Soldotna Prep School is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. The school was recently shuttered and classes combined with Soldotna High School. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

State accepts SoPrep’s closure

The district may not submit a request to reopen Soldotna Prep until seven or more years have passed.

Soldotna Prep School is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. The school was recently shuttered and classes combined with Soldotna High School. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                From left, Bristol Bay Reserve Association Board member Mike LaRussa, Bristol Bay Native Association President/CEO Ralph Andersen, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Executive Director Andy Wink, United Tribes of Bristol Bay Deputy Director Lindsay Layland, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Norm Van Vactor, and Robin Samuelson of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, make statements Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse in Anchorage. Critics of the Pebble Mine planned near headwaters of a major Alaska salmon fishery are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying EPA improperly withdrew proposed restrictions on development in that region. via AP)

EPA sued over mine restrictions

The lawsuit alleges EPA has failed to provide a “reasoned explanation” for its change in position.

  • Oct 8, 2019
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                                From left, Bristol Bay Reserve Association Board member Mike LaRussa, Bristol Bay Native Association President/CEO Ralph Andersen, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Executive Director Andy Wink, United Tribes of Bristol Bay Deputy Director Lindsay Layland, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Norm Van Vactor, and Robin Samuelson of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, make statements Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse in Anchorage. Critics of the Pebble Mine planned near headwaters of a major Alaska salmon fishery are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying EPA improperly withdrew proposed restrictions on development in that region. via AP)
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                                LGBT supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington. The Supreme Court heard arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights while his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, is regarded as more conservative.

LGBT Alaskans closely watching US Supreme Court hearings

Ruling could change definition of workplace discrimination.

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                                LGBT supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington. The Supreme Court heard arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights while his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, is regarded as more conservative.
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                                Smoke can be seen rising from areas scarred by the Swan Lake Fire on Sunday on Skilak Loop.

Loans available for businesses affected by Swan Lake Fire

Loans for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and bills that can’t be paid because of the fire.

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                                Smoke can be seen rising from areas scarred by the Swan Lake Fire on Sunday on Skilak Loop.

Recall campaign is ready for a fight

Legal team has some heavy hitters.

Prescriptions drugs, vitamins, hormones, and other drugs left in the drug drop box in the lobby of the Juneau Police Department displayed on Thursday, Sept. 26. The drop box gives residents a safe place to disposed of their unused prescription narcotics. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opioid crisis still cuts deep in Alaska

Nearly 6 million pills in 6 years.

Prescriptions drugs, vitamins, hormones, and other drugs left in the drug drop box in the lobby of the Juneau Police Department displayed on Thursday, Sept. 26. The drop box gives residents a safe place to disposed of their unused prescription narcotics. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Love, INC in Soldotna provides homelessness prevention and housing services to people on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Unincorporated communities to receive state funding

An ordinance appropriating $426,303 for community projects will be considered Tuesday.

Love, INC in Soldotna provides homelessness prevention and housing services to people on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School after school ahead of a strike called on by two employee associations, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board to consider contract agreement

The associations and the district had been negotiating for a contract for nearly 600 days.

Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School after school ahead of a strike called on by two employee associations, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Signs redirecting traffic along the Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna can be seen on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Construction season coming to a close

Some will be completed by the end of construction season; others will be picked up next spring.

Signs redirecting traffic along the Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna can be seen on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Schools briefs for the week of Oct. 7-13

What’s happening this week.

  • Oct 5, 2019
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From left, Brandiee, Helen, Donalen, Donald and Candice Bowers. (Photo provided by Bowers family)

KCHS volleyball to raise funds for family battling cancer

“Just knowing the people I’ve volunteered for and helped out are helping me back is special.”

From left, Brandiee, Helen, Donalen, Donald and Candice Bowers. (Photo provided by Bowers family)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly to vote on changing service board elections to appointments

The borough has 12 service boards, of which seven boards include elected positions.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A special assembly meeting is held at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Election results to be certified Tuesday

Three new members of the assembly will be sworn in.

A special assembly meeting is held at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor

Peninsula drought downgraded

The area’s ongoing drought saw significant improvement this week. The drought was downgraded, according to Thursday’s updated U.S. Drought Monitor map. A majority of the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor
Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The council voted to postpone a resolution that would authorize the city manager to submit a petition to annex to the state’s Local Boundary Commission. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna to see new council members, mayor

Soldotna residents should expect changes to their city council in the coming months. Tyson Cox, a current member on the Soldotna City Council, offered his… Continue reading

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The council voted to postpone a resolution that would authorize the city manager to submit a petition to annex to the state’s Local Boundary Commission. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

“Evening of Classics” dedicated to late music mentor

The annual ‘Evening of Classics’ concert that graces the halls of Soldotna’s Christ Lutheran Church every year in October will be without one of the… Continue reading

Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer responded to the incident and are coordinating with the responsible party and state authorities to mitigate further pollution. The dock continues to erode, but all remaining hazardous materials have been removed. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Portion of Nikiski dock collapses in Cook Inlet

Heavy seas reportedly collapsed a 50-foot section of the Offshore Systems Kenai dock in Nikiski.

Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer responded to the incident and are coordinating with the responsible party and state authorities to mitigate further pollution. The dock continues to erode, but all remaining hazardous materials have been removed. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Incident Management Team)

Local agencies take control of Swan Lake Fire

The fire is 90% contained.

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Incident Management Team)
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, at 10 Street and Glacier Avenue, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

PFD’s impact on state wide-ranging

The check impacts many aspects of socioeconomic life in Alaska.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, at 10 Street and Glacier Avenue, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A sign directing voters to the polls stands outside Soldotna City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Bjorkman, Cox, Johnson lead early returns

Voters decide on Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members.

A sign directing voters to the polls stands outside Soldotna City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)