Alaska, TransCanada starting new partnership

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that the state and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion An employee with Endries Company stands on a new culvert being installed beneath Beaver Loop Road Monday. The Kenai Watershed Forum is overseeing the project that will allow juvenile fish to migrate from Beaver Creek to the Kenai River. Groundwater has delayed the completion of the project for three more weeks but expected to be done the second week in July. A section of the road has been closed, cutting residents off from the Kenai Spur Highway intersection.

Beaver Loop Road culvert project delayed three weeks

For the past three weeks, Kenai residents Andrew and Sara Smith have had to drive 30 miles out of their way every day to get… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion An employee with Endries Company stands on a new culvert being installed beneath Beaver Loop Road Monday. The Kenai Watershed Forum is overseeing the project that will allow juvenile fish to migrate from Beaver Creek to the Kenai River. Groundwater has delayed the completion of the project for three more weeks but expected to be done the second week in July. A section of the road has been closed, cutting residents off from the Kenai Spur Highway intersection.

Assembly to vote on vote-by-mail elections

Originally, it was thought that holding Kenai Peninsula Borough elections by mail would be more cost effective, but according to a fiscal note, it would… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Outage affects central Kenai Peninsula

A system wide power outage blacked out the central and southern Kenai Peninsula Monday. Homer Electric Association spokesperson Joe Gallagher said the power outage began… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

KPTMC encourages bed tax for Peninsula

A Kenai Peninsula Borough-wide bed tax may be headed to the October municipal election ballot. But first the borough assembly has to consider whether or… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Swarm of earthquakes in Alaska puzzles scientists

ANCHORAGE — A moderate earthquake shook northwest Alaska on Monday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2014
  • By Rachel D'oro
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Peninsula Clarion This walrus ivory harpoon wielding carving is part of James Kunkles 90-piece art collection housed at the Soldonta Visitor's Center.

State history preserved in Soldotna Visitor Center

What started as curiosity in 1978, progressed into James Kunkle’s 90-piece collection of ivory, baleen, bone and tooth carvings on display at the Soldotna Visitor… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Peninsula Clarion This walrus ivory harpoon wielding carving is part of James Kunkles 90-piece art collection housed at the Soldonta Visitor's Center.
Photo by Will Morrow/Peninsula Clarion A pair of aircrafts from the Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force taxi on the tarmac at the Kenai Municipal Airport during the Kenai Peninsula Air Fair Saturday afternoon. The planes were among a number of vintage aircraft taking part in the event.

Photo: Taking flight

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  • Jun 15, 2014
  • By Will Morrow
Photo by Will Morrow/Peninsula Clarion A pair of aircrafts from the Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force taxi on the tarmac at the Kenai Municipal Airport during the Kenai Peninsula Air Fair Saturday afternoon. The planes were among a number of vintage aircraft taking part in the event.

States concerned about proposed Coast Guard rules

SEATTLE — As the U.S. Coast Guard moves to assert its federal authority over maritime issues, officials in Washington, Alaska and other states are concerned… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2014
  • By PHUONG LE
In this June 3, 2014 photo, Kay Kanne stands for a photo outside of the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center in Juneau, Alaska. Kanne can be considered the mother of midwifery in Alaska. After practicing midwifery for three decades, attending more than 1,000 births and opening the JFHBC in Juneau, Kanne retired from the birth center in April. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Marlena Sloss)

‘Mother of midwifery’ in Alaska retires

JUNEAU — Kaye Kanne can be considered the mother of midwifery in Alaska. From founding the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center to successfully lobbying… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2014
  • By ALLIE NIELSON
In this June 3, 2014 photo, Kay Kanne stands for a photo outside of the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center in Juneau, Alaska. Kanne can be considered the mother of midwifery in Alaska. After practicing midwifery for three decades, attending more than 1,000 births and opening the JFHBC in Juneau, Kanne retired from the birth center in April. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Marlena Sloss)

New gas platform for Cook Inlet now en route from Texas

The new Furie Operating Alaska platform planned for Cook Inlet is en route to from a Texas fabrication facility towed by a Crowley Maritime Corp.… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2014
  • By Tim Bradner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Bunny Swan-Gease helps to complete a large circle of people during a cloth-tearing ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Dena'ina Wellness Center Thursday June 12, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe celebrates opening of Dena’ina Wellness Center

Isis Fischer wanted to dance. She squatted, stamped her feet and arched her back, and stared at Rolly Rivas, whose bell-wrapped feet matched the rhythm… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Bunny Swan-Gease helps to complete a large circle of people during a cloth-tearing ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Dena'ina Wellness Center Thursday June 12, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, left, shakes the hand of Rear Adm. Daniel Abel as Ostebo hands command of Coast Guard forces in Alaska to Abel on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Ostebo, nominated for promotion to vice admiral, has been assigned to a position in Washington, D.C. and will be leaving Alaska after three years in the state. Standing behind the two men is Vice Admiral Charles Ray, commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. (AP Photo/James Brooks, Capital City Weekly)

Abel takes control of Alaska Coast Guard

Dozens gathered on the docks of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Juneau on Thursday to look on as a new leader was given command over… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2014
  • By MATT WOOLBRIGHT Morris News Service-Alaska
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, left, shakes the hand of Rear Adm. Daniel Abel as Ostebo hands command of Coast Guard forces in Alaska to Abel on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Ostebo, nominated for promotion to vice admiral, has been assigned to a position in Washington, D.C. and will be leaving Alaska after three years in the state. Standing behind the two men is Vice Admiral Charles Ray, commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. (AP Photo/James Brooks, Capital City Weekly)
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Emily Moss and Masidon McDonald watch their robotic lemonade stand treat their lemonade with laser beams, Saturday, June 14, in Soldotna.

Learning with lemonade

Lia Benner wanted to run her own business since she was three years old. Finally, along with business partner Ava Grossl, Benner, now 10, opened… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Emily Moss and Masidon McDonald watch their robotic lemonade stand treat their lemonade with laser beams, Saturday, June 14, in Soldotna.

July hearing set for Kenai Loop gas payments

Buccaneer Energy, Cook Inlet Region Inc., and the State of Alaska will be back before the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission July 7 to… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service-Alaska

Kasilof personal-use setnet fishery hours restricted

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued an emergency order restricting fishing hours in the Kasilof personal-use setnet fishery. Under the emergency order… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2014

Campfire restrictions lifted

Restrictions on where campfires are allowed on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were lifted Friday after recent rainfall reduced the fire danger on the Kenai… Continue reading

  • Jun 13, 2014
  • By Clarion staff report

All at the Russian River

Editor's note: This story has been edited to correct which river hatchery kings can be fished upon. Currently the Kenai River is closed to king… Continue reading

  • Jun 11, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Mike McBride holds a container of holy water for Bishop David Mahaffey during the bishop's blessing of a new outbuilding at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church Thursday June 12, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Newly blessed: Kenai’s Russian Orthodox church celebrates completed outbuilding

Genevieve Coffey was not shy about meeting Alaska’s newest Orthodox Bishop David Mahaffey Thursday as members of Kenai’s Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Mike McBride holds a container of holy water for Bishop David Mahaffey during the bishop's blessing of a new outbuilding at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church Thursday June 12, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Soldotna passes 2015 budget

Soldotna City Council unanimously passed the city’s fiscal year 2015 operating budget on Wednesday, after minimal debate.“We’re all on the same page,” City Manager Mark… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan