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

 

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

Moderate aftershock hits Cook Inlet area

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled Alaska residents through the Anchorage area and beyond. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2019
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Former assembly member, Betty J. Glick honored in naming ceremony

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers were officially dedicated to Betty J. Glick, a former assembly member, in a ceremony before Tuesday’s assembly meeting. Assembly… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Control of Alaska House unsettled ahead of session start

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The big question heading into the new legislative session Tuesday is: Who will control the Alaska House? Republicans will hold 23… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2019
This Nov. 1, 2018, file photo shows the Hope Center women’s shelter in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge in Alaska will hear arguments Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in a lawsuit filed by the faith-based shelter against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women. Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian law firm, is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the city from applying its gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen,File)

Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

ANCHORAGE — A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states urged a U.S. judge on Friday to block Alaska’s largest… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2019
This Nov. 1, 2018, file photo shows the Hope Center women’s shelter in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge in Alaska will hear arguments Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in a lawsuit filed by the faith-based shelter against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women. Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian law firm, is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the city from applying its gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen,File)

Borough seeks to increase voter turnout through election stakeholder group

A resolution to establish an election stakeholders group to explore election models to better serve the peninsula voters was introduced at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

Pre-filed bills tackle Alaska’s sexual assault problem

More than a third of Alaska women have experienced sexual assault.