Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Early results show Carey besting Parker

Carey took in 300 votes or 54% of the vote, while Parker took in 240 votes, or 43% of the vote.

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Patti Truesdell, a retired teacher, is running for the Kalifornsky seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. (Photo courtesy of Truesdell)

Truesdell leads Lockwood in school board race

Truesdell brought in 230 votes or 40% of the vote as of Tuesday night.

Patti Truesdell, a retired teacher, is running for the Kalifornsky seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. (Photo courtesy of Truesdell)
A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Props 1, 2 failing by wide margin

Proposition 1 sought to change borough government to a manager-based system.

A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Supporters wave signs in support of Proposition A, to ban single-use plastic bags, and for Homer City Council candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer voters approve plastic bag ban; Evensen to serve on council

Voters approved the bag ban with 748 yes votes to 406 no votes.

Supporters wave signs in support of Proposition A, to ban single-use plastic bags, and for Homer City Council candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Election Day on the Kenai Peninsula

Updated: Polls closed at 8 p.m. across the Kenai Peninsula and the votes have been tallied. Below are the unofficial results as they stand at… Continue reading

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                                Cole Harmon shows off his great wheel — also known as a muckle wheel — during the Fireweed FiberFest at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Harmon spins with qiviut, which is the inner wool of the musk ox and is harvested by Alaska Native elders in Nome. Harmon discovered recently that his wheel was built in the 1750s out of salvaged shipwreck wood by Quakers on the east coast. The wood itself is about 900 years old and was originally harvested in Scotland.

Spin City

Fireweed FiberFest comes to Soldotna

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                                Cole Harmon shows off his great wheel — also known as a muckle wheel — during the Fireweed FiberFest at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Harmon spins with qiviut, which is the inner wool of the musk ox and is harvested by Alaska Native elders in Nome. Harmon discovered recently that his wheel was built in the 1750s out of salvaged shipwreck wood by Quakers on the east coast. The wood itself is about 900 years old and was originally harvested in Scotland.

Report: Toxic chemical found in water of many Alaska towns

The toxin has not been found at unsafe levels in Kenai.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the nomination of state Rep. Josh Revak to an open state Senate seat during a news conference Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy’s first choice for the seat, Rep. Laddie Shaw, was rejected by Senate Republicans, who now will consider Revak’s nomination. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Nearly every Alaskan will get $1,606 oil check

Dunleavy reminded people that it could have been much bigger.

  • Sep 28, 2019
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the nomination of state Rep. Josh Revak to an open state Senate seat during a news conference Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy’s first choice for the seat, Rep. Laddie Shaw, was rejected by Senate Republicans, who now will consider Revak’s nomination. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Stand-up comedy brings laughs for worthy cause

“Comedy at The Catch” raised money for the Special Olympics.

Schools briefs for the week of Sept. 30, 2019

What’s happening this week.

  • Sep 28, 2019

Drought downgraded, more rain needed

Between June 1 and Aug. 31, the city of Kenai received 1.73 inches of rainfall.

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                                In this Empire file photo, Rep. Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, listens to Kathryn Monfreda, bureau chief of the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Statewide Services, as she presents the Uniform Crime Reporting Annual Report to House members during an informational meeting at the Capitol on Feb. 5.

Breaking: Gov wants third special session once Senate seat is filled

The session would be to allocate the remainder of the PFD.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
                                In this Empire file photo, Rep. Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, listens to Kathryn Monfreda, bureau chief of the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Statewide Services, as she presents the Uniform Crime Reporting Annual Report to House members during an informational meeting at the Capitol on Feb. 5.
Participants in the 2019 Stomp Out Stigma Color Run make their way through a haze of pink chalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Putting addiction on the run

Community turns out for Stomp Out Stigma Color Run.

Participants in the 2019 Stomp Out Stigma Color Run make their way through a haze of pink chalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The line outside of the Moose is Loose Bakery can be seen here on their last day of business in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Moose Is Loose serves up its final pastries

The Soldotna bakery shuttered Saturday after 18 years.

The line outside of the Moose is Loose Bakery can be seen here on their last day of business in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A young firefighter-in-training practices knocking down a water jug with a fire hose during the Central Emergency Services Open House at Fire Station 1 in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Emergency services hosts open house

Community members met the new fire marshal, got safety tips and enjoyed a meal.

A young firefighter-in-training practices knocking down a water jug with a fire hose during the Central Emergency Services Open House at Fire Station 1 in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Vendors sell their fiber-made products at the Fireweed Fiberfest on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Fireweed FiberFest returns to Soldotna

‘It’s about the love of creating something beautiful with your hands and learning from each other’

Vendors sell their fiber-made products at the Fireweed Fiberfest on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School ahead of a strike slated to begin Tuesday, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Educators approve contract

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of the contract.

Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School ahead of a strike slated to begin Tuesday, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Damage from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday.

Trails begin to reopen as Swan Lake Fire winds down

Windy conditions on Wednesday tested the containment lines around the perimeter.

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                                Damage from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday.