Anna DeVolld poses with an informational poster for her Promote Our Pollinators project in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy Shona DeVolld)

Bee-ing her best

Peninsula high schooler nationally honored for pollinator project

Anna DeVolld poses with an informational poster for her Promote Our Pollinators project in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy Shona DeVolld)
A sign announcing the closure of a Soldotna business due to the new coronavirus can be seen in this April 1 photo. (File)

Development district launches new survey

Information from the surveys will be used to identify the needs of the region.

A sign announcing the closure of a Soldotna business due to the new coronavirus can be seen in this April 1 photo. (File)

Population projections run into a pandemic

State has net zero or negative growth.

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                                Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during March 25 in the Atwood Building in Anchorage.

‘Not time to be letting our guard down’

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said the state is expecting to see more cases.

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                                Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during March 25 in the Atwood Building in Anchorage.

Alaska sees no new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Total number of cases rests at 339, while 217 have recovered

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)

Tracing a disease to its origins

It’s an inexact science that is part clinical, part investigative work.

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
Ashley Story gives a haircut to client Michael Halstead on Friday at her salon Short Cuts on Lake Street in Homer, Alaska. Story’s is one of several Homer businesses to reopen their doors Friday according to relaxed state restrictions, while several others have opted to wait. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State allows some gatherings; businesses begin reopening

Indoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people, or 25% capacity of the site, whichever is smaller.

Ashley Story gives a haircut to client Michael Halstead on Friday at her salon Short Cuts on Lake Street in Homer, Alaska. Story’s is one of several Homer businesses to reopen their doors Friday according to relaxed state restrictions, while several others have opted to wait. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Court reports for March 12, 2020

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Kiana Cheyenne Edgmon, 23, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. In… Continue reading

Public safety briefs for Feb. 21, 2020

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and contains arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed… Continue reading

Public safety briefs for March 11, 2020

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                                Pamyua performs at the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna Creek Park in 2019.

Music in the Park returns to its local roots

Chamber hoping to hold music series once public gatherings are allowed.

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                                Pamyua performs at the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna Creek Park in 2019.
A birthday parade for Katie Stockton’s sweet 16 in Kenai, Alaska, on April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Julie English)

Kids don’t let quarantine rain on their parade

Community finds creative ways to celebrate birthdays during pandemic.

A birthday parade for Katie Stockton’s sweet 16 in Kenai, Alaska, on April 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Julie English)
A sign announcing the closure of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools at K-Beach Elementary can be seen on March 26, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs at least $45M for schools

Assembly approved $7 million less than the district received for FY 2020.

A sign announcing the closure of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools at K-Beach Elementary can be seen on March 26, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign notifying the public of closure of nonessential businesses due to public health mandate 11 can be seen in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 1, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued guidelines allowing nonessential businesses to operate in a limited capacity on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Getting back to business

Mandate offers guidelines for nonessential businesses.

A sign notifying the public of closure of nonessential businesses due to public health mandate 11 can be seen in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 1, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued guidelines allowing nonessential businesses to operate in a limited capacity on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
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                                A commercial van with signs on its back windows is driven through downtown Anchorage on Wednesday as part of a caravan of more than 80 vehicles. Participants urged local and state leaders to open up businesses shuttered temporarily while residents were told to stay home. The state will allow some businesses to open Friday, and the city of Anchorage will allow some Monday.

New mandate breaks down reopening protocols

Dunleavy outlines details for nonessential businesses; test criteria loosens

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                                A commercial van with signs on its back windows is driven through downtown Anchorage on Wednesday as part of a caravan of more than 80 vehicles. Participants urged local and state leaders to open up businesses shuttered temporarily while residents were told to stay home. The state will allow some businesses to open Friday, and the city of Anchorage will allow some Monday.
Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right: Sens. Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, all Republicans.
Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right: Sens. Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, all Republicans.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Juneau. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Office of the Governor)

Dunleavy unveils plan to disburse $1.25B in federal relief funds

Borough would receive $37 million in community assistance.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Juneau. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Office of the Governor)
Alaskan Cannabis Outfitters, a new cannabis retail store, is located right at Mile 168 Sterling Highway just before the road turns toward Baycrest Hill. The store opened on 4/20 — April 20, 2020 — in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer area’s newest pot shop opens on 4/20

“The stars aligning for it to happen on 4/20 was the cherry on top.”

Alaskan Cannabis Outfitters, a new cannabis retail store, is located right at Mile 168 Sterling Highway just before the road turns toward Baycrest Hill. The store opened on 4/20 — April 20, 2020 — in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26 in Soldotna.

Assembly pushes for opening economy, with caveats

On Wednesday, Dunleavy rolled out a plan to reopen sectors of the economy.

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                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26 in Soldotna.