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Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion file                                 Emerald Miller receives her high school diploma from her parents at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections home-school program graduation ceremony May 23, 2019, in Soldotna.

Schools look for “meaningful alternatives” to graduations

Schools will observe state health mandates and guidelines in celebrating the class of 2020.

Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion file                                 Emerald Miller receives her high school diploma from her parents at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections home-school program graduation ceremony May 23, 2019, in Soldotna.
COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)

State confirms 6 new COVID-19 cases

The case total for Alaska is 351 people, with 228 residents reported as recovered.

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
A sign announcing the closure of a Soldotna business due to the new coronavirus can be seen in this April 1 photo. (File)

Development district launches new survey

Information from the surveys will be used to identify the needs of the region.

A sign announcing the closure of a Soldotna business due to the new coronavirus can be seen in this April 1 photo. (File)
Office of the Governor                                 Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during March 25 in the Atwood Building in Anchorage.

‘Not time to be letting our guard down’

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said the state is expecting to see more cases.

Office of the Governor                                 Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during March 25 in the Atwood Building in Anchorage.
A birthday parade for Katie Stockton’s sweet 16 in Kenai, Alaska, on April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Julie English)

Kids don’t let quarantine rain on their parade

Community finds creative ways to celebrate birthdays during pandemic.

A birthday parade for Katie Stockton’s sweet 16 in Kenai, Alaska, on April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Julie English)
A sign announcing the closure of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools at K-Beach Elementary can be seen on March 26, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs at least $45M for schools

Assembly approved $7 million less than the district received for FY 2020.

A sign announcing the closure of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools at K-Beach Elementary can be seen on March 26, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Juneau. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Office of the Governor)

Dunleavy unveils plan to disburse $1.25B in federal relief funds

Borough would receive $37 million in community assistance.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Juneau. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Office of the Governor)
Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26 in Soldotna.

Assembly pushes for opening economy, with caveats

On Wednesday, Dunleavy rolled out a plan to reopen sectors of the economy.

Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26 in Soldotna.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin                                 Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai.

Students in Transition continues to provide services

The 18-year-old program helps homeless students and students no longer in the custody of parents.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin                                 Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly looks to shorten meetings, focus on COVID-19

Resolution would suspend discussions not related to the pandemic or other time-sensitive matters.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Brewery expands to groceries

Brewery expands to groceries

Kenai River Brewing is partnering with Sysco to pass on pantry items directly to customers.

Brewery expands to groceries
Flood watch for Anchor River

Flood watch for Anchor River

A flood watch is in effect for the Anchor River until Friday evening, according to Thursday alert from the National Weather service. Potential flooding could… Continue reading

Flood watch for Anchor River
Photo courtesy of Gov. Mike Dunleavy / State of Alaska                                 Gov. Mike Dunleavy touring Anchorage’s alternate care site at the Alaska Airlines Center, Wednesday in Anchorage.

State announces 8 new cases, including 1 in Sterling

Eight new positive cases of COVID-19, including one case in the Sterling area, were announced during a Wednesday press conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy and… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Gov. Mike Dunleavy / State of Alaska                                 Gov. Mike Dunleavy touring Anchorage’s alternate care site at the Alaska Airlines Center, Wednesday in Anchorage.
Labor department: COVID-19 shocks Alaska’s economy

Labor department: COVID-19 shocks Alaska’s economy

State economists are just beginning to understand how COVID-19 might be affecting our state and local economy. The global pandemic has shuttered and disrupted business… Continue reading

Labor department: COVID-19 shocks Alaska’s economy
After construction workers removed siding from the facade of the Kenai Municipal Airport, a mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher, was revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska.(Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula airports get federal funds

More than $124 million in federal relief funds has been awarded to 257 Alaska airports to replace “vital revenue lost” because of the COVID-19 global… Continue reading

After construction workers removed siding from the facade of the Kenai Municipal Airport, a mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher, was revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska.(Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A flourless chocolate cake surprise on the doorstep, Monday, in Kalifornsky. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Spread love in the era of COVID-19

Do you miss your friends and family? I do.

A flourless chocolate cake surprise on the doorstep, Monday, in Kalifornsky. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Cruise ship companies cancel, postpone Alaska sailings

Alaska’s shortened summer season made operating “simply not viable.”

This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)
Mike Tuhy, owner and operator of the Tower Rock Lodge in Kenai casts for trout in the Upper River Kenai on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

State offers guidance to anglers

Sport and personal use fishing in Alaska will remain open consistent with health mandates.

Mike Tuhy, owner and operator of the Tower Rock Lodge in Kenai casts for trout in the Upper River Kenai on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks during a Tuesday, April 7, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

New state mandate OKs quarantine shelters for emergency workers, homeless

The program will use “non-congregate shelter solutions,” including hotels and dorms, to house people.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks during a Tuesday, April 7, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Everyone is learning a new way to learn’

Teachers, students adapt to online school during pandemic

Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)