Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly passes emergency ordinances

The Clerk’s Office set up remote ways for residents to call in and speak on the emergency ordinances.

 

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

Emergency preparedness plan launched

“We’re asking you to help us by staying home if at all possible.”

 

Signs at the Kenai Recreation Center in Kenai, Alaska, announce the closure of the building. Public buildings are being closed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

State, local orgs prepare for coronavirus

Public buildings are being closed and events canceled locally and across the state.

 

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)

Public hearing on emergency services area for Ninilchik on deck

Residents of Ninilchik and Anchor Point have a chance to weigh in on the possibility of an official emergency response services area being formed in… Continue reading

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)
Tammie Willis, a Soldotna activist, shares her story with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their Tuesday meeting on Feb. 25, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Hate crime resolution discussion gets heated

Resolution in support of state House Bill 198 passes 5-4 at Tuesday’s assembly meeting.

Tammie Willis, a Soldotna activist, shares her story with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their Tuesday meeting on Feb. 25, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)

Ninilchik Emergency Services chief, assistant chief reinstated

Former board has resigned and been replaced, and department is back to normal staffing

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)
Principal Michael Wojciak stands in front of one of the buildings used as the Kachemak Selo School, Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

$30 million bond package to address aging school facility needs

A $30 million bond package proposal is in the works to tackle nearly 20 different deferred maintenance projects in school buildings across the peninsula, Kenai… Continue reading

Principal Michael Wojciak stands in front of one of the buildings used as the Kachemak Selo School, Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tourism council gets funding, objectives approved by assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly awarded $150,000 to the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. The $150,000 will be appropriated from the… Continue reading

Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly overrides mayor’s veto of tourism council funds

An ordinance awarding a $150,000 to the nonprofit passed at the Nov. 6 assembly meeting 6-3.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Debbie Speakman of Homer, a contracted consultant for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, provides public testimony in support of an ordinance providing a $150,000 grant to the council during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, in Soldotna. (Photo By Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs tourism marketing council funds

In his proposed FY 2020 budget, Pierce zeroed out $100,000 for the tourism marketing council.

Debbie Speakman of Homer, a contracted consultant for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, provides public testimony in support of an ordinance providing a $150,000 grant to the council during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, in Soldotna. (Photo By Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to spend $150,000 burning brush at the landfill

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is taking a torch to the problem of excess brush and woodland debris that has piled up at the landfill.… Continue reading

A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Props 1, 2 failing by wide margin

Kenai Peninsula Borough voters considered two propositions on Tuesday’s ballot that in preliminary results appeared to be losing by wide margins by the time preliminary… Continue reading

A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The 4-H kids of the Kenai Peninsula smile for a group photo at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Living the fair life

Residents enjoy weekend of pig races, fish throwing, and livestock auctions in Ninilchik

The 4-H kids of the Kenai Peninsula smile for a group photo at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Candidates announced for Oct. 1 municipal elections

There are a number of open seats on the Borough Assembly, the School Board and Service Area boards.

Country singer Zac Brown’s lawyer Blaine Gillam speaks for his client at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Aug. 12, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Effort by Homer neighbors to vacate easement fails at planning commission

An effort by a group of Homer residents to close off a pedestrian easement running by their properties was shot down at a Monday planning… Continue reading

Country singer Zac Brown’s lawyer Blaine Gillam speaks for his client at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Aug. 12, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Voters to weigh in on city manager, sales tax cap

The decision to put the measures on the ballot was approved at Tuesday’s assembly meeting.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News 
                                A plume of smoke rises from the Swan Lake fire area as vehicles head south on the Sterling Highway on July 18, near Skilak Lake between Sterling and Cooper Landing.

Kenai Peninsula suffering moderate drought

Kenai has seen a nearly 40% decrease in the average rainfall for the area from June to August.

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News 
                                A plume of smoke rises from the Swan Lake fire area as vehicles head south on the Sterling Highway on July 18, near Skilak Lake between Sterling and Cooper Landing.

Filing period opens Aug. 1 for borough elections

The filing period for Kenai Peninsula Borough offices opens at 8 a.m. Aug. 1 and runs through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15. In a notice of… Continue reading

A view of the back burning operations being conducted on the Swan Lake Fire as seen from Watson Lake in June 2019. (Courtesy Jessica St. Laurent/BLM Alaska Fire Medic)

Swan Lake Fire growth stalled

The latest measurement of the fire puts it at 100,812 acres.

A view of the back burning operations being conducted on the Swan Lake Fire as seen from Watson Lake in June 2019. (Courtesy Jessica St. Laurent/BLM Alaska Fire Medic)
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