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Brown Bears pull back-to-back weekend wins

The Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team pulled out another win on Saturday night in the final hour of their season, 4-1, coming back from… Continue reading

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One of two baby seal pups rescued and transported to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is seen in June 2021. (Photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center)

Baby seals abandoned, transported to SeaLife Center

Both the pups were in relatively stable condition.

One of two baby seal pups rescued and transported to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is seen in June 2021. (Photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center)
Aubrey Curl finishes first in the women’s 5K race at the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Run for the River in Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

‘How can you not love this?’

More than 100 runners return for in-person Run for the River

Aubrey Curl finishes first in the women’s 5K race at the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Run for the River in Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Seward’s Lydia Jacoby swims the breaststroke in the girls 200 yard individual medley race Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 during a dual meet at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Seward’s Jacoby prepping for Olympic trials

Jacoby, a 17-year-old incoming senior from Seward, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinal in Omaha on Monday.

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby swims the breaststroke in the girls 200 yard individual medley race Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 during a dual meet at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cody Moline celebrates his goal in the first period against the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears score in final minutes to beat Minnesota

Tensions heightened as the Magicians ran out of time to tie the score.

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Cody Moline celebrates his goal in the first period against the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Mat-Su Miners infielder Gerard Sweeney slides back into first during a 2-1 win over the Peninsula Oilers Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. (Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Oilers couldn’t come back for the win on Thursday

The Oilers and Miners remained scoreless all the way through the seventh inning, at just a one-run ball game.

Mat-Su Miners infielder Gerard Sweeney slides back into first during a 2-1 win over the Peninsula Oilers Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. (Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

‘A lot of work to do’: Officials hope for summer bounce in vaccinations

Zink said just six months ago she didn’t think the state would have as much vaccine stock as it does now.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Gavin Hunt, 13, receives his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Data show vaccinated people less than 1% likely to get COVID

As of April 30, approximately 101 million people in the U.S. were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gavin Hunt, 13, receives his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Clarion Post 20 Twins shortstop Josh Darrow slides into home plate to score in July 2019 at the Kenai Little League fields. (Clarion file photo)

Twins prepare for Saturday’s home opener

Coach Robb Quelland said he has some of the best kids on the peninsula on the Twins team.

Clarion Post 20 Twins shortstop Josh Darrow slides into home plate to score in July 2019 at the Kenai Little League fields. (Clarion file photo)
Sockeye salmon. (Photo via Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Sockeye fishing opens Friday

The run might be a little slow the first week.

Sockeye salmon. (Photo via Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the strip mall at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

One shot at a time

Soldotna walk-in clinic offers vaccines on demand.

Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the strip mall at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Upper Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone can be seen on this map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Image via fisheries.noaa.gov)

July 6 deadline for public comments on proposed commercial fishing closure

The proposal is part of the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone in Cook Inlet.

Upper Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone can be seen on this map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Image via fisheries.noaa.gov)
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Oilers fall to Glacier Pilots in regular season opener

The Peninsula Oilers head into their game against the Matsu Miners at 7 p.m. on Thursday 0-1 in the regular season.

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People participate in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s BARK ranger program on June 5, 2021 for National Trails Day in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo provided by Michelle Ostrowski)

Refuge celebrates National Trails Day with visitor center reopening

The refuge’s visitor center has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

People participate in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s BARK ranger program on June 5, 2021 for National Trails Day in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo provided by Michelle Ostrowski)
Shawn Dick of Talkneetna carries a fresh catch out of the water while dipnetting on the Kenai Beach on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Online reporting required for personal use fishing

Harvest and participation reporting must be done online by no later than Aug. 15, 2021.

Shawn Dick of Talkneetna carries a fresh catch out of the water while dipnetting on the Kenai Beach on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Eroding bluffs can be seen on Kenai North Beach in Kenai, Alaska, on June 3, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai City Council contracts HDR Engineering for bluff stabilization project

The project aims to install large boulder-armored barriers at the base to absorb the impact from the waves.

Eroding bluffs can be seen on Kenai North Beach in Kenai, Alaska, on June 3, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Vendors sell locally grown and crafted products at the Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market during the 2019 season. (Photo provided)

Soldotna farmers market opens Saturday

Vendors are required to grow and produce all their products locally.

Vendors sell locally grown and crafted products at the Soldotna Saturday Farmers Market during the 2019 season. (Photo provided)
A graph from the Department of Health and Social Service shows how each census region did in the “Sleeves Up for Summer” campaign, which sought to increase COVID-19 vaccinations by 25% in May 2021. (Photo provided)

State falls short of 25% vaccination goal

East Aluetians Borough only region to increase vaccinations by 25%

A graph from the Department of Health and Social Service shows how each census region did in the “Sleeves Up for Summer” campaign, which sought to increase COVID-19 vaccinations by 25% in May 2021. (Photo provided)
Freshly baked loaves are ready for resale at Lucy’s Market in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

‘I managed to keep it alive all this time’

Born over 250 years ago in Germany, “Marlis” is now vital at a Soldotna bakery

Freshly baked loaves are ready for resale at Lucy’s Market in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
A rescued dog is pictured at the Kenai Animal Shelter on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Mini-grant program funds animal spay and neutering

The amount of financial aid ranged anywhere from $60 to $110 per surgery.

A rescued dog is pictured at the Kenai Animal Shelter on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)