Victoria Petersen

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district employees vote to strike

A week after contract negotiations with the school district hit a standstill, peninsula educators and staff have voted to strike. In a Facebook post published… Continue reading

 

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board approves some non-tenure teacher contracts

The jobs weren’t secure due to fiscal uncertainty around Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget

 

District employees leave the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Strike on table for school district staff

School district employees are considering a strike after contract negotiations were left unresolved Thursday afternoon. Since May 8, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and… Continue reading

 

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

Borough introduces bed tax ordinance

The 12% bed tax would affect temporary lodging across the borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district, employee associations continue contract talks

The district rejected one proposal from two employee associations and is analyzing another

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Employee associations reject school district contract proposals

The rising cost of health care has been a key sticking point in the negotiations.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Pierce vetoes $2.5 million for schools

The Borough Assembly passed an ordinance April 16 increasing the FY 2019 funds by $2,423,955.

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek stands next to BP Teachers of Excellence honorees, Wendy Todd, a teacher at Paul Banks Elementary in Homer, Julie Doepken, a teacher at William H. Seward High School in Seward, Martha Fleming of Seward High School and Jennifer Hornung, a teacher at Nikiski Middle/High School at the BP Teachers of Excellence reception in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (Photo courtsey of BP Teachers of Excellence.)

Peninsula educators recognized as BP Teachers of Excellence

Thirteen teachers across the state were awarded the teachers of excellence award.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek stands next to BP Teachers of Excellence honorees, Wendy Todd, a teacher at Paul Banks Elementary in Homer, Julie Doepken, a teacher at William H. Seward High School in Seward, Martha Fleming of Seward High School and Jennifer Hornung, a teacher at Nikiski Middle/High School at the BP Teachers of Excellence reception in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (Photo courtsey of BP Teachers of Excellence.)

Peninsula journalists win at Alaska Press Club awards

At the Alaska Press Club awards banquet held Saturday, April 27 in Anchorage, the Homer News took home several awards at this year’s Alaska Press… Continue reading

House Republicans huddle for a decision on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

House Republicans announce support for K-12 funding

“This is a commitment to support the full base amount through this entire budget process.”

House Republicans huddle for a decision on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
An Alaska SeaLife Center animal care specialist feeds a rescued sea otter pup. The female pup was admitted April 9, after the newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Sea otter pup found in Kachemak Bay recovering at SeaLife Center in Seward

The newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay

An Alaska SeaLife Center animal care specialist feeds a rescued sea otter pup. The female pup was admitted April 9, after the newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
Office of Budget and Management Director Donna Arduin, right, weighs in on a discussion of the Kenai Peninsula and state economies during an interview with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska.

Dunleavy talks peninsula and state economy

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sits down with Peninsula Clarion reporters

Office of Budget and Management Director Donna Arduin, right, weighs in on a discussion of the Kenai Peninsula and state economies during an interview with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, speaks about education with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek and Victoria Petersen (not pictured) on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, industry and his proposed budget. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy talks education

The second part in the Clarion’s sit-down with the governor

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, speaks about education with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek and Victoria Petersen (not pictured) on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, industry and his proposed budget. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek, left, and Victoria Petersen on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, industry and his proposed budget. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A sit-down with the governor

Dunleavy talks public safety

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek, left, and Victoria Petersen on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, industry and his proposed budget. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the community attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. The board passed a $145 million budget during the meeting. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district passes budget

The school district passed a total general fund revenue budget of $145,387,469

Members of the community attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. The board passed a $145 million budget during the meeting. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai/Soldotna), House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham) and Vice-Chair of the House Finance Committee Janice Johnston (R-Anchorage) listen to public testimony at a local House Finance Committee meeting at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula residents pack House Finance meeting

“We are now to the bone … More cuts will cut to the marrow and we’re going to start losing limbs”

Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai/Soldotna), House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham) and Vice-Chair of the House Finance Committee Janice Johnston (R-Anchorage) listen to public testimony at a local House Finance Committee meeting at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

The governor’s proposed budget would reduce funding to the state Division of Agriculture

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Jan. 30. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
                                Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Last week, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, introduced a constitutional amendment guaranteeing early funding for state K-12 public education. Several state entities and peninsula educators testified… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Jan. 30. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
                                Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy forums to begin in Kenai

‘These presentations will outline our vision for Alaska’

Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)
Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly passes resolution supporting oil and gas property taxes

Borough asks state to modify oil and gas property tax bills

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)