Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna, Kenai announce more closures

In an effort to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, both Kenai and Soldotna announced on Tuesday that they would be closing all city… Continue reading

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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3 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alaska, governor issues new mandates

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House Speaker Rep. Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, seated, speaks with other members of the House during an at ease on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

House gets tied up trying to address pandemic

Suspension resolution suspended.

House Speaker Rep. Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, seated, speaks with other members of the House during an at ease on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Mobile blood bank seeks donations

Blood donors with O-negative blood are especially needed at this time.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets on Tuesdays inside in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula)

Emergency preparedness plan launched

“We’re asking you to help us by staying home if at all possible.”

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets on Tuesdays inside in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula)
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District offering meals to go for students

The district is providing free meals for all students at distribution buses for youth 18 and younger

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Alaska House Speaker, second from right, speaks to reporters on Monday, March 16, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Pictured from left are Reps. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Ivy Spohnholz, Edgmon and Chuck Kopp. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Anchorage mayor closing bars, gyms amid virus concerns

The restrictions take effect at 5 p.m. Monday and extend through March 31.

  • Mar 16, 2020
Alaska House Speaker, second from right, speaks to reporters on Monday, March 16, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Pictured from left are Reps. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Ivy Spohnholz, Edgmon and Chuck Kopp. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Schools, sports, after-school events canceled

The closures of part of an effort to contain the new coronavirus outbreak.

  • Mar 14, 2020
Signs at the Kenai Recreation Center in Kenai, Alaska, announce the closure of the building. Public buildings are being closed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

State, local orgs prepare for coronavirus

Public buildings are being closed and events canceled locally and across the state.

Signs at the Kenai Recreation Center in Kenai, Alaska, announce the closure of the building. Public buildings are being closed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Ninilchik community wait to hear a presentation by Kenai Peninsula Borough staff during a public hearing Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. The public hearing was to gather input on whether people in Ninilchik would want to pursue an official borough service area for fire and EMS services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough gathers input on fire, emergency services area for Ninilchik

This question came up for the small fishing community again after a recent kerfuffle.

Members of the Ninilchik community wait to hear a presentation by Kenai Peninsula Borough staff during a public hearing Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. The public hearing was to gather input on whether people in Ninilchik would want to pursue an official borough service area for fire and EMS services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local senior centers prep for COVID-19

Late afternoon Friday, the state issued health alert for seniors..

Hand sanitizer was out of stock at Kenai Safeway and at other local stores on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Food bank runs low as shoppers stock up

As stores run low on certain items, they are unable to share as much with the food bank.

Hand sanitizer was out of stock at Kenai Safeway and at other local stores on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School’s first grade class marchs in the Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day parade along the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

St. Patrick’s Day parade, Taste of the Kenai canceled

The events were canceled due to concerns about the new coronavirus.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School’s first grade class marchs in the Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day parade along the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and State health officials updated the media on Monday, March 2, 2020, on the status of novel coronavirus preparedness. (Courtesy photo | Office of the Governor)

Alaska’s 1st coronavirus case confirmed

‘No reason to panic.’

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and State health officials updated the media on Monday, March 2, 2020, on the status of novel coronavirus preparedness. (Courtesy photo | Office of the Governor)
The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy appointee open to revenue discussion

Mahoney said the state needs a long-term fiscal plan that evaluates all sources of revenues.

  • Mar 12, 2020
The Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

1,300 sign on Kenai Peninsula sign recall petition

Recall Dunleavy is working to gather 71,252 signatures.

Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the state of Alaska has its first positive case of the new coronavirus, during a news conference Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Health officials said the adult male, a foreign national, self-isolated himself before going to an Anchorage hospital, where he was tested. The man was not in a life-threatening situation and was in isolation after being released from the hospital. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska reports 1st coronavirus case; schools, universities extend breaks

All 42 schools on the Kenai Peninsula will be closed between March 16-20.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the state of Alaska has its first positive case of the new coronavirus, during a news conference Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Health officials said the adult male, a foreign national, self-isolated himself before going to an Anchorage hospital, where he was tested. The man was not in a life-threatening situation and was in isolation after being released from the hospital. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)

Homer man accused of attempted murder and assault

The man allegedly attacked a family member following an argument.

The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)
Mark Hamilton, vice president of external affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, speaks to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Pebble representative pushes mine project at chamber luncheon

The Pebble Mine Project seeks to develop an open-pit mine in an area north of Iliamna Lake.

Mark Hamilton, vice president of external affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, speaks to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel speaks to reporters after the Senate approved funding for the state to respond to the new coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Also pictured, from left, are Sens. Bert Stedman, David Wilson and Natasha von Imhof. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Dunleavy declares public health disaster

No cases in Alaska have been identified, but the declaration will help free up resources.

Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel speaks to reporters after the Senate approved funding for the state to respond to the new coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Also pictured, from left, are Sens. Bert Stedman, David Wilson and Natasha von Imhof. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)