Kenai Peninsula

A young volunteer chases three piglets named Mary Hamkins, Petunia and Sir Oinks-a-lot through a race during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kenai Peninsula Fair canceled this year

Cotton candy, carnival rides and racing pigs will have to wait for another summer, according to the board of directors for the Kenai Peninsula Fair.… Continue reading

 

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

State lifts burn suspension

Residents may now obtain permits for burn barrels as well as for small and large-scale brush fires.

 

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital is now offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people with no appointments necessary at the Boat House Pavilion through June 6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

3 cities, 3 testing strategies

Peninsula communities take different approaches to COVID-19 testing.

 

Lost Lake, Soggy Bottom 100 canceled

The U.S. Forest Service will not be allowing any recreational permits for the remainder of 2020.

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

Kings sport fishing closed on Kenai River, limited on Kasilof River

Early-run king salmon emergency orders on Kenai, Kasilof Rivers to last through June 30

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Expanding testing available on southern peninsula

Health care organizations on the southern Kenai Peninsula are taking part in the efforts to expand testing capabilities in Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital announced last… Continue reading

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)

Burn ban lifted — except on the Kenai

Ban will stay in effect on the peninsula due to recreational traffic associated with fishing season.

A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)
The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska, on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA announces board election results

The election was held by mail-in ballot only this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska, on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, left, speaks by video in a press conference on April 6, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska, while Gov. Mike Dunleavy, right, listens. (Photo by Austin McDaniel, Alaska Governor’s Office)

15 new COVID-19 cases reported

15 new cases reported Sunday, bringing state total to 272

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, left, speaks by video in a press conference on April 6, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska, while Gov. Mike Dunleavy, right, listens. (Photo by Austin McDaniel, Alaska Governor’s Office)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Thursday, April 9, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

8th Alaskan dies of COVID-19, Kenai reports its 3rd case

11 new cases reported Friday, bringing state total to 246

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Thursday, April 9, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)

Anchor Point man dies out of state from COVID-19

A resident of Anchor Point has died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, but the person was not in the state of… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, April 3, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

State recommends wearing face coverings in public

Number of Kenai Peninsula cases grows to 10; state tally rises to 157

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, April 3, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Mariah Schloeman wipes down the counter at East Rip in Kenai on Wednesday. The store has implemented more stringent cleaning protocols, including wiping down surfaces after every transaction, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends: Pot industry looks for stabilization amid market, global uncertainty

“One thing that’s certain is that people want their cannabis.”

Mariah Schloeman wipes down the counter at East Rip in Kenai on Wednesday. The store has implemented more stringent cleaning protocols, including wiping down surfaces after every transaction, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Nathan Simpson of Dutch Boy Landscaping on Nov. 14, 2019, installs colored lights on the tree by Homer Electric Association in Homer, Alaska. The big tree by HEA is one of Homer’s landmark holiday decorated trees. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Candidates announced for HEA board elections

Completed mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on May 6, 2020 in order to be counted.

Nathan Simpson of Dutch Boy Landscaping on Nov. 14, 2019, installs colored lights on the tree by Homer Electric Association in Homer, Alaska. The big tree by HEA is one of Homer’s landmark holiday decorated trees. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Aspen Hotel chain Owner George Swift cuts a ribbon officially opening the most recent building in Homer, Alaska, during a grand opening ceremony on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Aspen Hotel chain Owner George Swift cuts a ribbon officially opening the most recent building in Homer, Alaska, during a grand opening ceremony on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Superintendent John O’Brien seeking treatment for cancer

The school superintendent was diagnosed with kidney cancer days before spring break.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. State officials said 23 people have been tested for the new coronavirus with no positive results. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

A Q&A with the governor

Dunleavy talks state budget, fiscal future and oil prices

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. State officials said 23 people have been tested for the new coronavirus with no positive results. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Soldotna’s Youngren calls trials ‘one of the most amazing experiences of my life’

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren, 28, finished 230th with a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes, 27 seconds, Saturday in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta.… Continue reading

Tammie Willis speaks at the LGTBQ Town Hall at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna on Jan. 4. (Brian Mazurek | Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai to vote on resolution in support of hate crime legislation

A state bill looking to expand hate crime protections to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity may see support from… Continue reading

Tammie Willis speaks at the LGTBQ Town Hall at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna on Jan. 4. (Brian Mazurek | Peninsula Clarion)
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