Victoria Petersen

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)

Kenai’s tsunami risk is low, but not impossible

On the morning of Nov. 30, many residents on the Kenai Peninsula received automated tsunami warnings on their cell phones following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake.… Continue reading

 

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Dec. 5 at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough reduced deficit by nearly $4 million

The borough had nearly $4 million less in deficit spending than projected, according to Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, who was speaking at a Dec. 5… Continue reading

 

A long crack stretches along a length of road in Nikiski, Alaska on Friday, Nov. 30 due to a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the Kenai Peninsula, along with the Anchorage, Wasilla and Palmer areas. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor: Borough needed more prep for quake

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was praised for their quick response following the Nov. 30, 7.0 magnitude earthquake, however, borough Mayor Charlie Pierce said… Continue reading

 

Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller is photographed at the women’s recovery home in March 2018. Waller is hoping to open a men’s recovery facility in early 2019. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Work begins on Freedom House for men

Jennifer Waller and a team of volunteers have begun the renovations to the Soldotna home that will be used as the men’s Freedom House location.… Continue reading

Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller is photographed at the women’s recovery home in March 2018. Waller is hoping to open a men’s recovery facility in early 2019. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Seat C, Jordan Chilson, unopposed for Soldotna City Council

Soldotna to consider school zone cellphone ban 

Soldotna City Council member Jordan Chilson is looking to amend the Soldotna Municipal Code to prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices, like cellphones, while… Continue reading

Seat C, Jordan Chilson, unopposed for Soldotna City Council

School Briefs 12/10-12/16

Soldotna High School The Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:00 pm. This is a free concert with music performed by the… Continue reading

A student in April Kaufman’s K-Beach Elementary kindergartner class practices introducing himself to residents at Heritage Place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Students work on dignity, kindness with Heritage Place residents

On Friday, kindergartners from K-Beach Elementary School visited residents at Heritage Place, a continuing care facility for seniors and the disabled, for a Dignity Mission.… Continue reading

A student in April Kaufman’s K-Beach Elementary kindergartner class practices introducing himself to residents at Heritage Place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in the snow, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPC Campus Corner

Give a gift that keeps on giving: The gift of education! For some families, part of the upcoming the holiday involves exchanging gifts. KPC invites… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in the snow, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A building stands close to the edge of the Kenai River bluffs in February 2017. The bluffs are eroding at roughly 3 feet per year. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Kenai bluff stabilization project moves forward

A project seeking to stabilize Kenai’s bluff has seen development in the last month. On Nov. 16, a director’s report was finalized by the Alaska… Continue reading

A building stands close to the edge of the Kenai River bluffs in February 2017. The bluffs are eroding at roughly 3 feet per year. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion file photo)
A drill rig works in the Colville Delta operations in 2014. (Photo/Courtesy/Repsol)

Hilcorp contractor employee dies on North Slope

An employee of Hilcorp Alaska drilling contractor, Kuukpik Drilling, was fatally injured at Milne Point on Alaska’s North Slope on Thursday night, Lori Nelson, manager… Continue reading

A drill rig works in the Colville Delta operations in 2014. (Photo/Courtesy/Repsol)
A beer from St. Elias Brewing Company is photographed on Friday in Soldotna. St. Elias has several seasonal beers this winter, including a chocolate raspberry porter and a currant flavored lambic. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Local brewers roll out holiday specials

Doug Hogue, the owner of Kenai River Brewing Company, said he has always hated pumpkin beers. Two local home brewers recently changed his mind with… Continue reading

A beer from St. Elias Brewing Company is photographed on Friday in Soldotna. St. Elias has several seasonal beers this winter, including a chocolate raspberry porter and a currant flavored lambic. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2010, file photo, a child pays for a lunch consisting of fruits and vegetables during a school lunch program at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif. California and Pennsylvania both passed laws in 2017 to outlaw "lunch shaming" of children for unpaid meals, with the Pennsylvania measure that became law in November requiring communication about money owed on meal accounts to be done between school officials and parents, and not involve the student. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

School board introduces wellness policy at Monday’s meeting

In an effort to reduce childhood obesity, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board’s Wellness Committee introduced an updated nutrition and physical activity policy… Continue reading

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2010, file photo, a child pays for a lunch consisting of fruits and vegetables during a school lunch program at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif. California and Pennsylvania both passed laws in 2017 to outlaw "lunch shaming" of children for unpaid meals, with the Pennsylvania measure that became law in November requiring communication about money owed on meal accounts to be done between school officials and parents, and not involve the student. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

School board advances efforts for new Aurora high school

Parents and students wanting to expand Aurora Borealis Charter School into a high school are one step closer to their goal after the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor Charlie Pierce gives borough update

Wednesday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gave an update at a Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber Luncheon, where he spoke about various borough projects his administration… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough has openings for next year’s invocation providers

At Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, President Wayne Ogle announced there were eight openings to give invocations next calendar year. “We have 12 assigned… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Former hockey coach sentenced to 62 years in sex abuse case

On Monday, a Sterling resident and former Soldotna High School hockey coach was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of… Continue reading

The road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway cracked down the middle after Friday morning’s earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula faces minimal damage after Friday’s quake

The Kenai Peninsula sustained minor damage and no life-threatening injuries after Friday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake. In a statement released Monday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie… Continue reading

The road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway cracked down the middle after Friday morning’s earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Local Jewish congregation celebrated Hanukkah with the tradition of latkes

Hanukkah, which began Sunday, is an eight-day event celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. when the Maccabees… Continue reading

A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Hannah Young, who played a prosecutor, questions a witness during Nikiski High’s Thursday mock murder trial at the Kenai Courthouse on Thursday. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski seniors perform mock trial to better understand judicial system

Senior students from Nikiski High School’s American government class spent Wednesday and Thursday afternoon performing mock murder trials at the Kenai Courthouse. With the help… Continue reading

Hannah Young, who played a prosecutor, questions a witness during Nikiski High’s Thursday mock murder trial at the Kenai Courthouse on Thursday. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Ken Miller, President of Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants, spoke at Wednesday’s Soldotna Chamber Luncheon about nonprofit fundraising trends on Wednesday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Chamber forum focuses on Alaska’s decreasing nonprofit fundraising trends

Nonprofit support is up across the country, but in Alaska, it’s down, Ken Miller, president of Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants told the audience at the… Continue reading

Ken Miller, President of Denali FSP Fundraising Consultants, spoke at Wednesday’s Soldotna Chamber Luncheon about nonprofit fundraising trends on Wednesday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)