Victoria Petersen

A contractor plows snow down Forest Drive in Kenai on Jan. 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Shuttering of road maintenance station raises concerns

The closure is due to cuts triggered by lower than expected revenue from the motor fuel tax.

 

New cold case site is a ‘call to action’

A webpage encourages people to come forward and help solve longstanding cold cases.

 

State offers resources to patients with discontinued prescriptions

The move follows the arrest on drug charges of 2 Alaska medical providers, including a local doctor.

 

Community health services available this month

Residents can prepare for flu season, discard old medications or donate blood.

A map shows the Swanson River Road and Swan Lake Road woodcutting areas. (Image courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Wildlife refuge woodcutting permits available

Cutting is limited to trees that are dead and downed within the designated permit areas.

A map shows the Swanson River Road and Swan Lake Road woodcutting areas. (Image courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board finalizes its priorities

The board unanimously passed their 2020 state and federal legislative priorities.

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Voter turnout for municipal elections in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 1991 to 2019, from Kenai Peninsula Borough Election History, in Kenai, Alaska. (Graphic by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Voters largely skip municipal polls

Turnout was lowest since 2012.

Voter turnout for municipal elections in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 1991 to 2019, from Kenai Peninsula Borough Election History, in Kenai, Alaska. (Graphic by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 14-20

What’s happening this week

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As climate series wraps up, focus is on solutions

The series, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper and KenaiChange, has had six meetings in recent months.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Service board elections vote delayed

The vote was moved to November in order to allow the service area boards to weigh in.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A map show drought conditions through the state of Alaska for the week of Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

IRS offering tax relief to farmers affected by drought

The peninsula’s ongoing drought saw no changes this week.

A map show drought conditions through the state of Alaska for the week of Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Drought Monitor)
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                                Newly elected assembly members Tyson Cox, Jesse Bjorkman and Brent Johnson are sworn in during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Soldotna.

Assembly welcomes new members

Tyson Cox, Jesse Bjorkman and Brent Johnson will take their seats at the next meeting.

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                                Newly elected assembly members Tyson Cox, Jesse Bjorkman and Brent Johnson are sworn in during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Soldotna.

Soldotna doctor arrested on narcotics charges

Authorities say Lavern Davidhizar illegally distributed large amounts of opioids and other narcotics

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                                Areas burned by the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Vista Trail at Upper Skilak Campground on Sunday.

Areas of Chugach forest reopen after fire

The Forest Service is urging hikers to use extreme caution when exploring burned areas of the forest

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                                Areas burned by the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Vista Trail at Upper Skilak Campground on Sunday.
Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board OKs agreement

The agreement for a three-year contract will be effective between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021.

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna Prep School is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. The school was recently shuttered and classes combined with Soldotna High School. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

State accepts SoPrep’s closure

The district may not submit a request to reopen Soldotna Prep until seven or more years have passed.

Soldotna Prep School is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. The school was recently shuttered and classes combined with Soldotna High School. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Smoke can be seen rising from areas scarred by the Swan Lake Fire on Sunday on Skilak Loop.

Loans available for businesses affected by Swan Lake Fire

Loans for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and bills that can’t be paid because of the fire.

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                                Smoke can be seen rising from areas scarred by the Swan Lake Fire on Sunday on Skilak Loop.
Love, INC in Soldotna provides homelessness prevention and housing services to people on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Unincorporated communities to receive state funding

An ordinance appropriating $426,303 for community projects will be considered Tuesday.

Love, INC in Soldotna provides homelessness prevention and housing services to people on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School after school ahead of a strike called on by two employee associations, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board to consider contract agreement

The associations and the district had been negotiating for a contract for nearly 600 days.

Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School after school ahead of a strike called on by two employee associations, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, 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)

Assembly to vote on changing service board elections to appointments

The borough has 12 service boards, of which seven boards include elected positions.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)