Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion   The Sterling Highway narrows down to one lane on a bridge near Cooper Landing Saturday 19, 2014 in Cooper Landing, Alaska.

Construction season approaching on most Alaska highways

ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s second season, that of road construction, is upon us.The Parks Highway will get a major facelift starting this year, with a dozen… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion   The Sterling Highway narrows down to one lane on a bridge near Cooper Landing Saturday 19, 2014 in Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Officer Ronnie Simons gives resident Zach Moore a fake sobriety test during the Drunk Goggles presentation, Thursday, April 17, at the KPC Residence Hall.

Under the influence: Students get lesson on effects of alcohol

Soles shoulder-width apart, the unyielding, uniformed frame of Alaska State Trooper Ronny Simmons stood before a silent group of Kenai Peninsula College residents. “Don’t ask… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Officer Ronnie Simons gives resident Zach Moore a fake sobriety test during the Drunk Goggles presentation, Thursday, April 17, at the KPC Residence Hall.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Elijah Stafford, Haley Baxter and Susie Swafford  wave signs and pass out candy to raise awareness for the local launch of the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy, headed by LeeShore Center, Tuesday, April 22, on the Kenai Spur Highway.

LeeShore Center survey shows awareness of Green Dot program

The LeeShore Center Community Survey revealed raised awareness within the Kenai Peninsula Community for the Green Dot violence prevention strategy, which launched this month. Executive… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Elijah Stafford, Haley Baxter and Susie Swafford  wave signs and pass out candy to raise awareness for the local launch of the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy, headed by LeeShore Center, Tuesday, April 22, on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Why Soldotna opted not to buy Birch Ridge

The Soldotna City Council decided against purchasing the Birch Ridge Golf Course.   A resolution instructing City Manager Mark Dixson to negotiate an agreement for… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Graphic Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game This graphic shows, in red, the correct portion of the Kenai River, between the Upper Killey River and Skilak Lake, which should be subject to the May 2 to June 10 fishing closure.  The Fish and Game regulation book was printed with a smaller area of closure than what is currently in regulation.

Fish and Game sportfishing regulations released, booklet printed with errors

Just over 228,000 copies of the Southcentral Alaska sportfishing regulations book were printed and are being dropped off in communities all over the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Graphic Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game This graphic shows, in red, the correct portion of the Kenai River, between the Upper Killey River and Skilak Lake, which should be subject to the May 2 to June 10 fishing closure.  The Fish and Game regulation book was printed with a smaller area of closure than what is currently in regulation.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Kaitlin Vadla (right) talks to Mary Ann Dyke about Cook Inletkeeper at the Kenai Peninsula College's Earthday celebration, Tuesday, April 22, at KRC.

KPC Earth Day celebration looks forward, back

A modest crowd attended the the Kenai Peninsula College Earth Day celebration, sacrificing an evening of fair weather to learn about the Kenai National Wildlife… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Kaitlin Vadla (right) talks to Mary Ann Dyke about Cook Inletkeeper at the Kenai Peninsula College's Earthday celebration, Tuesday, April 22, at KRC.

Sterling highway break-ins leave business owners frustrated

A handful of break-ins around the central Kenai Peninsula over the past couple of weeks have left some businesses owners frustrated.Steve Stuber, owner of Lea’s… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Lawmakers announce tentative deal on education

JUNEAU — Lawmakers late Wednesday announced a tentative deal on an education package, the issue that sent them into an extended legislative session.The compromise, unveiled… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

Soldotna opts not to buy Birch Ridge Golf Course

The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday turned down the possibility of purchasing the Birch Ridge Golf Course, ending a community-wide discussion that began in October.… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Rex Bircham, of Triangle Recycling, uses an excavator to tear down a portion of the Merit Inn Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The former hotel was operated as the Family Hope Center, a transitional housing facility, until June 2013 when the organization could no longer afford the facility.

Kenai Catering brings changes to former Merit Inn

Dust permeated the air as an excavator crunched down on a building sectioned off by yellow “Do Not Enter” tape on Tuesday in Kenai.Kenai Catering… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Rex Bircham, of Triangle Recycling, uses an excavator to tear down a portion of the Merit Inn Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The former hotel was operated as the Family Hope Center, a transitional housing facility, until June 2013 when the organization could no longer afford the facility.
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski senior Hannah Tauriainen performs the lead role of Dolly Levi in the musical, "Hello Dolly" during a dress rehearsal Tueday at Nikiski High School. The drama class is putting on the production with shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and the following weekend May 2,3 at 7p.m. at the Nikiski High School auditorium.

Nikiski presents musical, Hello, Dolly!

Staff at a glitzy New York City restaurant murmured with anticipation for the grand entrance of Dolly Levi, a charismatic matchmaker wearing a fluffy pink… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Nikiski senior Hannah Tauriainen performs the lead role of Dolly Levi in the musical, "Hello Dolly" during a dress rehearsal Tueday at Nikiski High School. The drama class is putting on the production with shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and the following weekend May 2,3 at 7p.m. at the Nikiski High School auditorium.

Study says Cook Inlet’s oil, gas industry worth $4.7 billion to state

The rebound in Cook Inlet oil and gas has multi-billion-dollar consequences for the Southcentral Alaska economy, according to a new study by Northern Economics, Inc.,… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • By By Tim Bradner

BP to sell four smaller North Slope fields, retain ownership of Prudhoe

BP announced Tuesday it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy. The agreement includes all of BP’s interests in… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Tim Bradner
Photo composite by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  This composite of several images shows the excavation of a Soldotna High School field Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

SoHi turf track and field project underway, borough finalizing funding

While work on the Soldotna High School track and artificial turf field began last week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is still finalizing funding sources. A… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo composite by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  This composite of several images shows the excavation of a Soldotna High School field Tuesday April 22, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Legislative negotiators seek education resolution

JUNEAU — House and Senate negotiators worked toward resolution Tuesday on an education package that sent the legislative session into overtime, nibbling away at points… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  The first opening of the Kasilof Section setnet fishery on the East side of the Cook Inlet  started Thursday at 7 a.m. Fishermen on more than 30 miles of ....

Court hears oral arguments on whether or not banning setnets considered an appropriation

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made their case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge today about why… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  The first opening of the Kasilof Section setnet fishery on the East side of the Cook Inlet  started Thursday at 7 a.m. Fishermen on more than 30 miles of ....

Resolution pending for CIRI, Buccaneer gas dispute

A dispute between Buccaneer Energy, Cook Inlet Region Inc. and the State of Alaska over natural gas royalties from Kenai Peninsula wells could be resolved… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER

Agrium nixed from tax credit bill

Lawmakers approved tax credit bill for Alaska refineries during deliberations Sunday night, but excluded the Agrium Corp. fertilizer plant in Nikiski from the plan. House… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Kenai shooting suspect indicted

A Sterling woman arrested in a shooting incident outside of the Kenai Walmart last November has been indicted on three felony charges.On Friday, a Kenai… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Sens. Lesil McGuire, left, and John Coghill, the majority leader, speak with Senate President Charlie Huggins during a break in floor debate on an education bill on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Senate passes education bill

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed a broad-ranging education bill Monday, but the issue of how to address public education in the state — and… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Sens. Lesil McGuire, left, and John Coghill, the majority leader, speak with Senate President Charlie Huggins during a break in floor debate on an education bill on Monday, April 21, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)