Elizabeth Earl

Roy Beaver drills a hole through a log as part of a reconstruction of a historic cabin near the bluff in Old Town Kenai on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. The cabin, owned by Tim Wisnewski, is one of the original buildings in the Old Town Kenai area and had long since fallen into disrepair before Wisnewski decided to restore it. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Local family restoring historic cabin in Kenai

A bent, broken old cabin with a long history is getting new life after decades of decay. A pair of workers have been carefully taking… Continue reading

 

Sample ballots sit on a tabletop at the the Kalifornsky Beach Road Central Emergency Services fire station on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Election results to be certified Tuesday

Candidates and voters will have to wait out the holiday weekend for the final results of the primary election to be certified. The Alaska Division… Continue reading

 

A sign marks a type of barley growing in a small field in a vacant gravel pit on Aug. 31, 2018 in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Experimental planting produces barley in Cooper Landing

Something new is sprouting in Cooper Landing. Perched on a hill in an old gravel pit on Snug Harbor Road, just under an acre of… Continue reading

 

A group of veterans visiting Alaska as part of the Kentucky Wounded Heroes project gather in front of the Salmon Catcher Lodge on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

From Kentucky to Soldotna, veterans come to fish — and heal

When a group of veterans arrived from the Lower 48 to Alaska, some didn’t know each other from strangers. But now, nestled in a lodge… Continue reading

A group of veterans visiting Alaska as part of the Kentucky Wounded Heroes project gather in front of the Salmon Catcher Lodge on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
A pink salmon fights to escape an angler’s hook Aug. 24, 2016 near the Soldotna Visitor’s Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Pink salmon harvest below forecast, slightly up from 2016

Though pink salmon harvests are ahead of what they were in 2016, the last comparable run-size year, they are still significantly below the forecast level.… Continue reading

A pink salmon fights to escape an angler’s hook Aug. 24, 2016 near the Soldotna Visitor’s Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
A pink salmon fights to escape an angler’s hook Aug. 24, 2016 near the Soldotna Visitor’s Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Lull between silver salmon runs on the Kenai, plenty of pinks

Kenai Peninsula local’s process for catching pink salmon: —Throw a line out. —Get a tug, catch a glimpse of the prominent dark hump on the… Continue reading

A pink salmon fights to escape an angler’s hook Aug. 24, 2016 near the Soldotna Visitor’s Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
Gov. Bill Walker (center) speaks with Jill Skidmore-Erickson, a member of Access Alaska’s Board of Directors, during a signing ceremony for Senate Bill 174 on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Governor signs disability service philosophy bill into law

Alaskans with disabilities will now have more flexibility in determining their care since Gov. Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 174 into law Saturday. In a… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker (center) speaks with Jill Skidmore-Erickson, a member of Access Alaska’s Board of Directors, during a signing ceremony for Senate Bill 174 on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce (right) and Tim Navarre (far left) present an award to Will and Jane Madison for their work on the annual Industry Appreciation Day event on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at Industry Appreciation Day

This year may be the first year that the weather soured enough to rain on Industry Appreciation Day, but Kenai Peninsula residents didn’t that stop… Continue reading

Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce (right) and Tim Navarre (far left) present an award to Will and Jane Madison for their work on the annual Industry Appreciation Day event on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Road construction to continue into fall in central peninsula

Though the tourism traffic on the Kenai Peninsula’s roads has thinned out as the summer wanes, local drivers should still expect some delays due to… Continue reading

A boat motors down the Kenai Rier just upstream of Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Sockeye reopen on Kenai with late run

Evening on the Kenai River these days takes the sun down earlier but brings the salmon up to the surface early. From the boardwalk at… Continue reading

A boat motors down the Kenai Rier just upstream of Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
(Photo provided, Alaska Divsion of Elections)
                                (Photo provided, Alaska Divsion of Elections)

Voters take to ballots boxes in primary

Tuesday ushers in the election season in earnest in Alaska with the primary election for state and national offices. Voters registered in one of Alaska’s… Continue reading

(Photo provided, Alaska Divsion of Elections)
                                (Photo provided, Alaska Divsion of Elections)
Sword swallower Dan Meyer demonstrates the technique during a show at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Ben Boettger)

On the edge: Learning to overcome fears and swallow swords

The swords of various length and width glitter from atop the black tablecloth on the back of the stage. Some look like props from a… Continue reading

Sword swallower Dan Meyer demonstrates the technique during a show at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Ben Boettger)

Crime increased in Alaska in 2017; most in central Kenai low-level or property offenses

The upswing in crime across Alaska continued in 2017, with the increase mostly in low-level and property crimes on the Kenai. The Alaska Department of… Continue reading

A young visitor admires a horse in the pens at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Aug. 18, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

For livestock carers, the Kenai Peninsula Fair is a time to shine

Though a Ferris wheel towers over the Ninilchik Fairground and the smell of kettle corn permeates the air, for many, the Kenai Peninsula Fair is… Continue reading

A young visitor admires a horse in the pens at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Aug. 18, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Clouds and smoke curl around the top of Augustine Volcano on Sunday, June 4, 2017 on Augustine Island, Alaska. The remote island in Cook Inlet is composed of little more than the volcano and its surrounding debris. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

State seeks geothermal energy land nominations

The state is looking for takers to explore new energy — specifically, geothermal energy. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas… Continue reading

Clouds and smoke curl around the top of Augustine Volcano on Sunday, June 4, 2017 on Augustine Island, Alaska. The remote island in Cook Inlet is composed of little more than the volcano and its surrounding debris. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
Cars pass over the Warren Ames Bridge over the Kenai River on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Anglers focus in on silvers and pinks on Kenai

Between the anglers lining the banks and the darkheaded seals bobbing up and down in the water, salmon headed up the Kenai River to spawn… Continue reading

Cars pass over the Warren Ames Bridge over the Kenai River on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Snow clings to a sign marking a polling place at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Candidates finalized for municipal election

Election season is underway in earnest on the Kenai Peninsula now, with the candidate names finalized for the regular municipal election in October and the… Continue reading

Snow clings to a sign marking a polling place at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
This Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 shows the construction of Cell 3 at Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Planning ahead at Central Peninsula Landfill

There’s a lot going on at Central Peninsula Landfill. Up the hill from the big blue building where most members of the public drop off… Continue reading

This Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 shows the construction of Cell 3 at Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Premera files to drop rates again, cites lower utilization, reinsurance program

For the second year in a row, health insurance premiums on the individual market are set to get less expensive. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield… Continue reading

Fishermen cast for silver salmon from a boardwalk near the Soldotna Visitors Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Coming up silver on the Kenai

The silver salmon tease the fishermen on the Kenai River. A few inches away from an angler’s bobber, a silver salmon’s dark back will flick… Continue reading

Fishermen cast for silver salmon from a boardwalk near the Soldotna Visitors Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)