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Jill Schaefer, the new office director for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s regional office in Soldotna, is seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Jeff Turner/Office of the Governor)

Governor opens regional office in Soldotna

The office opened Monday on the second floor of the Blazy Mall in Soldotna.

 

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Alaska State Troopers logo.
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Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward.

Cruise ship ban could make dent in peninsula tourism

‘This is going to be another summer where we’re really relying on our in-state tourists to make up the difference’

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Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward.
Robin Hahn, left, of Soldotna buys some hot cocoa bombs from Sherian Soares, right, and Ashley Soares, center, owners of Benny’s Sweets and Beyond, at a Valentine’s Bazaar in Soldotna, Alaska on Feb. 6, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Heart-shaped market

Community shares Valentine’s wares

Robin Hahn, left, of Soldotna buys some hot cocoa bombs from Sherian Soares, right, and Ashley Soares, center, owners of Benny’s Sweets and Beyond, at a Valentine’s Bazaar in Soldotna, Alaska on Feb. 6, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Rosalie Eller pauses construction work to pose for a photo in Ionia in the summer of 2020. (Photo courtesy Eliza Eller)

Building from scratch

Youth to build tiny home in Ionia

Rosalie Eller pauses construction work to pose for a photo in Ionia in the summer of 2020. (Photo courtesy Eliza Eller)
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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a presentation to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai on Wednesday.

Mayor: Pandemic upended borough budget

The borough expects to receive about $8 million less in revenue for fiscal year 2022 than it received in fiscal year 2019

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a presentation to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai on Wednesday.
Photos by Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion
Bill Kelley, left, hands a backpack full of supplies and towels to Dale Curtis during a Project Homeless Connect Event at the Sterling Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday.

Happy to help

Project Homeless Connect wraps up after week of outreach

Photos by Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion
Bill Kelley, left, hands a backpack full of supplies and towels to Dale Curtis during a Project Homeless Connect Event at the Sterling Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday.
Terry Umatum of Anchorage takes a deep breath after landing his Anchor River king salmon on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Fish and Game issues preemptive restrictions on king salmon fishing

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game has issued several preemptive restrictions on king salmon fishing in Cook Inlet waters in an attempt to protect the… Continue reading

Terry Umatum of Anchorage takes a deep breath after landing his Anchor River king salmon on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Retired school nurse Tracy Silta adminsters the COVID-19 vaccine to Raymond Schoessler at the Soldotna Prep School in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Hundreds vaccinated in central pen clinics

The vaccine is currently available to front-line health care workers and residents over the age of 65.

Retired school nurse Tracy Silta adminsters the COVID-19 vaccine to Raymond Schoessler at the Soldotna Prep School in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Nurses Jessie Arthur, left, and Denise Haviland, right, pose for a photo with Mildred Evenson, center, after giving her her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 15, 2020. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Evenson)

101-year-old Kasilof resident reflects on pandemic, getting vaccine

Mildred Evenson was born when the Spanish Flu was infecting hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Nurses Jessie Arthur, left, and Denise Haviland, right, pose for a photo with Mildred Evenson, center, after giving her her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 15, 2020. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Evenson)
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At an estimated 283,000, this year’s Fraser River sockeye salmon could be the lowest run size on record. (THE NEWS/files)

Forecast: Sockeye salmon runs will be slightly higher

The forecast projects that the run will still fall well below both the five- and 20-year averages.

Sockeye salmon (File)
At an estimated 283,000, this year’s Fraser River sockeye salmon could be the lowest run size on record. (THE NEWS/files)
Ty Smith, paramedic/firefighter with the Nikiski Fire Department, administers the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Ronald Huntsman of Nikiski during a clinic at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Jan. 30, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

After a year of isolation, seniors begin getting vaccines

Nikiski resident shares his vaccination experience

Ty Smith, paramedic/firefighter with the Nikiski Fire Department, administers the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Ronald Huntsman of Nikiski during a clinic at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Jan. 30, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A Kenai Peninsula Resident walks in to the Soldotna Prep School for her vaccine appointment during a clinic hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Soldotna Professional Pharmacy in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

State urges vaccine sign-ups

Hundreds of appointments remain open across the state

A Kenai Peninsula Resident walks in to the Soldotna Prep School for her vaccine appointment during a clinic hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Soldotna Professional Pharmacy in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Volunteers Bill Kelley and Frank Alioto prepare bags of food to be distributed during the upcoming Project Homeless Connect even at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

A community effort

Volunteers prepare for Project Homeless Connect

Volunteers Bill Kelley and Frank Alioto prepare bags of food to be distributed during the upcoming Project Homeless Connect even at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)