Kenai Peninsula Borough

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor vetoes bed tax

Pierce said he did not support a dedicated or targeted tax on specific activities or services.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Amy George, who used to run a bed and breakfast out of her home, started offering “glamping” experiences last year. She has two luxury tents that can sleep up to four people, as seen on June 12, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

New borough software seeks compliance with Airbnb, VRBO and other booking sites

A quick search on airbnb.com shows hundreds of home, cabins and even yurts for rent

Amy George, who used to run a bed and breakfast out of her home, started offering “glamping” experiences last year. She has two luxury tents that can sleep up to four people, as seen on June 12, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Planning commission postpones vote on Beachcomber gravel pit application

A meeting discussing a controversial gravel pit lasted to nearly midnight Monday, after dozens of Anchor Point residents gave public testimony on the proposed project.… Continue reading

Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 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)

Assembly gets pushback on bed tax

The 12% bed tax would affect temporary lodging, including motels, hotels and bed and B&Bs

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Pete Kineen, a neighbor of the proposed Beachcomber LLC gravel pit, stands on his deck and points to where the pit could be, on May 2, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Gravel pit controversy continues in Anchor Point

‘I didn’t move down from Anchorage just to look at a gravel pit.’

Pete Kineen, a neighbor of the proposed Beachcomber LLC gravel pit, stands on his deck and points to where the pit could be, on May 2, 2019, in Anchor Point, 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)

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)
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)
Audience members stand to show their support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, April 16 at Seward High School in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly approves additional district funding

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting was dominated by education funding Tuesday night, with the assembly passing an ordinance to increase fiscal year 2019 funds… Continue reading

Audience members stand to show their support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, April 16 at Seward High School in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchor Point residents bring unified message to borough hall: fund education

Dozens of Anchor Point residents made the trek to Soldotna on Tuesday night to give the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly a unified message: Fund education… Continue reading

An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Borough introduces resolution asking for state to modify oil and gas property tax bills

Revenues from oil and gas properties provide the borough with an estimated $15 million per year

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis gives a presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula Hospital CEOs give updates to Borough Assembly

The CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital gave a report on the first half of the hospital’s FY 2019

Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis gives a presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough enacts new whistleblower protection policy

Policy protects borough employees to report matters of public concern without fear of retribution

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Community member Kalliste Edeen offers an invocation at the Jan. 8 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs funds for ACLU bill

Assembly approved appropriations of $70,400 to pay toward the balance of ACLU-Alaska’s legal fees

Community member Kalliste Edeen offers an invocation at the Jan. 8 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce casts doubt on LNG project

Pierce said that the mayor’s office is still looking through all the impacts to the Kenai Peninsula

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill 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. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Educators call for action

District staff rally at school board meeting, talk of a strike

Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill 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. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)