Victoria Petersen

A breakdown of election results on the peninsula

The Alaska Division of Elections on Tuesday released its latest voting results. The tally includes early ballots, questioned ballots and absentee ballots. Still to be… Continue reading

 

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                                Parents, teachers, staff and concerned public gather at the Kenai Central High School library to listen to Superintendent Sean Dusek and Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones discuss the future Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget on Tuesday in Kenai.

District begins future budget development with public input

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is already breaking ground on their upcoming budget development — and is getting the community involved. Superintendent Sean Dusek… Continue reading

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly continues invocations

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to note that Assembly member Willy Dunne will make the invocation at the Dec. 4 meeting. Last Tuesday’s… Continue reading

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough welcome sign is getting refurbished

Something is missing on the drive to and from Anchorage. The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s welcome sign, which normally sits at Milepost 75 on the Seward… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Eli Darien, is one of the first graduates of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Henu’ Community Wellness Court program, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Kenai, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Henu’ Community Wellness Court honors first graduates

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Henu’ Community Wellness Court celebrated the program’s first graduates Friday afternoon at the Tyotkas Elder Center. The Henu’ Community Wellness Court… Continue reading

Eli Darien, is one of the first graduates of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Henu’ Community Wellness Court program, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Kenai, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Democratic nominee for governor in Alaska, Mark Begich, speaks during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, as Gov. Bill Walker, left, looks on. The forum featured the three major candidates in the race, including Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy, who is not pictured. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

A discussion with gubernatorial candidate Mark Begich

The Kenai Peninsula’s economy has long been dependent on oil and gas. What will you do to boost the economy on the Kenai Peninsula beyond… Continue reading

Democratic nominee for governor in Alaska, Mark Begich, speaks during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, as Gov. Bill Walker, left, looks on. The forum featured the three major candidates in the race, including Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy, who is not pictured. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Negotiations continue between school district and unions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District met last week with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association to continue negotiations… Continue reading

Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the public give testimony at the Marijuana Control Board, who met in Kenai, Alaska for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Residents air concerns ar Marijuana Control Board in Kenai

The Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office met in Kenai for the first time, with members of public from across the state convening at the Kenai… Continue reading

Members of the public give testimony at the Marijuana Control Board, who met in Kenai, Alaska for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

State of emergency due to rain, flooding in Seward area

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to flooding events in the borough, a press release from community and… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A BUMPS bus waits for passengers in the Walmart parking lot Monday in Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community gathers to increase public transportation opportunities

The Kenai Peninsula is nearly the size of West Virginia with small towns and unincorporated communities sprinkled throughout. Without a car or other means of… Continue reading

A BUMPS bus waits for passengers in the Walmart parking lot Monday in Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board focuses on student safety

The number of students being assessed as suicide risks is seeing an uptick in Kenai Peninsula schools. During Monday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kachemak Selo Middle-High School building sits against a backdrop of the ridge separating the village from the Kenai Peninsula Borough road system Thursday, Aug. 30, in Kachemak Selo. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

What’s next for K-Selo?

Bonds to build a new school in the Old Believer village of Kachemak Selo, east of Homer, were voted down last week, but the effort… Continue reading

The Kachemak Selo Middle-High School building sits against a backdrop of the ridge separating the village from the Kenai Peninsula Borough road system Thursday, Aug. 30, in Kachemak Selo. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
East Rip, a new marijuana retailer, is photographed on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The new business is situated in a busy, central part of Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

East Rip: The Kenai Peninsula’s newest cannabis shop opens in Kenai

East Rip is the peninsula’s newest recreational marijuana retailer, and the first cannabis business located in Kenai’s compact commercial center. Ryan Tunseth has been working… Continue reading

East Rip, a new marijuana retailer, is photographed on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The new business is situated in a busy, central part of Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Soldotna City Council voted during its Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 meeting at Soldotna City Hall, pictured here, to appropriate funding to demolish a building that was damaged by fire three years ago. (Clarion stock photo)

Soldotna updates mobile vendor code

Last week, the Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance updating their mobile vendor code. The new code includes different types of vendors, not just ones… Continue reading

The Soldotna City Council voted during its Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 meeting at Soldotna City Hall, pictured here, to appropriate funding to demolish a building that was damaged by fire three years ago. (Clarion stock photo)
Leslie Rohr and Kathy Gensel lead a meeting on homelessness in the community on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community gathers to combat growing area homelessness

On Thursday afternoon, Sept. 27, community members from around the central peninsula gathered to discuss issues on homelessness in the area. Concerned community member Kathy… Continue reading

Leslie Rohr and Kathy Gensel lead a meeting on homelessness in the community on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A workers sits a computer at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The center serves as the hub for the federal government’s cyber situational awareness, incident response, and management center for any malicious cyber activity. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Kenai, Soldotna boost cybersecurity

The cities of Soldotna and Kenai have boosted security on their entity’s digital infrastructure after a detrimental attack affected the Matanuska-Susitna Borough network earlier this… Continue reading

A workers sits a computer at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The center serves as the hub for the federal government’s cyber situational awareness, incident response, and management center for any malicious cyber activity. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Dollynda Phelps discusses current issues in the cannabis industry with local business owners on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Cannabis industry meeting raises concerns over Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

Cannabis cultivators, retailers and consumers squeezed into a small Kenai living room Wednesday night, Sept. 12, to discuss ongoing problems within the marijuana industry and… Continue reading

Dollynda Phelps discusses current issues in the cannabis industry with local business owners on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district sees rise in homeless students

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has seen a 42-percent increase in their Students in Transition program from this time last year. The 16-year-old program… Continue reading

Borough elections 2018: What you need to know

In between the August primary election and the November general election, Homer and borough residents have the opportunity to elect new leadership on Oct. 2.… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 18, 2017 file photo, packs of cigarettes are offered for sale at a convenience store in Helena, Mont. Tobacco companies have made claims about cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent in 2017, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly unanimously votes down cigarette tax

A cigarette and tobacco products tax was voted down unanimously by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last Tuesday, but residents may see it on the… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 18, 2017 file photo, packs of cigarettes are offered for sale at a convenience store in Helena, Mont. Tobacco companies have made claims about cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent in 2017, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)