Upper Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone can be seen on this map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Image via fisheries.noaa.gov)

State responds to proposed Cook Inlet EEZ management

A proposed rule would implement federal management on commercial and recreational salmon fishing in the Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone

Upper Cook Inlet Exclusive Economic Zone can be seen on this map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Image via fisheries.noaa.gov)
Areas cleared to make way for the Cooper Landing Bypass Project (bottom) can be seen above the Kenai River in Cooper Landing in this August 10, 2021, photo. (Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion file)

Borough plans for 1,000-acre Cooper Landing property take shape

The borough-owned parcel will be bisected by the Cooper Landing Bypass Project

Areas cleared to make way for the Cooper Landing Bypass Project (bottom) can be seen above the Kenai River in Cooper Landing in this August 10, 2021, photo. (Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion file)
A sign welcomes travelers to the Kenai Peninsula on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska population steady for 2nd year; Kenai Peninsula sees growth

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is one of the nine that saw growth

A sign welcomes travelers to the Kenai Peninsula on Sept. 1, 2020. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Deena Bishop, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, testifies Saturday during a House Rules Committee meeting. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Peninsula residents weigh in on school funding debate

More than a dozen comments were made by residents of the Kenai Peninsula on S.B. 140

Deena Bishop, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, testifies Saturday during a House Rules Committee meeting. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
The National Weather Service’s map of Southcentral shows a special weather statement for much of Southcentral Alaska, including the Central Kenai Peninsula on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

Cold temperatures could cause high water levels this week

The statement is in effect through Sunday, when temperatures are expected to return to normal

The National Weather Service’s map of Southcentral shows a special weather statement for much of Southcentral Alaska, including the Central Kenai Peninsula on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
Kenai Vice Mayor James Baisden, right, speaks in opposition to a resolution that would have voiced the City of Kenai’s support for a legislative increase in school district funding during a city council meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai council OKs resolution backing assembly’s request for a bump to state funding for schools

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a $13 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year

Kenai Vice Mayor James Baisden, right, speaks in opposition to a resolution that would have voiced the City of Kenai’s support for a legislative increase in school district funding during a city council meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A chart showing the unemployment rate of Alaska compared to that of the United States, included in data from the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development announcing job growth for 2023. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Alaska added 6,000 jobs in 2023

Oil and gas, transportation, education and health care all saw growth

A chart showing the unemployment rate of Alaska compared to that of the United States, included in data from the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development announcing job growth for 2023. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)
A graph showing the week by week case counts of RSV, the flu and COVID-19 in Alaska, part of the State Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Snapshot. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Health)

COVID, RSV trend downward in state data

While a COVID spike has been observed state- and nationwide for much of December and January, the same rise hasn’t been so sharp on the Kenai Peninsula

A graph showing the week by week case counts of RSV, the flu and COVID-19 in Alaska, part of the State Department of Health’s Respiratory Virus Snapshot. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Health)
A design of the proposed new Kenai Peninsula Borough logo (left) and the current borough logo (right). (Logos via Kenai Peninsula Borough)

Assembly OKs new borough logo

The new logo depicts trees silhouetted against mountains under the Big Dipper and North Star

A design of the proposed new Kenai Peninsula Borough logo (left) and the current borough logo (right). (Logos via Kenai Peninsula Borough)
Department of Health logo. (Graphic)

State Department of Health recommends Alaska adults be screened for syphilis

A surge in syphilis cases is being observed nationwide

Department of Health logo. (Graphic)
Senate President Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, confers with other senators and legislative staff moments before gavelling in the start of this year’s legislative session at the Alaska State Capitol. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers open session with education discussion

Early effort to overturn veto of one-time school funding fails in House

Senate President Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, confers with other senators and legislative staff moments before gavelling in the start of this year’s legislative session at the Alaska State Capitol. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Cook Inlet Coordinator for the Department of Fish and Game Matt Miller and Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee Members Greg Springer and Monte Roberts discuss proposals to the the State Board of Fisheries at a committee meeting at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Advisory committee tackles sport fishing in latest meeting

The meeting was among a series slated to set recommendations on nearly 200 proposals to the State Board of Fisheries

Cook Inlet Coordinator for the Department of Fish and Game Matt Miller and Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee Members Greg Springer and Monte Roberts discuss proposals to the the State Board of Fisheries at a committee meeting at Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Bill Elam speaks at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Elam enters Alaska House race

Elam has represented District 5, which includes Sterling and Funny River, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly since 2020

Bill Elam speaks at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Bryce Butler pulls an athlete from Chickaloon up and over to win a round of the Inuit stick pull during the Kahtnuht’ana Hey Chi’ula Native Youth Olympics Invitational at Kenai Middle School in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula athletes compete in Native Youth Olympics invitational

The games are a series of events derived from traditional Alaska Native feats of athleticism

Bryce Butler pulls an athlete from Chickaloon up and over to win a round of the Inuit stick pull during the Kahtnuht’ana Hey Chi’ula Native Youth Olympics Invitational at Kenai Middle School in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Seward man arrested on charges of assault alleged to have taken place over ‘several years’

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Seward Courthouse

Alaska State Troopers logo.
The Peninsula Clarion printing press is photographed on Monday, April 18, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Black Press Media announces move to new ownership

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The Peninsula Clarion printing press is photographed on Monday, April 18, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Flowers bloom at Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna ordinance would streamline child care permitting in more city zones

Day care centers could operate under a more streamlined permitting process in more city zones under an ordinance given initial approval by members of the… Continue reading

Flowers bloom at Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Shrubs grow outside of the Kenai Courthouse on Monday, July 3, 2023 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Motion to dismiss filed in sexual abuse case against former SoHi teacher

The attorney representing a former Soldotna High School teacher and union head filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss the case, asserting that the grand jurors… Continue reading

Shrubs grow outside of the Kenai Courthouse on Monday, July 3, 2023 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna council fields feedback on postponed drag story hour

Community members moved discourse about a recently postponed drag story hour event from cyberspace to city hall Wednesday night, where the Soldotna City Council convened… Continue reading

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State data: Kenai Peninsula Borough not seeing statewide rise in COVID activity

A state and nationwide upward trend in COVID-19 activity has seen spikes in case counts and hospitalizations, but state data indicates the surge hasn’t made… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)