Elizabeth Earl

Gov. Walker’s budget proposal would reduce funding for Alaska Construction Academies

The Alaska Construction Academies might see a steep decline in funding next year if the Legislature accepts Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget cuts. The governor’s… Continue reading

Two file to run for borough mayor’s job

Though there are still nearly 10 months before Kenai Peninsula Borough residents will pick a new borough mayor, two people have already announced they are… Continue reading

Cleanup now under way at Tesoro spill in Nikiski

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating the cause of a recent oil spill near the Tesoro Refinery in Nikiski. On Dec. 18, the… Continue reading

Assembly declines to change policy on invocations

Assembly declines to change policy on invocations The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted not to change its invocation policy during its Tuesday night meeting. The… Continue reading

Game board to consider wolf control on lower peninsula

The Alaska Board of Game plans to debate a proposal at its Bethel meeting that would reauthorize a program allowing the Alaska Department of Fish… Continue reading

Plans for history conference advance

The plans for a history conference next April in Soldotna marking the anniversary of America’s purchase of Alaska from Russia are under way. With just… Continue reading

Serenity House applies for detox center grant

Plans for the central Kenai Peninsula’s first medical detox facility are underway.Over the last several years, opioid addiction on the Kenai Peninsula and in Alaska… Continue reading

Peninsula employment drops

The Kenai Peninsula has seen a steeper drop in jobs than the state in general between the first two quarters of 2015 and 2016. In… Continue reading

ACLU sues borough over invocation policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the borough assembly’s invocation policy, which it claims is discriminatory.The lawsuit,… Continue reading

Assembly resurrects invocation guidelines

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revived its invocation policy during a reconsideration vote at its Tuesday meeting. The assembly passed an amendment Nov. 22 deleting… Continue reading

Tribes receive funds for treatment programs

Two Alaska Native tribes on the Kenai Peninsula will receive approximately $1 million over the next five years to help address substance abuse and mental… Continue reading

Fisheries board meeting in Homer

In the winter, those looking for a shot at some fresh king salmon can head to Kachemak Bay and drop a line. King salmon arrive… Continue reading

Borough plans sales tax workshops

The Kenai Peninsula Borough administration will explain upcoming changes to the sales tax code through several community meetings.The borough assembly approved an ordinance with multiple… Continue reading

Assembly approves Soldotna hospital expansion

Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is moving forward with plans to update its obstetrics wing and to install the Kenai Peninsula’s first catheterization lab.The hospital… Continue reading

Borough’s health-care task force finalizes recommendations.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s task force on health care reached a set of final recommendations last week.The Healthcare Task Force, which has been meeting for… Continue reading

KPBSD teachers, support staff unions vote to ratify contract

KPBSD teachers, support staff unions vote to ratify contractThe associations for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s teachers and support staff have voted to ratify… Continue reading

Occupational license fees on the rise

Juniper Lanmon-Freeman cried the first time she attended the birth of a child. A licensed midwife, Lanmon-Freeman now delivers two to three babies per month… Continue reading

Assembly reduces Planning Commission

The number of Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission members will decrease to 11, but not until 2020. After initially voting it down, the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

ACLU to borough: Drop invocation policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough to back down from its newly passed invocation policy. The organization, which… Continue reading

Public weighs in before fish board

SOLDOTNA — Fishermen and the fisheries-inclined turned out by the dozens Tuesday for an open hearing before the Board of Fisheries to air their concerns… Continue reading