Victoria Petersen

Old Town Kenai woke up to a blanket of snow Thursday morning, and by Thursday afternoon Petersen Way was slushy and wet, shown on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Winter storm brings snow to peninsula

Another storm system is expected to move into the area again late Monday.

Old Town Kenai woke up to a blanket of snow Thursday morning, and by Thursday afternoon Petersen Way was slushy and wet, shown on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kids burst from the start of the Brewery to Bathroom .5K “The race for the rest of us” on Aug. 11 , in Soldotna . (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Alcohol board shoots down proposed brewery regulations

Changes would have barred breweries from hosting festivals, fundraisers and other public gatherings.

Kids burst from the start of the Brewery to Bathroom .5K “The race for the rest of us” on Aug. 11 , in Soldotna . (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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)

School board declares vacant seat, opens applications

The new appointed member will hold the seat until the next regular election, in October 2020

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)
Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Meetings on school budget, board vacancy this week

The budget meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. School board to meet Wednesday to discuss board vacancy.

Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Students from Connections Homeschool look for bugs to classify and identify in a sample from Soldotna Creek, as part of the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Adopt-A-Stream program, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Building little scientists’

Kenai Watershed Forum’s Adopt-A-Stream program connects kids to the environment

Students from Connections Homeschool look for bugs to classify and identify in a sample from Soldotna Creek, as part of the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Adopt-A-Stream program, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Rowan Vasquez, a senior at Soldotna High School, will be representing the Kenai Peninsula when she attends the National Association for Music Education 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble in Florida this week, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Best of the best’

Soldotna High singer to perform in national choir ensemble

Rowan Vasquez, a senior at Soldotna High School, will be representing the Kenai Peninsula when she attends the National Association for Music Education 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble in Florida this week, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Peggy Mullen, who has lived in the Soldotna area for over 70 years, speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the borough’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan and its inclusion of climate change mitigation policies and strategies, on Tuesday,, in Soldotna . (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly approves comprehensive plan

The plan includes several long-term goals and covers many facets of borough development.

Peggy Mullen, who has lived in the Soldotna area for over 70 years, speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the borough’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan and its inclusion of climate change mitigation policies and strategies, on Tuesday,, in Soldotna . (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Dan Beck, center, Alaska assistant principal of the year, poses with his award in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

Kenai assistant principal earns statewide recognition

Dan Beck is the 2020 State of Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year.

Dan Beck, center, Alaska assistant principal of the year, poses with his award in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
Debbie Speakman of Homer, a contracted consultant for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, provides public testimony in support of an ordinance providing a $150,000 grant to the council during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, in Soldotna. (Photo By Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs tourism marketing council funds

In his proposed FY 2020 budget, Pierce zeroed out $100,000 for the tourism marketing council.

Debbie Speakman of Homer, a contracted consultant for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, provides public testimony in support of an ordinance providing a $150,000 grant to the council during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, in Soldotna. (Photo By Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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)

School board member-elect steps down

Martha Fleming was elected in October in an uncontested race to represent the eastern peninsula.

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)
Online sales tax effort on assembly agenda

Online sales tax effort on assembly agenda

The inability to effectively collect sales tax on online sales is eroding the sales tax base.

Online sales tax effort on assembly agenda
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)

District mulls moving elementary students to Soldotna Prep

Borough considers land where the two elementary schools are now as a location for new fire station.

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

Assembly to decide service board selection

The ordinance would change elected service board roles to appointments.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Chugach National Forest prepares for avalanche season

Chugach National Forest prepares for avalanche season

November is Avalanche Awareness Month.

Chugach National Forest prepares for avalanche season
The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Public hearings on judge candidates to be held Wednesday

Homer Superior Court and Kenai District Court are holding a joint meeting at 12:30 p.m.

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly to vote on comprehensive plan

The borough hasn’t approved a comprehensive plan since 2005.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Borough to establish anadromous streams habitat protection work group

The work group would assess current permit processes and recommend potential amendments to code.

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

Officials criticize road maintenance station closure

The station was responsible for maintaining the Turnagain Pass Corridor.

A contractor plows snow down Forest Drive in Kenai on Jan. 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Graph shows Alaska average fourth grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, compared to the national average. (Graph provided by the National Assessment of Educational Progress/www.nationasreportcard.com)

Alaska students falling short in reading, math, national report finds

Also known as “the Nation’s report card,” the report is a snapshot of American educational achievement.

Graph shows Alaska average fourth grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, compared to the national average. (Graph provided by the National Assessment of Educational Progress/www.nationasreportcard.com)
Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna . (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna, Seldovia vote to support climate change plan

The cities’ resolutions support a Regional Climate Change Adaption Plan.

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna . (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)