Victoria Petersen

Recall Dunleavy organizers Ann Keffer, right, in hat, and Pat Cue, behind Keffer, take signatures at a Recall Dunleavy rally held on Aug. 1 at WKFL Park in Homer. At left, former Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, NP-Homer, signs a form. Seaton lost to Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, in the general election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)

Recall Dunleavy hits, surpasses signature target

Organizers needed 28,000 signatures to apply with the state to advance the recall effort.

 

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs SB 2002 at the Alaska Association of General Contractors in Anchorage on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

‘Disappointing’, but not devastating

Dunleavy-signed capital budget includes vetoes, partial funding for local programs

 

Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek, left, and Victoria Petersen interview Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Murkowski discussed issues such as the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, the Pebble Mine project and Alaska-related legislation. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

A conversation with the senator

Lisa Murkowski talks PFD, Pebble and what’s happening in the Senate.

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two employee associations — The Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Support Association — negotiate for a new contract on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Soldotna High School Library, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

No deal reached in district contract negotiations

Negotiations between school district and associations have snagged on rising cost of health care.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two employee associations — The Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Support Association — negotiate for a new contract on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Soldotna High School Library, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A plume of smoke rises from the Swan Lake fire area as vehicles head south on the Sterling Highway on July 18, 2019, near Skilak Lake, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kenai Peninsula suffering moderate drought

Kenai has seen a nearly 40% decrease in the average rainfall for the area from June to August.

A plume of smoke rises from the Swan Lake fire area as vehicles head south on the Sterling Highway on July 18, 2019, near Skilak Lake, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Filing ends Thursday for potential candidates

Those interested in running can contact their local city clerk to file for candidacy.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
                                Beluga whales arch their backs through the surface of the water in September 2017. Of Alaska’s five distinct beluga whale populations, only Cook Inlet’s is listed as endangered.

Researchers receive federal funds to study Cook Inlet belugas

The grant program supports management, research and outreach campaigns for conservation of wildlife.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
                                Beluga whales arch their backs through the surface of the water in September 2017. Of Alaska’s five distinct beluga whale populations, only Cook Inlet’s is listed as endangered.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Strike looms as talks continue

As labor negotiations continue, school district details impacts of work stoppage

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Voters to weigh in on city manager, sales tax cap

The decision to put the measures on the ballot was approved at Tuesday’s assembly meeting.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Veto reversal resolution fails at assembly

‘This resolution is communicating to the governor the impact some of his vetoes have to the borough.’

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                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Two student representatives join school board

Student representatives are offered a vote, however it is only an advisory vote.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Heather Marron of Alaska Communications presents the $1,500 awards to three peninsula teens (from right) — Anna DeVolld, Zachary Halstead and Carlee Rizzo — who were honored in the Summer of Heroes program, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

Three peninsula teens honored as youth heroes

Six youth from across Alaska were celebrated for their community service efforts.

Heather Marron of Alaska Communications presents the $1,500 awards to three peninsula teens (from right) — Anna DeVolld, Zachary Halstead and Carlee Rizzo — who were honored in the Summer of Heroes program, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Debbie Hamilton gives an invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Invocation ordinance likely to be pulled at assembly

The ordinance would end the offering of invocations before the beginning of assembly meetings.

An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Debbie Hamilton gives an invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Two men drown in Kasilof River over the weekend

The two had gone canoeing on the river

The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Multiple hooks, bait restricted in Kenai River

The ban is effective until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15.

The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Researcher Kim Ovitz observes a group of Cook Inlet beluga whales milling in a bend of the Kenai River by Cunningham Park on April 10 in Kenai.

Citizen science beluga monitoring effort to begin on Kenai, Kasilof Rivers

‘You don’t have to be a scientist or a researcher … It’s open to anyone.’

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                                Researcher Kim Ovitz observes a group of Cook Inlet beluga whales milling in a bend of the Kenai River by Cunningham Park on April 10 in Kenai.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to vote on sales tax cap increase

Ordinance would increase the maximum amount subject to borough sales tax from $500 to $1,000.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
John Davies, chairman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, speaks at a regents meeting, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Facing severe budget cuts, regents voted 8-3 to authorize UA President Jim Johnsen to immediately reduce administrative costs and prepare a plan for a transition from three accredited institutions to one. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

With budget cuts looming, local university programs consider options

“We really want answers, but we’re being patient with the processes.”

John Davies, chairman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, speaks at a regents meeting, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Facing severe budget cuts, regents voted 8-3 to authorize UA President Jim Johnsen to immediately reduce administrative costs and prepare a plan for a transition from three accredited institutions to one. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
Clarion file photo (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Election stakeholders group publishes recommendations

The group was established Jan. 8, and tasked with researching ways to increase voter participation.

Clarion file photo (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy announced changes to his senior staff: Tuckerman Babcock will assume the role of Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs and Ben Stevens will become the Governor’s new Chief of Staff, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Matt Shuckerow/State of Alaska)

Babcock moves from chief of staff to senior policy advisor

Babcock said he’s excited to serve in his new role.

Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy announced changes to his senior staff: Tuckerman Babcock will assume the role of Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs and Ben Stevens will become the Governor’s new Chief of Staff, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Matt Shuckerow/State of Alaska)