This Division of Forestry photo shows smoke from the Funny River Horse Trail fire Monday evening.

Fire grows near Funny River Road

Updated at 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday A fire that began Monday on Funny River Road has burned more than seven miles of wildland south to… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2014
This Division of Forestry photo shows smoke from the Funny River Horse Trail fire Monday evening.
Alexandra West

Skyview grad earns patent for fish waste disposal system

Fishing has always been a favorite pastime of Alaskans, and now, thanks to a former Kenai Peninsula resident, it can be done more safely. Alexandra… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By IAN FOLEY
Alexandra West

Walker names health, acting Fish and Game commissioners

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker on Monday announced Valerie Davidson as the new state health commissioner, calling her knowledgeable and passionate about expanding Medicaid in… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion This culvert that drains retention water into the Cook Inlet (pictured Monday) is located on the 1.84-acre borough owned property at Mile 12.1 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The borough assembly postponed an ordinance that would have deeded the property to Paula and Timothy Keohane in exchange for 4.3-acres on Karluk Avenue to be used for drainage purposes.

Borough postpones K-beach land swap to address flooding

Efforts to mitigate flooding in the Kalifornsky Beach area have been put on hold while the Kenai Peninsula Borough re-evaluates a proposed land exchange with… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion This culvert that drains retention water into the Cook Inlet (pictured Monday) is located on the 1.84-acre borough owned property at Mile 12.1 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The borough assembly postponed an ordinance that would have deeded the property to Paula and Timothy Keohane in exchange for 4.3-acres on Karluk Avenue to be used for drainage purposes.

Pregnant woman involved in car crash

Snowy conditions attributed to a car crash on the Kenai Spur Highway Monday that sent a pregnant woman in the hospital.Kenai Police and Fire departments… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Bill Walker, center, is sworn in as Alaska's new governor as Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree, left, administers the oath of office on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Also pictured at right is Walker's wife, Donna. The Bible on which Walker took his oath has been in his family since the 1800s, according to his spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Walker takes office

JUNEAU — In his first speech after taking office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said his administration would begin work immediately to expand Medicaid in the… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Bill Walker, center, is sworn in as Alaska's new governor as Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree, left, administers the oath of office on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. Also pictured at right is Walker's wife, Donna. The Bible on which Walker took his oath has been in his family since the 1800s, according to his spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

First day for Dusek as interim superintendent

Monday’s Board of Education meeting marked the start of Sean Dusek’s role as Interim School District Superintendent. “I have talked more (tonight) than I have… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Business news

■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint meeting at noon on Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. Superintendent Sean Dusek… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014

Pregnant woman involved in car crash

Snowy conditions contributed to a car crash on the Kenai Spur Highway Monday that landed a pregnant woman in the hospital. Kenai Police and Fire… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Tsalteshi association hopes for trail renovations, outhouse

The Tsalteshi Trails Association has identified its next set of priorities to include purchasing a snow grooming snowmobile and a permanent outhouse. The list of… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

KPC’s spring 2015 television commercial has been released! The commercial was written, shot and produced totally in-house by KPC Advancement, with the voice-over provided by… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2014
  • By Hannah Parker
  • Schools

Around the District

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

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, speaks at a campaign rally in Anchorage Alaska. Over the last five years, Parnell has left his mark on education, oil tax policy and efforts to advance a long-hoped-for natural gas pipeline project. He made the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska part of the public conversation through the "Choose Respect" initiative. It is a legacy he is proud of, one he hopes endures after he leaves office Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Parnell says serving was honor

JUNEAU — Over the last five years, Gov. Sean Parnell has left his mark on education, oil tax policy and efforts to advance a long-hoped-for… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, speaks at a campaign rally in Anchorage Alaska. Over the last five years, Parnell has left his mark on education, oil tax policy and efforts to advance a long-hoped-for natural gas pipeline project. He made the scourge of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska part of the public conversation through the "Choose Respect" initiative. It is a legacy he is proud of, one he hopes endures after he leaves office Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Sarah Spencer tries on a skirt at the Black Friday Holiday Bazaar at the Kenai Challenger Learning Center on Saturday, Nov. 29.

In on the deals: Peninsula shoppers keep merchants hopping

The Kenai Peninsula was full of opportunities for bargain-seeking residents this weekend. While chain stores in Walmart and Fred Meyer attracted crowds with Black Friday… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2014
  • By BEN BOETTGER and DAN BALMER
Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Sarah Spencer tries on a skirt at the Black Friday Holiday Bazaar at the Kenai Challenger Learning Center on Saturday, Nov. 29.

On the decline: School district sees decrease in disciplinary action

Reported crimes on Kenai Peninsula Borough School District campuses are on the decline. The Quarterly Discipline Report for the 2015 school year shows the annual… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Linx Robertia was apprehensive taking a picture with Jenna Hansen's reindeer, Scene of the Crash and Comet, at Christmas Comes to Kenai November 28, 2014, in at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Kenai, Alaska. Her parents, Joseph Robertia and Colleen Robertia, said Linx Robertia recognized the animals right away, because they were in her alaphabet book. When Linx Robertia was standing in line to see Santa Claus she kept saying "caribou, caribou," Joseph Robertia said.

Kenai welcomes Christmas

Christmas came to Kenai before the snow did this year. As Santa rolled into the parking lot of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2014
  • By IAN FOLEY
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Linx Robertia was apprehensive taking a picture with Jenna Hansen's reindeer, Scene of the Crash and Comet, at Christmas Comes to Kenai November 28, 2014, in at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Kenai, Alaska. Her parents, Joseph Robertia and Colleen Robertia, said Linx Robertia recognized the animals right away, because they were in her alaphabet book. When Linx Robertia was standing in line to see Santa Claus she kept saying "caribou, caribou," Joseph Robertia said.

EPA fishing vessel discharge exemption still in limbo

The fishing vessel exemption to existing Environmental Protection Agency vessel discharge regulations regarding is due to expire in December, and Alaska’s senators are supporting differing… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner

Verbatim: Looking forward helps keep things positive

In the past week, I discovered that I enjoy looking forward to Thanksgiving more than the holiday itself. Before, I was thinking about how much… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2014
  • By Chloe Kincaid
  • Schools

Injured musher won’t race in the Iditarod this year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Iditarod musher injured by a sport utility vehicle that crashed into her team on a training run quickly turned her… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2014

Governor-elect Walker sees tough days ahead

JUNEAU, Alaska — Bill Walker is coming into the governor’s office faced with high expectations for a renewed spirt of bipartisanship in Alaska politics and… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer