This 1991 photo provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows spawning pink salmon in Anan Creek, near Wrangell, Alaska. In 2019, wild populations of pink salmon are flourishing. Their numbers are enhanced by the annual release of 1.8 billion fish from Alaska hatcheries and critics say they’re having an effect on other species. (ADF&G via AP)

Pink salmon numbers may threaten other North Pacific species

Researchers say the voracious eaters are thriving at the expense of higher-value sockeye, seabirds.

  • Aug 12, 2019
This 1991 photo provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows spawning pink salmon in Anan Creek, near Wrangell, Alaska. In 2019, wild populations of pink salmon are flourishing. Their numbers are enhanced by the annual release of 1.8 billion fish from Alaska hatcheries and critics say they’re having an effect on other species. (ADF&G via AP)
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska

Senator Sullivan visits Juneau

Sullivan stops by the Empire to talk bills

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska

‘Molly of Denali’ drums up fun, cultural pride

Cartoon tells Native stories with Native voices.

Stocking up for school

Kids learn about health and safety while collecting back-to-school swag.

From left, Spc. Gabriel Rodriguez, Staff Sgt. David Wardlow, Spc. Tyler Vretenick and Spc. Ethan Holman show off the day’s haul during the Wounded Warrior’s Fishing Trip in Centennial Park in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek)

Wounded Warriors hit the Kenai River

The 13th annual fishing trip is provided free of charge to active-duty soldiers

From left, Spc. Gabriel Rodriguez, Staff Sgt. David Wardlow, Spc. Tyler Vretenick and Spc. Ethan Holman show off the day’s haul during the Wounded Warrior’s Fishing Trip in Centennial Park in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek)
Left: Jedidiah Erickson, Pepper Erickson and Slate Erickson are seen here in an undated photo. Right: Melissa Salgado is seen here in an undated photo. (Courtesy Department of Public Safety)

Missing Seward children found safe in Cordova with mother

The children were taken from their foster home on Aug. 5

Left: Jedidiah Erickson, Pepper Erickson and Slate Erickson are seen here in an undated photo. Right: Melissa Salgado is seen here in an undated photo. (Courtesy Department of Public Safety)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Strike looms as talks continue

As labor negotiations continue, school district details impacts of work stoppage

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kids attempt to travel through a “space portal”, also known as a hula hoop, during the last day of the Kenai Community Library’s summer reading program at the Kenai Park Strip on August 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

A universe of stories

Kids wrap up summer of reading, fun and imagination

Kids attempt to travel through a “space portal”, also known as a hula hoop, during the last day of the Kenai Community Library’s summer reading program at the Kenai Park Strip on August 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Donna Shirnberg (right) acts out a scene of Sabrina Fair with Terry Zopf-Schoessler during rehearsal Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Triumvirate North Theater in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Triumverate gets creative to fill funding holes

The theater group will host Farm Fest 2019 this weekend.

Donna Shirnberg (right) acts out a scene of Sabrina Fair with Terry Zopf-Schoessler during rehearsal Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Triumvirate North Theater in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at the signing ceremony at the Alaska Association of General Contractors in Anchorage on Thursday.

Dunleavy signs capital budget into law, vetoes funds

Sweep is reversed and capital budget is passed but $34 million is vetoed

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                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at the signing ceremony at the Alaska Association of General Contractors in Anchorage on Thursday.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 photo, Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, listens to other senators during a Senate session at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. Birch, a former state House member who also served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Anchorage assemblies, has died, his family said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. He was 68. Birch died Wednesday, Aug. 7 of a torn or ruptured aorta after experiencing chest pains and being taken to an Anchorage hospital, the family said. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Republican state Sen. Chris Birch dies

Birch was elected to the Anchorage Senate seat that had been held by Republican Kevin Meyer.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 photo, Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, listens to other senators during a Senate session at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. Birch, a former state House member who also served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Anchorage assemblies, has died, his family said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. He was 68. Birch died Wednesday, Aug. 7 of a torn or ruptured aorta after experiencing chest pains and being taken to an Anchorage hospital, the family said. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

PCHS to promote student health, safety

Back to school fest gets kids ready for new year

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Voters to weigh in on city manager, sales tax cap

The decision to put the measures on the ballot was approved at Tuesday’s assembly meeting.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
From left, Michele Vasquez, Eric Trieder, Fay Herold, Nelma Treider and Karyn Griffin smile for a photo while collecting signatures to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy in Soldotna Creek Park on Aug. 7, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy recall efforts hit the central peninsula

The recall campaign is set to release on Friday morning the number of signatures collected so far.

From left, Michele Vasquez, Eric Trieder, Fay Herold, Nelma Treider and Karyn Griffin smile for a photo while collecting signatures to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy in Soldotna Creek Park on Aug. 7, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Vince Beltrami with the Alaska AFL-CIO, right, speaks at a news conference Wednesday in Anchorage. Beltrami and representatives from more than two dozen organizations are asking Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to not cut money for early education and social service programs from the state’s budget. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Social service groups urge Dunleavy to relax veto pen

“… The real issue we are faced with today is deciding what kind of state we want to live in.”

  • Aug 7, 2019
Vince Beltrami with the Alaska AFL-CIO, right, speaks at a news conference Wednesday in Anchorage. Beltrami and representatives from more than two dozen organizations are asking Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to not cut money for early education and social service programs from the state’s budget. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
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                                Denele McCarthy, of Soldotna, signs the petition Wednesday at Soldotna Creek Park to recall Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna.

Efforts to recall Knopp about halfway to 1st goal

Peninsula residents have eyes set on removing local Republican representative.

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                                Denele McCarthy, of Soldotna, signs the petition Wednesday at Soldotna Creek Park to recall Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Soldotna.
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                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Veto reversal resolution fails at assembly

‘This resolution is communicating to the governor the impact some of his vetoes have to the borough.’

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                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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                                The Ferrin family of Anchorage show off their catches from 2018’s Seward Silver Salmon Derby. Colleen Ferrin took home second place in the overall tournament with a 16.19 pound fish.

Tight Lines: Seward Silver derby starts Saturday

The silver salmon have returned to Resurrection Bay, with cohos being caught as close as Caines Head

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                                The Ferrin family of Anchorage show off their catches from 2018’s Seward Silver Salmon Derby. Colleen Ferrin took home second place in the overall tournament with a 16.19 pound fish.
One of Silverfin Guide Service’s clients shows off a king salmon caught in Anchor River in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Gary Sinnhuber)

Fish and Game works to protect kings

The sustainable escapement goal is not expected to be achieved.

One of Silverfin Guide Service’s clients shows off a king salmon caught in Anchor River in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Gary Sinnhuber)