Kuf Knotz (left) and Christine Elise perform together. (Photo provided by Kuf Knotz)

Hip hop, classical infusion to highlight Soldotna Music Series week #10

Philadelphia-based MC Kuf Knotz and New Jersey’s Christine Elise will perform.

Kuf Knotz (left) and Christine Elise perform together. (Photo provided by Kuf Knotz)
Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Recall campaign makes progress

Campaign website claims 10K signatures gathered.

Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Two student representatives join school board

Student representatives are offered a vote, however it is only an advisory vote.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Heather Marron of Alaska Communications presents the $1,500 awards to three peninsula teens (from right) — Anna DeVolld, Zachary Halstead and Carlee Rizzo — who were honored in the Summer of Heroes program, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

Three peninsula teens honored as youth heroes

Six youth from across Alaska were celebrated for their community service efforts.

Heather Marron of Alaska Communications presents the $1,500 awards to three peninsula teens (from right) — Anna DeVolld, Zachary Halstead and Carlee Rizzo — who were honored in the Summer of Heroes program, on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Debbie Hamilton gives an invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Invocation ordinance likely to be pulled at assembly

The ordinance would end the offering of invocations before the beginning of assembly meetings.

An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Debbie Hamilton gives an invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Two men drown in Kasilof River over the weekend

The two had gone canoeing on the river

The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Multiple hooks, bait restricted in Kenai River

The ban is effective until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15.

The Kenai River can be seen from the Funny River Campground on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Funny River, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

State seeks review of options for psychiatric facility

The facility has been under scrutiny from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Aug 5, 2019
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                                Researcher Kim Ovitz observes a group of Cook Inlet beluga whales milling in a bend of the Kenai River by Cunningham Park on April 10 in Kenai.

Citizen science beluga monitoring effort to begin on Kenai, Kasilof Rivers

‘You don’t have to be a scientist or a researcher … It’s open to anyone.’

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                                Researcher Kim Ovitz observes a group of Cook Inlet beluga whales milling in a bend of the Kenai River by Cunningham Park on April 10 in Kenai.
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra at its 2018 Gala Concert. (Photo provided)

Summer Orchestra Concert series kicks off

This year, a British composer theme adds a new touch to the concert series.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra at its 2018 Gala Concert. (Photo provided)
Rosie Skovron, left, and a Salmonfest attendee smile for the camera at one of the waste disposal stations during Salmonfest 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska on August 2, 2019. Skovron is a volunteer for the Zero Waste project and an intern at Cook Inletkeeper. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Fish, love and… compost? Ethical consumption at Salmonfest

Cook Inletkeeper volunteers work to eliminate waste at Salmonfest

Rosie Skovron, left, and a Salmonfest attendee smile for the camera at one of the waste disposal stations during Salmonfest 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska on August 2, 2019. Skovron is a volunteer for the Zero Waste project and an intern at Cook Inletkeeper. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Recall Dunleavy supporters hold signs at a Recall Dunleavy rally held on Aug. 1, 2019, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)

Recall Dunleavy effort starts with statewide rallies on Thursday

In Homer, a steady stream of voters lined up to sign recall applications.

Recall Dunleavy supporters hold signs at a Recall Dunleavy rally held on Aug. 1, 2019, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)
Ani DiFranco performs as the headliner at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Salmonfest returns with renewed vigor over things to fight for, and against

Festival organizers and volunteers brought activist and advocacy workers to the stage as well.

Ani DiFranco performs as the headliner at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to vote on sales tax cap increase

Ordinance would increase the maximum amount subject to borough sales tax from $500 to $1,000.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal in Juneau, Alaska, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. State officials said Thursday more than $580,000 in fares has been refunded to passengers affected by striking ferry workers. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)

Striking ferry workers, state reach tentative deal

DOA: Both sides made concessions and compromises on wages, health care, length of the contract.

  • Aug 3, 2019
Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal in Juneau, Alaska, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. State officials said Thursday more than $580,000 in fares has been refunded to passengers affected by striking ferry workers. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)

Public safety briefs for August 5, 2019

Read the latest police reports.

John Davies, chairman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, speaks at a regents meeting, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Facing severe budget cuts, regents voted 8-3 to authorize UA President Jim Johnsen to immediately reduce administrative costs and prepare a plan for a transition from three accredited institutions to one. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

With budget cuts looming, local university programs consider options

“We really want answers, but we’re being patient with the processes.”

John Davies, chairman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, speaks at a regents meeting, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Facing severe budget cuts, regents voted 8-3 to authorize UA President Jim Johnsen to immediately reduce administrative costs and prepare a plan for a transition from three accredited institutions to one. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
The east entrance of the Upper Kenai River Trail is photographed on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Trails, campgrounds and cabins reopen as Swan Lake Fire dies down

As fire crews wrap up their containment efforts for the Swan Lake Fire, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach National Forest have reopened… Continue reading

The east entrance of the Upper Kenai River Trail is photographed on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)