Ashlyn O'Hara

Fireworks are seen above cars at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Lighting the sky with holiday spirit

The event was modified to be COVID-friendly

Fireworks are seen above cars at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Image via KPBSD
Image via KPBSD
Harrison Deveer (right) administers a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Roy Browning (left) on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Vaccines administered on central peninsula

CPH began administering vaccines on Friday; emergency personnel also received doses

Harrison Deveer (right) administers a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Roy Browning (left) on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

3,361 statewide cases this week, less than this time last week

The Kenai Peninsula Borough reported 250 new cases over the past week

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
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 warns of scams

Members are urged to watch for fraudulent HEA correspondence

The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Signs advertising COVID-19 safety protocoals stand outside the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Oct. 6, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Sports complex to open with mitigation measures in place

All people entering the complex must wear a mask at all times, even when on the ice and practicing.

Signs advertising COVID-19 safety protocoals stand outside the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Oct. 6, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai, Soldotna extend disaster declarations

Soldotna extended their declaration to March 31, while Kenai extended theirs to Jan. 31

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

DHSS: 366 new cases, 2 deaths reported

22 cases were reported on the Kenai Peninsula

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Flyer for drive-thru event.

Seward Community Health Center offering drive-thru COVID testing

Testing will be conducted throughout December

Flyer for drive-thru event.
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Central Peninsula Hospital Pharmacy Technician Jessica Hulet rolls a cart carrying doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna on Wednesday.

1st vaccines arrive on peninsula

975 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were transported from Anchorage to Soldotna Wednesday morning.

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Central Peninsula Hospital Pharmacy Technician Jessica Hulet rolls a cart carrying doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna on Wednesday.
A COVID-19 exposure took place at Kitwanga Elementary School Dec. 1 to Dec. 3. (Image courtesy CDC)

616 new cases, 60 on the peninsula

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

A COVID-19 exposure took place at Kitwanga Elementary School Dec. 1 to Dec. 3. (Image courtesy CDC)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members participate in a special meeting, which was conducted remotely, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (Screenshot)

Assembly extends borough disaster declaration

The declaration was extended until March 31, 2021

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members participate in a special meeting, which was conducted remotely, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (Screenshot)
COVID-19 (Image via CDC)

284 new cases, 3 deaths reported

The new cases bring Alaska’s statewide case total to 41,858.

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Protesters gather at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways on Tuesday, Dec. 15 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Parents protest remote learning

People held signs and glow sticks in Soldotna to protest remote learning

Protesters gather at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways on Tuesday, Dec. 15 in Soldotna, Alaska.
Supply Chain Technician Rebi Abdullahi pulls a box of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Monday, Dec. 14 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of DHSS)

Vaccines arrive in Alaska; CPH to receive first doses on Thursday

The first of Alaska’s 35,100 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 arrived via UPS plane in the state on Monday

Supply Chain Technician Rebi Abdullahi pulls a box of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Monday, Dec. 14 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of DHSS)
Children’s librarian James Adcox holds a puppet in front of a green screen at the Kenai Community Library on Dec. 11.

Kenai library, others adapt holiday activities to pandemic

Drive-thru events and online crafts are among the family-fun activities being offered this month

Children’s librarian James Adcox holds a puppet in front of a green screen at the Kenai Community Library on Dec. 11.
From left to right, Peyton Cobb, Mason Bock and Myla Cobb hold signs opposing remote learning on Monday, Dec. 14. (Photo courtesy of Andie Bock).

Parents plan strike to protest remote learning

Community opposition mounts to Smart Start revisions

From left to right, Peyton Cobb, Mason Bock and Myla Cobb hold signs opposing remote learning on Monday, Dec. 14. (Photo courtesy of Andie Bock).
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

DHSS reported 427 new statewide cases as 1st vaccine shipments arrive

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

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

33 deaths reported this week, 82 hospitalizations

There were 273 cases reported by the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the past week.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Screenshot of DHSS’ Coronavirus Response Hub on Dec. 10.

Five new deaths, state data shows mid-November case spike

Thursday marked the 38th day in a row that the state reported daily case increase of more than 500.

Screenshot of DHSS’ Coronavirus Response Hub on Dec. 10.