Kaitlin Vadla, Kenai regional director of Cook Inletkeeper, keeps track of community members votes at the final community Drawdown: Climate Series event, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Climate series culminates in compost

The seventh and final event in the Drawdown: Book to Action Climate Series culminated in a project focusing on community composting. The series, hosted by… Continue reading

 

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

Residents urge for climate action plan inclusion in borough comprehensive plan

The 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Plan final draft has been released and residents are calling on the assembly to maintain the plan’s recommendation for… Continue reading

 

School briefs for 10/20 to 10/26

Soldotna High School Congratulations to the following music students who were selected to participate in the ASAA All-State Music Festival in November. Katie Stoll and… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2019

 

In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2109. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2109. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Borough seeks governor, state’s help in addressing Seward watershed issues

The communities of Seward, Bear Creek and Lowell Point are at risk.

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

Assembly looks to refund tourism council

The organization was defunded when Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed $100,000 from its budget.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol in this April 2019 photo. His speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference Thursday included a commitment to a smoother budget process in 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy draws both protests and applause at AFN

Speech commits to smoother budget process going forward.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol in this April 2019 photo. His speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference Thursday included a commitment to a smoother budget process in 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
HEA Land Management Officer Cody Neuendorf and Mike Hill, Kenai Wildlife Refuge assistant fire management officer, brief clearing contractor on fire-related hazards before starting danger tree mitigation along the “S/Q Line” Right of Way. (Courtesy photo)

HEA begins repairing fire-damaged transmission line

Damage extends from Sterling to the Quartz Creek Substation near Cooper Landing.

HEA Land Management Officer Cody Neuendorf and Mike Hill, Kenai Wildlife Refuge assistant fire management officer, brief clearing contractor on fire-related hazards before starting danger tree mitigation along the “S/Q Line” Right of Way. (Courtesy photo)
A poster for the film “Sudsy Slim Rides Again” is seen here. (Photo courtesy of Chad Carpenter)

TUNDRA creator brings ‘Sudsy Slim’ film to the Kenai

This weekend will be the first showing of the film on the central peninsula.

A poster for the film “Sudsy Slim Rides Again” is seen here. (Photo courtesy of Chad Carpenter)
Alfie Price, left, and Tristen Washington, 9, perform with the Xaadaas Dagwii Dance Group for Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Alfie Price, left, and Tristen Washington, 9, perform with the Xaadaas Dagwii Dance Group for Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gillnetters in the water on a recent year in Bristol Bay. (Photo by Chris Miller/csmphotos.com)

Sockeye salmon catch total tops 2 billion

The first billionth sockeye was caught in 1981.

  • Oct 16, 2019
Gillnetters in the water on a recent year in Bristol Bay. (Photo by Chris Miller/csmphotos.com)

Iditarod head, PETA leader to meet

‘I’m coming in with open ears and eyes, to have an objective conversation about animal welfare.’

  • Oct 16, 2019
In this April 1989, file photo, an oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez spill. Thirty years after the supertanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef and spilled about 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, the state of Alaska is looking whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans, a move that one conservationist says could lead to a watering down of environmental regulations. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)

State to look at oil spill plan requirements

Some say Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has failed to adequately explain the need for changes.

  • Oct 16, 2019
In this April 1989, file photo, an oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez spill. Thirty years after the supertanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef and spilled about 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, the state of Alaska is looking whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans, a move that one conservationist says could lead to a watering down of environmental regulations. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)
A contractor plows snow down Forest Drive in Kenai on Jan. 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Shuttering of road maintenance station raises concerns

The closure is due to cuts triggered by lower than expected revenue from the motor fuel tax.

A contractor plows snow down Forest Drive in Kenai on Jan. 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna cyclist Matt Pyhala traverses the Hebridean Way in northwest Scotland in early June, 2019. (Photo provided by Matt Myhala)

‘This is the one’

Soldotna cyclists to discuss 250-mile Hebridean Way ride.

Soldotna cyclist Matt Pyhala traverses the Hebridean Way in northwest Scotland in early June, 2019. (Photo provided by Matt Myhala)

Seawatch: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting

The task force is an advisory committee set up to respond to a successful lawsuit.

The Tongass National Forest sign on the way to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Tongass National Forest sign on the way to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New cold case site is a ‘call to action’

A webpage encourages people to come forward and help solve longstanding cold cases.

State offers resources to patients with discontinued prescriptions

The move follows the arrest on drug charges of 2 Alaska medical providers, including a local doctor.

Lemon Creek Correctional Center pictured on April 13, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Alaska prisoners to be sent out of state

Prisons are almost at capacity.

Lemon Creek Correctional Center pictured on April 13, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)