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Shift leader Melanie Smith serves up a hazelnut latte at the Kaladi Brothers Coffee shop on Kobuk Street in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 1, 2020. Kaladi Brothers donated all of their proceeds from coffee sales on New Year’s Day to the Students in Transition program, which provides resources to homeless students on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kaladi starts new year giving back

100% of the proceeds from coffee beverage sales would be donated to Students in Transition.

Shift leader Melanie Smith serves up a hazelnut latte at the Kaladi Brothers Coffee shop on Kobuk Street in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 1, 2020. Kaladi Brothers donated all of their proceeds from coffee sales on New Year’s Day to the Students in Transition program, which provides resources to homeless students on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Lt. Ben Langham of the Kenai Police Department shares a laugh with members of the community at Ammo Can Coffee in Soldotna on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Year in Review: Crime and courts

The Kenai Peninsula dealt with several major criminal cases.

Lt. Ben Langham of the Kenai Police Department shares a laugh with members of the community at Ammo Can Coffee in Soldotna on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A firefighter from the Snake River Valley Type 2 crew points to a tree that is set to be cut down located near the containment line off of Skilak Lake Road southeast of Sterling, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Year in Review: Fires, droughts and floods — the year in disasters

The biggest fire on the peninsula this year was the Swan Lake Fire.

A firefighter from the Snake River Valley Type 2 crew points to a tree that is set to be cut down located near the containment line off of Skilak Lake Road southeast of Sterling, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
From left, Wendy Dutcher, Sarah Pyhala and Kaitlin Vadla speak to members of 100+ Women Who Care at the Triumvirate Theatre in Nikiski, Alaska on Dec. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Caring is their calling

Women gather quarterly to raise money for peninsula.

From left, Wendy Dutcher, Sarah Pyhala and Kaitlin Vadla speak to members of 100+ Women Who Care at the Triumvirate Theatre in Nikiski, Alaska on Dec. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Tammie Willis is seen here at Kenai Peninsula College on Dec. 19, 2019. The bandage on her arm covers some of the cuts Willis received while being attacked at her home on Dec. 9. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘I don’t want it to be about me’

After series of attacks, local woman fears LGBTQ community is being targeted.

Tammie Willis is seen here at Kenai Peninsula College on Dec. 19, 2019. The bandage on her arm covers some of the cuts Willis received while being attacked at her home on Dec. 9. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                The front of the Kenai Police Department as seen on Dec. 10, 2019.

Kenai police to get raises

City council made several changes to the pay structure for Kenai Police Officers.

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                                The front of the Kenai Police Department as seen on Dec. 10, 2019.
Bunny Swan performs at Soldotna Creek Park on July 3, 2019 as part of the Levitt Amp Soldotna Music Series. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna gets concert series again

Kenai Peninsula residents can expect another slate of free concerts at Soldotna Creek Park this summer. On Friday morning, the Levitt Foundation announced the winners… Continue reading

Bunny Swan performs at Soldotna Creek Park on July 3, 2019 as part of the Levitt Amp Soldotna Music Series. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Troopers release figures halfway through holiday enforcement campaign

Four fatal collisions have occurred since Dec. 11

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                                Santa Claus gives a young fan a high five Nov. 29 at the Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.

Plenty of ways to keep kids entertained during break

Libraries, rec center offer a number of events.

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                                Santa Claus gives a young fan a high five Nov. 29 at the Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.
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                                Capt. Maurice Hughes (left), Amanda Millay and retired Lt. Dane Gilmore celebrate Millay’s completion of the Alaska State Trooper Citizen Academy in this undated photo.

Deadline approaching for 2020 State Trooper Citizen Academy

The series of weekly classes provides citizens a look at the life of an Alaska State Trooper.

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                                Capt. Maurice Hughes (left), Amanda Millay and retired Lt. Dane Gilmore celebrate Millay’s completion of the Alaska State Trooper Citizen Academy in this undated photo.
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                                Members of the Emergency Cold-Weather Shelter Workgroup meet Tuesday at the Independent Living Center in Kalifornsky.

Zoning and building codes next step in shelter project

Any shelter, regardless of location, needs to meet a few general guidelines.

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                                Members of the Emergency Cold-Weather Shelter Workgroup meet Tuesday at the Independent Living Center in Kalifornsky.

Flu season in full swing

38 cases of Influenza B were confirmed by the Alaska State Virology Laboratory last week.

Court reports for Dec. 11, 2019

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Court reports for Dec. 8, 2019

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Nikiski man killed in collision

The man was traveling northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway on Friday.

Volunteers for the Kenai Peninsula emergency cold-weather shelter participate in a training session on trauma-informed care at Soldotna United Methodist Church in Soldotna, Alaska, on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Volunteers train for cold-weather shelter

The shelter will operate on nights where the temperature in Kenai drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Volunteers for the Kenai Peninsula emergency cold-weather shelter participate in a training session on trauma-informed care at Soldotna United Methodist Church in Soldotna, Alaska, on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Nikiski residents pose with Santa Claus during Christmas Comes to Nikiski at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Dec. 9.

Christmas comes to Nikiski

Santa will be making a stop at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center.

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                                Nikiski residents pose with Santa Claus during Christmas Comes to Nikiski at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Dec. 9.

Troopers on alert for dangerous driving

Troopers: Plan to have a designated driver, stay the night, or call a cab.

Kathy and Dan Gensel accept their award for Honorary Lifetime Soldotna Chamber Membership at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Dec. 11, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

People who make Soldotna great

The chamber honors community members at its 61st annual Awards Luncheon.

Kathy and Dan Gensel accept their award for Honorary Lifetime Soldotna Chamber Membership at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Dec. 11, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)