Soldotna council members may now teleconference 6 times a year

Soldotna City Council members can now teleconference in to six meetings a year, versus the three previously allowed. The city council passed a resolution at… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2019

 

Rep. George Rauscher, R-Sutton, left, speaks with Sharon Jackson on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Jackson is Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s pick to replace Nancy Dahlstrom’s House District 13 seat for Chugiak. That position was left vacant in December after Dunleavy appointed Dahlstrom to be Department of Corrections commissioner. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Breaking all the rules: Jackson sworn in, against state statutes

House Republicans pursue Sharon Jackson’s appointment, even though it likely won’t stand

 

Lawmaker opposes drilling permit work during government shutdown

ANCHORAGE — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S.… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2019
Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, left, and Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, relay a message to Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy in his Capitol office that the Senate is open and ready for business on the first day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, left, and Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, relay a message to Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy in his Capitol office that the Senate is open and ready for business on the first day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
More panels of the hidden mural were revealed Wednesday, as construction crews work on the remodel at the Kenai Municipal Airport. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Airport remodel uncovers student mural from the 70s

A mural discovered Tuesday by construction crews at the Kenai Municipal Airport is bringing back memories for the former high school students who helped create… Continue reading

More panels of the hidden mural were revealed Wednesday, as construction crews work on the remodel at the Kenai Municipal Airport. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, right, and Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, speak during a Senate Majority press conference on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, right, and Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, speak during a Senate Majority press conference on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kenai Central High School is photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough school district unsure of upcoming budget

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is beginning to form its next budget for the fiscal year 2020, but with both the state and borough… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School is photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Hello? Cellphones banned on Senate floor

Sen. John Coghill said Tuesday evening he is considering a revision of a ban of cellphone usage on the Senate floor. Coghill is the Senate… Continue reading

Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, left, congratulates Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, and Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, right, after being sworn in on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Tensions rise in discombobulated Alaska House

Until a majority is formed, the House will be at a standstill.

Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, left, congratulates Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, and Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, right, after being sworn in on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska receives almost 10 times more unemployment filings since shutdown began

There have been almost 10 times more unemployment filings from federal workers in Alaska than normal since the federal shutdown began. The Alaska Department of… Continue reading

Construction crews work at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon. After workers removed siding from the facade, a mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher, was revealed. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Remodel reveals decades-old mural at airport

A mural not seen for decades has been uncovered on the facade of the Kenai Municipal Airport. The decades-old mural, which was revealed Tuesday by… Continue reading

Construction crews work at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon. After workers removed siding from the facade, a mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher, was revealed. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

4 accused of trying to steal water heater from house of dead man

Four people were charged with felony burglary for allegedly breaking into the home of a deceased man in Nikiski. Bradly Martin Luke, 25, Kenneth Paxton… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek waits to talk and answer the public’s questions in the back room of Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai on Friday. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Superintendent Sean Dusek announces retirement

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent Sean Dusek announced his retirement on Monday. Dusek will be leaving the district at the end of the school… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek waits to talk and answer the public’s questions in the back room of Veronica’s Cafe in Kenai on Friday. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy administration denies resignation details request

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has denied a request for information on employee resignations after Dunleavy took office. The Associated Press requested the… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. Jennifer Canfield, co-owner of the marijuana retailer, says proposed on-site consumption rules could reduce the public’s exposure to marijuana smoke. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)

Dunleavy admin plans Alaska marijuana board change

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration plans to replace the public safety member on the board regulating Alaska’s legal marijuana industry. Dunleavy spokesman Matt… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2019
Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. Jennifer Canfield, co-owner of the marijuana retailer, says proposed on-site consumption rules could reduce the public’s exposure to marijuana smoke. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meet for a work session on Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district sees increase in OCS referrals, suicide risk assessments

Editors note: This story has been updated to show there were 110 suicide risk assessments. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has so far this… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meet for a work session on Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases. Dec. 9 to Dec. 16, 2019 On Dec.… Continue reading

Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases. Dec. 2 to Dec. 9, 2019 On Dec.… Continue reading