Victoria Petersen

Local senior centers prep for COVID-19

Local senior centers prep for COVID-19

Late afternoon Friday, the state issued health alert for seniors..

Local senior centers prep for COVID-19
Hand sanitizer was out of stock at Kenai Safeway and at other local stores on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Food bank runs low as shoppers stock up

As stores run low on certain items, they are unable to share as much with the food bank.

Hand sanitizer was out of stock at Kenai Safeway and at other local stores on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School’s first grade class marchs in the Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day parade along the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

St. Patrick’s Day parade, Taste of the Kenai canceled

The events were canceled due to concerns about the new coronavirus.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School’s first grade class marchs in the Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day parade along the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

1,300 sign on Kenai Peninsula sign recall petition

Recall Dunleavy is working to gather 71,252 signatures.

Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the state of Alaska has its first positive case of the new coronavirus, during a news conference Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Health officials said the adult male, a foreign national, self-isolated himself before going to an Anchorage hospital, where he was tested. The man was not in a life-threatening situation and was in isolation after being released from the hospital. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska reports 1st coronavirus case; schools, universities extend breaks

All 42 schools on the Kenai Peninsula will be closed between March 16-20.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the state of Alaska has its first positive case of the new coronavirus, during a news conference Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Health officials said the adult male, a foreign national, self-isolated himself before going to an Anchorage hospital, where he was tested. The man was not in a life-threatening situation and was in isolation after being released from the hospital. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel speaks to reporters after the Senate approved funding for the state to respond to the new coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Also pictured, from left, are Sens. Bert Stedman, David Wilson and Natasha von Imhof. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Dunleavy declares public health disaster

No cases in Alaska have been identified, but the declaration will help free up resources.

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel speaks to reporters after the Senate approved funding for the state to respond to the new coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Also pictured, from left, are Sens. Bert Stedman, David Wilson and Natasha von Imhof. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

State to give daily updates on COVID-19

Updates will be presented through press conferences and through a website accessible to the public.

Dr. Anne Zink, the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, addresses reporters at a news conference Monday in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dip netting on the North Kenai Beach on July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai supports dipnet permit fee

The bill would establish a $5 fee for the Cook Inlet personal use fishing permit.

John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dip netting on the North Kenai Beach on July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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District gets new clean-burning buses

The district will have to destroy the old buses.

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. State officials said 23 people have been tested for the new coronavirus with no positive results. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

A Q&A with the governor

Dunleavy talks state budget, fiscal future and oil prices

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. State officials said 23 people have been tested for the new coronavirus with no positive results. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
The Alaska SeaLife Center’s newest addition, a male otter pup, is seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center featured on NatGeo show

Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center monitors the state’s 6,640 miles of coastline.

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s newest addition, a male otter pup, is seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
Masks, gloves, and other protective supplies are displayed during a visit of Vice President Mike Pence, Thursday, March 5, 2020 to Camp Murray in Washington state. Pence was in Washington to discuss the state’s efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

School district bans out-of-state travel

The district also launched a webpage to inform families and the community about COVID-19.

Masks, gloves, and other protective supplies are displayed during a visit of Vice President Mike Pence, Thursday, March 5, 2020 to Camp Murray in Washington state. Pence was in Washington to discuss the state’s efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai looking to boost revenue, spur investment

The conversation started with a discussion on the city’s budget.

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board asks to add bond to ballot

The $30 million bond package would fund capital projects in school buildings across the district.

Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink addresses the state’s coronavirus preparedness at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska Monday, March 2, 2020. Health officials said there are no known cases of the virus in Alaska but they are prepared in case an outbreak occurs in the nation’s largest state. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

State, local officials prepare for virus

Official: It’s “highly likely” Alaska will see its first case soon.

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink addresses the state’s coronavirus preparedness at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska Monday, March 2, 2020. Health officials said there are no known cases of the virus in Alaska but they are prepared in case an outbreak occurs in the nation’s largest state. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Dr. Jim Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska, speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Johnsen gives optimistic State of the University address

“It wasn’t the best deal ever, but it was a lifesaver.”

Dr. Jim Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska, speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets on Tuesdays inside in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula

Assembly modifies residency rules for candidates

The ordinance also provides clarification on what the borough can do if residency is challenged.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets on Tuesdays inside in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula
Tammie Willis, a Soldotna activist, shares her story with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their Tuesday meeting on Feb. 25, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Hate crime resolution discussion gets heated

Resolution in support of state House Bill 198 passes 5-4 at Tuesday’s assembly meeting.

Tammie Willis, a Soldotna activist, shares her story with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their Tuesday meeting on Feb. 25, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A Kenai Peninsula College sign can be seen in this undated photo. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

University releases proposal for program cuts

The proposal does not recommend the suspension or deletion of any KPC programs.

A Kenai Peninsula College sign can be seen in this undated photo. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Meda DeWitt, left, Vic Fischer, middle, and Aaron Welterlen, leaders of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, lead about 50 volunteers in a march to the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 agreed to allow a group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin a second signature-gathering phase. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Recall Dunleavy group gathering signatures for next phase of campaign

The recall group must gather 71,252 signatures.

In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Meda DeWitt, left, Vic Fischer, middle, and Aaron Welterlen, leaders of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, lead about 50 volunteers in a march to the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 agreed to allow a group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin a second signature-gathering phase. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)