Camille Botello

Coronavirus 3D illustration. (CDC photo)

102 new cases statewide on Tuesday, 5 on the peninsula

In the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 42.7% of people 16 and up had received at least their first shot.

Coronavirus 3D illustration. (CDC photo)
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A sign directs drivers to a vaccine clinic held at Beacon Occupational Health in Kenai on April 10.
A sign directs drivers to a vaccine clinic held at Beacon Occupational Health in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Health officials work on vaccine convenience as rates flatline

Moving away from mass vaccination campaigns and reaching the people who haven’t made the time to get their shots yet is the goal in the coming months.

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A sign directs drivers to a vaccine clinic held at Beacon Occupational Health in Kenai on April 10.
A sign directs drivers to a vaccine clinic held at Beacon Occupational Health in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Identity of body found on beach still unknown

Troopers reported on Friday that there were “no obvious signs of foul play.”

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Coronavirus. (CDC photo)
Coronavirus. (CDC photo)
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Peninsula, state show slowing vaccination rates

Close to one in two eligible Alaska residents — 43.8% — were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday.

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Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge Vice President and Outreach Chair Poppy Benson collects litter from the side of the highway at the refuge in Soldotna, Alaska on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Spring cleaning

Volunteers turn out to remove refuse from the refuge

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge Vice President and Outreach Chair Poppy Benson collects litter from the side of the highway at the refuge in Soldotna, Alaska on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
The entrance to Soldotna Public Library is seen on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai and Soldotna libraries release May event schedule

All events are still being held virtually at the Kenai Community Library.

The entrance to Soldotna Public Library is seen on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Body found on Nikiski beach

The identity has not been released.

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Youth cases increase; FDA closer to vaccine approval for 12 and up

Yhe increase is likely due to the fact that many youth are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy launches his “Sleeves Up for Summer” mass vaccinaion campaign in this undated photo. (Photo via Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

‘Sleeves Up for Summer’ looks to increase vaccination by 25% next month

Dunleavy urges Alaskans to get vaccinated in promotional video.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy launches his “Sleeves Up for Summer” mass vaccinaion campaign in this undated photo. (Photo via Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)
Handmade ceramics are on display at the Kenai Potters Guild on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion

Back at the wheel

Potters Guild to host Mother’s Day sale

Handmade ceramics are on display at the Kenai Potters Guild on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion
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Change 4 the Kenai outlines strategies for curbing injection drug use

Coalition goals include changing social norms, increasing knowledge and promoting connectedness with the community.

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Borough vaccination rate growing slower than state average

The number of fully vaccinated Kenai Peninsula Borough residents 16 and older has increased by 10.4% since April 5.

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DHSS reports 138 new positive cases, 3 on peninsula

Nearly 40% of Alaskans across all ages — 38.3% — had received at least one vaccine dose as of Tuesday.

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State reports 12 new resident COVID deaths

The deaths were recorded after death certificate reviews.

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State settles for $85K in retaliation case

Keren Lowell was barred from her job after criticizing Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts, according to lawsuit.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Encouraging’ vaccine data showing no safety concerns for pregnant women

Pregnant women were excluded from vaccine clinical trials early on.

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Teresa Becher watches as beluga whales swim up the Kenai River on Saturday, April 24, 2021. She and her volunteer team monitor belugas in the Cook Inlet. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Teresa Becher watches as beluga whales swim up the Kenai River on Saturday, April 24, 2021. She and her volunteer team monitor belugas in the Cook Inlet. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Beluga time

Get out your binoculars: The whales are frolicking in the Kenai River

Teresa Becher watches as beluga whales swim up the Kenai River on Saturday, April 24, 2021. She and her volunteer team monitor belugas in the Cook Inlet. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Teresa Becher watches as beluga whales swim up the Kenai River on Saturday, April 24, 2021. She and her volunteer team monitor belugas in the Cook Inlet. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
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Peninsula cases rising faster than vaccine rates

18.7% positive case increase from last week as CDC and FDA lift J&J pause

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