Kenai proposes half mill increase

The rising cost of healthcare premiums for city employees has the City of Kenai grappling with a proposed half mill rate increase as administration works… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Nurses receive sexual assault examiner training

JUNEAU (AP) — Homer nurse Colleen James had been working in her field for about five years when she was confronted with something she’d never… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2014
  • By Melissa Griffiths

Bill eyed to limit access to arrest reports

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell is considering a bill that would limit public access to arrest records after people were acquitted or charges were… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2014
John Morton, supervisory fish and wildlife biologist with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, discusses the elodea eradication project for Beck, Daniels and Stormy lakes in the Nikiski area at a meeting at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in Nikiski on Thursday. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Plans for elodea eradication move forward

While some details still need to be finalized, a team has prepared a plan to eradicate elodea, an invasive aquatic plant, from three Nikiski area… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
John Morton, supervisory fish and wildlife biologist with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, discusses the elodea eradication project for Beck, Daniels and Stormy lakes in the Nikiski area at a meeting at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center in Nikiski on Thursday. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion
Cody Whiteley goes for the final blow to defeat his opponent Issac Dutton in a larping bout at Beaver Creek Park in Kenai Sunday. The two are members of the Kenai/Soldotna chapter of amtgard, a live-action fantasy combat game played around the country. The group, known as the frozen coast alliance, meet every Sunday at 1 p.m. at the park.

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  • Apr 27, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Cody Whiteley goes for the final blow to defeat his opponent Issac Dutton in a larping bout at Beaver Creek Park in Kenai Sunday. The two are members of the Kenai/Soldotna chapter of amtgard, a live-action fantasy combat game played around the country. The group, known as the frozen coast alliance, meet every Sunday at 1 p.m. at the park.
In this photo taken on Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 2014, Richard Oehrig swaps locomotives on the upper rail line of his model railroad he's building in a friend's warehouse in Fairbanks, Alaska. Oehrig spends his lunch hours laying railroad track and carefully gluing pieces of scale-size gravel along the tracks. Sometime he's so busy with his project that he doesn't eat.(AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Eric Engman) MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Fairbanks man builds elaborate model train layout

FAIRBANKS — Richard Oehrig spends his lunch hours laying railroad track and carefully gluing pieces of scale-size gravel along the tracks. Sometime he’s so busy… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2014
  • By Sam Friedman
In this photo taken on Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 2014, Richard Oehrig swaps locomotives on the upper rail line of his model railroad he's building in a friend's warehouse in Fairbanks, Alaska. Oehrig spends his lunch hours laying railroad track and carefully gluing pieces of scale-size gravel along the tracks. Sometime he's so busy with his project that he doesn't eat.(AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Eric Engman) MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Jury convicts Alaska man in Coast Guard killings

ANCHORAGE — A federal jury in Alaska on Friday convicted a man of murder in the shooting deaths of two of his co-workers at a… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2014
  • By Rachel D'oro

Nearing the end of the school year

So here we are, one single month left of school. And some of us are thinking “Im ready for summer.” or “I cant wait for… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2014
  • By Melinda Anderson
Aurora Borealis Charter School kindergartener Peyton Kindred reads out loud with his reading group at school on April 15 in Kenai. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Reading scores soar at Aurora Borealis

Nearly all the Aurora Borealis Charter School second graders shot up their hands when asked to volunteer to take turns reading out loud in a… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Aurora Borealis Charter School kindergartener Peyton Kindred reads out loud with his reading group at school on April 15 in Kenai. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Jim Van Raden said sometimes nectar solidifies and remains in the comb inside a beehive, Tuesday, April 22 at his home near Kasilof.

Bee season off and running for local enthusiasts

Al Chong twisted off the white lid and waited until one of a dozen humming honeybees made a doomed attempt at squeezing through the small… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Jim Van Raden said sometimes nectar solidifies and remains in the comb inside a beehive, Tuesday, April 22 at his home near Kasilof.
Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Miller officially launches his campaign before a crowd of about 200 supporters on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Wasilla, Alaska. Miller won the 2010 Republican Senate primary before losing to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who mounted a write-in campaign for the general election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

GOP candidates spar at forum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The three main Republican candidates for U.S. Senate all are anti-abortion, believe government surveillance goes too far and are not in favor… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2014
  • By Mark Thiessen
Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Miller officially launches his campaign before a crowd of about 200 supporters on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Wasilla, Alaska. Miller won the 2010 Republican Senate primary before losing to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who mounted a write-in campaign for the general election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Foreign aid to North Korea drops, food security drops

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2014
  • By ERIC TALMADGE

Fairbanks group sues EPA over pollution plan

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A coalition of Fairbanks residents and community groups in Alaska’s two biggest cities have filed a civil lawsuit against the U.S.… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2014
  • By Associated Press

Video surveillance may be on the way for Kenai dipnetters

A camera installed to watch winter ice build-up in Cook Inlet could also be used to monitor the City of Kenai’s busy dipnet beaches. While… Continue reading

  • Apr 25, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney

IHS to pay Alaska Tribal health providers $193 million

Tribal healthcare providers in Alaska are set to receive $193 million in payments for past work, with more settlements expected.Six providers will receive payment for… Continue reading

  • Apr 25, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this August 8, 2012 file photo commercial setnet fishers pick a net during a calm day in the Cook Inlet.

New fisheries advocacy group plots strategy

Resources for All Alaskans, a group formed to combat an proposed initiative to ban commercial setnet fishing in certain parts of the state, met in… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this August 8, 2012 file photo commercial setnet fishers pick a net during a calm day in the Cook Inlet.

Skagway’s dock sinks

The floating dock in Skagway, the same one which serves as a loading ramp for ferry passengers, is now on the bottom of the sea… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2014
  • By Abby Lowell

First cruise ship of the season arrives earlier than expected

The tourism season is starting earlier than expected this year. Officials announced Thursday that Juneau will see its first cruise ship Saturday, instead of next… Continue reading

Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion American Legion representatives recognized the Kenai Home Depot for having a reserved parking spot for United States Veterans Thursday.

Home Depot honored for courtesy toward veterans

Sometimes a small gesture has a big impact. When the Kenai Home Depot installed a sign that reserved two front parking spaces for United States… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion American Legion representatives recognized the Kenai Home Depot for having a reserved parking spot for United States Veterans Thursday.

Tentative education deal overshadowed by Knik Arm

JUNEAU (AP) — While lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on the education package that sent their session into overtime, another long-simmering issue re-emerged.The House late… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2014