Samuel Anderson examines artwork up for bid while on shift at Veronica’s Cafe on April 7, 2021. The Kenai Fine Art Center and KDLL Public Radio are auctioning off local art through the month of April. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

KDLL, Fine Art Center team up for art auction

The pieces up for bid are on display at Veronica’s Cafe in Old Town Kenai.

Samuel Anderson examines artwork up for bid while on shift at Veronica’s Cafe on April 7, 2021. The Kenai Fine Art Center and KDLL Public Radio are auctioning off local art through the month of April. (Photo by Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
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Central Peninsula Hospital Pharmacy Technician Jessica Hulet rolls a cart carrying doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into Central Peninsula Hospital on Dec. 16 in Soldotna.
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Central Peninsula Hospital Pharmacy Technician Jessica Hulet rolls a cart carrying doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into Central Peninsula Hospital on Dec. 16 in Soldotna.
Willy Dunne speaks at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly votes down energy audits resolution

One of the goals of S.B. 17 is to have Alaska enter into energy service performance contracts valued at $100 million by 2026.

Willy Dunne speaks at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Aaron Fleenor testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Boatyard, moose advocates discuss boatyard at assembly

The boatyard hopes to acquire three lots of land that separate some of the company’s discontinuous lots.

Aaron Fleenor testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Snow falls on studded tires on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Studded tires allowed through mid-May

The order was issued in response to extended winter conditions across the state.

Snow falls on studded tires on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Variants detected in Alaska as COVID-19 cases increase

The new case count includes 15 on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Snow and debris from an avalanche can be seen near Mile 45 on the Seward Highway on Monday, March 29, 2021. An avalanche shut down traffic on both sides Monday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Goldie Shealy)

As days get warmer, avalanche danger heightens

Drivers and backcountry hikers should exercise caution this time of year.

Snow and debris from an avalanche can be seen near Mile 45 on the Seward Highway on Monday, March 29, 2021. An avalanche shut down traffic on both sides Monday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Goldie Shealy)
A moose traverses a residential backyard in July 2020 in Kalifornsky, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

As spring comes back to the peninsula, so do bears and moose

Seminar encourages a safe coexistence between Alaskans and wildlife this spring.

A moose traverses a residential backyard in July 2020 in Kalifornsky, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
A Hilcorp pilot reported a natural gas leak in the Cook Inlet off the shore of Nikiski, Alaska on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Alaska Department of Environment Conservation)

Hilcorp reports leak in Cook Inlet

A helicopter pilot identified bubbles surfacing during a supply delivery on Thursday.

A Hilcorp pilot reported a natural gas leak in the Cook Inlet off the shore of Nikiski, Alaska on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Alaska Department of Environment Conservation)
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Dr. Peter Hansen stands in front of crane operators as they lift an antique steam donkey engine at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, July 15, 2019, in Kenai. Hansen died March 25.

Pioneering Kenai doctor remembered

Peter Hansen died on March 25 from struggles with mesothelioma.

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Dr. Peter Hansen stands in front of crane operators as they lift an antique steam donkey engine at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, July 15, 2019, in Kenai. Hansen died March 25.
Soldotna assistant football coach Eric Pomerleau checks the temperature of sophomore Joseph Whittom before summer workouts Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna assistant football coach Eric Pomerleau checks the temperature of sophomore Joseph Whittom before summer workouts Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Jim Cockrell speaks at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, April 6 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy taps Cockrell to head public safety

Cockrell is a former wildlife trooper and Marathon security supervisor.

Jim Cockrell speaks at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, April 6 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday in Kenai. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy: Pandemic in ‘rearview’

Alaska remains in at high-risk level, according to the state

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday in Kenai. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
This May 10, 2017 file photo shows Denali, North America’s tallest peak, from an airplane flying over the Alaska Range near Talkeetna, Alaska. Officials on Monday, April 5, 2021, said five people had to ski to a shelter after they landed on Ruth Glacier at the base of Denali on April 2, 2021, and a heavy snowstorm stranded them for at least three days. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Snowstorm strands 5 on North America’s tallest peak

The five landed Friday in three separate small airplanes on Ruth Glacier on Denali.

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This May 10, 2017 file photo shows Denali, North America’s tallest peak, from an airplane flying over the Alaska Range near Talkeetna, Alaska. Officials on Monday, April 5, 2021, said five people had to ski to a shelter after they landed on Ruth Glacier at the base of Denali on April 2, 2021, and a heavy snowstorm stranded them for at least three days. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
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Alaska surpasses 64,000 COVID-19 cases

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is also considered to be high risk, with 11.39 cases per 100,000 people.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Kenai Central High School is seen in this 2018 photo in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district to submit funding request

The $48 million the district plans to request Tuesday reflects compromises by the district and by the borough.

Kenai Central High School is seen in this 2018 photo in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

200 vaccine appointments available

More than 200 COVID-19 vaccination appointments were available across multiple central peninsula clinics as of Monday at 6 p.m. according to PrepMod, the online portal… Continue reading

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Mary Bondurant (left) and her assistant Erica Brincefield stand with an F22 pilot in front of the first F22 to land at Kenai Municipal Airport. (Photo courtesy Mary Bondurant)

Bondurant to retire as airport manager

She began working at Kenai Municipal Airport in 1998.

Mary Bondurant (left) and her assistant Erica Brincefield stand with an F22 pilot in front of the first F22 to land at Kenai Municipal Airport. (Photo courtesy Mary Bondurant)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPBSD opens enrollment survey

Uncertainty surrounding fall 2021 enrollment numbers has created challenges in the budget process.

Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer Electric Association election now through May 5

Returned ballots must be received by no later than 5 p.m. on May 5.

The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)