Jacob Dye

Roy Williams receives a dinner from a student volunteer on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at the Area-Wide Senior Dinner at Kenai Seniors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Thankful to be together

Local seniors gather to give thanks for their community

Roy Williams receives a dinner from a student volunteer on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at the Area-Wide Senior Dinner at Kenai Seniors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Cook Inlet is seen from Clam Gulch State Recreation Area on Feb. 7, 2020, in Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Free parking at Alaska State Parks the day after Thanksgiving

The move aims to encourage Alaskans to get outside during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Cook Inlet is seen from Clam Gulch State Recreation Area on Feb. 7, 2020, in Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
Abbi Suprick is seen at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Bagelista’ becomes new owner of Everything Bagels

Abbi Suprick takes the reins of local shop after selling bagels for four years

Abbi Suprick is seen at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai League of Legends team captain Silas Thibodeau waits for the second game to start during a match on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Esports Week 8: Kenai, SoHi, Nikiski qualify for state

Peninsula teams closed out the regular season for esports competition in Alaska this week, with three teams from Kenai, one from Soldotna, and one from… Continue reading

Kenai League of Legends team captain Silas Thibodeau waits for the second game to start during a match on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Nurse Sherra Pritchard gives Madyson Knudsen a bandage at the Kenai Public Health Center after the 10-year-old received her first COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion file)

Fewer than 50% of Alaska kids completing routine vaccines

This was compared to 2013, when more than 60% were completing routine vaccinations

Nurse Sherra Pritchard gives Madyson Knudsen a bandage at the Kenai Public Health Center after the 10-year-old received her first COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion file)
Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 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 file)

Health officials urge vaccination and mitigation ahead of virus trio

Health officials hope to mitigate the strain on hospitals this winter due to COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus

Nurse Tracy Silta draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 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 file)
Letitia Wright as Shuri in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Image courtesy Marvel Studios)

On the Screen: ‘Wakanda Forever’ picks up the pieces

“Black Panther” sequel grapples with grief and hope after franchise loses its star

Letitia Wright as Shuri in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Image courtesy Marvel Studios)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

23 new resident COVID-19 deaths reported this week

For the period of Nov. 6 to Nov. 12, 383 new resident COVID-19 cases were reported

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Attendees of the opening reception for the Mural 2022 Exhibition view this year’s mural at the Kenai Art Center in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Group project

Community artists work together to create Kenai Art Center mural

Attendees of the opening reception for the Mural 2022 Exhibition view this year’s mural at the Kenai Art Center in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Dave Segura, commander of American Legion Post 20, leads a celebration of Veterans Day at American Legion Post 20 in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Community honors veterans on day of remembrance

Veterans Day was celebrated with a series of speeches, commemorations and the firing of rifles

Dave Segura, commander of American Legion Post 20, leads a celebration of Veterans Day at American Legion Post 20 in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Audra Calloway directs the Soldotna High School Choir in a rehersal on Oct. 11, 2022, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Putting the band back together

SoHi band and choir rebuild after several years of interruptions

Audra Calloway directs the Soldotna High School Choir in a rehersal on Oct. 11, 2022, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
From left, Alternate Bodie Chumley, Graehm LeFevre, Dalton Schanrock and Bryce LeFevre and Coach Jonus Kaponus Angleton compete in SoHi’s Rocket League match against Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Esports Week 7: Three Peninsula teams qualify for playoffs

In the penultimate week of the regular season for Alaska high school esports, Kenai Peninsula teams have started to lock in their playoff spots. The… Continue reading

From left, Alternate Bodie Chumley, Graehm LeFevre, Dalton Schanrock and Bryce LeFevre and Coach Jonus Kaponus Angleton compete in SoHi’s Rocket League match against Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
The sun rises over the mountains on the Sterling Highway on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, outside of Sterling, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Deep breath, long drive

I’ve made the drive between Soldotna and Anchorage probably hundreds of times, including twice a week for a large part of the last two years… Continue reading

The sun rises over the mountains on the Sterling Highway on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, outside of Sterling, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
The cast of “Something Rotten” rehearse on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

A ‘Rotten’ performance

Musical comedy “Something Rotten” takes aim at Shakespeare and theater in new SoHi production

The cast of “Something Rotten” rehearse on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19: Only 7% of borough residents have new booster

The state reported no new resident deaths from COVID-19 this week

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Susie Smalley demonstrates during the Many Voices Ukraine vigil on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

KCHS grad returns to discuss war in Ukraine at Soldotna library

The presentation is titled “What the He** is He Thinking: Putin’s War in Ukraine.”

Susie Smalley demonstrates during the Many Voices Ukraine vigil on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Samuel Anderson, of Kenai, swims the 200-yard freestyle during finals at the ASAA State Swim & Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Carly Nelson nabs 2 state swim titles, Seward boys relay also wins

Kenai Peninsula swimmers claimed three state titles at the 2022 Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska Swim & Dive State Championships this weekend at… Continue reading

Samuel Anderson, of Kenai, swims the 200-yard freestyle during finals at the ASAA State Swim & Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Soldotna man killed in Seward Highway wreck

The wreck happened around Mile 47.5 of the Seward Highway

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion 
Laura Black, owner of Fireweed Bakery, sells some of her wares during the Merry Little Christmas Market at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, Alaska on Nov. 7, 2020.

Getting into the holiday spirit with crafts, bazaars and expos

Wares from local businesses and craftspeople will be on sale each weekend in November

Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion 
Laura Black, owner of Fireweed Bakery, sells some of her wares during the Merry Little Christmas Market at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, Alaska on Nov. 7, 2020.
Cody Good competes for Kenai Central High School during a League of Legends match against Anchorage Christian Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Esports Week 6: Kenai falls to top-ranked team; SoHi sweeps Hutchison

After the combination of a snowstorm and parent-teacher conferences halted all esports action on the Kenai Peninsula last week, teams in Kenai, Soldotna and Nikiski… Continue reading

Cody Good competes for Kenai Central High School during a League of Legends match against Anchorage Christian Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)