A ballot for the Alaska Democratic Party 2020 Presidential Preference Primary is photographed on March 25, 2020. (Clarion staff)

Democratic party turns to vote-by-mail primary

All in-person voting scheduled for April 4 has been canceled.

A ballot for the Alaska Democratic Party 2020 Presidential Preference Primary is photographed on March 25, 2020. (Clarion staff)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo submitted)

South Peninsula Hospital has tested 25 people for COVID-19

No cases yet, but hospital is preparing for coronavirus patients

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo submitted)
The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Homer announces first case of COVID-19

The person reported symptoms in Anchorage after traveling and remains in isolation in Anchorage.

The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
The Central Peninsula Hospital issued new restrictions to the public to help limit exposure to patients and staff, on Tuesday, March, 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula health care providers prep for COVID-19

As of Wednesday at 5 p.m., there were five positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed on the peninsula.

The Central Peninsula Hospital issued new restrictions to the public to help limit exposure to patients and staff, on Tuesday, March, 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign welcomes employees and visitors at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough employee reports possible COVID-19 exposure

The employee did not work in the public.

A sign welcomes employees and visitors at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign outside of Kenai Thai Massage indicating that they are closed for two weeks can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska, on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Hands-on therapists react to shutdown mandate

A state of Alaska health mandate ceased hands-on treatments as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A sign outside of Kenai Thai Massage indicating that they are closed for two weeks can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska, on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Schools prep for online learning

K-12 education across Alaska will be delivered directly to a student’s home.

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Brenna McCarron, a Homer High School graduate stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, stands at Machu Picchu, Peru. She is one of about 19 Alaskans stranded in the country. (Photo courtesy Brenna McCarron)

Playing the waiting game in Peru

Homer High grad one of 19 Alaskans stranded when Peru closed its borders due to coronavirus

Brenna McCarron, a Homer High School graduate stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, stands at Machu Picchu, Peru. She is one of about 19 Alaskans stranded in the country. (Photo courtesy Brenna McCarron)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy at a press conference in Anchorage on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Alaska reports 1st COVID-19 death

The Alaskan who died, described as a “high-risk older individual,” was in Washington state.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy at a press conference in Anchorage on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
No cruises till July at the earliest mean these tourist-targeted shops downtown will likely remain shuttered for months longer, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau asked to hunker down as second case confirmed

Juneau is steeling itself against a coming storm.

No cruises till July at the earliest mean these tourist-targeted shops downtown will likely remain shuttered for months longer, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

SBA offers loans for struggling businesses in wake of COVID-19

Business owners encouraged to take peninsula-wide survey

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink speaks at a press conference on Friday, March 20, 2020

1 new case in Sterling as governor expands mandates

4 additional cases announced statewide

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink speaks at a press conference on Friday, March 20, 2020
Superintendent John O’Brien reads to students at Mountain View Elementary. (Photo courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Blog/Pegge Erkeneff)

O’Brien seeking treatment for cancer

The school superintendent was diagnosed with kidney cancer days before spring break.

Superintendent John O’Brien reads to students at Mountain View Elementary. (Photo courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Blog/Pegge Erkeneff)
Alaska state Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the House floor in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, March 23, 2020. Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, has been critical of the Legislature’s planning around the coronavirus. Rep. Sharon Jackson also wore a mask on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska state Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the House floor in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, March 23, 2020. Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, has been critical of the Legislature’s planning around the coronavirus. Rep. Sharon Jackson also wore a mask on the House floor Monday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
A sign welcomes employees and visitors at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna community garden and trail project moves forward

The garden trail would be housed on a 7-acre portion of a borough-owned plot near SoHi.

A sign welcomes employees and visitors at the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration building on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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2 COVID-19 cases reported on central peninsula

The cases were reported in Soldotna, Sterling.

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A sign detailing the modified services offered by Everything Bagels can be seen here in Soldotna, Alaska, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Survey aims to gauge effects of mandates

The governor recently issued mandates that shuttered entertainment venues, bars, dine-in services.

A sign detailing the modified services offered by Everything Bagels can be seen here in Soldotna, Alaska, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker, now retired, is photographed in front of the Kenai Fire Department on March 20, 2020. (Photo courtesy Jeff Tucker)

‘Proud to have worked here’

Kenai fire chief retires after 38 years in field

Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker, now retired, is photographed in front of the Kenai Fire Department on March 20, 2020. (Photo courtesy Jeff Tucker)
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Schools closed through May 1

What’s happening this week in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

  • Mar 21, 2020
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