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A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kenai, Alaska.

With remaining votes counted, local outcomes remain unchanged

All ballots for state house districts 29, 30 and 31 have been counted as of Monday

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21 in Kenai, Alaska.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks in a Zoom meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Screen capture)

CPH at capacity as cases rise statewide

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 563 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks in a Zoom meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Screen capture)
Jessie Duke, of Soldotna, browses books with 7-month-old Danny Dommek on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at River City Books in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Perks of shopping local

Program encouraging local spending goes live

Jessie Duke, of Soldotna, browses books with 7-month-old Danny Dommek on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at River City Books in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital as seen March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna approves new round of CARES grants

Money will go to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Central Peninsula Hospital and Freedom House

Central Peninsula Hospital as seen March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Risk levels

Risk levels: Nov. 16

All students at 34 peninsula schools are operating 100% remotely through at least Nov. 25.

Risk levels
Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien (courtesy photo)

District opens superintendent search

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 2020, with a selection planned for Feb. 1.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien (courtesy photo)
The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Citing virus, Soldotna adjusts operations

The changes are effective as of 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Image via Kenai Peninsula School District

KPBSD says all students will learn remotely at 34 schools

Pre-K, Kindergarten and special education intensive needs students were allowed to attend school in-person on Friday but will start remote learning on Monday.

Image via Kenai Peninsula School District
Risk levels
This graphic shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District risk levels associated with different numbers of new COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

Remote learning extended for 34 KPBSD schools

34 schools will continue 100% remote learning through at least Nov. 25.

Risk levels
This graphic shows the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District risk levels associated with different numbers of new COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
Emergency room technician Angie Sulley, left, and nurse Marcie Duncan put on the personal protective equipment necessary for interacting with patients suspected of having COVID-19 in the ambulance bay outside of the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Central Peninsula Hospital near bed capacity

As of Thursday morning, there were 36 medical/surgical beds in use and seven ICU beds in use.

Emergency room technician Angie Sulley, left, and nurse Marcie Duncan put on the personal protective equipment necessary for interacting with patients suspected of having COVID-19 in the ambulance bay outside of the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy addresses the state remotely in response to growing COVID-19 case numbers on Thursday, Nov. 12 from Alaska. (Screenshot)

Dunleavy: the next few weeks are ‘critical’

Dunleavy addresses the state; Young tests positive

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy addresses the state remotely in response to growing COVID-19 case numbers on Thursday, Nov. 12 from Alaska. (Screenshot)
Cook Inlet can be seen through the window of a Ravn aircraft in October 2019. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Ravn Alaska to take flight Friday

The airline will offer flights to and from Anchorage starting Friday.

Cook Inlet can be seen through the window of a Ravn aircraft in October 2019. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Assembly: Get the COVID vaccine, if you want to

The Assembly supports borough residents getting a COVID-19 vaccine “on a prioritized and optional basis”

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

66 new peninsula cases, 4 new deaths statewide

Affected communities include Soldotna, Kenai, Nikiski, “other North,” “other South,” Sterling and Seward

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Image via Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

KPBSD superintendent ‘concerned’ over growing COVID-19 case numbers

Superintendent John O’Brien walked the assembly through the district’s pandemic response plan

Image via Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion
A sign describes bluff erosion at Kenai North Beach in Kenai.

Kenai bluff stabilization takes step forward with city’s land purchase

The City of Kenai will buy two pieces of land along the Kenai River for their stabilization project

Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion
A sign describes bluff erosion at Kenai North Beach in Kenai.
Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, shows off a stamp card used in the chamber’s Soldotna Strong Shop Local campaign during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on July 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)

Soldotna shop local program to go live Nov. 16

Applications are now being accepted from businesses interested in participating

Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, shows off a stamp card used in the chamber’s Soldotna Strong Shop Local campaign during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on July 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)
Risk levels

Case counts keep central peninsula schools’ risk level high

The central peninsula has to lose 392 cases from its 14-day case count to drop back into medium risk

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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

DHSS: 531 new cases, 8 new deaths

Affected communities include Kenai, Soldotna, Other North, Sterling, Nikiski, Other South, Homer and Seward

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The badge for the Kenai Police Department

Police: Report of police impersonators false

The Kenai Police Department is no longer searching for two police impersonators

The badge for the Kenai Police Department