Photo courtesy from Pegge Erkeneff Justin Bernecker, age 15, during a family visit to Alaska taken July 2005 during a family visit. Erkeneff said Justin died about 6-7 months after this photo was taken.

One woman speaks out about her son’s suicide

Sitting beside her friend, in his power boat on the lower Kenai River near Eagle Rock at 5 a.m. Pegge Erkeneff was again faced with… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo courtesy from Pegge Erkeneff Justin Bernecker, age 15, during a family visit to Alaska taken July 2005 during a family visit. Erkeneff said Justin died about 6-7 months after this photo was taken.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Charlie Black chats with a friend as his daughter Zoe Black, 4, tries to get back to fishing in the Anchor River Saturday May 17, 2014 near Anchor Point, Alaska.

Anchor River king salmon fishing starts slow

Charlie Black’s daughters took turns standing in the curve of his arm Saturday, grasping the handle of a simple blue Fin-Chaser rod and flinging a… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Charlie Black chats with a friend as his daughter Zoe Black, 4, tries to get back to fishing in the Anchor River Saturday May 17, 2014 near Anchor Point, Alaska.

Fishermen’s Fund, ADFG to present oral argument about 2013 fisheries

ANCHORAGE — Oral argument in the lawsuit over 2013 Cook Inlet commercial fisheries management was scheduled for later this month at a trial setting conference… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Norma Holmgaard, retiring principal of Mountain View Elementary school, chats with a table of students during lunch Friday May 16, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Saying goodbye

In the fall local schools will be missing something. A lot of it. More than 200 years worth of it. Experience.Forty-two Kenai Peninsula Borough School… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Norma Holmgaard, retiring principal of Mountain View Elementary school, chats with a table of students during lunch Friday May 16, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Anchor Point man hospitalized with gunshot wound

An Anchor Point man was hospitalized Thursday after suffering a gunshot wound to the head on May 10. Alaska State Troopers were called to South… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2014

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  • May 15, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney

Marathon Road traffic restricted for repairs

The Kenai Peninsula Borough on Wednesday announced limited access to Marathon Road for the next two weeks as workers improve drainage and repair potholes. Signs… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2014
  • By Clarion staff report

Soldotna to contribute $150,000 for SoHi track and field

The City of Soldotna will direct $150,000 toward the Soldotna High School Track and Field project. City Manager Mark Dixson received a formal letter from… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
This 2012 photo provided by Chris Shelden shows Matt Hamby, left, and his husband, Shelden, right, at Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park, Alaska. The couple from Anchorage, Alaska, married in Canada and renewed their vows last year when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed in Utah. On Monday, they joined four other same-sex couples in suing the state of Alaska in federal court, arguing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Courtesy Chris Shelden)

AK Supreme Court considers benefits for same-sex partners

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether the partner of a woman killed in 2011 is entitled to survivor benefits from… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2014
This 2012 photo provided by Chris Shelden shows Matt Hamby, left, and his husband, Shelden, right, at Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park, Alaska. The couple from Anchorage, Alaska, married in Canada and renewed their vows last year when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed in Utah. On Monday, they joined four other same-sex couples in suing the state of Alaska in federal court, arguing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Courtesy Chris Shelden)

Voting from home

This year’s October election could see more Kenai Peninsula Borough residents casting votes from their kitchen tables.An ordinance requiring borough elections be held by mail… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
A protester dressed as Ronald McDonald participates in a rally to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside a McDonald restaurant in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 15, 2014. About 30 labor union members joined the global action to ask higher pay for part-time workers.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Fast-food protests spread overseas

NEW YORK — Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2014
  • By CANDICE CHOI
A protester dressed as Ronald McDonald participates in a rally to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside a McDonald restaurant in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 15, 2014. About 30 labor union members joined the global action to ask higher pay for part-time workers.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Clarion staff photo Daniel Rosin of Soldotna shows off the brown bear he took down while bowhunting near Skikok Lake on May 6. Rosin only needed one arrow to kill the 9-foot, 750-pound bear he shot from a stand 25 feet in the air from a distance of 20 yards away.

SOHI senior bags brown bear with a bow

When big game hunting, eventually hours of silence and patience will be rewarded.Soldotna High School senior Daniel Rosin could hardly contain his excitement after he… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Clarion staff photo Daniel Rosin of Soldotna shows off the brown bear he took down while bowhunting near Skikok Lake on May 6. Rosin only needed one arrow to kill the 9-foot, 750-pound bear he shot from a stand 25 feet in the air from a distance of 20 yards away.
Arts, Kids Peeps & Research on display for May at Kenai Fine Arts

Arts, Kids Peeps & Research on display for May at Kenai Fine Arts

The Kenai Fine Arts Center May show features a wide variety of eye pleasing works from the Peeps Young Artist exhibit sponsored by the Kenai… Continue reading

Arts, Kids Peeps & Research on display for May at Kenai Fine Arts
CES Fire Marshall Hale retires with high honors

CES Fire Marshall Hale retires with high honors

After 40 years of responding to “May Day” calls this May 1st was the final day for CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale to answer those… Continue reading

CES Fire Marshall Hale retires with high honors

Forget Me-Not Center hosts Pre-Mother’s Day high tea

On a perfect spring Saturday afternoon before Mother’s Day weekend, the Forget Me-Not Center and Kenai Catering teamed up for a high pre-Mother’s Day tea.… Continue reading

Perfect spring weekend greets 29th Sport Rec & Trade Show

Perfect spring weekend greets 29th Sport Rec & Trade Show

Vendors from all over Alaska and the lower 48 converged at the Central Peninsula Sports Complex the first weekend of May this year for the… Continue reading

Perfect spring weekend greets 29th Sport Rec & Trade Show

Soldotna to help with SoHi track, field costs

The City of Soldotna will be directing $150,000 toward the Soldotna High School Track and Field project. The council approved the funding allocation with five… Continue reading

  • May 14, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Beaver Loop Road improvement meeting slated

A public meeting on the proposed Beaver Loop Road improvement and pedestrian pathway project will take place Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Kenai City Hall.… Continue reading

  • May 14, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Spring is in the air: Pollen has allergy sufferers suffering

With spring coming into bloom, allergy patients have been reporting an increase in symptoms over the last few weeks, according to Dr. Kristina James, allergist… Continue reading

  • May 14, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Angus Burke, 10, takes a drink while looking at the PEEPs art show entries Friday May 2, 2014 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. Burke entered a mixed-media piece depicting a hawk made from broken glass and tin cans. The show will be on display through the end of May.

Birding festival flies into town

It’s the seasons for tweeters, warblers, coo-ers, whistlers, trillers, chirpers, and peepers on the Kenai Peninsula to become the focus of hundreds of birders, amateurs… Continue reading

  • May 14, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Angus Burke, 10, takes a drink while looking at the PEEPs art show entries Friday May 2, 2014 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. Burke entered a mixed-media piece depicting a hawk made from broken glass and tin cans. The show will be on display through the end of May.