Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Julien Harris, of Soldotna, carries his puppy Jazzy while his other puppy, Roscoe, runs alongside near the Old Cannery Road entrance to the beach just south of the mouth of the Kenai River Thursday March 20, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Thursday's vernal equinox - the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere - was marked by sunny weather and a 32 degree high temperature in Kenai.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Julien Harris, of Soldotna, carries his puppy Jazzy while his other puppy, Roscoe, runs alongside near the Old Cannery Road entrance to the beach just south of the mouth of the Kenai River Thursday March 20, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Thursday's vernal equinox - the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere - was marked by sunny weather and a 32 degree high temperature in Kenai.

Board of Fisheries tweaks Cook Inlet crab fisheries

The state Board of Fisheries opted against creating additional opportunity to harvest tanner crabs in Cook Inlet Thursday, although it made other changes to existing… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By MOLLY DISCHNER Alaska Journal of Commerce

Treadwell splits from campaign manager

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell has parted ways with his campaign manager. Spokesman Fred Brown says it “frees up a… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
Clarion file photoIn this May 12, 2012 file photo bicycle riders participate in a group ride Saturday through Soldotna during bike safety day. The event was an opportunity for youth and adults to learn about safe riding and to share a fun ride through town.

‘Safe Routes to School’ project plans advance in Soldotna

The third draft of the City of Soldotna’s Safe Routes to Schools Walk Zone Inventory and Recommendations Draft was met with public support and lingering… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Clarion file photoIn this May 12, 2012 file photo bicycle riders participate in a group ride Saturday through Soldotna during bike safety day. The event was an opportunity for youth and adults to learn about safe riding and to share a fun ride through town.

Bill to end high school exit exams advances in House finance

JUNEAU, Alaska — The House Finance Committee on Thursday moved a bill that would end the high school exit examination. House Bill 220, sponsored by… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK

New projects increase Alaska’s biomass use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Energy Authority will be installing 14 biomass boiler projects this year, and six of those projects will share $20… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014

Doctor who testified in Alaska accused of lying

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A doctor who testified in Alaska about the use of toxic chemicals in flame retardant clothing and furniture has been accused… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014

Borough employees can now serve on service area boards

Kenai Peninsula Borough employees can now serve in elected positions on service area boards after the borough assembly passed an ordinance amending code Tuesday.The ordinance… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Locals asked to support ‘Vote No’

Attendees of the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers luncheon heard a presentation urging them to join the Vote No on 1 coalition Wednesday. Danny Bookey,… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Staff Report

Bear necessities: Fishing in bear country

Having just seen Dan Bigley’s recent presentation at Kenai Peninsula College and with the continual progression toward spring, the time seems ripe for talking about… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion  "I think this is the perfect color for me," said Nicole Kreider after choosing her favorite dress, Tuesday, March 18, at Cinderellas Closet in Soldotna Highschool.

Bursting at the seams

The final, excruciating choice between two prom dress options is a familiar predicament for high school girls every year in early spring. Thought and focus… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion  "I think this is the perfect color for me," said Nicole Kreider after choosing her favorite dress, Tuesday, March 18, at Cinderellas Closet in Soldotna Highschool.
University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble, right, speaks to Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, after public testimony on Senate Bill 176 at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Senate Bill 176, sponsored by Sen. Coghill, would prohibit the university from banning firearms or knifes on its campuses with the exception of restricted areas where visitors are screened. Gamble has spoken against the bill. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn  )

University president says gun bill unacceptable

JUNEAU — University of Alaska President Pat Gamble told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday a bill permitting concealed handguns on campus is unacceptable.Gamble said… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK
University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble, right, speaks to Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, after public testimony on Senate Bill 176 at the Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Senate Bill 176, sponsored by Sen. Coghill, would prohibit the university from banning firearms or knifes on its campuses with the exception of restricted areas where visitors are screened. Gamble has spoken against the bill. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn  )

Assembly approves land sale to gun club, asks to reduce noise pollution

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously approved the sale of 77 acres of borough wetlands to the Snowshoe Gun Club at less than half of… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion New City of Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker returns to the Kenai Peninsula after serving nine years as the chief for the North Star Fire Department outside of Fairbanks. Previously, he was the fire chief at CES in Soldotna for three years. Tucker replaced Mike Tilly who retired in Feburary.

New Kenai fire chief returns to peninsula

Although the City of Kenai has a new fire chief hired from outside the department, he is a familiar face on the Kenai Peninsula.Nine years… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion New City of Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker returns to the Kenai Peninsula after serving nine years as the chief for the North Star Fire Department outside of Fairbanks. Previously, he was the fire chief at CES in Soldotna for three years. Tucker replaced Mike Tilly who retired in Feburary.

House Education considers delaying standards

JUNEAU — The House Education Committee began hearing testimony on a resolution Wednesday to delay implementing new English language and mathematics standards for Alaska.House Resolution… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK

Senate finance considers sealing certain criminal records

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would make confidential criminal court records in which prosecutors dropped charges or the… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Associated Press

Kodiak bear spotted over the weekend

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says an adult bear was spotted around Kodiak over the weekend. The Kodiak Daily… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2014
  • By Associated Press
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion   Les Brady, operations manager for Heartland Technology Partners, works to bring a leachate thermal evacuation unit online Monday March 17, 2014 at the Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna, Alaska.

Talking trash

Leachate. A liquid that forms when rain or snow comes in contact with waste and, if it isn’t collected and disposed of, can seep into… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion   Les Brady, operations manager for Heartland Technology Partners, works to bring a leachate thermal evacuation unit online Monday March 17, 2014 at the Central Peninsula Landfill in Soldotna, Alaska.

House Finance takes up charter school education bill

JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Tuesday continued its discussion of Gov. Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill, focusing on the charter schools.Many committee members… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK

Marijuana legalization could cost millions

ANCHORAGE, (AP) — A regulatory system and enforcement involving legalized marijuana could cost Alaska $3.7 million to $7 million, according to a report by eight… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2014