Co-Chairs Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, prepare to gavel into a joint committee to work on the future of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Co-Chairs Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, left, and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, prepare to gavel into a joint committee to work on the future of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Strong sockeye return increases limits on Russian River and Upper Kenai River

The limit will double from three sockeye salmon to six per day starting Friday through July 14

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Kenai peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district, employees continue contract talks

Peninsula educators and staff voted May 22 to strike

Kenai peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Rick Whitbeck, State Director for Power the Future, gives a presentation to the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

National nonprofit pushes for resource extraction in Alaska

Rick Whitbeck, state director for Power the Future, spoke at a joint chamber luncheon last week

Rick Whitbeck, State Director for Power the Future, gives a presentation to the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Peninsula fire grows to 2,400 acres

The Swan Lake Fire is about 70% active and spreading

A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)
Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Planning commission postpones vote on Beachcomber gravel pit application

The proposed pit has been the center of a yearlong controversy

Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Photos on Alaska murder suspect’s phone lead to new charges

Police reported finding sexually explicit photos and text messages

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Snug Harbor Road closed this weekend

A construction detour will be the only access beyond Mile 5.5 between June 17 and July 16.

Blackwater Railroad Company performs at Soldotna Creek Park as part of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna, Alaska on June 5, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)

Soldotna concert in the park draws crowds

Music series returns tonight with folk group Resonant Rogues

Blackwater Railroad Company performs at Soldotna Creek Park as part of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna, Alaska on June 5, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)
Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, speaks against a resolution to have a combined House/Senate committee to study a Permanent Fund Dividend solution at the Capitol on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, speaks against a resolution to have a combined House/Senate committee to study a Permanent Fund Dividend solution at the Capitol on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Wildfires sparked by lightning being ‘closely monitored’

Six fires are active on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge lands

A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)
Jessica Henry points to one of the many flower baskets made at Trinity Greenhouse, which are some of the business’s bestsellers, on Monday, June 3, 2019, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Trinity Greenhouse grows with new owners

The greenhouse sells varieties of roses, vegetable plants, herbs, shrubs, trees and flower baskets

Jessica Henry points to one of the many flower baskets made at Trinity Greenhouse, which are some of the business’s bestsellers, on Monday, June 3, 2019, near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Fjords National Park employees and representatives from the Nanwalek tribe cut the ribbon at the newly renovated visitors center on Fourth Avenue. (Photo submitted by NPS Shauna Potocky)

Kenai Fjords celebrates renovated visitor center

Located in the Seward harbor, the visitor center aims to be a hub for visitors and the community

Kenai Fjords National Park employees and representatives from the Nanwalek tribe cut the ribbon at the newly renovated visitors center on Fourth Avenue. (Photo submitted by NPS Shauna Potocky)

Celebrating life on the river

Crowds enjoy games, music and eco-education

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This map shows the varying levels of drought in Southeast Alaska, as of the week of June 6, 2019.The red portion of the map indicates extreme drought, dark orange indicates severe drought, light orange indicates moderate drought and yellow indicates abnormally dry conditions. (Courtesy Photo | U.S. Drought Monitor)

Southeast experiencing rare drought

The entirety of Southeast Alaska is in some state of drought.

This map shows the varying levels of drought in Southeast Alaska, as of the week of June 6, 2019.The red portion of the map indicates extreme drought, dark orange indicates severe drought, light orange indicates moderate drought and yellow indicates abnormally dry conditions. (Courtesy Photo | U.S. Drought Monitor)
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)

District staff resignations and retirements highest recorded

To date, 86 certified staff and administrators have resigned or retired

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)