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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.

Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion file 
                                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

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                                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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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)
Heather Renner and Tasha Reynolds run and fat bike to the finish line on the Kenai Beach during the 2019 Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride. (Photo courtesy Kaitlin Vadla)

Mouth to Mouth racers to go it alone

Participants in this year’s event will race on their own time and post their results online.

Heather Renner and Tasha Reynolds run and fat bike to the finish line on the Kenai Beach during the 2019 Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride. (Photo courtesy Kaitlin Vadla)
(Photo courtesy of city of Soldotna)

Soldotna council passes pandemic aid programs

“This (pandemic) is affecting everyone.”

(Photo courtesy of city of Soldotna)
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9 new cases, 2 on peninsula

Cases in Anchor Point and Homer were reported at Friday’s press conference.

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South Peninsula Hospital health worker helps NYC during pandemic

“I felt like I needed to come … It was a calling. I had to go.”

Alaska Division of Forestry
                                A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019.

Burn permits suspended starting May 1

Last year, more than 5,000 firefighters were brought north to Alaska to combat wildfires.

Alaska Division of Forestry
                                A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Additional emergency funds on assembly agenda

An emergency ordinance appropriating $77,000 to the OEM t is being introduced at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

2 new COVID-19 cases announced at South Peninsula Hospital

One case is from community transmission, the other still under investigation

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Staff with the Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness Center and the Seldovia Village Tribal Administration conduct free COVID-19 testing in Seldovia, Alaska on April 29, 2020. (Photo courtesy Laurel Hilts/Seldovia Village Tribe)

Seldovia tests half of its community in 1 day

Free COVID-19 testing was available to all of the residents in their community.

Staff with the Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness Center and the Seldovia Village Tribal Administration conduct free COVID-19 testing in Seldovia, Alaska on April 29, 2020. (Photo courtesy Laurel Hilts/Seldovia Village Tribe)

Dine-in option proves a mixed bag for area restaurants

Area restaurants struggle to overcome challenges as state mandates are lifted.