Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)

Writers’ conference gathers authors from around the nation

“The conference strives to offer something for readers: to discuss literature and meet writers”

 

Kiters to hit the beach

The first-ever Kenai Kite Festival will be held at the Kenai North Beach from noon to 2 p.m.

 

Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, left, expresses his displeasure with Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, right, as Sen. Tom Begich listens, during debate on the capital budget in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

One session ends as another one is set outside Juneau

There are numerous concerns with the new location.

 

Swan Lake fire doubles in size overnight

At its closest point, the fire is 2.7 miles north of the highway and 5.5 miles northeast of Sterling

This June 5, 2009 file photo released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an adult ringed seal in Kotzebue, Alaska. An environmental group is suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for two ice seals on the threatened species list. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday, June 13, 2019, for not designating critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals. (Mike Cameron/NOAA via AP, File)

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Designation of critical habitat for a threatened species is required a year after a listing.

  • Jun 13, 2019
This June 5, 2009 file photo released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an adult ringed seal in Kotzebue, Alaska. An environmental group is suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for two ice seals on the threatened species list. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday, June 13, 2019, for not designating critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals. (Mike Cameron/NOAA via AP, File)
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo, Anchorage Police Officer T. Scott Masten works a shift in Anchorage, Alaska, equipped with a wireless hotspot device on his patrol car laptop. Anchorage police are among public safety agencies across the country that are tapped into FirstNet, a new national wireless network dedicated to first responders. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

New network for first responders raises concern among media

The network is secure, encrypted and off limits to the public.

  • Jun 13, 2019
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo, Anchorage Police Officer T. Scott Masten works a shift in Anchorage, Alaska, equipped with a wireless hotspot device on his patrol car laptop. Anchorage police are among public safety agencies across the country that are tapped into FirstNet, a new national wireless network dedicated to first responders. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)
Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole, the newest chef at Cooper Landing’s Kingfisher Roadhouse, is pictured in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Monday, May 10. (Photo courtesy of O’Leary-Cole)

New chef brings fresh menu to Cooper Landing

Nearly half of the food is vegetarian, with one whole side of the menu offering plant-based options

Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole, the newest chef at Cooper Landing’s Kingfisher Roadhouse, is pictured in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Monday, May 10. (Photo courtesy of O’Leary-Cole)
Ben Wright is the new CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna, Alaska, as seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Ben Wright)

PCHS welcomes new CEO

Wright has more than 30 years experience serving at-risk populations

Ben Wright is the new CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna, Alaska, as seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Ben Wright)
A detailed look at an illustration of old Kenai and the Columbia Ward Fisheries by Thor Evenson at the Kenai Fine Art Center Thursday, June 6, 2019, during the opening reception to the June exhibit Historic Buildings of Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

June exhibit showcases historic Kenai buildings

The Kenai Fine Art building was once part of the Kenai Volunteer Fire Department

A detailed look at an illustration of old Kenai and the Columbia Ward Fisheries by Thor Evenson at the Kenai Fine Art Center Thursday, June 6, 2019, during the opening reception to the June exhibit Historic Buildings of Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
An angler shows off his early run sockeye on the Kenai River in June 2019 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo submitted by Jason Foster)

Strong sockeye run moving toward Russian River

“The first run of sockeye is better than I’ve ever seen it.”

An angler shows off his early run sockeye on the Kenai River in June 2019 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo submitted by Jason Foster)
The Swan Lake Fire, as seen from the Mystery Hills, burns Wednesday, June 12, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire grows overnight

As of Tuesday night it had reached 3,665 acres in size

The Swan Lake Fire, as seen from the Mystery Hills, burns Wednesday, June 12, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Co-Chairs Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, prepare to gavel into a joint committee to work on the future of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Co-Chairs Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, prepare to gavel into a joint committee to work on the future of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
(File)

Strong sockeye return increases limits on Russian River and Upper Kenai River

The limit will double from three sockeye salmon to six per day starting Friday through July 14

(File)
Kenai peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district, employees continue contract talks

Peninsula educators and staff voted May 22 to strike

Kenai peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Rick Whitbeck, State Director for Power the Future, gives a presentation to the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

National nonprofit pushes for resource extraction in Alaska

Rick Whitbeck, state director for Power the Future, spoke at a joint chamber luncheon last week

Rick Whitbeck, State Director for Power the Future, gives a presentation to the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Peninsula fire grows to 2,400 acres

The Swan Lake Fire is about 70% active and spreading

A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)
Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Planning commission postpones vote on Beachcomber gravel pit application

The proposed pit has been the center of a yearlong controversy

Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Photos on Alaska murder suspect’s phone lead to new charges

Police reported finding sexually explicit photos and text messages

  • Jun 11, 2019