Camille Botello

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)
Hikers negotiate the Harding Icefield Trail in August 2015 in Kenai Fjords National Park just outside of Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Rangers urge caution after emergency incidents on Harding Icefield trail

Before attempting the trail, people should be aware of potential hazards of avalanches, rock slides and wildlife.

Hikers negotiate the Harding Icefield Trail in August 2015 in Kenai Fjords National Park just outside of Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Lydia Jacoby, of United States, swims in a mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Jacoby and Team USA finish 5th in mixed medley

Jacoby finished 0.14 seconds under Monday’s gold medal time of 1:04.95.

Lydia Jacoby, of United States, swims in a mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States celebrates on the podium after the final of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)

Jacoby gets another shot at a medal

The 17-year-old gold medalist from Seward will swim in the mixed 400 medley relay for Team USA at 6:43 p.m. local time on Friday evening.

Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States celebrates on the podium after the final of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)
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The Homer Spit is evacuated during the July 28 tsunami warning at about 10:50 p.m.

Mag 8.2 earthquake rattles Gulf Coast, triggers tsunami warning

Lara Hildreth and Cindy Buchanan never expected their vacation would end in an emergency evacuation from their hotel room at Land’s End Resort because of… Continue reading

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The Homer Spit is evacuated during the July 28 tsunami warning at about 10:50 p.m.
Central Peninsula Hospital Pharmacy Technician Jessica Hulet rolls a cart carrying doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine into Central Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Hospitals busier and busier amid COVID spike

Close to 70% of Alaska’s hospital beds are full amid another surge in COVID-19 cases, and health care workers are feeling the heat of the… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital Pharmacy Technician Jessica Hulet rolls a cart carrying doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine into Central Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A banner supporting Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby hangs outside of First National Bank Alaska in her hometown of Seward on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Local briefs: Jacoby may swim again, ‘Little Mermaid’ and a final rodeo

Jacoby may race in relay medleys The Seward Tsunami Swim Club has announced more watch parties to see the now-famous gold medalist alumna, Lydia Jacoby,… Continue reading

A banner supporting Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby hangs outside of First National Bank Alaska in her hometown of Seward on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
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Kathy Matta’s lacquer art pieces are seen on display Tuesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Below, Kathy Matta discusses her artwork.

Language of lacquer

Artist honors professor’s legacy with local exhibition

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Kathy Matta’s lacquer art pieces are seen on display Tuesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Below, Kathy Matta discusses her artwork.
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River City Books is marked with anti-masking graffiti on Wednesday.

Anti-masking graffiti found at River City Books

River City Books was defaced with anti-mask and anti-COVID-19 vaccine rhetoric after closing time Tuesday, according to owner Peggy Mullen. Wednesday, employees found graffiti writing… Continue reading

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River City Books is marked with anti-masking graffiti on Wednesday.
FILE - A sign advises shoppers to wear masks outside of a store Monday, July 19, 2021, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Infections are climbing across the U.S. and mask mandates and other COVID-19 prevention measures are making a comeback in some places as health officials issue increasingly dire warnings about the highly contagious delta variant. But in a possible sign that the warnings are getting through to more Americans, vaccination rates are creeping up again, offering hope that the nation could yet break free of the coronavirus if people who have been reluctant to receive the shot are finally inoculated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

CDC changes course on indoor masks in some parts of the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in… Continue reading

FILE - A sign advises shoppers to wear masks outside of a store Monday, July 19, 2021, in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Infections are climbing across the U.S. and mask mandates and other COVID-19 prevention measures are making a comeback in some places as health officials issue increasingly dire warnings about the highly contagious delta variant. But in a possible sign that the warnings are getting through to more Americans, vaccination rates are creeping up again, offering hope that the nation could yet break free of the coronavirus if people who have been reluctant to receive the shot are finally inoculated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies in Ketchikan arrested a woman on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 in possession of more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs at the Ketchikan International Airport. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Semi-truck crash marks fourth major car accident in 10 days

There was another vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway this morning, according to the state Department of Public Safety Public Information Office. This marks the… Continue reading

Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies in Ketchikan arrested a woman on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 in possession of more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs at the Ketchikan International Airport. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Lydia Jacoby, of the United States, reacts after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Jacoby strikes gold

Seward swimmer passes world record holder, Olympic record holder in final 50 to win 100 breaststroke

Lydia Jacoby, of the United States, reacts after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Daniel Balserak and Luke Konson fish for salmon in Alaska. The pair has been traveling the country and catching every official state fish for the past 11 months. (Photo provided)

A gap year like no other

High school graduates defer college enrollment to fish in every state

Daniel Balserak and Luke Konson fish for salmon in Alaska. The pair has been traveling the country and catching every official state fish for the past 11 months. (Photo provided)
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Weekend car accident leaves 1 dead

Alaska State Troopers reported another car accident fatality over the weekend, marking the fifth traffic death on the central Kenai Peninsula in the span of… Continue reading

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Characters from the "Little Mermaid" wave to the crowd from the Triumvirate Theatre float during the Soldotna Progress Days parade on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Progress on parade

The Progress Days Parade was held Saturday in Soldotna.… Continue reading

Characters from the "Little Mermaid" wave to the crowd from the Triumvirate Theatre float during the Soldotna Progress Days parade on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)