Soldotna opts not to buy Birch Ridge Golf Course

The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday turned down the possibility of purchasing the Birch Ridge Golf Course, ending a community-wide discussion that began in October.… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Rex Bircham, of Triangle Recycling, uses an excavator to tear down a portion of the Merit Inn Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The former hotel was operated as the Family Hope Center, a transitional housing facility, until June 2013 when the organization could no longer afford the facility.

Kenai Catering brings changes to former Merit Inn

Dust permeated the air as an excavator crunched down on a building sectioned off by yellow “Do Not Enter” tape on Tuesday in Kenai.Kenai Catering… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Rex Bircham, of Triangle Recycling, uses an excavator to tear down a portion of the Merit Inn Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The former hotel was operated as the Family Hope Center, a transitional housing facility, until June 2013 when the organization could no longer afford the facility.
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski senior Hannah Tauriainen performs the lead role of Dolly Levi in the musical, "Hello Dolly" during a dress rehearsal Tueday at Nikiski High School. The drama class is putting on the production with shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and the following weekend May 2,3 at 7p.m. at the Nikiski High School auditorium.

Nikiski presents musical, Hello, Dolly!

Staff at a glitzy New York City restaurant murmured with anticipation for the grand entrance of Dolly Levi, a charismatic matchmaker wearing a fluffy pink… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski senior Hannah Tauriainen performs the lead role of Dolly Levi in the musical, "Hello Dolly" during a dress rehearsal Tueday at Nikiski High School. The drama class is putting on the production with shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and the following weekend May 2,3 at 7p.m. at the Nikiski High School auditorium.

Study says Cook Inlet’s oil, gas industry worth $4.7 billion to state

The rebound in Cook Inlet oil and gas has multi-billion-dollar consequences for the Southcentral Alaska economy, according to a new study by Northern Economics, Inc.,… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By By Tim Bradner

BP to sell four smaller North Slope fields, retain ownership of Prudhoe

BP announced Tuesday it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy. The agreement includes all of BP’s interests in… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Tim Bradner
Photo composite by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  This composite of several images shows the excavation of a Soldotna High School field Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

SoHi turf track and field project underway, borough finalizing funding

While work on the Soldotna High School track and artificial turf field began last week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is still finalizing funding sources. A… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo composite by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  This composite of several images shows the excavation of a Soldotna High School field Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Legislative negotiators seek education resolution

JUNEAU — House and Senate negotiators worked toward resolution Tuesday on an education package that sent the legislative session into overtime, nibbling away at points… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  The first opening of the Kasilof Section setnet fishery on the East side of the Cook Inlet  started Thursday at 7 a.m. Fishermen on more than 30 miles of ....

Court hears oral arguments on whether or not banning setnets considered an appropriation

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made their case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge today about why… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  The first opening of the Kasilof Section setnet fishery on the East side of the Cook Inlet  started Thursday at 7 a.m. Fishermen on more than 30 miles of ....

Resolution pending for CIRI, Buccaneer gas dispute

A dispute between Buccaneer Energy, Cook Inlet Region Inc. and the State of Alaska over natural gas royalties from Kenai Peninsula wells could be resolved… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER

Agrium nixed from tax credit bill

Lawmakers approved tax credit bill for Alaska refineries during deliberations Sunday night, but excluded the Agrium Corp. fertilizer plant in Nikiski from the plan. House… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Kenai shooting suspect indicted

A Sterling woman arrested in a shooting incident outside of the Kenai Walmart last November has been indicted on three felony charges.On Friday, a Kenai… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Sens. Lesil McGuire, left, and John Coghill, the majority leader, speak with Senate President Charlie Huggins during a break in floor debate on an education bill on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Senate passes education bill

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed a broad-ranging education bill Monday, but the issue of how to address public education in the state — and… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Sens. Lesil McGuire, left, and John Coghill, the majority leader, speak with Senate President Charlie Huggins during a break in floor debate on an education bill on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Tuesday Calendar

Today8 a.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous As Bill Sees It Group, 11312 Kenai Spur Highway Unit 71 (Old Carrs Mall). Call 398-9440.10:30 a.m. • Take Off… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Update: Legislature to address education today

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — After blowing past midnight on what was supposed to be the last day of session Sunday, Alaska lawmakers planned to plow… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

Fall semester general registration open now

General public registration opened for the fall 2014 semester at 12:01 a.m. this morning, April 21 and if trends continue, KPC classes will again filling… Continue reading

School briefs

School board to meet The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. Binkley… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of John DeVolld Soldotna Montessori Charter School sixth grader Shannon McClure works with students from other countries at the Montessori Model United Nations conference in New York City.

Soldotna Montessori students take part in Model UN

For some of the students it was their first time traveling out of Alaska, flying on an airplane and working with kids from other countries… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
  • Schools
Photo courtesy of John DeVolld Soldotna Montessori Charter School sixth grader Shannon McClure works with students from other countries at the Montessori Model United Nations conference in New York City.

Legislature approves advancing gas line project

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill setting the state's participation in a major liquefied natural gas project. The House voted 36-4 on… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2014
  • By Associated Press
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Emma Updike, Tonja Updike, Emma Updike and Ellyce Woodward work at a craft table during the Autism Walk, Saturday, April 19, at Soldotna Middle School.

Soldotna autism walk back with a bang

Not much walking actually happened during this year’s Soldotna Walk for Autism fundraiser. Running, bouncing and yoga were more common movements exerted by attendees on… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Emma Updike, Tonja Updike, Emma Updike and Ellyce Woodward work at a craft table during the Autism Walk, Saturday, April 19, at Soldotna Middle School.
Photo courtesy Denise Cox Marguerite and Evangeline Cox pose with Nikiski Fire Chief James Baisden at the Nikiski Fire Board meeting on April 16. The two girls, sophomores at Nikiski High School, donated 12 pet oxygen masks to the Nikiski department and seven to the Kenai Fire Department.

Pet projects

Two separate community service projects in Kenai and Nikiski have a couple things in common; both ideas originated from students and were directed to help… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo courtesy Denise Cox Marguerite and Evangeline Cox pose with Nikiski Fire Chief James Baisden at the Nikiski Fire Board meeting on April 16. The two girls, sophomores at Nikiski High School, donated 12 pet oxygen masks to the Nikiski department and seven to the Kenai Fire Department.