Kenai River king salmon restricted to catch-and-release

After a slow start and declining return projections, the Kenai River king salmon fishery will move to catch-and-release fishing beginning Saturday through the season’s July… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Commercial set gillnetters push their skiff further into the Cook Inlet as they race to pick salmon from their nets Wednesday July 9, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Area management biologists juggle competing interests during 2014 season

A scenario that area management biologists were hoping to avoid is playing out between the Kenai king and Kasilof sockeye salmon fisheries this week as… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Commercial set gillnetters push their skiff further into the Cook Inlet as they race to pick salmon from their nets Wednesday July 9, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Sockeye still the fish to follow

As the fishing season heats progresses the Kenai Peninsula — sockeye salmon are still the species to target, but efforts have shifted from the Russian… Continue reading

Dipnetters talk favorite ways to prepare salmon

Dipnetters talk favorite ways to prepare salmon

Salmon recipes range from hours-long preparation time to simple standbys with only a couple ingredients that at-home chefs have perfected over time to everything in… Continue reading

Dipnetters talk favorite ways to prepare salmon
Dipnetters fish for sockeye salmon from boats near the mouth of the Kenai River Monday.

Wildlife troopers increase fishery enforcement

With thousands of dipnetters on the water in anticipation of the peak sockeye salmon runs on the Kenai River, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers have increased… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Dipnetters fish for sockeye salmon from boats near the mouth of the Kenai River Monday.

Pets lost in house fire

Several pets died in a house fire in Sterling Wednesday morning.Central Emergency Services responded to a residential fire at 10:35 a.m. on Barbara Street off… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat

WASHINGTON — A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2014
  • By LARA JAKES
This August 2013 image provided by the Alutiiq Museum volunteers working alongside Alutiiq Museum staff to uncover a sod house occupied 400 years ago by an Alutiiq family on Kodiak Island, Alaska.  The Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak is preparing for its 17th annual community archaeology dig, where nonprofessionals can participate in real research at an actual excavation site.(AP Photo/Alutiiq Museum)

Kodiak museum prepares for archaeological dig

KODIAK (AP) — The Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak is preparing for its 17th annual community archaeology dig, where nonprofessionals can participate in real research at… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2014
This August 2013 image provided by the Alutiiq Museum volunteers working alongside Alutiiq Museum staff to uncover a sod house occupied 400 years ago by an Alutiiq family on Kodiak Island, Alaska.  The Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak is preparing for its 17th annual community archaeology dig, where nonprofessionals can participate in real research at an actual excavation site.(AP Photo/Alutiiq Museum)

CERT trainees rescue victims during mock earthquake drill

The classrooms and hallways of Soldotna High School were dark, lit only by the occasional emergency light and the jagged, shaky beams emitting from Community… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Governor Parnell says recent wildfire has made the Peninsula a national model for cooperation

Governor Parnell says recent wildfire has made the Peninsula a national model for cooperation

The Governor of Alaska Sean Parnell has been on the Kenai Peninsula a lot this summer and it hasn’t been the fishing that has brought… Continue reading

Governor Parnell says recent wildfire has made the Peninsula a national model for cooperation
Lemonade Day on the Kenai... "Empowering today's youth to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs!"

Lemonade Day on the Kenai… “Empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs!”

Lemonade Day was June 14th in Kenai and Soldotna, and event that is all about “Empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs,” according to January… Continue reading

Lemonade Day on the Kenai... "Empowering today's youth to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs!"
Big Daddy's Pizza gets a new Big Daddy

Big Daddy’s Pizza gets a new Big Daddy

Actually he has been working at “Big Daddy’s” for a long time but now Tony Dunbar and his wife Kayla are the owners of the… Continue reading

Big Daddy's Pizza gets a new Big Daddy
Chefs at Central Peninsula Farmers Market... as fresh as it gets!

Chefs at Central Peninsula Farmers Market… as fresh as it gets!

It’s the best time of the year to get healthy and make a fresh start on eating habits, thanks to the efforts of long time… Continue reading

Chefs at Central Peninsula Farmers Market... as fresh as it gets!
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion The existing culvert under Beaver Loop Road sits half a foot above the stream, which has made it near impossible for juvenile fish to swim through and reach their spawning habitat. High groundwater seen her in a Clarion file photo in June, has been part of the reason for a six-week delay in the completion of a Kenai Watershed Forum project contracted by Endries Company.

Beaver Loop culvert nearing completion

Kenai Watershed Forum officials said Beaver Loop Road is expected to be open to two-lane traffic July 26, six weeks after the original target date… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion The existing culvert under Beaver Loop Road sits half a foot above the stream, which has made it near impossible for juvenile fish to swim through and reach their spawning habitat. High groundwater seen her in a Clarion file photo in June, has been part of the reason for a six-week delay in the completion of a Kenai Watershed Forum project contracted by Endries Company.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is re-evaluating its plan to demolish a portion of the Nikiski Community Recreation Center, which has sat vacant for most of the past 10 years. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Demo of vacant portion of Nikiski Rec. Center under reconsideration

The Kenai Peninsula Borough administration is re-evaluating a plan to demolish the vacant, northern most portion of the Nikiski Community Recreation Center building. Prior to… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is re-evaluating its plan to demolish a portion of the Nikiski Community Recreation Center, which has sat vacant for most of the past 10 years. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Tim Wolff with the Alaska State Trooper K-9 Unit answers questions from students of the Crime Scene Investigators moonbase camp Tuesday at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. Wolff explained how his dog Scout helps find suspects during investigations. The CSI moonbase camp teaches forensics skills that 28 students will apply in a mock investigation. The camp started Sunday and ends Friday.
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Tim Wolff with the Alaska State Trooper K-9 Unit answers questions from students of the Crime Scene Investigators moonbase camp Tuesday at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. Wolff explained how his dog Scout helps find suspects during investigations. The CSI moonbase camp teaches forensics skills that 28 students will apply in a mock investigation. The camp started Sunday and ends Friday.

Man wounded by Troopers on Sterling Highway

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say one of their officers has seriously wounded a man accused of pulling a gun on the trooper after… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2014

Official sees tie between gas project, referendum

JUNEAU — The decision Alaska voters make on an oil-tax referendum next month could have implications for a proposed liquefied natural gas project, the senior… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

CIFF to argue state costs in fisheries lawsuit

The Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund will not have to repay the state Department of Law for costs associated with the lawsuit about 2013 management of… Continue reading

  • Jul 15, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Kenai launches new enforcement boat

Kenai launches new enforcement boat

With boat traffic around the mouth of the Kenai River nearing its summer peak, the City of Kenai has obtained a new rescue patrol boat… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Kenai launches new enforcement boat