From left, Rep. Geran Tarr, D- Anchorage, Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel and Rep. Sharon Jackson, R- Eagle River, hold a hearing for the Alaska House Health and Social Services Committee on the State’s COVID-19 response at the Anchorage Legislative Office in Anchorage on June 24, 2020. (Screenshot by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Zink at hearing urges public to wear masks, socially distance

The state is strongly encouraging the wearing of masks, but will not require it.

From left, Rep. Geran Tarr, D- Anchorage, Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel and Rep. Sharon Jackson, R- Eagle River, hold a hearing for the Alaska House Health and Social Services Committee on the State’s COVID-19 response at the Anchorage Legislative Office in Anchorage on June 24, 2020. (Screenshot by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Marge Mullen is seen on her original homestead in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, June 22, 2020. Mullen turns 100 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Photo provided by Debbie Smith)

Homesteader at heart

Soldotna pioneer Marge Mullen turns 100

Marge Mullen is seen on her original homestead in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, June 22, 2020. Mullen turns 100 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Photo provided by Debbie Smith)
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State reports 21 new virus cases

The new cases include 14 residents and 7 nonresidents.

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Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Dr. Anne Zink talks testing, travel screening with Homer council

Council members asked what more can be done to ensure communities are protected from the virus.

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

SeaLife Center welcomes 6 rescued harbor seal pups

The pups were all rescued in the first half of June.

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                                A sign detailing modified health protocols for the Wednesday Market is seen here at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna on June 10.

Soldotna to look at public gathering policy

The policy would not limit private or public gatherings on private property within city limits.

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                                A sign detailing modified health protocols for the Wednesday Market is seen here at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna on June 10.

Back in the game

Alaska 20 takes home opener

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Alaska cases jump by 35

Sixteen of the new cases are among Alaska residents, while 19 of them are nonresidents.

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The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Job Center is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska’s economic downturn continues

Both job numbers and unemployment showing significant changes from last year.

The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Job Center is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

COVID-19 cases continue to climb

Ten new cases were reported in Alaska on Monday.

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Counting kings

Where have all the salmon gone?

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
In this July 20, 2013 file photo, several thousand dipnetters converged onto the mouth of the Kenai River to catch a share of the late run of sockeye salmon headed into the river in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo/Rashah McChesney)

City announces health and safety measures for dipnet fishery

Dipnetters should socially distance, wear face coverings when needed and wash hands and surfaces.

In this July 20, 2013 file photo, several thousand dipnetters converged onto the mouth of the Kenai River to catch a share of the late run of sockeye salmon headed into the river in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo/Rashah McChesney)
In this July 30, 2019, file photo, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen speaks at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Johnsen, the embattled University of Alaska president, has resigned, the university announced Monday, June 22, 2020. The change in leadership was a mutual decision made after Johnsen consulted with the Board of Regents, according to a statement. His biography was immediately removed from the university’s web page. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Embattled Johnsen resigns as UA president

Johnsen’s resignation announcement came a week after the faculty union demanded he quit.

In this July 30, 2019, file photo, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen speaks at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Johnsen, the embattled University of Alaska president, has resigned, the university announced Monday, June 22, 2020. The change in leadership was a mutual decision made after Johnsen consulted with the Board of Regents, according to a statement. His biography was immediately removed from the university’s web page. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)
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Assembly passes vote by mail ordinance, fails to reconsider

The ordinance to change the process to a vote-by-mail hybrid was enacted on a vote of six to three.

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Spokesman: Great summer for Alaskans to visit national parks

“It’s a great summer in Alaska to see the great, big, beautiful national parks in your backyard.”

Court reports for June 21, 2020

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Principal Michael Wojciak stands in front of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

$30 million school construction bond pushed to 2021

Due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, the borough and the district have agreed to delay vote.

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Principal Michael Wojciak stands in front of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (CDC)

State reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

Twelve of the new cases are Alaska residents and seven are nonresidents.

COVID-19. (CDC)
In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, says it plans to offer residents in the region a dividend. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Pebble proposes dividend program for controversial mine

The Pebble Partnership said at least $3 million a year would be distributed once construction begins

In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, says it plans to offer residents in the region a dividend. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)