Dunlins, western sandpipers and a dowitcher feed on Saturday, May 2, 2020, on the Homer Spit near Green Timbers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival goes virtual

Though the annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival was canceled along with so many other events in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the festival organizers… Continue reading

Dunlins, western sandpipers and a dowitcher feed on Saturday, May 2, 2020, on the Homer Spit near Green Timbers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District staff distribute student meal for lunch at Kenai Central High School on March 25, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Meal program won’t continue into the summer

The meal program offered free breakfast and lunch during the week to any district student.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District staff distribute student meal for lunch at Kenai Central High School on March 25, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska, on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA announces board election results

The election was held by mail-in ballot only this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska, on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (CDC)

2 new cases of COVID-19 announced, 1 from Kenai

The cases in Kenai and Eagle River reported on Thursday bring the state’s total count to 374.

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                                 A camper is driven along the Alaska Highway in a 2009 photo. The Yukon and Alaska governments are working to hook a $25 million U.S. federal grant to upkeep the highway between Beaver Creek, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska.

Alaska snowbirds allowed to drive home through Canada

Alaskans looking to return home after snowbirding in the Lower 48 will be allowed to travel through Canada, despite the fact that the country closed… Continue reading

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                                 A camper is driven along the Alaska Highway in a 2009 photo. The Yukon and Alaska governments are working to hook a $25 million U.S. federal grant to upkeep the highway between Beaver Creek, Yukon, and Haines, Alaska.
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                                Staff with the Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness Center and the Seldovia Village Tribal Administration conduct free COVID-19 testing April 29 in Seldovia.

Following community testing event, Seldovia Village Tribe finds no positive cases

Tests results show 168 people in village are negative for COVID-19

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                                Staff with the Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness Center and the Seldovia Village Tribal Administration conduct free COVID-19 testing April 29 in Seldovia.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Gated communities ordinance amended, passed

Under the ordinance, residents and property developers could apply to set up a private street or subdivision.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion
                                The Orca Theater in Kalifornsky is shuttered on Wednesday. Movie theaters, gyms and other businesses closed down due to the new coronavirus will be allowed to reopen Friday.

Alaska businesses allowed to reopen Friday

Cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged when going out in public.

Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion
                                The Orca Theater in Kalifornsky is shuttered on Wednesday. Movie theaters, gyms and other businesses closed down due to the new coronavirus will be allowed to reopen Friday.
Lawmakers could be headed back to Juneau if the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee doesn’t approve the governor’s plans for allocating federal COVID-19 relief money. Some legislators say there are legal complications with the process chosen by the governor. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Lawmakers scrap critical meeting on relief funds

It’s been postponed to Monday

Lawmakers could be headed back to Juneau if the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee doesn’t approve the governor’s plans for allocating federal COVID-19 relief money. Some legislators say there are legal complications with the process chosen by the governor. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
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Anchor Point man is 10th Alaskan to die from COVID-19

In addition to this 10th death, the state reported one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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                                John O’Brien, superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula School District.

School superintendent to retire next year

The school board has already begun the superintendent recruitment process.

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                                John O’Brien, superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula School District.
COVID-19. (CDC)

1 new COVID-19 case announced Tuesday

The state total is 371 positive cases.

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Firefighters from the Kenai-Kodiak Area State Forestry office extinguish a small grass fire started by an escaped campfire on the Kenai Peninsula on May 3, 2020. (Kyle McNally/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Crews respond to fires across state as burn ban goes into effect

Everything from illegal debris burns to hot chainsaws in dry grass were the culprits of the fires.

Firefighters from the Kenai-Kodiak Area State Forestry office extinguish a small grass fire started by an escaped campfire on the Kenai Peninsula on May 3, 2020. (Kyle McNally/Alaska Division of Forestry)
The May 4, 2020, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy livestream press briefing homepage is seen here. (Screenshot)

Officials discuss CARES spending

State commissioners spoke Monday on how $1.5 billion in federal funding would be spent.

The May 4, 2020, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy livestream press briefing homepage is seen here. (Screenshot)

Hitting the links

Golfers jump at chance to get back outside

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
                                COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)

Peninsula COVID-19 cases grow over weekend

Two more COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Alaska to 370. This includes nine people who have died and… Continue reading

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                                COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Budget estimates down in face of pandemic

The borough finance department has had to adjust projections.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign outside of RD’s Barber Shop indicating that they are closed can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

State expands unemployment benefits

Workers may be eligible for up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits.

A sign outside of RD’s Barber Shop indicating that they are closed can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)