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In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Dr. Gregg Motonaga talks about the technology available to him at Central Peninsula Hospital, where he works as an anesthesiologist.

Trends 2016: Central Peninsula Hospital continues expansion

Over the past six months, Central Peninsula Hospital has made several moves to expand and modernize its facilities and services. A long-awaited new space for… Continue reading

In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Dr. Gregg Motonaga talks about the technology available to him at Central Peninsula Hospital, where he works as an anesthesiologist.
Clarion file photo In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Dr. Gregg Motonaga talks about the technology available to him at Central Peninsula Hospital, where he works as an anesthesiologist.

Central Peninsula Hospital sees rapid expansion

Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital, one of two borough funded hospitals on the Kenai Peninsula, has been expanding steadily since it began as a clinic operated… Continue reading

Clarion file photo In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Dr. Gregg Motonaga talks about the technology available to him at Central Peninsula Hospital, where he works as an anesthesiologist.

Kenai Airport land policy irks some locals

Much of what is now central Kenai was a military airfield during the 1940s and ‘50s. One of its legacies is a large holding of… Continue reading

The inside of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by John Parker of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems can hold a battery that allows the UAV to be flown. Radars and other sensors can also be mounted to the UAV to gather data while its being flown, Parker explained On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at the business on Main Street Loop in Kenai, Alaska.

Trends 2016: Tech takes off: Opportunity abounds in UAV field

A Kenai-based business owner has tapped into the unmanned aircraft and sensor industry beginning to grow in Alaska, and says there is room on the… Continue reading

The inside of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by John Parker of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems can hold a battery that allows the UAV to be flown. Radars and other sensors can also be mounted to the UAV to gather data while its being flown, Parker explained On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at the business on Main Street Loop in Kenai, Alaska.
Dean Bostwick and his dog Buddy stop at the AK Taco Shack food truck August 29, 2014 in Soldotna.

Trends 2016: Mobile food vendors change culinary landscape

Amid the larger sectors of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy, the standalone coffee carts and flexible food trucks that litter the peninsula have a role to… Continue reading

Dean Bostwick and his dog Buddy stop at the AK Taco Shack food truck August 29, 2014 in Soldotna.

Trends 2016: Diverse business community a boon for Soldotna

The City of Soldotna is in a good position to weather the impacts of budget cuts at the state level while supporting its current economy,… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Peninsula cities promote, support tourism industry

While officials from the Kenai Peninsula’s five cities would not label tourism as critical to local economies, they say it is a healthy supplement. Tax… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Kenai’s sales growing after 2009 decline, lead by retail

Trends in Kenai’s gross sales and property taxes recorded by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD) show that since 2008 the city of Kenai… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Louise Heite and her husband Steve Dahl have begun raising pigeons to produce squab that they will eventually sell for profit Tuesday, March 15, at her home on Eagle Glade Farm in Nikiski, Alaska.

Trends 2016: Kenai Peninsula agriculture fastest growing in state

The Kenai Peninsula has one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in the state.Whether measuring expansion through rising direct to consumer sales, acreage acquirements or… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Louise Heite and her husband Steve Dahl have begun raising pigeons to produce squab that they will eventually sell for profit Tuesday, March 15, at her home on Eagle Glade Farm in Nikiski, Alaska.
Louise Heite plants bok choy seeds for starters on Tuesday, March 15, at her home on Eagle Glade Farm in Nikiski, Alaska.

Trends 2016: Local farmers develop markets for their products

Growing in a green industry means Kenai Peninsula farmers have had to plow their own way. Producers are tasked with developing new market places, and… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Louise Heite plants bok choy seeds for starters on Tuesday, March 15, at her home on Eagle Glade Farm in Nikiski, Alaska.

Trends 2016: Peninsula housing more affordable than most of state

Although the outright price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, buying a home may be more affordable overall in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.The average price… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Borough moves cautiously on budget

Much is up in the air for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s budget for the coming year as it continues with its budget process.The borough administration… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Kenai Peninsula tourism outpaces state

2015 was a record year for the Kenai Peninsula’s tourism industry, which may well prove to be a boon for local economies hard hit by… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan
The jack-up rig Randolph Yost arrived in Kachemak Bay on March 10 on board the heavy-lift vessel Tai An Kou. Furie Operating Alaska, which holds the lease on the Kitchen Lights Unit off Nikiski, plans to use the rig to drill additional wells this year.

Trends 2016: Cook Inlet producers continue with scheduled plans

Though oil and gas construction spending around the state is predicted to drop, Cook Inlet is somewhat shielded by smaller producers’ investments.Most of the Cook… Continue reading

The jack-up rig Randolph Yost arrived in Kachemak Bay on March 10 on board the heavy-lift vessel Tai An Kou. Furie Operating Alaska, which holds the lease on the Kitchen Lights Unit off Nikiski, plans to use the rig to drill additional wells this year.

Trends 2016: Despite state downturn, peninsula economy looks to stay steady

Though the economy looks grim elsewhere in the state, the Kenai Peninsula’s diverse economy has somewhat shielded local employment.While the state faces budget cuts and… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Peninsula small businesses find their niches

While the state is working on cuts to its budget, small businesses on the Kenai Peninsula should not face similar struggles, depending on the niche… Continue reading

Clarion file photo Clarion file photo Kay and Howard Imsande of Brainerd, Minn., enjoy a campfire next to their RV in Centennial Campground in Soldotna in 2007. Tourism officials are expecting low gas prices to bring more RV traffic to Alaska this season.

Gas prices may entice more RV tourists

While Alaska is projected to have another historic year for tourism, how visitors get to the Kenai Peninsula is still up in the air. Kenai… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By DAN BALMER
Clarion file photo Clarion file photo Kay and Howard Imsande of Brainerd, Minn., enjoy a campfire next to their RV in Centennial Campground in Soldotna in 2007. Tourism officials are expecting low gas prices to bring more RV traffic to Alaska this season.

Soldotna senator weighs in on the state’s looming budget cuts

JUNEAU, Alaska — If people are uncomfortable with the impact of rescheduling ferry reservations, they will never be comfortable with the type of cuts needed… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Larry Persily, federal coordinator in the Federal Office for Alaska Gas Line Projects, speaks about the environmental assessment needed for the Alaska LNG project to progress Tuesday October 28, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Federal coordinator weighs in on AK LNG

A federal coordinating office handling Alaska’s gas pipeline projects has been defunded by Congress and will no longer serve as a liaison between the public… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Larry Persily, federal coordinator in the Federal Office for Alaska Gas Line Projects, speaks about the environmental assessment needed for the Alaska LNG project to progress Tuesday October 28, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Walker announcement causes uncertainty on AlaskaLNG project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The big news at the Capitol this past week was Gov. Bill Walker’s gas line proposal, one that some legislators fear… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Becky Bohrer