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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, left, and Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis, right, cut the ribbon leading to the new wing of the hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Central Peninsula Hospital celebrates new wing, expanded services

New wing features a new cardiac catheterization lab, expands respiratory care and obstetrics areas.

 

Areas burned by the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Vista Trail at Upper Skilak Campground on Oct. 6, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Trails, campgrounds, cabins and a road still remain closed in wake of fire

The Swan Lake Fire burned more than 160,000 acres of forest before it was contained this fall.

 

Police, FBI did aerial search for missing Homer woman

A candlelight vigil will be held at WKFL Park for Murnane from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

 

This May 29, 2019 photo shows Larry Persily, the publisher of The Skagway News, in the newspaper office in Skagway, Alaska. If you’ve ever wanted to own a small bi-weekly newspaper in Alaska but didn’t have the money, this could be your chance. The publisher of The Skagway News is willing to give the paper away to the right person, if they are willing to move to the southeast Alaska community and be a part of the community. Persily says he’s willing to help out the new owners by giving away the paper because the advertising will afford them a living wage, but not on top of a mortgage. (Molly McCammon via AP)

Free to a good home: Newspaper in Alaska

Larry Persily is willing to give away The Skagway News to the right person.

  • Nov 20, 2019
This May 29, 2019 photo shows Larry Persily, the publisher of The Skagway News, in the newspaper office in Skagway, Alaska. If you’ve ever wanted to own a small bi-weekly newspaper in Alaska but didn’t have the money, this could be your chance. The publisher of The Skagway News is willing to give the paper away to the right person, if they are willing to move to the southeast Alaska community and be a part of the community. Persily says he’s willing to help out the new owners by giving away the paper because the advertising will afford them a living wage, but not on top of a mortgage. (Molly McCammon via AP)
Members of a shelter development work group meet at the Independent Living Center in Soldotna, Alaska, to discuss the establishment of an emergency cold-weather shelter on the peninsula on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘We want to see this shelter yesterday’

As winter approaches, work group looks to train emergency homeless shelter volunteers

Members of a shelter development work group meet at the Independent Living Center in Soldotna, Alaska, to discuss the establishment of an emergency cold-weather shelter on the peninsula on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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ACLU: State prisons are overcrowded

Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai was over maximum capacity for more than 200 days.

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In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo provided by John Guillote and taken from an aerial drone shows the U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq as it makes its way through sea ice in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast. University of Washington scientists onboard the research vessel are studying the changes and how less sea ice will affect coastlines, which already are vulnerable to erosion because increased waves delivered by storms. More erosion would increase the chance of winter flooding in villages and danger to hunters in small boats. (John Guillote via AP)

Warm oceans delay sea ice

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea every day since mid-October has been the lowest on record.

  • Nov 19, 2019
In this Nov. 14, 2019, photo provided by John Guillote and taken from an aerial drone shows the U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq as it makes its way through sea ice in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast. University of Washington scientists onboard the research vessel are studying the changes and how less sea ice will affect coastlines, which already are vulnerable to erosion because increased waves delivered by storms. More erosion would increase the chance of winter flooding in villages and danger to hunters in small boats. (John Guillote via AP)

Cities back online sales tax initiative

Sales tax revenues help support government services in both Kenai and Soldotna.

Kelly Cooper (Photo provided)

Cooper files for House District 31 race

Cooper filed her letter of intent to run for the seat now held by Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer.

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The Juneau Pioneers’ Home on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau Pioneers’ Home on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Iraq War veteran Robert “R.J.” Carlough stands with a Quilt of Valor presented to him at the Veterans Day lunch held at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Carlough served in the U.S. Army First Division, 16th Infantry — the Big Red One — from 2002-10, and in Iraq from 2003-04. To his right is Karrie Youngblood, who quilted the work. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Quilters honor those who served on Veterans Day

More than 235,000 quilts have been presented nationally.

Iraq War veteran Robert “R.J.” Carlough stands with a Quilt of Valor presented to him at the Veterans Day lunch held at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Carlough served in the U.S. Army First Division, 16th Infantry — the Big Red One — from 2002-10, and in Iraq from 2003-04. To his right is Karrie Youngblood, who quilted the work. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A new sign welcoming people to the City of Soldotna is photographed on May 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Two candidates file for Soldotna mayoral election

John Nels Anderson died in September while serving as mayor.

A new sign welcoming people to the City of Soldotna is photographed on May 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission Chairman Blair Martin, Vice Chairman Robert Ruffner and Parliamentarian Rick Foster facilitate discussions on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai, Soldotna accepting applications for planning and zoning commission vacancies

Commissioners deliberate land use development requests and make recommendations.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission Chairman Blair Martin, Vice Chairman Robert Ruffner and Parliamentarian Rick Foster facilitate discussions on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Nationwide trends show heroin and fentanyl deaths on the rise

Dr. Kelly Olson gives a presentation to the Chambers of Commerce on the opioid crisis

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                                Grand Group members Joe Carlson (left), Nancy Carlson (front center), Sue Gill (back center) and Vicki Fruichantie smile for the camera Oct. 3 at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Kenai.

Parenting through the golden years

Local group provides support to grandparents raising grandchildren

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                                Grand Group members Joe Carlson (left), Nancy Carlson (front center), Sue Gill (back center) and Vicki Fruichantie smile for the camera Oct. 3 at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Kenai.
Representatives from local, state and federal agencies participate in a discussion about the Swan Lake Fire at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska on Nov. 13, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Only unprecedented until it’s not’

Official discuss fire management strategies for a changing climate

Representatives from local, state and federal agencies participate in a discussion about the Swan Lake Fire at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska on Nov. 13, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Moose Pass work to cause Seward Highway delays, closures

Crews will repair a damaged culvert at Mile 32.9 of the Seward Highway where it crosses Moose Creek.

Soldotna City Council candidates Lisa Parker, Pamela Parker and Dave Carey speak to members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Parker appointed to Soldotna Council

Parker made an unsuccessful run for Seat D during the regular election held on Oct. 1.

Soldotna City Council candidates Lisa Parker, Pamela Parker and Dave Carey speak to members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Judicial council nominates applicants for Homer, Kenai court vacancies

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has 45 days to choose from nominated applicants and make appointments.

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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)