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Ruth Ost Towner’s felt expression art hangs on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

The story of Alaska — told in felt

Visitor Center showcases fabric pieces by Alaska frontierswoman

Ruth Ost Towner’s felt expression art hangs on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
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258 new COVID cases, 33 locally

22.5% of all hospitalizations in the Gulf Coast — which includes the Kenai Peninsula — were COVID-related as of Tuesday.

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A young volunteer chases three piglets named Mary Hamkins, Petunia and Sir Oinks-a-lot through the race Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds during the Kenai Peninsula Fair pig races on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Fair coming back to Ninilchik this weekend

This year the fair celebrates 70 years.

A young volunteer chases three piglets named Mary Hamkins, Petunia and Sir Oinks-a-lot through the race Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds during the Kenai Peninsula Fair pig races on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Anglers gather along the banks of the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing in September 2018. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Sockeye limits increased on Upper Kenai and Russian rivers

The new limits are six per day and 12 in possession.

Anglers gather along the banks of the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing in September 2018. (Peninsula Clarion file)
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Man in 30s latest COVID death, hospitalizations and cases up

Over the weekend the state reported another 826 resident and 37 nonresident COVID cases.

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Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Jacoby taking time for herself

After medaling in Tokyo, Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby is enjoying the last of summer before senior year.

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
State data shows the current COVID-19 spike in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. (Image via the Department of Health and Social Services)

Peninsula sees steep rise in COVID cases

In mid-June, Kenai Peninsula COVID cases approached 0

State data shows the current COVID-19 spike in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. (Image via the Department of Health and Social Services)
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Local World War II vet’s 100th birthday to be celebrated Saturday

Bill Fields, who lives in the Kenai area, is turning 100 over the weekend.

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A sign instructs patients and visitors on the COVID-19 screening process in the River Tower of Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 7, 2020. The hospital recently matched the number of hospitalizations reported during the peak of the pandemic in 2020 as a resurgence of COVID-19 is reported across the state. (Peninsula Clarion file)

‘We’ve been super, super busy’

Local hospitalizations reach levels not seen since pandemic’s peak last year

A sign instructs patients and visitors on the COVID-19 screening process in the River Tower of Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 7, 2020. The hospital recently matched the number of hospitalizations reported during the peak of the pandemic in 2020 as a resurgence of COVID-19 is reported across the state. (Peninsula Clarion file)
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2 more COVID deaths as cases rise

As of Tuesday, every census region in the state was categorized as high alert status.

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A clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna is now offering COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Delta variant accounts for 90% of new COVID cases, state reports

Data suggests that on average, one person with the delta variant will infect between five and eight other people.

A clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna is now offering COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Pieces are on display at the Kenai Art Center on August 4,2021 for this month's "Illuminations" exhibition. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Exhibition brings the natural world inside

The Illuminations opening reception will be on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Art Center.

Pieces are on display at the Kenai Art Center on August 4,2021 for this month's "Illuminations" exhibition. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Salmon are preserved in a cooler by dipnetters on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Sockeye bag and posession limits increased

The new limits are six per day and 12 in possession.

Salmon are preserved in a cooler by dipnetters on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Joanne Jenkins distributes backpacks and school supplies to a line of cars at the Peninsula Community Health Services KidFest event on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

KidFest distributes back-to-school supplies

Different colored backpacks were stocked with basic school supplies.

Joanne Jenkins distributes backpacks and school supplies to a line of cars at the Peninsula Community Health Services KidFest event on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy at an Anchorage news conference on Sept. 15, 2020. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Dunleavy encourages Alaskans to get vaccinated

Dunleavy emphasized that the vaccines had been developed as part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy at an Anchorage news conference on Sept. 15, 2020. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
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Auctioneers Andy Kriner, left, and Rayne, Reynolds celebrate a successful sale during the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik.

4-H expo to kick off in Soldotna on Friday

The expo was previously held in Ninilchik, but the Soldotna City Council voted to relocate it.

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Auctioneers Andy Kriner, left, and Rayne, Reynolds celebrate a successful sale during the 4-H Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik.
Setnets are packed up on the Kasilof River on June 25, 2021, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

East side setnetters denied fishery reopening

The Alaska Board of Fisheries held an emergency meeting Monday after eastside setnetters submitted petitions to reopen the fishery. In the end the board voted… Continue reading

Setnets are packed up on the Kasilof River on June 25, 2021, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
King salmon hang on a wall on March 24, 2018 on the Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

What’s causing the king salmon decline?

Officials aren’t exactly sure.

King salmon hang on a wall on March 24, 2018 on the Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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Child rescued from Cook Inlet waters on Thursday

The 12-year-old child was being swept down the Kenai River toward the open ocean.

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A fisher holds a reel on the Kenai River near Soldotna on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Fish and Game imposes lure restriction on Kenai River

King salmon projected to not meet minimum escapement

A fisher holds a reel on the Kenai River near Soldotna on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)