Robert Walsh (left), Linnanae Dohse, Scott Loehr graduate from Cook Inlet Academy on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Photo submitted by Karen McGahan)
                                Robert Walsh (left), Linnanae Dohse, Scott Loehr graduate from Cook Inlet Academy on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Photo submitted by Karen McGahan)

Cook Inlet graduates 3 with drive-in and parade

“This will definitely be a graduation remembered by the graduates.”

  • May 11, 2020
Robert Walsh (left), Linnanae Dohse, Scott Loehr graduate from Cook Inlet Academy on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Photo submitted by Karen McGahan)
                                Robert Walsh (left), Linnanae Dohse, Scott Loehr graduate from Cook Inlet Academy on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Photo submitted by Karen McGahan)
Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
                                Kenai Cinemas is seen on Monday in Kenai. Kenai Cinemas will reopen Friday, after being closed for two months due to state health mandates.

Theaters cautiously reopen after closure mandates lifted

Movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms and bingo halls across the state shut their doors March 18.

Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
                                Kenai Cinemas is seen on Monday in Kenai. Kenai Cinemas will reopen Friday, after being closed for two months due to state health mandates.
A screenshot from the Kenai Peninsula College graduation ceremony shows an August 2019 photo of Kenai Peninsula College faculty and staff. The May 7, 2020 ceremony was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screenshot)

‘Resilience and ability to overcome unbelievable odds’

Kenai Peninsula College graduates students from both campuses — virtually

A screenshot from the Kenai Peninsula College graduation ceremony shows an August 2019 photo of Kenai Peninsula College faculty and staff. The May 7, 2020 ceremony was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screenshot)

Court reports for May 10, 2020

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Robert Charles Dedrick, Jr., 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of violating… Continue reading

Public safety briefs for May 10, 2020

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

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

Assembly approves borough employee contract

The agreement will last from July 1 until June 20, 2023.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula residents eat inside Louie’s Restaurant in Kenai, Alaska on May 8, 2020. Friday was the first day that restaurants around the state began opening for dine-in services without the need for a reservation. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Everyone’s loving being back in here again’

Businesses expand service hours, customers slowly return as state continues reopening

Kenai Peninsula residents eat inside Louie’s Restaurant in Kenai, Alaska on May 8, 2020. Friday was the first day that restaurants around the state began opening for dine-in services without the need for a reservation. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Byron Mallott
                                In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott addresses a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Mallott, who served as Alaska’s lieutenant governor as part of a “unity ticket” with former Gov. Bill Walker, died Friday, May 8, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Byron Mallott
                                In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott addresses a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Mallott, who served as Alaska’s lieutenant governor as part of a “unity ticket” with former Gov. Bill Walker, died Friday, May 8, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Mark Thiessen / Associated Press file
                                Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy listens during a news conference in Anchorage on Sept. 26.

Court says recall effort against governor can proceed

The recall effort has reported gathering more than 34,000 signatures so far.

  • May 9, 2020
Mark Thiessen / Associated Press file
                                Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy listens during a news conference in Anchorage on Sept. 26.
COVID-19. (CDC)

Only new COVID-19 case is a Kenai woman

Updated state guidelines hash out face coverings

COVID-19. (CDC)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, May 1, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

3 new COVID-19 cases all from Anchorage

Updated state guidelines hash out face coverings

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, May 1, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
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.

COVID-19. (CDC)
Ian Stewart/Yukon News
                                 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

Ian Stewart/Yukon News
                                 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.
Photo courtesy Seldovia Village Tribe 
                                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

Photo courtesy Seldovia Village Tribe 
                                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)