School board advances efforts for new Aurora high school

Parents and students wanting to expand Aurora Borealis Charter School into a high school are one step closer to their goal after the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

A gingerbread house entry by Abigail Youngberg sits on display in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center gingerbread house contest. The gingerbread houses will be on display until Dec. 21 in the visitor center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

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Kenai Chamber hosts gingerbread house contest

A gingerbread house entry by Abigail Youngberg sits on display in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center gingerbread house contest. The gingerbread houses will be on display until Dec. 21 in the visitor center. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor Charlie Pierce gives borough update

Wednesday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gave an update at a Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber Luncheon, where he spoke about various borough projects his administration… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A car ascends a newly repaired off-ramp of Minnesota Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. A massive 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks rocked buildings and buckled roads Nov. 30, including the road that’s a route to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Alaska transportation officials made rebuilding the ramp a priority. It reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, and a crew completed shoulder work Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Collapsed Anchorage highway ramp reopens days after quake

ANCHORAGE — A collapsed off-ramp in Alaska’s largest city that became an iconic image of the destructive force of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was rebuilt… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018
A car ascends a newly repaired off-ramp of Minnesota Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. A massive 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks rocked buildings and buckled roads Nov. 30, including the road that’s a route to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Alaska transportation officials made rebuilding the ramp a priority. It reopened Tuesday, Dec. 4, and a crew completed shoulder work Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Alaska House District 1 candidate Democrat Kathryn Dodge, right, watches the election recount at the Department of Elections’ Juneau, Alaska office. The Democrat who lost a recount by one vote in a contested Alaska House race must decide by Wednesday whether to challenge the results. Kathryn Dodge, in a statement late Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, says she and her team were reviewing decisions made by the Division of Elections. She says she disagrees with some of the decisions but wants to “look at everything” before making a final decision. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP, File)

Democrat who lost Alaska House race recount plans appeal

JUNEAU — The Democrat who lost a recount by one vote in a contested Alaska House race said Wednesday she will challenge the results. Kathryn… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018
In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Alaska House District 1 candidate Democrat Kathryn Dodge, right, watches the election recount at the Department of Elections’ Juneau, Alaska office. The Democrat who lost a recount by one vote in a contested Alaska House race must decide by Wednesday whether to challenge the results. Kathryn Dodge, in a statement late Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, says she and her team were reviewing decisions made by the Division of Elections. She says she disagrees with some of the decisions but wants to “look at everything” before making a final decision. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP, File)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough has openings for next year’s invocation providers

At Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, President Wayne Ogle announced there were eight openings to give invocations next calendar year. “We have 12 assigned… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to the crowd in Noorvik after being sworn in earlier on Dec. 3 in Kotzebue. (Photo/Stanley Wright/Office of the Governor)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to the crowd in Noorvik after being sworn in earlier on Dec. 3 in Kotzebue. (Photo/Stanley Wright/Office of the Governor)
From left to right: Public Works Director Carey Meyer, Water and Sewer Superintendent Todd Cook, City Manager Katie Koester, Richard Klopp, lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator, and Mayor Ken Castner celebrate Klopp being named Wastewater Operator of the Year award by the Alaska Rural Water Association during the Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Homer City Council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

City worker named wastewater operator of the year

Homer’s lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator has earned a top honor for his work with the city. Richard Klopp was named Wastewater Operator… Continue reading

From left to right: Public Works Director Carey Meyer, Water and Sewer Superintendent Todd Cook, City Manager Katie Koester, Richard Klopp, lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator, and Mayor Ken Castner celebrate Klopp being named Wastewater Operator of the Year award by the Alaska Rural Water Association during the Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Homer City Council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

The Moose is Loose brings back holiday confections

The holiday season has arrived and so have the spirited confections at The Moose Is Loose bakery in Soldotna. For those looking for a little… Continue reading

In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, provided by Jonathan M. Lettow, people walk along Vine Road after an earthquake in Wasilla, Alaska. Alaska State Troopers are asking that people do not take selfies in front of the buckled roadway north of Anchorage, Alaska. (Jonathan M. Lettow via AP, File)

Alaska selfie-takers told to stay off quake-buckled road

ANCHORAGE — With sizable shockwaves still emanating from last week’s powerful earthquake, authorities in Alaska are urging the selfie-taking public to stay away from a… Continue reading

In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, provided by Jonathan M. Lettow, people walk along Vine Road after an earthquake in Wasilla, Alaska. Alaska State Troopers are asking that people do not take selfies in front of the buckled roadway north of Anchorage, Alaska. (Jonathan M. Lettow via AP, File)

Former hockey coach sentenced to 62 years in sex abuse case

On Monday, a Sterling resident and former Soldotna High School hockey coach was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of… Continue reading

Good golly, meet ‘Molly of Denali’

The show involves Alaska Native characters, voice actors and writers.

Kenai National Wildlife Visitor Center (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Refuge fills December with fun, despite lack of snow

Despite the winter’s darkness and this year’s lack of snow, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a host of events scheduled for December to entertain… Continue reading

Kenai National Wildlife Visitor Center (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do… Continue reading

  • Dec 4, 2018

Dunleavy sworn in as Alaska governor after location changes

JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy was sworn into office Monday, taking his oath in a school gym in the western Alaska city of Kotzebue… Continue reading

A plastic bag is discarded at the side of C Street in Midtown on August 15, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)

Habits change month after plastic bag ban

A month after banning single-use plastic bags in Soldotna, consumers and retailers throughout the community have adjusted to the change. “In my personal interactions with… Continue reading

A plastic bag is discarded at the side of C Street in Midtown on August 15, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
The road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway cracked down the middle after Friday morning’s earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula faces minimal damage after Friday’s quake

The Kenai Peninsula sustained minor damage and no life-threatening injuries after Friday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake. In a statement released Monday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie… Continue reading

The road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway cracked down the middle after Friday morning’s earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Local Jewish congregation celebrated Hanukkah with the tradition of latkes

Hanukkah, which began Sunday, is an eight-day event celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. when the Maccabees… Continue reading

A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
In this Nov. 4, 2018 file photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy stands with his wife, Rose, on stage during a GOP rally in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy was sworn in as governor on Monday, Dec. 3, days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked heavily populated Southcentral Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Dunleavy sworn in as Alaska governor after location changes

JUNEAU — Republican Mike Dunleavy was sworn in Monday as Alaska’s new governor, taking his oath in a school gym in the western Alaska city… Continue reading

In this Nov. 4, 2018 file photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy stands with his wife, Rose, on stage during a GOP rally in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy was sworn in as governor on Monday, Dec. 3, days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked heavily populated Southcentral Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
Empty shelves where bread is normally located are shown at a grocery store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, two days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of the city. Anchorage officials urged residents not to stock up and hoard supplies because the supply chain of goods was not interrupted. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Earthquake doesn’t disrupt food, fuel supply to Alaska

ANCHORAGE — The supply chain of food and other goods delivered to the Port of Anchorage from the Lower 48 has not been disrupted by… Continue reading

Empty shelves where bread is normally located are shown at a grocery store in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, two days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was centered about 7 miles north of the city. Anchorage officials urged residents not to stock up and hoard supplies because the supply chain of goods was not interrupted. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)