Schools briefs for the week of Jan. 13-19, 2020

What’s happening this week

  • Jan 11, 2020
The new exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center focuses on the center’s ongoing research, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska SeaLife Center)

Small fire breaks out at SeaLife Center

Staff from the avian curatorial recovered two long-tailed ducks that were being held in the area.

The new exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center focuses on the center’s ongoing research, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska SeaLife Center)
In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Alaskans flock to register for PFD

As of Saturday night, 101,266 had filed.

In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
The frozen Kenai River can be seen here near the Big Eddy State Recreation Site in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Freezing temperatures prolong ice jam flooding

Cold temperatures are expected to cause the Kenai River to continue freezing upstream.

The frozen Kenai River can be seen here near the Big Eddy State Recreation Site in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

House-passed bill could lead to PFAS cleanup

It needs to get past the Senate and President, too.

Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP
                                Former Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth argues on behalf of the Recall Dunleavy campaign Friday, in Alaska Superior Court. The campaign alleges that the state improperly rejected one step of their recall effort. Judge Eric Aarseth ruled that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed. The decision followed arguments in the case and came two months after Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections, rejected a bid to advance the recall effort.

Judge allows effort to recall governor to proceed

Grounds for recall in Alaska are lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption.

  • Jan 11, 2020
Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP
                                Former Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth argues on behalf of the Recall Dunleavy campaign Friday, in Alaska Superior Court. The campaign alleges that the state improperly rejected one step of their recall effort. Judge Eric Aarseth ruled that an effort to recall Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may proceed, a decision that is expected to be appealed. The decision followed arguments in the case and came two months after Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections, rejected a bid to advance the recall effort.
Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion
                                State Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Soldotna) speaks to constituents during a town hall Thursday at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.

Knopp hosts town hall

Kenai lawmaker discusses budget, PFD in town hall meeting.

Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion
                                State Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Soldotna) speaks to constituents during a town hall Thursday at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center.
Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left and Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, right, speak to constituents during a town hall at the Funny River Community Center in Funny River, Alaska, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Vance, Carpenter host town hall

Republican lawmakers talk budget, PFD, criminal justice

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left and Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, right, speak to constituents during a town hall at the Funny River Community Center in Funny River, Alaska, on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai/Soldotna Advisory Committee meets at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building in Kalifornsky, Alaska on Jan. 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Fish panel backs limits on gill netters

The proposal will be considered by the Board of Fish in February.

The Kenai/Soldotna Advisory Committee meets at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building in Kalifornsky, Alaska on Jan. 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Forum discusses peninsula’s 2020 economic outlook

Industries gather at forum to discuss growth and opportunities

  • Jan 9, 2020

Court reports for Jan. 8, 2020

Read the latest reports.

Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tourism council gets funding, objectives approved by assembly

The $150,000 will be used to promote tourism in areas of the borough outside the cities.

Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets inside in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula

Assembly shuts down reconsideration of down gravel pit ordinance

The code-changing ordinance was voted down at the Dec. 3 assembly meeting.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets inside in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula

Peninsula population grows slightly in 2019

2019 marked the third consecutive year of a declining population on the state level.

‘It’s a priority case’ HPD says in search for missing Homer woman

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019.

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski. (File photo)
                                Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) registered last week to run in District 29, which spans the area from Nikiski to Seward to Funny River and Sterling. (File photo)

Local candidates gear up for 2020 election

Several local lawmakers’ seats are up for the ballot this fall.

Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski. (File photo)
                                Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) registered last week to run in District 29, which spans the area from Nikiski to Seward to Funny River and Sterling. (File photo)
The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Local lawmakers host community meetings ahead of upcoming session

All of the Kenai Peninsula House representatives will be holding town hall meetings on Thursday.

The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A Kenai Peninsula Borough barricade sits near Eddy Lane off of Big Eddy Road to keep traffic from traveling over flooded areas, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Flood warning extended to Friday due to ice jam

Ongoing cold temperatures could allow the ice jam to grow upstream.

A Kenai Peninsula Borough barricade sits near Eddy Lane off of Big Eddy Road to keep traffic from traveling over flooded areas, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The fire forced HEA to de-energize the transmission line that runs to Anchorage for several months, which essentially isolated the Kenai Peninsula from the rest of the utility rail belt.(Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

HEA to install new battery storage system

The system will allow for more consistent power delivery if a generator goes down or usage spikes.

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The fire forced HEA to de-energize the transmission line that runs to Anchorage for several months, which essentially isolated the Kenai Peninsula from the rest of the utility rail belt.(Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)