The University of Alaska Southeast campus on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

UA Regents look ahead at reductions, tuition increases

Proposed tuition increases for fiscal year 2021 and 2022 are on the table.

The University of Alaska Southeast campus on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mud and debris is washed up at Bear Creek near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Winter storms bring floods, power outages, emergency declarations

Several weather-related events have caused damage across the entire peninsula.

Mud and debris is washed up at Bear Creek near East End Road on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Bear Creek crosses East End Road near Bear Creek Drive and overflowed the creek banks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Santa Claus lights up the Christmas tree in front of an audience Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Christmas in the Park Celebration at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Lighting up the night

Soldotna Creek Park hosts Santa and tree-lighting ceremony at the Christmas in the Park celebration.

Santa Claus lights up the Christmas tree in front of an audience Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Christmas in the Park Celebration at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Schools briefs for the week of Dec. 9-13, 2019

What’s happening this week.

  • Dec 7, 2019
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Artist Kathy Matta displays some of her art for sale at the annual Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar in Soldotna, Alaska on Dec. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Bazaar offers holiday crafts, give boost to hospital Auxiliary

Twenty percent of the profits from the sales at the bazaar go toward supporting the Auxiliary.

Artist Kathy Matta displays some of her art for sale at the annual Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar in Soldotna, Alaska on Dec. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly overrides mayor’s veto of tourism council funds

An ordinance awarding a $150,000 to the nonprofit passed at the Nov. 6 assembly meeting 6-3.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Representatives from local nonprofits and government agencies participate in a community panel on Restorative Reentry at the Kenai Peninsula College on Thursday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek)

‘A really vicious cycle’

Coalition discusses challenges of reentry after incarceration

Representatives from local nonprofits and government agencies participate in a community panel on Restorative Reentry at the Kenai Peninsula College on Thursday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek)

Soldotna mayoral rivals attend QA

Charlene Tautfest and Pete Sprague are running in a Dec. 17 special election.

Soldotna man dies after SUV rollover

The man was driving his SUV northbound when he left the roadway near Mile 53 of the Sterling Highway

Frontage Road in Kenai, Alaska can be seen here on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA continues to address outages, 180 still without power

More than 3,000 people were without power on Tuesday.

Frontage Road in Kenai, Alaska can be seen here on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin)

Community rallies for Students in Transition

The program supports local youth who are homeless or are facing challenges in their home life.

Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin)
A healthy crowd watches as Santa Claus turns on the lights adorning the Christmas tree Saturday evening at the Christmas in the Park tree lighting ceremony at Soldotna Creek Park. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Santa’s coming to Soldotna

Soldotna’s annual Christmas in the Park Celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

A healthy crowd watches as Santa Claus turns on the lights adorning the Christmas tree Saturday evening at the Christmas in the Park tree lighting ceremony at Soldotna Creek Park. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Landsat 8 data showing the head (SE Corner) of the Swan Lake Fire on June 8, 2019. (Photo provided by John Morton)

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  • Dec 5, 2019
Landsat 8 data showing the head (SE Corner) of the Swan Lake Fire on June 8, 2019. (Photo provided by John Morton)
Erik Hansen Scout Park can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

1,000 still without power after heavy snow

The longest running outage is on the Fisherman’s Road area of Nikiski.

Erik Hansen Scout Park can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Pete Kineen, a neighbor of the proposed Beachcomber LLC gravel pit, stands on his deck and points to where the pit could be, on May 2, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Gravel pit ordinance fails, will be reconsidered next year

Gravel pit owners and homeowners near existing pits both spoke in opposition to the ordinance.

Pete Kineen, a neighbor of the proposed Beachcomber LLC gravel pit, stands on his deck and points to where the pit could be, on May 2, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
In this file photo, a House district map shows district population numbers as the Alaska Redistricting Board hears testimony at the Capitol on Friday, March 25, 2011. (Juneau Empire File)

Remaking Alaska’s political map

Are you ready to redistrict?

In this file photo, a House district map shows district population numbers as the Alaska Redistricting Board hears testimony at the Capitol on Friday, March 25, 2011. (Juneau Empire File)

Troopers report back on holiday traffic enforcement

Troopers conducted a high-visibility enforcement campaign from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.