From left to right, Amanda Faulkner, Ron Paul, Troy Bailey and Nikki Marcano of Frontier Community Services stand in front of Frontier’s mission statement on Monday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Local service organization awarded $50,000 grant

Frontier Community Services received a grant to develop individualized employment assistance

From left to right, Amanda Faulkner, Ron Paul, Troy Bailey and Nikki Marcano of Frontier Community Services stand in front of Frontier’s mission statement on Monday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A team of marine mammal experts performs a necropsy on a male sperm whale. (Courtesy photo | Johanna Vollenweider, NOAA)

Beached whale offers scientific opportunity

It washed up just north of Juneau.

A team of marine mammal experts performs a necropsy on a male sperm whale. (Courtesy photo | Johanna Vollenweider, NOAA)
John O’Brien was offered the position of interim superintendent of schools for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of the Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

School board chooses new interim superintendent

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has chosen John O’Brien to be the interim superintendent of schools. The pick comes as a… Continue reading

John O’Brien was offered the position of interim superintendent of schools for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of the Pegge Erkeneff/Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
School jurisdictions have concerns about new training required for school bus drivers. (File photo)

Schools briefs for the week of April 8-14

What’s happening this week

  • Apr 7, 2019
School jurisdictions have concerns about new training required for school bus drivers. (File photo)

District considers consolidating SoHi, SoPrep

The consolidation would move Soldotna Prep ninth grade students into Soldotna High School

Tom and Glenna Hudson, the owners of Happy Buddha Imports, as seen on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Happy Buddha Imports

Happy Buddha Imports sells everything from incense made in India to South African mango jam

Tom and Glenna Hudson, the owners of Happy Buddha Imports, as seen on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Report finds states could share more public school information

Accessibility remains a goal for annual public reports

Bills look at PFD’s future, spending cap for Legislature

One bill is meant to be a “conversation starter.”

Board suspends agency director over rifle sticker complaint

Commission members voted 5-2 Friday to suspend Marti Buscaglia, effective Monday.

  • Apr 7, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, speaks about education with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek and Victoria Petersen (not pictured) on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, industry and his proposed budget. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Lawmaker wants more info on Dunleavy nominee

The Legislature has yet to meet in joint session to vote on Dunleavy’s picks

  • Apr 6, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, speaks about education with Clarion reporters Brian Mazurek and Victoria Petersen (not pictured) on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. The governor answered questions on a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, industry and his proposed budget. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for April 7, 2019

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Dylan Charles Ely, 26, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree theft… Continue reading

Art pieces are on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center during Thursday’s opening reception of the 30th anniversary Visual Feast art show. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

A feast for the eyes

Show featuring local student art celebrates 30 years

Art pieces are on display at the Kenai Fine Arts Center during Thursday’s opening reception of the 30th anniversary Visual Feast art show. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Lisa Bass, Rosemary Pilatti, Cindy Littell at the Girl Scouts 60th anniversary Reunion Tea, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Pilatti)

60 years on, peninsula Girl Scouts are going strong

“Scouting offers a means of networking and a method to achieve goals”

Lisa Bass, Rosemary Pilatti, Cindy Littell at the Girl Scouts 60th anniversary Reunion Tea, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Pilatti)
First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Looking to leave the state’

In face of budget cuts, teachers seek other opportunities

First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Public safety briefs for April 4, 2019

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Musical duo Rio Samaya play on the River Stage during the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Friday, August 4, 2017. The three-day music festival concludes on Sunday night. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tickets are already available for the festival, which will be Aug. 2-4, Fairgrounds in Ninilchik

Two Grammy-winning artists will headline this year’s Salmonfest. Organizers of the well-attended Ninilchik event announced this week that Jason Mraz will perform Friday and Ani… Continue reading

Musical duo Rio Samaya play on the River Stage during the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Friday, August 4, 2017. The three-day music festival concludes on Sunday night. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Bruce jaffa waits in line to speak to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly against closing Moose Pass School, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community defends small schools

‘As a parent, I think my biggest situation is the increased road time my kids will be subjected to.’

Bruce jaffa waits in line to speak to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly against closing Moose Pass School, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
In this Wednesday April, 3, 2019 photo Mallards feed in a puddle of melted snow on the Delaney Park Strip ,in Anchorage. Much of Anchorage’s snow disappeared as Alaska experienced unseasonably warm weather in March. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

High March temperatures curb winter weather

‘We see the last several years were way warm. There’s a clear climate-induced warming. There’s no doubt about it.’

  • Apr 5, 2019
In this Wednesday April, 3, 2019 photo Mallards feed in a puddle of melted snow on the Delaney Park Strip ,in Anchorage. Much of Anchorage’s snow disappeared as Alaska experienced unseasonably warm weather in March. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
Discarded needles being placed in a sharps container. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

Department of Health and Human Services releases guidelines on safe needle disposal

The safest way to transport and dispose of used needles is by using a medical sharps container

Discarded needles being placed in a sharps container. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)