Ashlyn O'Hara

A firefighter from Cooper Landing Emergency Services refills a water tanker at the banks of the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A firefighter from Cooper Landing Emergency Services refills a water tanker at the banks of the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
KPBSD Finance Director Liz Hayes presents information to school board members during the third installment of the district’s “Budget 101” information series on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Screenshot)

‘Budget 101’: School district savings accounts

The series aims to inform the general public about how the KPBSD budget process works

KPBSD Finance Director Liz Hayes presents information to school board members during the third installment of the district’s “Budget 101” information series on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Screenshot)
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Off the Shelf: Alaska rom-com is a not-so-guilty pleasure

From the start, the story has the same allure of a Hallmark Christmas movie

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A sign welcoming people to the City of Soldotna stands near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kenai River on May 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Proposed Soldotna bed tax gets 1st public hearing

The ordinance, brought forward by Soldotna Vice Mayor Lisa Parker, would apply to people making lodging reservations within the city

A sign welcoming people to the City of Soldotna stands near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Kenai River on May 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Adam Bertoldo testifies in opposition to a resolution only permitting certain chaplains to deliver invocations before Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs changes to borough invocation policy

The new policy says only chaplains may give assembly invocations

Adam Bertoldo testifies in opposition to a resolution only permitting certain chaplains to deliver invocations before Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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School board briefed on e-cigarette use by SoHi assistant principal

Results from the 2019 Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that one in four students said they currently used an electronic vaping product

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Illustration of GameTime’s “Inclusive Seesaw.” (Image via City of Kenai)

Kenai to purchase inclusive playground equipment

The city hopes to install the seesaw next summer

Illustration of GameTime’s “Inclusive Seesaw.” (Image via City of Kenai)
The Seldovia archway is one of the first landmarks visitors see when stepping off the boat. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Seldovia receives $2.3M to replace Jakolof Bay dock

The project is one of seven in Alaska funded through the department’s Port Infrastructure Development Program,

The Seldovia archway is one of the first landmarks visitors see when stepping off the boat. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Hope School K-5 teacher Jeremy McKibben assists third grade students with reading skills part of CKLA’s “How Does Your Body Work?” unit on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Hope, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

From Hope to Homer, KPBSD adjusts to Alaska Reads Act

Implementing the standards outlined by the legislation is not a one-size-fits-all approach

Hope School K-5 teacher Jeremy McKibben assists third grade students with reading skills part of CKLA’s “How Does Your Body Work?” unit on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Hope, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
An arch marks the entrance to the Church of St. Nicholas on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 in Nikolaevsk, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
An arch marks the entrance to the Church of St. Nicholas on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 in Nikolaevsk, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Off the Shelf: Majestic landscape marred by narrow perspective

John Muir’s classic “Travels in Alaska” juxtaposes beauty with a writer’s disconcerting bias

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Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna council considers bed tax

The ordinance would impose a 4% lodging tax on all reservations made within the City of Soldotna

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
From left, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner John Boyle and Alaska Department of Revenue Deputy Commissioner Fadil Limani discuss Cook Inlet oil and gas shortages during a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy the Office of the Governor)

Dunleavy looks to lower Cook Inlet oil and gas royalties

The governor said he plans to introduce legislation lowering the rate

From left, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner John Boyle and Alaska Department of Revenue Deputy Commissioner Fadil Limani discuss Cook Inlet oil and gas shortages during a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy the Office of the Governor)
Sockeye salmon are caught in a set gillnet at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly calls for economic disaster declaration for east side setnet fishery

The resolution is in response to this year’s unprecedented closure of the fishery by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Sockeye salmon are caught in a set gillnet at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
The Central Peninsula Landfill is seen on June 27, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
The Central Peninsula Landfill is seen on June 27, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
Statues of a sow and two bear cubs are seen in this mock-up of a potential sculpture at the Kenai Municipal Airport, in Kenai, Alaska. (Illustration via City of Kenai)

Kenai explores bronze bear sculpture garden for airport

The display would include a bronze sow and two cubs interacting with a river

Statues of a sow and two bear cubs are seen in this mock-up of a potential sculpture at the Kenai Municipal Airport, in Kenai, Alaska. (Illustration via City of Kenai)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Info sought on Salamatof area home invasion, assault

Troopers reported that a preliminary investigation found that an unknown individual assaulted a man and woman inside of their home

Alaska State Troopers logo.
The badge for the Kenai Police Department

Man dies after falling off Kenai bluff, police say

The man was found on North Kenai Beach, near the Kenai River and Cook Avenue

The badge for the Kenai Police Department
Soldotna city council members, staff and residents break ground on the Soldotna field house project on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna breaks ground on field house

When completed, the 40,500-square-foot field house will cover roughly an acre of land

Soldotna city council members, staff and residents break ground on the Soldotna field house project on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Jacquelynn Tomrdle, left, and Nicole Murphy, right, present on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Students in Transition program at the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors award ceremony at Kenai Catering on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

2 KPBSD staff appointed to state homeless education group

The state group is tasked with reviewing and updating Alaska’s McKinney-Vento policies and procedures

Jacquelynn Tomrdle, left, and Nicole Murphy, right, present on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Students in Transition program at the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors award ceremony at Kenai Catering on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)