Road crews work on Beaver Loop Road in Kenai, Alaska, on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Beaver Loop, Kenai Spur construction wrapping up

The Beaver Loop Road Improvement Project is “98%” done.

Road crews work on Beaver Loop Road in Kenai, Alaska, on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A quarantine or “Lima” flag of yellow-and-black flies from the M/V Tustumena on Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Pioneer Dock in Homer, Alaska. Seven crew members tested positive for COVID-19, and as of Friday three of them remained quarantined on the state ferry. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A quarantine or “Lima” flag of yellow-and-black flies from the M/V Tustumena on Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Pioneer Dock in Homer, Alaska. Seven crew members tested positive for COVID-19, and as of Friday three of them remained quarantined on the state ferry. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna, Alaska is seen here on June 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly passes 2021 budget

The assembly will appropriate more than $82 million to the borough’s general fund.

The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna, Alaska is seen here on June 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

More king fishing closures on Kenai River

Subsistence rod-and-reel fishing for king salmon on the Kenai River will be prohibited.

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
A map of the areas proposed for annexation by the City of Soldotna. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Commerce)

Annexation comments open until June 19

The annexation proposal would add 2.63 square miles to Soldotna’s existing boundaries.

A map of the areas proposed for annexation by the City of Soldotna. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Commerce)

A recreation area reimagined

Nikiski Pool reopens after 2 1/2 months of extensive planning

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

17 new resident COVID cases, 3 on peninsula

Thursday’s case count update brings the number of active cases on the peninsula to 66.

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)
The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

More restrictions, limited hours for king fishing

The changes are part of an effort to ensure adequate king salmon runs.

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
The three collegiate-size wrestling mats at the All American Training Center just outside of Soldotna, Alaska, take up about 7,000 square feet. Wrestlers from the Future of Champions camp use the facility Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

‘The kids deserve it’

Wrestling devotee opens massive new training center

The three collegiate-size wrestling mats at the All American Training Center just outside of Soldotna, Alaska, take up about 7,000 square feet. Wrestlers from the Future of Champions camp use the facility Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Magician Jungle Josh, right, performs for a small crowd of onlookers during the Wednesday Market at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska on June 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula residents flock to farmers market, with and without masks

The Wednesday Market is seen by many as a return to normalcy after the past several months.

Magician Jungle Josh, right, performs for a small crowd of onlookers during the Wednesday Market at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska on June 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (CDC)

Kenai Peninsula passes Fairbanks North Star Borough in COVID-19 case count

The state announced cases in Homer, Nikiski, Seward, Soldotna and an unidentified peninsula community.

COVID-19. (CDC)
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wednesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Zink urges personal responsibility as cases rise

Officials discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, rent and mortgage relief and testing out-of-state visitors.

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wednesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
A group of supporters, volunteers, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources staff celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kachemak Bay State Park during a small gathering Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay State Park gets belated 50th birthday party

Volunteers, supporters celebrate anniversary of Alaska’s first state park

A group of supporters, volunteers, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources staff celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kachemak Bay State Park during a small gathering Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Alaska SeaLife Center’s touch tank can be seen here in this undated photo in Seward, Alaska, and an ASLC staff member can be seen wearing a mask as part of their current health and safety protocols. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center reopens

The center had been operating on a limited, reservation-only basis.

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s touch tank can be seen here in this undated photo in Seward, Alaska, and an ASLC staff member can be seen wearing a mask as part of their current health and safety protocols. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Aug. 26, 2019 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

Feds offering Swan Lake Fire financial assistance

Those affected by the fire have one more month to apply for a federal disaster loan.

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Aug. 26, 2019 on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)
Megan Pacer / Homer News 
                                Staff from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Public Health prepare to board the M/V Tustumena to test 35 crew and six passengers after it docked at the Homer Ferry Terminal on Monday, in Homer.

6 more Tustumena crew test positive for COVID-19

The 7 total employees will quarantine on the ship; all 6 passengers tested negative

Megan Pacer / Homer News 
                                Staff from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Public Health prepare to board the M/V Tustumena to test 35 crew and six passengers after it docked at the Homer Ferry Terminal on Monday, in Homer.
This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

State announces 11th death associated with COVID-19

DHSS updates the way cases are recorded for the Kenai Peninsula

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)