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Salmon harvested in Cook Inlet are preserved in a cooler on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Commercial fishing sees jump in salmon harvest this season

When compared to the period between 1975 to 2020, this season is the third-highest on record for both total salmon and total pounds harvested.

Salmon harvested in Cook Inlet are preserved in a cooler on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
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6 more COVID deaths statewide

One of the recently reported deaths was a Kenai Peninsula woman in her 70s.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to a Western Governors Association workshop held in Ketchikan on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Dunleavy gave the opening remarks Tuesday and said President Joe Biden’s policies were hurting Alaska.

Dunleavy criticizes Biden policies during multistate conference

In remarks before Ketchikan meeting, gov says Biden ‘canceled’ state projects.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to a Western Governors Association workshop held in Ketchikan on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Dunleavy gave the opening remarks Tuesday and said President Joe Biden’s policies were hurting Alaska.
Amber Groff of Anchorage won the adult $49,000 cash prize for week seven of the COVID-19 vaccine incentive program “Give AK Shot.” (Photo provided)

Anchorage, North Pole residents win week 7 vaccination lottery

The final week of the lottery is open to both newly vaccinated and those vaccinated prior to the start of the campaign.

Amber Groff of Anchorage won the adult $49,000 cash prize for week seven of the COVID-19 vaccine incentive program “Give AK Shot.” (Photo provided)
A landslide covers part of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)

One lane of the Sterling Highway reopens after landslide

The single lane will be open during even hours and closed during odd hours.

A landslide covers part of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)
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More than 1,500 new cases, 3 new deaths

Central Peninsula Hospital was operating at 122% capacity on Monday and treating 60 patients.

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Relatives of Luis Enrique Rodriguez, who died of COVID-19, visit where he was buried on a hill at the El Pajonal de Cogua Natural Reserve, in Cogua, north of Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Rodriguez died May 14, 2021. Relatives bury the ashes of their loved ones who died of coronavirus and plant a tree in their memory. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

COVID-19’s global death toll tops 5 million

The U.S. alone has recorded over 745,000 lives lost, more than any other nation.

Relatives of Luis Enrique Rodriguez, who died of COVID-19, visit where he was buried on a hill at the El Pajonal de Cogua Natural Reserve, in Cogua, north of Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Rodriguez died May 14, 2021. Relatives bury the ashes of their loved ones who died of coronavirus and plant a tree in their memory. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
A sign in downtown Seldovia is photographed on Sept. 27, 2021. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Seldovia increases sales tax to fund new grader

The tax increase will bump Seldovia’s sales tax during the second and third quarter from 4.5% to 6.5%.

A sign in downtown Seldovia is photographed on Sept. 27, 2021. (Peninsula Clarion file)
It took two forklifts, a large crane, a flatbed truck a team of workers to move the Wooshkeetaan Kootéeyaa (totem pole) to its new location inside the atrium of the State Office Building on Oct. 15. (Michael Penn / For the Jundeau-Douglas City Museum)
It took two forklifts, a large crane, a flatbed truck a team of workers to move the Wooshkeetaan Kootéeyaa (totem pole) to its new location inside the atrium of the State Office Building on Oct. 15. (Michael Penn / For the Jundeau-Douglas City Museum)
The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. After the Kenai City Council postponed a vote to approve a grant funding health and wellness book, community members set up a GoFundMe to support the purchase of materials. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai library fundraiser nears $14,000, will conclude next week

The fundraiser was launched in response to a move by the Kenai City Council to delay approval of a library grant.

The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. After the Kenai City Council postponed a vote to approve a grant funding health and wellness book, community members set up a GoFundMe to support the purchase of materials. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
The Alaska Permanent Fund saw record earnings this year and lawmakers are deeply divided about what to do with the earnings. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska Permanent Fund saw record earnings this year and lawmakers are deeply divided about what to do with the earnings. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
The Falcon heavy-lift vessel carrying the jack-up rig Randolph Yost left Kachemak Bay on Monday afternoon, Oct. 25. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Jack-up rig leaves Homer

Oil rig was brought up to drill in upper Cook Inlet in 2016.

The Falcon heavy-lift vessel carrying the jack-up rig Randolph Yost left Kachemak Bay on Monday afternoon, Oct. 25. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
A progressive pride flag hangs in Winter Marshall-Allen’s classroom at Homer High School on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Homer Alaska. Marshall-Allen was previously asked to take the flag and other symbols displayed in her classroom down, but was allowed to put it back up after filing a grievance with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

‘The school building needs to be a safe haven’

Union forms commission in response to accusations of LGBTQ+ censorship in schools

A progressive pride flag hangs in Winter Marshall-Allen’s classroom at Homer High School on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Homer Alaska. Marshall-Allen was previously asked to take the flag and other symbols displayed in her classroom down, but was allowed to put it back up after filing a grievance with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
Nicholas Begich III, middle, speaks with supporters ahead of announcing his plans to run for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Wasilla, Alaska. Begich, a Republican, plans to run for the seat that has been held since 1973 by Republican Rep. Don Young. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Begich announces US House bid: ‘Alaska needs new energy’

Begich said his loyalties lie with the values and principles of the Republican party.

Nicholas Begich III, middle, speaks with supporters ahead of announcing his plans to run for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Wasilla, Alaska. Begich, a Republican, plans to run for the seat that has been held since 1973 by Republican Rep. Don Young. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Soldotna City Hall is photographed on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Shopping local is back in Soldotna

The program offers $100 in vouchers to people who spent $200 on discretionary items at participating Soldotna businesses.

Soldotna City Hall is photographed on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Firewood is burned at a campground at Kelly Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska in September 2021. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)

Firewood available from bypass project

Logs are approximately 20 feet long and can be picked up between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the end of Langille Road.

Firewood is burned at a campground at Kelly Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska in September 2021. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file)
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy criticized state lawmakers at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2022, for the lack of progress made during the fourth special session of the year. Dunleavy had called lawmakers to Juneau to work towards resolving the state’s long term fiscal issues but deep divisions stalled work.
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy criticized state lawmakers at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2022, for the lack of progress made during the fourth special session of the year. Dunleavy had called lawmakers to Juneau to work towards resolving the state’s long term fiscal issues but deep divisions stalled work.
The Sterling Highway Bridge can be seen on June 14, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. The city council recently approved a plan to revitalize the downtown Soldotna area from Soldotna Creek Park to the bridge. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Soldotna looks to create ‘main street’ by river

The city on Thursday applied for $360,000 from a federal grant program that would help fund a planning project.

The Sterling Highway Bridge can be seen on June 14, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. The city council recently approved a plan to revitalize the downtown Soldotna area from Soldotna Creek Park to the bridge. (Peninsula Clarion file)
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Gary Porter, owner of Bald Mountain Air Service, stands in front of his Twin Otter airplane Friday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

City Council passes aircraft flat tax rate

The Homer City Council held a public hearing for Ordinance 21-62 concerning a flat tax on aircrafts.

Gary Porter, owner of Bald Mountain Air Service, stands in front of his Twin Otter airplane Friday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)