Elizabeth Earl

Healthcare task force limited by hospital legal structure

If the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Healthcare Task Force wants to make changes to how the hospitals operate, it will have to address some roadblocks in… Continue reading

Borough OKs USAD to extend Funny River gas line

More residents of Soldotna’s Funny River area will soon have access to natural gas in their homes. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a resolution… Continue reading

Peninsula’s maritime industry grows

The Kenai Peninsula’s economy depends even more on the ocean and rivers than is apparent on paper. Some are obvious: fishing, shipping and marine fishing… Continue reading

Borough sees increase in oil property values

The values of some oil and gas properties in the Kenai Peninsula Borough jumped in the most recent state assessment, producing about $1.1 million more… Continue reading

Questions remain in hospital service area boundary move

An invisible line near Clam Gulch Tower means the landowners on the north side are likely paying a few dollars in property taxes each year… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Jen Peura, a seasonal biotech with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, pulls on the long gloves necessary to spray herbicides on invasive plants near the Egumen Lake trailhead on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Keep out: Kenai Peninsula land managers work together to curb invasive species

Wearing a pump-powered backpack sprayer, long yellow gloves and protective goggles, Jen Peura looked more like she was out hunting ghosts than killing flowers.The seasonal… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion Jen Peura, a seasonal biotech with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, pulls on the long gloves necessary to spray herbicides on invasive plants near the Egumen Lake trailhead on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Report examines five-year outlook for peninsula economy

The Kenai Peninsula’s relatively diverse economy has some room to grow in the next few years, accommodating for lower oil prices and production as well… Continue reading

Proposal would move hospital service area south

A proposed ordinance before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly would move the hospital service area boundary south. The move would shift Ninilchik from the South… Continue reading

Landfill discussed as assembly passes budget

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the budget for fiscal year 2017 at its Tuesday meeting. The budget will go into effect after the borough’s… Continue reading

Borough eliminates funding for CARTS program

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly cut its support for the Central Area Rural Transit System out of its Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The borough has… Continue reading

Assembly shoots down gun range in Seldovia

The power of public comment took down an effort to set up a gun club in a valley near Seldovia. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly… Continue reading

Division of Parks to sell merchandise to help pay costs, become self-sufficient

Add promotional hats, water bottles, visors and other promotional items to the list of ways Alaska hopes to balance its budget without hiking taxes too… Continue reading

Support industries feel pinch

The round tables were fringed with people chatting leisurely and exchanging bits of news, like they were on lunch break. A few feet away, two… Continue reading

Borough disbands Central Peninsula Hospital service area board

Governance at Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital will go directly to the hospital’s operating board and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. The service area will remain… Continue reading

Ordinance would merge two borough departments

Facing decreased revenue from the state, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has proposed merging the Capital Projects Department with its Purchasing and Contracting Department. The Capital… Continue reading

Teen birth rate declines in Alaska

The number of teenage parents in Alaska is continuing its downward trend. Nationwide, the birth rate among teenage women 15-19 years old has declined dramatically… Continue reading

Report analyzes short-term economic impacts of cuts

The Legislature must take strides to reduce the deficit, but the transition will be smoother if it is a multi-year process, according to a new… Continue reading

Soldotna hospital hopes to upgrade imaging equipment

Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is looking to update its imaging capabilities with some new equipment if the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gives it the… Continue reading

The jack-up rig Randolph Yost arrived on the heavy-lift vessel Tai An Kou the evening of Wednesday, March 9. The jack-up rig was floated off the Tan An Kou on Saturday and put legs down at the Deep Water Dock. Furie Operating Alaska will use the jack-up rig to drill new wells in the Kitchen Lights unit off Nikiski. The rig is undergoing mechanical modifications and will be moved about April 1. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Seismic, exploration projects underway on Kenai Peninsula

Despite pessimistic oil and gas outlooks, two companies are conducting seismic data-gathering activities on the Kenai Peninsula this spring and another is planning more exploration… Continue reading

The jack-up rig Randolph Yost arrived on the heavy-lift vessel Tai An Kou the evening of Wednesday, March 9. The jack-up rig was floated off the Tan An Kou on Saturday and put legs down at the Deep Water Dock. Furie Operating Alaska will use the jack-up rig to drill new wells in the Kitchen Lights unit off Nikiski. The rig is undergoing mechanical modifications and will be moved about April 1. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Apache to shutter Alaska operations

Apache Corporation, which has been exploring oil and gas resources in the Cook Inlet area, announced recently that it will exit the state. The Houston,… Continue reading