Peninsula population grows slightly in 2019

2019 marked the third consecutive year of a declining population on the state level.

‘It’s a priority case’ HPD says in search for missing Homer woman

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019.

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski. (File photo)
                                Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) registered last week to run in District 29, which spans the area from Nikiski to Seward to Funny River and Sterling. (File photo)

Local candidates gear up for 2020 election

Several local lawmakers’ seats are up for the ballot this fall.

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski. (File photo)
                                Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) registered last week to run in District 29, which spans the area from Nikiski to Seward to Funny River and Sterling. (File photo)
The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Local lawmakers host community meetings ahead of upcoming session

All of the Kenai Peninsula House representatives will be holding town hall meetings on Thursday.

The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A Kenai Peninsula Borough barricade sits near Eddy Lane off of Big Eddy Road to keep traffic from traveling over flooded areas, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Flood warning extended to Friday due to ice jam

Ongoing cold temperatures could allow the ice jam to grow upstream.

A Kenai Peninsula Borough barricade sits near Eddy Lane off of Big Eddy Road to keep traffic from traveling over flooded areas, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The fire forced HEA to de-energize the transmission line that runs to Anchorage for several months, which essentially isolated the Kenai Peninsula from the rest of the utility rail belt.(Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

HEA to install new battery storage system

The system will allow for more consistent power delivery if a generator goes down or usage spikes.

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The fire forced HEA to de-energize the transmission line that runs to Anchorage for several months, which essentially isolated the Kenai Peninsula from the rest of the utility rail belt.(Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)
This Monday photo provided by Aaron Merculief shows lava flowing from a vent on the Shishaldin Volcano, as seen from Cold Bay, Alaska about 58 miles North East of Shishaldin. The volcano, in Alaska’s Aleutian Island erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday. A few hours later, another eruption pushed an ash cloud to 25,000 feet, and the National Weather Service issued a warning for passing aircraft. (Aaron Merculief via AP)

Volcano spews up ash cloud in 2 bursts

Shishaldin Volcano erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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This Monday photo provided by Aaron Merculief shows lava flowing from a vent on the Shishaldin Volcano, as seen from Cold Bay, Alaska about 58 miles North East of Shishaldin. The volcano, in Alaska’s Aleutian Island erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday. A few hours later, another eruption pushed an ash cloud to 25,000 feet, and the National Weather Service issued a warning for passing aircraft. (Aaron Merculief via AP)

Kenai River ice jam triggers flooding, road closures

The flooding was reported near the Big Eddy State Recreation Site.

In this Sept. 23 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo | Renata Brito)

Dunleavy agrees to continue accepting refugees

He said the resettlement program is in line with Alaska values.

In this Sept. 23 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo | Renata Brito)
A beach on the eastern side of Cook Inlet is photographed at Clam Gulch in June 2019. (Photo Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Clam digging on east side of Cook Inlet closed

This is the eighth consecutive year Cook Inlet clam digging has been restricted or closed.

A beach on the eastern side of Cook Inlet is photographed at Clam Gulch in June 2019. (Photo Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward, Alaska. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Report: 2020 job trends modest

The Gulf Coast Region saw a 0.7% increase in jobs between November 2018 and November 2019.

This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward, Alaska. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Court reports for Jan. 5, 2020

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Kevin Ray Andersen, 53, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to driving while license cancelled, revoked… Continue reading

Areas closed to snowmachining can be seen in this graphic provided by the Chugach National Forest. (Courtesy image)

Snowmachiners barred from some public lands

The closure order is due to inadequate snow conditions and is an effort to prevent resource damage.

Areas closed to snowmachining can be seen in this graphic provided by the Chugach National Forest. (Courtesy image)

Homer single-use plastic bag ban takes effect

A citizen initiative in 2013 overturned Homer’s first attempt at a plastic bag ban.

Troopers release numbers on high-visibility enforcement

State and wildlife troopers issued 954 citations statewide.

Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right: Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, all Republicans.

Alaska’s delegation absent from brief urging reconsideration of Roe v. Wade

207 lawmakers signed on. Alaska’s Republican lawmakers did not.

Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right: Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, all Republicans.
Tammie Willis speaks at the LGTBQ Town Hall at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 4, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Packed town hall addresses LGBTQ safety

Town hall ends with call to action for local lawmakers

Tammie Willis speaks at the LGTBQ Town Hall at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 4, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)