Borough mayor’s office makes progress in DC

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Mayor’s Office attended an Alaska-focused meeting in Washington, D.C., a couple of weeks ago. At Tuesday’s assembly meeting, Chief of Staff… Continue reading

Borough to rename chambers in honor of Betty J. Glick

Assembly member Dale Bagley wants to name the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in honor of Glick, who was… Continue reading

Turkey Trot tops big Thanksgiving week for Freedom House

It’s been a big Thanksgiving week for Freedom House, which operates faith-based recovery homes in Soldotna. Freedom House opened a women’s recovery home in May… Continue reading

Live music is provided at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank during an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday at its K-Beach Road facility near Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Live music is provided at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank during an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday at its K-Beach Road facility near Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Christmas comes to Kenai Friday

In Kenai, the Friday after Thanksgiving means one thing — it’s time for Christmas. This year, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce continues their tradition with… Continue reading

Dunleavy picks MacKinnon for transportation commissioner

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy has named the outgoing executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska as his transportation commissioner. John MacKinnon… Continue reading

Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist appointed to Kenai Superior Court

Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist will be the next member of the Kenai Superior Court. Gist, who has been living and practicing law in… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough chooses to not appeal court decision, updates invocation policy

Tuesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to not appeal a Superior Court decision that cited the borough’s invocation policy as unconstitutional. The assembly… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Hector Mojica exits a voting booth at Glacier Valley Baptist Church on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Key Alaska House race tied, though ballot review continues

JUNEAU — The race for an Alaska House seat that will decide control of the chamber was tied Wednesday, though that tally could change with… Continue reading

Hector Mojica exits a voting booth at Glacier Valley Baptist Church on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A black ash cloud from Alaska’s Mount Veniaminof passes the community of Perryville, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists said the overnight ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof generated an ash plume that drifted more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the southeast. (Victoria Tague via AP)

Ash from Alaska volcano prompts aviation warning

ANCHORAGE — Residents of a tiny Alaska Native community woke up to a little pre-Thanksgiving excitement Wednesday, with a neighboring volcano spewing a billowing dark… Continue reading

A black ash cloud from Alaska’s Mount Veniaminof passes the community of Perryville, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists said the overnight ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof generated an ash plume that drifted more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the southeast. (Victoria Tague via AP)
Steam rises from Redoubt Volcano on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21, as seed from Diamond Ridge. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Quake reported across Inlet

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday. The earthquake struck at 9:21 a.m. 65 kilometers — about 40 miles — south southwest of… Continue reading

Steam rises from Redoubt Volcano on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21, as seed from Diamond Ridge. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
Preparing for the crowd attending the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers community scoping meeting for Pebble Limited Partnership’s proposed Pebble mine, Dan Laylord (not pictured) and Judy Gonsalves post a reminder that copper can be recycled, not just mined. PLP is proposing the open-pit copper-gold molybdenun pophyry mine for Southwest Alaska. It would be powered by Hilcorp’s natural gas from the Kenai Peninsula. The meeting was held at Homer High School, Homer, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Alaska mine project launches postelection outreach campaign

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The company behind a proposed copper and gold mine near a major salmon fishery in southwest Alaska has launched a new marketing… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018
Preparing for the crowd attending the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers community scoping meeting for Pebble Limited Partnership’s proposed Pebble mine, Dan Laylord (not pictured) and Judy Gonsalves post a reminder that copper can be recycled, not just mined. PLP is proposing the open-pit copper-gold molybdenun pophyry mine for Southwest Alaska. It would be powered by Hilcorp’s natural gas from the Kenai Peninsula. The meeting was held at Homer High School, Homer, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Alaska Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson holds up an owl mask presented to her after addressing delegates at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Davidson was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Oct. 16, 2018, after Bryon Mallott resigned. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska lieutenant governor considers her political future

BETHEL (AP) — Alaska Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson said she hasn’t ruled anything out about continuing her political career when the new administration enters office… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018
Alaska Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson holds up an owl mask presented to her after addressing delegates at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Davidson was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Oct. 16, 2018, after Bryon Mallott resigned. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Freezer Food Series trades darkness for daylight

The Freezer Food Series has come out of the darkness and into the light. Last year’s maiden voyage of the running, biking and skiing races… Continue reading

Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller, left, discusses her vision to create a men’s recovery home similar to sober-living women’s facility during a community open house on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Freedom House receives anonymous $250,000 donation for men’s recovery home

Jennifer Waller said she was completely shocked when a local husband and wife came into her office at Freedom House earlier this week and offered… Continue reading

Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller, left, discusses her vision to create a men’s recovery home similar to sober-living women’s facility during a community open house on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Christmas tree cutting opens in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for Christmas tree cutting from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, through Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, according to… Continue reading

In this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, the moon hangs low in the sky over the remote Inupiat Eskimo village Noorvik. Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Alaska’s governor-elect to be sworn in above Arctic Circle

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska’s newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state. Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy… Continue reading

In this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, the moon hangs low in the sky over the remote Inupiat Eskimo village Noorvik. Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Walker: Dunleavy resignation requests creating anxiety

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker said Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s request for resignations from a swath of state employees is “creating anxiety and uncertainty” for… Continue reading

In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Republicans pick Giessel as new Alaska Senate president

JUNEAU (AP) — Republicans have maintained control of the Alaska Senate and chose Sen. Cathy Giessel of Anchorage to be the new president of the… Continue reading

In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Denali Brewing Company whiskey. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Crow/Denali Brewing Company)

Denai Brewing releases special batch of whiskey only in Kenai

Talkeetna-based Denali Brewing Company will release its highly anticipated Denali Spirits Whiskey Batch #4 on the Kenai Peninsula this week. The decision to release the… Continue reading

Denali Brewing Company whiskey. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Crow/Denali Brewing Company)