Ashlyn O'Hara

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Vaccinations for 65-plus expected to continue through February

The state opened up vaccinations for Alaskans 65 and older earlier this month

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Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai facility restrictions begin to loosen

Some restrictions are being relaxed in response to decreasing COVID-19 case numbers

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Vaughn Dosko (left) and Sarah Hutchison (right) discuss COVID-19 mitigation in Hutchison’s classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

‘A change in culture’: Kenai Middle prepares for return of more students

The school is one of many preparing for the return of more students to in-person learning on Monday

Vaughn Dosko (left) and Sarah Hutchison (right) discuss COVID-19 mitigation in Hutchison’s classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Weekly cases higher than last week

Alaska finished the week by reporting 411 new COVID-19 cases in the state on Friday

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A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Scheduling system prompts confusion in vaccine rollout

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink took to Twitter to clarify some of the confusion surrounding the scheduling process.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Bryan Stogsdill (left) and McKenzie McCarthy (right) hoist materials to the top of a communications tower on Thursday, Jan. 7 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Tower construction promises rural internet expansion

The new communications towers are intended to help expand rural internet access

Bryan Stogsdill (left) and McKenzie McCarthy (right) hoist materials to the top of a communications tower on Thursday, Jan. 7 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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State reports 10 new COVID-19 cases on peninsula

338 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Alaska on Thursday

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Ron Henry holds an American flag at the intersection of Kenai Spur and Sterling highways on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Locals protest election certification

The demonstration was organized to protest what the organizers said was a “rigged” election

Ron Henry holds an American flag at the intersection of Kenai Spur and Sterling highways on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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DHSS: 353 new cases; 15 on peninsula

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

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Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are seen on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

CPH doctor briefs assembly on COVID vaccine

A large portion of the presentation focused on combating misinformation surrounding the vaccine

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly are seen on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
RN Rachel Verba (right) administers a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Chris Michelson (left) on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bruce Richards/CPH)

Who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine right now?

Find out if you qualify and where to go

RN Rachel Verba (right) administers a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Chris Michelson (left) on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bruce Richards/CPH)
Graphic by Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion
Graphic by Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion
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COVID cases continue downward trend

The peninsula reported 10 new cases Tuesday

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A vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaskans 65 and older next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Alaskans ages 65 and older can begin scheduling appointments for Jan. 11 on Jan. 6

A vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Graphic by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion

KPBSD resumes remote learning for new quarter

A decision will be made Tuesday about whether schools will resume onsite learning on Jan. 11

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Renovations made to the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna are seen on Monday.

Assembly to meet in person following renovations, COVID mitigation measures

Renovations include a new configuration of the assembly dais and audience, and new camera equipment

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Renovations made to the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna are seen on Monday.
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 on July 22, 2020. The City of Kenai is considering launching its own shop local program. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)

Kenai to consider shop local program

The program would run from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1 of 2021

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 on July 22, 2020. The City of Kenai is considering launching its own shop local program. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)
The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna to begin accepting mini grant applications Jan. 15

Applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 15 through Feb. 15, 2021

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Health care workers wave from inside of Central Peninsula Hospital while awaiting the delivery of the facility’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 16 in Soldotna.

Virus hits home

A look back at COVID in 2020

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Health care workers wave from inside of Central Peninsula Hospital while awaiting the delivery of the facility’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 16 in Soldotna.
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Vallerie Card-King, L.CPht, and Bjorn Miller, Pharm D, document and verify the batch numbers of the Moderna Vaccine at the Alaska VA Healthcare System.

6 peninsula locations to offer COVID vaccines to eligible individuals

Qualifications to receive the first dose are outlined by the state’s Phase 1a Tier 3 guidelines

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Vallerie Card-King, L.CPht, and Bjorn Miller, Pharm D, document and verify the batch numbers of the Moderna Vaccine at the Alaska VA Healthcare System.