COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Two more Alaskan deaths related to COVID-19

Two more Alaskan deaths have been tied to COVID-19, bringing the total number of Alaskans whose deaths have been related to the disease to 22.… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks during a Tuesday, April 7, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Alaska sees record surge in positive COVID-19 cases

Alaska recorded its highest number in a single day of positive COVID-19 cases, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced on Sunday. The… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks during a Tuesday, April 7, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Photo by Peter Segall/Juneau Empire 
                                The MV LeConte as seen at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, July 20, 2020.

Alaska Marine Highway group says $24M subsidy insufficient

JUNEAU, (AP) — The group tasked with reforming the Alaska Marine Highway System said a $24 million subsidy proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to run… Continue reading

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                                The MV LeConte as seen at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, July 20, 2020.
In this July 2007, photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, says it plans to offer residents in the region a dividend. (AP Photo | Al Grillo, File)

Release of Pebble Mine review expected this week

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its final environmental review.

In this July 2007, photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, says it plans to offer residents in the region a dividend. (AP Photo | Al Grillo, File)
A sign detailing the store’s mask policy is seen here outside Safeway in Soldotna on July 21, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

From ‘stupid’ to ‘a very good idea’

Local customers bring a variety of opinions to new face-mask policies at retailers.

A sign detailing the store’s mask policy is seen here outside Safeway in Soldotna on July 21, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: Customers drive local food options

At the Homer Farmers Market on Saturday I overheard one of the farmers telling a customer the secret to the Market’s success. She summed it… Continue reading

The Alaska Grown logo.
One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemack Bay. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough, school district seeks to extend state infrastructure grant

The biggest project would be the construction of a new school in Kachemak Selo.

  • Jul 22, 2020
  • By Victoria Petersen For the Peninsula Clarion
  • Schools
One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemack Bay. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Peonies line Pioneer Avenue on a rainy Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. Self-guided peony tours are part of the ongoing Homer Peony Celebration. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Peony celebration ends this weekend

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is entering the final stretch of hosting the first ever Homer Peony Celebration. The inaugural event kicked… Continue reading

Peonies line Pioneer Avenue on a rainy Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. Self-guided peony tours are part of the ongoing Homer Peony Celebration. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer residents briefly evacuate after quake, tsunami warning

Homerites and other coastal Alaskans were roused out of bed last night for an evacuation following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning for… Continue reading

Soldotna assistant football coach Eric Pomerleau checks the temperature of sophomore Joseph Whittom before summer workouts Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Back to school? COVID cases to decide

“We are on a tightwire between a rock and a hard place.”

Soldotna assistant football coach Eric Pomerleau checks the temperature of sophomore Joseph Whittom before summer workouts Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19 cases continue to rise; state records 19th Alaskan death associated with the disease

Alaska continues its steady climb in new COVID-19 cases each day, with an additional 94 cases recorded by the state on Wednesday. Of those, 92… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Screenshot from the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center

Tsunami warning canceled

The tsunami warning for Kachemak Bay has been canceled by the U.S. Tsunami Warning System. There is no longer a warning, advisory, threat or watch… Continue reading

Screenshot from the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center
This screenshot shows the areas of Alaska under a tsunami warning following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Aleutian Chain Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Screenshot from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration)

Tsunami warning in effect for Homer following earthquake

11:30 p.m. update: The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management has clarified that the tsunami warning is in effect for the coastal areas of… Continue reading

This screenshot shows the areas of Alaska under a tsunami warning following a 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Aleutian Chain Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (Screenshot from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

New record set for largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases

141 new cases driven in part by seafood industry outbreaks

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State reports 75 new COVID-19 cases, 12 on peninsula

This brings the total number of resident cases to 1,693 and nonresident cases to 339.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Borough assembly passes 2nd amendment ‘sanctuary’ ordinance

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted recently to make the borough a Second Amendment “sanctuary.” The assembly voted at its July 7 meeting,… Continue reading

The Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna is seen here on June 1. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough holds CARES grant meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering several open houses to help small business owners and nonprofits earn about opportunities for pandemic-relief grants through funding received… Continue reading

The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna is seen here on June 1. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer Farmers Market: Keep farmers safe — and farming

It is interesting how the COVID-19 situation has amplified so many people’s awareness of what is important. We are learning to localize more than ever,… Continue reading

One of the recently rescued harbor seal pups is seen here at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska in this undated photo. (Courtesy Chloe Rossman/Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center fundraising gets off to strong start

City of Seward pledges $500,000, memberships soar

One of the recently rescued harbor seal pups is seen here at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska in this undated photo. (Courtesy Chloe Rossman/Alaska SeaLife Center)
A sign by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center shows where to vote on Aug. 21, 2018, for the Diamond Ridge, Homer, Alaska, precinct. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A rundown of candidates running to represent the lower Kenai Peninsula in the primary, general election

Residents of the lower Kenai Peninsula have some choices ahead of them in both the upcoming Alaska primary and general elections. The primary election is… Continue reading

A sign by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center shows where to vote on Aug. 21, 2018, for the Diamond Ridge, Homer, Alaska, precinct. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)