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Dr. Peter Hansen stands in front of crane operators as they lift an antique steam donkey engine at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, July 15, 2019, in Kenai. Hansen died March 25.

Pioneering Kenai doctor remembered

Peter Hansen died on March 25 from struggles with mesothelioma.

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Dr. Peter Hansen stands in front of crane operators as they lift an antique steam donkey engine at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, July 15, 2019, in Kenai. Hansen died March 25.
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)

District to relax mask requirement during outdoor activities

KPBSD is not keeping track of how many students are vaccinated.

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)
Jim Cockrell speaks at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, April 6 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy taps Cockrell to head public safety

Cockrell is a former wildlife trooper and Marathon security supervisor.

Jim Cockrell speaks at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, April 6 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central High School is seen in this 2018 photo in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district to submit funding request

The $48 million the district plans to request Tuesday reflects compromises by the district and by the borough.

Kenai Central High School is seen in this 2018 photo in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Mary Bondurant (left) and her assistant Erica Brincefield stand with an F22 pilot in front of the first F22 to land at Kenai Municipal Airport. (Photo courtesy Mary Bondurant)

Bondurant to retire as airport manager

She began working at Kenai Municipal Airport in 1998.

Mary Bondurant (left) and her assistant Erica Brincefield stand with an F22 pilot in front of the first F22 to land at Kenai Municipal Airport. (Photo courtesy Mary Bondurant)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPBSD opens enrollment survey

Uncertainty surrounding fall 2021 enrollment numbers has created challenges in the budget process.

Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Avalanche.org shows a moderate avalanche risk for Turnagain Pass. (Screenshot)

Troopers warn of heightened avalanche danger

Data from the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center showed a moderate risk of avalanches in Turnagain Pass on Friday.

Avalanche.org shows a moderate avalanche risk for Turnagain Pass. (Screenshot)
A sticker given out at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Kenai Fire Department in Kenai, Alaska, is seen on March 13, 2021. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula lagging in percentage vaccinated

The peninsula generally ranks in the bottom third of all Alaskan geographies, but higher than geographies of similar population sizes.

A sticker given out at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Kenai Fire Department in Kenai, Alaska, is seen on March 13, 2021. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Public health to offer vaccines on demand starting Monday

People who are homebound or groups of at least three people can request a COVID-19 vaccine administrator come to them.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Department of Health and Social Services data shows that Alaska’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is increasing. (Screenshot)

Statewide positivity rate increasing

As of Friday, the statewide positivity rate was about 3%.

Department of Health and Social Services data shows that Alaska’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is increasing. (Screenshot)
Kenai Parks and Recreation Laborer Charlotte Thurman dresses up as a rabbit at an Easter event at Kenai Municipal Park on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Egg-stra special: Community turns out for Kenai Easter event

The egg hunt for children 5 years and younger was held in a cleared-off area, while older kids went on a “QR Code-Breaker Hunt.”

Kenai Parks and Recreation Laborer Charlotte Thurman dresses up as a rabbit at an Easter event at Kenai Municipal Park on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

State to receive 160,000 pairs of vaccine for April

State health officials announced during a press conference on Thursday that the state will receive at least 160,010 pairs of vaccine for the month of… Continue reading

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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209 land parcels up for bid in state auction

The auction opened March 31 at 10 a.m. and will close on Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

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Timm Johnson stands inside a chicken house at Diamond M Ranch on Thursday, April 1, 2021, off Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

‘People want to be part of the solution’

Community composting program feeds chickens and supports local climate change efforts.

Timm Johnson stands inside a chicken house at Diamond M Ranch on Thursday, April 1, 2021, off Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

12 new peninsula cases, 232 statewide

The borough is considered to be at intermediate risk level.

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Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Birthed by circumstance’: SoHi takes on COVID-19 in spring play

Soldotna High School students will share their COVID-19 experiences beginning on April 8 during a three-day in-person performance of “Pandemic: A Retrospective.” Director Sara Erfurth,… Continue reading

Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meet on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough has over $1 million in leftover CARES money

Nearly half of the leftover funds come from CAR13, the project aimed at retrofitting borough facilities.

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meet on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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PFD deadline Wednesday at midnight

The deadline to file is 11:59 p.m. on March 31.

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The Kasilof River can be seen in June 2019. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources will acquire 309 acres of habitat along the river with funding from a federal conservation grant. (Clarion file)

State to acquire Kasilof wetlands for preservation project

The project in Kasilof will protect 283 acres of coastal wetland habitat in the Kasilof River Flats.

The Kasilof River can be seen in June 2019. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources will acquire 309 acres of habitat along the river with funding from a federal conservation grant. (Clarion file)
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Tracy Silta administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Linton during a vaccine clinic at Soldotna Prep School on Feb. 26.

‘Get the vaccine’

Amid growing concern of long-term COVID symptoms, public health officials urge vigilance

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Tracy Silta administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to Melissa Linton during a vaccine clinic at Soldotna Prep School on Feb. 26.