Iditarod winner Brent Sass poses for photos with lead dogs Morello, left, and Slater in the finish chute of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, Tuesday March 15, 2022. (Anne Raup/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Brent Sass wins his 1st Iditarod

Sass mushed down Front Street and across the finish line just before 6 a.m.

Iditarod winner Brent Sass poses for photos with lead dogs Morello, left, and Slater in the finish chute of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, Tuesday March 15, 2022. (Anne Raup/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
Reps. Clavin Schrage, I-Anchorage, left, and David Eastman, R-Wasilla, discuss a bill on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives to enact limits on individual contributions to political campaigns, on Monday, March 14, 2022. House members spent several hours debating amendments to the bill. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Reps. Clavin Schrage, I-Anchorage, left, and David Eastman, R-Wasilla, discuss a bill on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives to enact limits on individual contributions to political campaigns, on Monday, March 14, 2022. House members spent several hours debating amendments to the bill. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

District: Staff resignations on par with previous years

Union rep says staff loss will be “devastating” for students

The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/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)

Railroad project to replace Seward dock moves forward

The bill would authorize the Alaska Railroad Corporation to issue revenue bonds to finance the new dock

This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward, Alaska. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID cases slightly up from last weekend, hospitalizations down

There were a total of 54 COVID-related hospitalizations in Alaska as of Monday

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee
A car is shown at a gas pump Jan. 21 at a station in North Miami, Fla. Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska state lawmakers are moving to temporarily suspend the state’s motor fuel tax as oil prices rise.
AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee
A car is shown at a gas pump Jan. 21 at a station in North Miami, Fla. Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska state lawmakers are moving to temporarily suspend the state’s motor fuel tax as oil prices rise.
Veteran musher Aaron Burmeister rides on a mostly bare-ice stretch of trail during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, as he reaches Unalakleet, Alaska on Sunday, March 13, 2022. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Mushers close in on finish

Brent Sass keeps up Iditarod lead but is wary about Seavey

Veteran musher Aaron Burmeister rides on a mostly bare-ice stretch of trail during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, as he reaches Unalakleet, Alaska on Sunday, March 13, 2022. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
President Joe Biden announces that along with the European Union and the Group of Seven countries, the U.S. will move to revoke “most favored nation” trade status for Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, Friday, March 11, 2022, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Joe Biden announces that along with the European Union and the Group of Seven countries, the U.S. will move to revoke “most favored nation” trade status for Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, Friday, March 11, 2022, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A state of Alaska flag flies outside the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, March 11, 2022. The state has issued a corrected birth certificate for Benny Benson, the teenager who won a design contest for the flag in 1927, meaning he was 14 and not 13 when came up with the design of the Big Dipper and the North Star on a simple field of blue. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Review finds state flag designer was 14, not 13

John Ben Benson Jr. is believed to be the only Indigenous person to design a state flag

A state of Alaska flag flies outside the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, March 11, 2022. The state has issued a corrected birth certificate for Benny Benson, the teenager who won a design contest for the flag in 1927, meaning he was 14 and not 13 when came up with the design of the Big Dipper and the North Star on a simple field of blue. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
A juvenile moose eats an early afternoon snack in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, March 11, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Officials: Give moose their space

‘We are kind of at the point where they are cold, hungry and cranky’

A juvenile moose eats an early afternoon snack in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, March 11, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

CPH faces employee vaccine mandate deadline

Hospital not expecting compliance issues

Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Charlie Pierce stands in his home on Thursday, March 11, 2022 in Sterling, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Pierce would seek to reduce spending, boost education as governor

The borough mayor sat down with the Clarion at his Sterling home to discuss his gubernatorial platform

Charlie Pierce stands in his home on Thursday, March 11, 2022 in Sterling, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The Wooshkeetaan Kootéeyaa totem pole was re-installed at its new home in the atrium of the State Office Building on Friday, March 11, 2022. Workers from Alaska Electric Light and Power helped install the pole. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The Wooshkeetaan Kootéeyaa totem pole was re-installed at its new home in the atrium of the State Office Building on Friday, March 11, 2022. Workers from Alaska Electric Light and Power helped install the pole. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Kenai Courthouse is photographed on Feb. 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)
Kenai Courthouse is photographed on Feb. 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)
Alaska State Troopers logo.
Alaska State Troopers logo.
A screenshot of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center website shows the location of a preliminary 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the western side Cook Inlet on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at approximately 11 a.m. (Screenshot/University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center)

Quake near Redoubt felt on peninsula

The quake was centered 31 miles northwest of Kenai and 31 miles northeast of the Mount Redoubt volcano

A screenshot of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center website shows the location of a preliminary 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the western side Cook Inlet on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at approximately 11 a.m. (Screenshot/University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center)
People with Soldotna Senior Citizens drive a Thunderbird during the 30th Annual Sweeney’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

St. Pat’s on tap for next week

Soldotna’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is slated to be back in full swing this year. Sara Hondel, the director of tourism and education at the… Continue reading

People with Soldotna Senior Citizens drive a Thunderbird during the 30th Annual Sweeney’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Peter Segall / Juneau Empire 
Alaska Sen. Tom Begich, left, and Rep. Zack Fields, right, both Anchorage Democrats, joined a news conference Thursday to talk up President Joe Biden’s agenda in Alaska.

Democratic state lawmakers praise Biden’s impact in Alaska

Officials cite COVID relief and infrastructure benefits

Peter Segall / Juneau Empire 
Alaska Sen. Tom Begich, left, and Rep. Zack Fields, right, both Anchorage Democrats, joined a news conference Thursday to talk up President Joe Biden’s agenda in Alaska.
Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Pressure lets up at hospitals

As of Wednesday, there were 69 COVID-related hospitalizations in the state

Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Snow collects in a lot near the Aspen Hotel on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. The area will be the site of a new parking lot planned by the City of Soldotna. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Parking lot would bring 70 spaces to downtown Soldotna

The Soldotna City Council greenlighted Wednesday the execution of a lease agreement between the city and the Aspen Hotel

Snow collects in a lot near the Aspen Hotel on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. The area will be the site of a new parking lot planned by the City of Soldotna. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)