Jacob Dye

Snow is cleared from the road during the start of another major snowfall on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 outside of The Peninsula Clarion offices in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Frigid air to return after snowy respite

A long-term forecast — describing conditions for Thursday through Sunday — says the cold will be sticking around

Snow is cleared from the road during the start of another major snowfall on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 outside of The Peninsula Clarion offices in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
The 2022 lineup of John Damberg’s Latin Jazz Quintet stand for a photo in 2022. John Damberg plays marimba and vibes, Mark Manners plays classical guitar, Bob Andrews plays bass guitar and Eiden Pospisil plays drums. Laura Koenig, pictured here with a flute, will not be playing with the quintet this weekend — the group will instead feature Karl Pasch on clarinet. (Photo courtesy John Damberg)

Latin jazz swings into town

Anchorage quintet to bring ‘fun and accessible’ music to Soldotna

The 2022 lineup of John Damberg’s Latin Jazz Quintet stand for a photo in 2022. John Damberg plays marimba and vibes, Mark Manners plays classical guitar, Bob Andrews plays bass guitar and Eiden Pospisil plays drums. Laura Koenig, pictured here with a flute, will not be playing with the quintet this weekend — the group will instead feature Karl Pasch on clarinet. (Photo courtesy John Damberg)
Volunteers sit at rows of tables or in curtained off booths during Project Homeless Connect on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Project Homeless Connect set for Tuesday

The one-day event is intended to provide a place where all area service providers come together to provide referrals, information or services

Volunteers sit at rows of tables or in curtained off booths during Project Homeless Connect on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
An eagle prepares to take off from a branch rimed with frost at the Kenai Bluff Overlook in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Cold settles in

Subzero temperatures forecast to continue through at least Tuesday

An eagle prepares to take off from a branch rimed with frost at the Kenai Bluff Overlook in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
The Soldotna Police Department is photographed on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna woman arrested for allegedly burgling workplace

The business was identified in charging documents as Lucy’s Market

The Soldotna Police Department is photographed on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Todd Smith, who sits in a commercial fishing set net seat, discusses proposals during a meeting of the Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Advisory committee supports dipnets, shorter nets for commercial fisheries

The meeting was among a series scheduled to set recommendations ahead of the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting next month

Todd Smith, who sits in a commercial fishing set net seat, discusses proposals during a meeting of the Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. (Jake Dye/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)

State responds to proposed Cook Inlet EEZ management

A proposed rule would implement federal management on commercial and recreational salmon fishing in the Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone

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)
A sign welcomes travelers to the Kenai Peninsula on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska population steady for 2nd year; Kenai Peninsula sees growth

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is one of the nine that saw growth

A sign welcomes travelers to the Kenai Peninsula on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The National Weather Service’s map of Southcentral shows a special weather statement for much of Southcentral Alaska, including the Central Kenai Peninsula on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

Cold temperatures could cause high water levels this week

The statement is in effect through Sunday, when temperatures are expected to return to normal

The National Weather Service’s map of Southcentral shows a special weather statement for much of Southcentral Alaska, including the Central Kenai Peninsula on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
A chart showing the unemployment rate of Alaska compared to that of the United States, included in data from the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development announcing job growth for 2023. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Alaska added 6,000 jobs in 2023

Oil and gas, transportation, education and health care all saw growth

A chart showing the unemployment rate of Alaska compared to that of the United States, included in data from the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development announcing job growth for 2023. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)
A graph showing the week by week case counts of RSV, the flu and COVID-19 in Alaska, part of the State Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Snapshot. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Health)

COVID, RSV trend downward in state data

While a COVID spike has been observed state- and nationwide for much of December and January, the same rise hasn’t been so sharp on the Kenai Peninsula

A graph showing the week by week case counts of RSV, the flu and COVID-19 in Alaska, part of the State Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Snapshot. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Health)
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John Walsh, Rose Flanagan and Pat Broaders perform during “An Evening of Traditional Irish Music” on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.

KDLL hosts Irish music at Kenai Peninsula College

The annual Irish music performance has been staged on the peninsula by a trio of performers almost every year since 2018

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John Walsh, Rose Flanagan and Pat Broaders perform during “An Evening of Traditional Irish Music” on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.
Jaquel Spivey is Damian, Angourie Rice is Cady and Auli’i Cravalho is Janis in “Mean Girls.” (Promotional photo courtesy Paramount Pictures)

On the screen: ‘Mean Girls’ is a special, musical, spectacle

The adaptation of the 2017 Broadway musical is a surprising early-year hit

Jaquel Spivey is Damian, Angourie Rice is Cady and Auli’i Cravalho is Janis in “Mean Girls.” (Promotional photo courtesy Paramount Pictures)
Department of Health logo. (Graphic)

State Department of Health recommends Alaska adults be screened for syphilis

A surge in syphilis cases is being observed nationwide

Department of Health logo. (Graphic)
Cook Inlet Coordinator for the Department of Fish and Game Matt Miller and Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee Members Greg Springer and Monte Roberts discuss proposals to the the State Board of Fisheries at a committee meeting at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Advisory committee tackles sport fishing in latest meeting

The meeting was among a series slated to set recommendations on nearly 200 proposals to the State Board of Fisheries

Cook Inlet Coordinator for the Department of Fish and Game Matt Miller and Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee Members Greg Springer and Monte Roberts discuss proposals to the the State Board of Fisheries at a committee meeting at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Bryce Butler pulls an athlete from Chickaloon up and over to win a round of the Inuit stick pull during the Kahtnuht’ana Hey Chi’ula Native Youth Olympics Invitational at Kenai Middle School in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula athletes compete in Native Youth Olympics invitational

The games are a series of events derived from traditional Alaska Native feats of athleticism

Bryce Butler pulls an athlete from Chickaloon up and over to win a round of the Inuit stick pull during the Kahtnuht’ana Hey Chi’ula Native Youth Olympics Invitational at Kenai Middle School in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Seward man arrested on charges of assault alleged to have taken place over ‘several years’

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Seward Courthouse

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Kassándra Feltman portrays Pandora and Heather Prisk portrays Cassandra during a rehearsal of “Greece is the Word: The Zeusical” at the Kenai Performers’ Theatre in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Zeusical’ brings Greek mythology, and souvlakis, to Kenai Performers’ stage

The recognizable names and iconic figures of Greek mythology are filling the Kenai Performers’ theater this month as the group prepares to put on “Greece… Continue reading

Kassándra Feltman portrays Pandora and Heather Prisk portrays Cassandra during a rehearsal of “Greece is the Word: The Zeusical” at the Kenai Performers’ Theatre in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State data: Kenai Peninsula Borough not seeing statewide rise in COVID activity

A state and nationwide upward trend in COVID-19 activity has seen spikes in case counts and hospitalizations, but state data indicates the surge hasn’t made… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Poster for 2nd Annual Indigenous Language Film Festival. (Provided by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Indigenous Education Progam)

KPBSD to host 2nd annual Indigenous Language Film Festival

Community submissions will be accepted until Feb. 16

Poster for 2nd Annual Indigenous Language Film Festival. (Provided by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Indigenous Education Progam)