Victoria Petersen

Diamond Dance Project, a local dance studio, performed an original dance concert “Taiko” inspired by their recent dance trip to Japan at the Soldotna High School auditorium, March 24, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Soyangco/Diamond Dance Project)

Diamond Dance project inspired by trip to Japan

Dubbed “Taiko,” the concert debuted March 24 and may return with an encore show.

 

Local sourdough enthusiasts Lacy Ledahl, Maria Nolas and Elizabeth Cox taught a class at Maggie’s General Store about the benefits and baking opportunities of sourdough, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Sourdough stories

Local bakers share origins of an Alaskan classic

 

Community members, parents, staff and students concerned about the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s potential plan to consolidate Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School gather in the Soldotna High School Auditorium to get more information about how that consolidation would affect them, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community discusses consolidation of SoHi, SoPrep

“We’re really here, for the most part, because of the governor’s proposed budget.”

Community members, parents, staff and students concerned about the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s potential plan to consolidate Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School gather in the Soldotna High School Auditorium to get more information about how that consolidation would affect them, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
An ulu the author made as part of the Alaska Humanities Forum Sister School Exchange. (Photo provided by author)

Out of the Office: A sister school experience

As I write this column, I’m drowning in stories of Legislature budgets, potential school closures and some guy stealing a mammoth tusk in Anchorage. There’s… Continue reading

An ulu the author made as part of the Alaska Humanities Forum Sister School Exchange. (Photo provided by author)
First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to vote on district supplemental funding ordinance

The ordinance would appropriate $2,423,955 for the school district’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Escape Route, a road connecting the towns of Kenai and Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, is photographed on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough tables state road trade

“Things haven’t been going too well, so we’re going to ask to table it here after the public meeting.”

Escape Route, a road connecting the towns of Kenai and Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, is photographed on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to decide school district contribution

The resolution from the borough is proposing to offer the school district $47,314,477.

Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Residents question mayor’s absence from assembly

The mayor’s office said Pierce would not be in until the week of April 15

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer High School opened its doors to an estimated 400 students in 1985. There are approximately 390 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky/Homer News)

District explores consolidating schools in Homer, Seward

“Exploring the difficult concept of school consolidations or closures is a challenging task”

Homer High School opened its doors to an estimated 400 students in 1985. There are approximately 390 students enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky/Homer News)
John O’Brien was offered the position of interim superintendent of schools for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of the Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

School board chooses new interim superintendent

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has chosen John O’Brien to be the interim superintendent of schools. The pick comes as a… Continue reading

John O’Brien was offered the position of interim superintendent of schools for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of the Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

District considers consolidating SoHi, SoPrep

The consolidation would move Soldotna Prep ninth grade students into Soldotna High School

Lisa Bass, Rosemary Pilatti, Cindy Littell at the Girl Scouts 60th anniversary Reunion Tea, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Pilatti)

60 years on, peninsula Girl Scouts are going strong

“Scouting offers a means of networking and a method to achieve goals”

Lisa Bass, Rosemary Pilatti, Cindy Littell at the Girl Scouts 60th anniversary Reunion Tea, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Pilatti)
First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Looking to leave the state’

In face of budget cuts, teachers seek other opportunities

First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Musical duo Rio Samaya play on the River Stage during the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Friday, August 4, 2017. The three-day music festival concludes on Sunday night. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tickets are already available for the festival, which will be Aug. 2-4, Fairgrounds in Ninilchik

Two Grammy-winning artists will headline this year’s Salmonfest. Organizers of the well-attended Ninilchik event announced this week that Jason Mraz will perform Friday and Ani… Continue reading

Musical duo Rio Samaya play on the River Stage during the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Friday, August 4, 2017. The three-day music festival concludes on Sunday night. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Bruce jaffa waits in line to speak to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly against closing Moose Pass School, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community defends small schools

‘As a parent, I think my biggest situation is the increased road time my kids will be subjected to.’

Bruce jaffa waits in line to speak to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly against closing Moose Pass School, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Team member listens to testimony in support of keeping the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s pools open, in light of potential budget cuts, on Monday, April 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Swimmers flood school board meeting

Swimmers seek more information on potential school pool closures

A Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Team member listens to testimony in support of keeping the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s pools open, in light of potential budget cuts, on Monday, April 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Leslie Rohr from Love INC speaks to the House Finance Committee members in opposition to cuts that help vulnerable Alaskans on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula residents pack House Finance meeting

“We are now to the bone … More cuts will cut to the marrow and we’re going to start losing limbs”

Leslie Rohr from Love INC speaks to the House Finance Committee members in opposition to cuts that help vulnerable Alaskans on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the community attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. The board passed a $145 million budget during the meeting. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district passes budget

The school district passed a total general fund revenue budget of $145,387,469

Members of the community attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. The board passed a $145 million budget during the meeting. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board to interview superintendent candidates

The school board worked with the Association of Alaska School Boards to facilitate the search