Community health services available this month

Residents can prepare for flu season, discard old medications or donate blood.

A map shows the Swanson River Road and Swan Lake Road woodcutting areas. (Image courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Wildlife refuge woodcutting permits available

Cutting is limited to trees that are dead and downed within the designated permit areas.

A map shows the Swanson River Road and Swan Lake Road woodcutting areas. (Image courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board finalizes its priorities

The board unanimously passed their 2020 state and federal legislative priorities.

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Voter turnout for municipal elections in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 1991 to 2019, from Kenai Peninsula Borough Election History, in Kenai, Alaska. (Graphic by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Voters largely skip municipal polls

Turnout was lowest since 2012.

Voter turnout for municipal elections in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 1991 to 2019, from Kenai Peninsula Borough Election History, in Kenai, Alaska. (Graphic by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 14-20

What’s happening this week

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In this Empire file photo, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire in April 2016. Attending the interview with Johnsen is University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this Empire file photo, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, left, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire in April 2016. Attending the interview with Johnsen is University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

As climate series wraps up, focus is on solutions

The series, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper and KenaiChange, has had six meetings in recent months.

Photos by Joey Klecka / Peninsula Clarion
                                A variety of clay kitchenware sits on display at the “Clay on Display” exhibit Wednesday at the Kenai Fine Art Center.

A hobby of a lifetime

“Clay on Display” returns to Kenai arts center

Photos by Joey Klecka / Peninsula Clarion
                                A variety of clay kitchenware sits on display at the “Clay on Display” exhibit Wednesday at the Kenai Fine Art Center.
SEITC Chair Rob Sanderson Jr., center, and Reuben George, of the Sacred Trust, Tsleil-Waututh Nation at the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission meeting at the Lummi Reservation in Ferndale, Wash. (Courtesy photo | Jeff Gibbs)

Indigenous meeting declares ‘salmon emergency’

Meeting of tribes from US and Canada calls for action.

SEITC Chair Rob Sanderson Jr., center, and Reuben George, of the Sacred Trust, Tsleil-Waututh Nation at the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission meeting at the Lummi Reservation in Ferndale, Wash. (Courtesy photo | Jeff Gibbs)
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                                The youth cast of “Frozen Jr.” rehearses a scene Wednesday at the Triumvirate North theater in Kenai.

52 ‘Frozen’ kids keep Triumvirate cool

Youth bring Disney hit to life

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                                The youth cast of “Frozen Jr.” rehearses a scene Wednesday at the Triumvirate North theater in Kenai.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Service board elections vote delayed

The vote was moved to November in order to allow the service area boards to weigh in.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A map show drought conditions through the state of Alaska for the week of Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

IRS offering tax relief to farmers affected by drought

The peninsula’s ongoing drought saw no changes this week.

A map show drought conditions through the state of Alaska for the week of Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Drought Monitor)
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                                Newly elected assembly members Tyson Cox, Jesse Bjorkman and Brent Johnson are sworn in during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Soldotna.

Assembly welcomes new members

Tyson Cox, Jesse Bjorkman and Brent Johnson will take their seats at the next meeting.

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                                Newly elected assembly members Tyson Cox, Jesse Bjorkman and Brent Johnson are sworn in during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Soldotna.
Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, Alaska, speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sinnok and 15 other Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state, claiming that human-caused greenhouse gas emission leading to climate change is creating long-term, dangerous health effects. They lost in Superior Court, but appealed to Alaska’s highest court. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

State Supreme Court hears youth climate suit

16 youth claim long-term effects of climate change will interfere with their constitutional rights.

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Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, Alaska, speaks at a news conference after the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, in a lawsuit that claims state policy on fossil fuels is harming the constitutional right of young Alaskans to a safe climate. Sinnok and 15 other Alaska youths in 2017 sued the state, claiming that human-caused greenhouse gas emission leading to climate change is creating long-term, dangerous health effects. They lost in Superior Court, but appealed to Alaska’s highest court. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Soldotna doctor arrested on narcotics charges

Authorities say Lavern Davidhizar illegally distributed large amounts of opioids and other narcotics

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                                Areas burned by the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Vista Trail at Upper Skilak Campground on Sunday.

Areas of Chugach forest reopen after fire

The Forest Service is urging hikers to use extreme caution when exploring burned areas of the forest

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                                Areas burned by the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Vista Trail at Upper Skilak Campground on Sunday.
Paintings by Spelman Evans Downer sit on display at the Ecotopia North Painting Exhibition at the Gallery Turquoise North at mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. (Photo provided by Sara Frantz)

‘Ecotopia’ impressions

Cooper Landing art exhibit to help anti-Pebble Mine cause

Paintings by Spelman Evans Downer sit on display at the Ecotopia North Painting Exhibition at the Gallery Turquoise North at mile 49.5 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. (Photo provided by Sara Frantz)

Court reports for Oct. 6, 2019

Read the latest reports.

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board OKs agreement

The agreement for a three-year contract will be effective between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021.

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)