commission. The company plans to expand its broadband internet services on the Kenai Peninsula in stages from 2018–2025. (Courtesy Alaska Communications)

Bed tax fails, sales tax cap goes to ballot

Kenai Peninsula voters will get to decide again if they want to raise the cap on taxable sales in the borough this fall. The Kenai… Continue reading

Assembly introduced bed tax ordinance

Voters may get to decide whether Kenai Peninsula Borough hotels and bed-and-breakfasts should have to charge a bed tax in the fall election. The Kenai… Continue reading

Park users, commercial fishermen clash over Tutka Bay net pens

The debate over whether a Cook Inlet hatchery operator can move some net pens out into a Homer-area bay is tangled up with the future… Continue reading

Judge denies assembly member’s request for expedited hearing in complaint against borough

Judge denies assembly member’s request for expedited hearing in complaint against borough

Editor’s note: Following the March 16 court hearing, Assembly member Willy Dunne submitted his opinion piece to the Homer News. That opinion piece can be… Continue reading

Judge denies assembly member’s request for expedited hearing in complaint against borough
Assembly member files complaint against borough

Assembly member files complaint against borough

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member from Homer has challenged a clause prohibiting him from speaking or writing about the assembly’s controversial invocation policy. In… Continue reading

Assembly member files complaint against borough
In this June 2016 photo, dipnetters, commercial fishing vessels and seagulls all crowd the mouth of the Kasilof River at low tide in Kasilof, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

State halts Kasilof boat landing project

A controversial project to install a new boat ramp on the banks of the Kasilof River has been put on hold. The project, known as… Continue reading

In this June 2016 photo, dipnetters, commercial fishing vessels and seagulls all crowd the mouth of the Kasilof River at low tide in Kasilof, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

School district hosts public budget discussions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wants the public to put pressure on the Legislature and the borough assembly to provide additional funding in the… Continue reading

Willy Dunne, District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member.

Assembly votes to introduce invocation elimination ordinance

The public will finally get a formal chance to weigh in on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s invocation practice in March. In a narrow 5-4… Continue reading

Willy Dunne, District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member.
In this July 2016 photo, anglers cast their lines into the Kenai River from the bank above the Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Issues to watch at the Board of Fisheries

Fishermen, regulators, biologists and stakeholders will gather in Anchorage later this month to clash over and collaborate on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries policies. The state… Continue reading

In this July 2016 photo, anglers cast their lines into the Kenai River from the bank above the Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Bill would triple fuel taxes over 2 years

Bill would triple fuel taxes over 2 years

To help bridge some of the state’s $3 billion budget gap, Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a bill that would triple the motor fuel tax… Continue reading

Bill would triple fuel taxes over 2 years
Photo by Elizabeth Earl, Morris News Service - Alaska Shanon Davis, the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, speaks to the crowd at the Industry Outlook Forum on Jan. 11 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The annual forum, hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, features speakers from a variety of different industries to provide insight on the upcoming year in their businesses.

Tourism projected to grow 2% in 2017

The tourism season in Alaska is projected togrow by 2 percent over this year, but the future for the industry’s marketing is still uncertain. More… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl, Morris News Service - Alaska Shanon Davis, the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, speaks to the crowd at the Industry Outlook Forum on Jan. 11 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The annual forum, hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, features speakers from a variety of different industries to provide insight on the upcoming year in their businesses.

Students play, sing with KPO this week

Kenai Peninsula students will get a chance to play and sing along with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in a set of concerts this week. Through… Continue reading

Assembly resolution: Members only speak for themselves

A resolution planned for hearing at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly would clarify that each assembly member’s opinions about the assembly’s controversial invocation policy are… Continue reading