Soldotna changes city code

Soldotna City Council talked city codes at its Wednesday night meeting. The council postponed one of the ordinances and adopted the other. An ordinance prohibiting… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2014
  • By Staff Report

Kenai boy remains on life support after swim accident

Editor's note: This story has been updated. As of Wednesday afternoon, Floyd Murphy's official status provided by Providence Hospital remains "critical." A 6-year-old Kenai boy… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  The Kasilof River Personal Use permit July 19, 2013 in Kasilof, Alaska.

Board leaves dipnetters alone

After nearly a full day of board deliberations on 25 proposed regulatory changes, the Cook Inlet’s personal-use fishery remains largely unchanged in the midst of… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  The Kasilof River Personal Use permit July 19, 2013 in Kasilof, Alaska.

Developers make moves on “Y,” shops look to relocate

A California-based development company is making progress with its plans to transform the Soldotna “Y” with new buildings to house a Walgreens as well as… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Assembly considers nonprofits

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard from two nonprofits at its Tuesday night meeting. First Linda Swarner, executive director with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank,… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2014
  • By Staff Report

LIO schedule for Feb. 12

Wednesday 8:00 a.m.The House Education Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 210 Student Restraint, Seclusion, Psychiatric Drugs and HB 220 Repeal Secondary… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2014

BOF changes commercial drift fishing in Cook Inlet

On Monday, the Alaska Board of Fisheries approved several changes to the Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan outlined in a proposal submitted by… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo: All together now

Photo: All together now

Kenai Central High School will host a Mass Choir festival, with high school choirs from across the Kenai Peninsula, Tuesday at 6 p.m.… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
Photo: All together now

Budget officials grilled on 10-year plan

JUNEAU — Members of the House Finance Committee grilled state budget officials Monday on how realistic their 10-year budget plan is.The plan drafted by Gov.… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo courtesy/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Invasive plant elodea in one of the many ways it is transported from lake to lake.

Assembly to consider federal priorities list

Topping the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s federal priorities list for fiscal year 2015 are environmental concerns that, without action, could affect the local economy. The top… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo courtesy/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Invasive plant elodea in one of the many ways it is transported from lake to lake.

Former school nurse pleads guilty to tampering

A former Soldotna school nurse pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with public records Monday afternoon at the Kenai Courthouse after allegations that she… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Oil taxes debated on Senate floor

JUNEAU — The floor of the Alaska Senate broke into an impromptu debate over oil taxes Monday.Sen. Cathy Giessel sparked the discussion in a special… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Brent Johnson, a commercial setnetter from Clam Gulch, talks about his proposal to allow setnetters to fish an experimental type of setnet he calls special harvest modules, Thursday Feb. 8, 2014 during the triennial Board of Fisheries meeting on the Upper Cook Inlet.

Fishing for a change

Editor's note: This article was corrected to reflect the net length allowed to Cook Inlet setnetters.  ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Brent Johnson, a commercial setnetter from Clam Gulch, talks about his proposal to allow setnetters to fish an experimental type of setnet he calls special harvest modules, Thursday Feb. 8, 2014 during the triennial Board of Fisheries meeting on the Upper Cook Inlet.

Kenai boy in ICU after swim accident

A 6-year-old Kenai boy remains in an Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital in Anchorage after a swimming accident at a hotel pool Friday night.… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Schools 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

Changes in the works for Kachemak reserve

HOMER — Although Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have been exploring a new state partner for the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve,… Continue reading

Photo by Dan Balmer Peninsula Clarion Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly is retiring after 23 years of service to the City of Kenai. On Wednesday the department held a retirement party and presented Tilly with an achievement award. His last day is Friday.

Kenai Fire Chief Tilly retires

After 23 years serving the City of Kenai, Fire Chief Mike Tilly hung his hat up for the last time Friday.The Kenai Fire Department celebrated… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer Peninsula Clarion Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly is retiring after 23 years of service to the City of Kenai. On Wednesday the department held a retirement party and presented Tilly with an achievement award. His last day is Friday.

Saving cash, better communication top DOT aviation priorities

In-step with Gov. Sean Parnell’s message of fiscal restraint, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner John Binder said the Statewide Aviation division is… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER
Amara Ransom, 5, colors a paper Arctic Tern at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai during STEAM Ahead, a hands-on home-school program. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Full steam ahead

Three students colored paper wings and bird bodies, cut out the pieces and glued them together creating camouflage, multi-color and brown paper Arctic Terns, which… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Amara Ransom, 5, colors a paper Arctic Tern at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai during STEAM Ahead, a hands-on home-school program. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Alaska Board of Fisheries members John Jensen and Tom Kluberton hear committee testimony during the triennial Upper Cook Inlet meeting Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Fish board debates permit stacking

Update: The Board of Fisheries convened Sunday at 8 a.m. and voted to approve a board generated proposal to restrict stacked setnet permit operations.  The… Continue reading

  • Feb 8, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Alaska Board of Fisheries members John Jensen and Tom Kluberton hear committee testimony during the triennial Upper Cook Inlet meeting Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.