Dallas Seavey wins the Iditarod

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second IditarodTrail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2014
  • By Mark Thiessen

Photo: Slip and slide

Kory Duperron, 11, laughs with Rocky Sherbahn, 10, after the two slipped on the same patch of ice Monday March 10, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2014

Photo: Snow blowing

Blowing snow obscures Marathon Road Monday March 10, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Reworked HB77 up for debate in Alaska Legislature

Reworked HB77 up for debate in Alaska Legislature

JUNEAU — A bill that stalled in the Senate last year over concerns it limited public involvement in permitting decisions resurfaced Monday. But critics say… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Reworked HB77 up for debate in Alaska Legislature
FILE - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse with his lawyers Richard Scheff, left, and Ellen C. Brotman, following a day of motions at Fort Bragg, N.C. Less than a month before Sinclair's trial on sexual assault charges, the lead prosecutor broke down in tears Tuesday as he told a superior he believed the primary accuser in the case had lied under oath. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, James Robinson)  MANDATORY CREDIT

Sexual assault case against Army General stalled

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2014
  • By MICHAEL BIESECKER
FILE - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse with his lawyers Richard Scheff, left, and Ellen C. Brotman, following a day of motions at Fort Bragg, N.C. Less than a month before Sinclair's trial on sexual assault charges, the lead prosecutor broke down in tears Tuesday as he told a superior he believed the primary accuser in the case had lied under oath. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, James Robinson)  MANDATORY CREDIT
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Madeline Edelen, a fifth grader at Mountain View Elementary, displays her certificate after graduating the DARE program Thursday night. Edelen was one of three students chosen to read her essay at the graduation.

Students DARE to just say no

Sixty-six Kenai students from Mountain View Elementary School received diplomas which confirmed their commitment to “just say no” to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. Fifth-grade students… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Madeline Edelen, a fifth grader at Mountain View Elementary, displays her certificate after graduating the DARE program Thursday night. Edelen was one of three students chosen to read her essay at the graduation.

Marijuana ballot initiative sees little spending

FAIRBANKS — A ballot measure that would make sales of marijuana legal under Alaska state law has seen little early campaign spending by advocates and… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2014
FILE - This May 5, 2011 file photo provided by the office of the Governor of Virginia shows Jonnie Williams left, and Maureen McDonnell, wife of then Gov. Bob McDonnell, during a reception for a NASCAR race at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from Williams.  (AP Photo/Office of the Governor of Virginia, Michele White, File)

Dr. Chapman to lead conference

Dr. Gary Chapman will lead a conference titled “The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted” from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 15 at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre.Chapman… Continue reading

FILE - This May 5, 2011 file photo provided by the office of the Governor of Virginia shows Jonnie Williams left, and Maureen McDonnell, wife of then Gov. Bob McDonnell, during a reception for a NASCAR race at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from Williams.  (AP Photo/Office of the Governor of Virginia, Michele White, File)
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Senator Peter Micciche R-Soldotna answers questions from a capacity crowd Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna. This past weekend, the former Soldotna mayor returned from Juneau to give an overview of his work at the mid-point in the legislative session.

Micciche returns to Soldotna for town hall meeting

State Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, returned from Juneau to answer questions at a wide-ranging town hall meeting in Soldotna Saturday afternoon. After meeting in Homer… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Senator Peter Micciche R-Soldotna answers questions from a capacity crowd Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna. This past weekend, the former Soldotna mayor returned from Juneau to give an overview of his work at the mid-point in the legislative session.
Aliy Zirkle drives her dog team across the portage from Kaltag to Unalakleet. Zirkle is the first musher to reach the Bering Sea in Unalakleet during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)

King takes Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE — Four-time champion Jeff King took a razor-thin lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, trading places with his closest rival… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2014
  • By Rachel D'oro
Aliy Zirkle drives her dog team across the portage from Kaltag to Unalakleet. Zirkle is the first musher to reach the Bering Sea in Unalakleet during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Classical guitarist Valeria Hartzell grins at the audience after her opening piece - an adaption of the prelude for Bach's unaccompanied cello suite 1 - Friday March 7, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Classical guitarist Valeria Hartzell grins at the audience after her opening piece - an adaption of the prelude for Bach's unaccompanied cello suite 1 - Friday March 7, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Facing range of choices, Legislature considers compromise on school funding

Lawmakers will increase school funding this year — but with the majority of the session in the books, no one is saying by how much.In… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2014
  • By MATT WOOLBRIGHT Morris News Service-Alaska

Gas line, permitting bills on legislature’s agenda this week

JUNEAU — With the Legislature more than halfway through its scheduled 90-day session, major bills are starting to take shape — and a controversial bill… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

Pebble veto would be unprecedented use of 404c power

The Environmental Protection Agency set a potentially unprecedented process in motion when it began work on Feb. 28 to preemptively block Pebble mine as an… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service-Alaska

LIO schedule for March 10-14

Monday 1 p.m.The House Resources Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 334 Oil & Gas Transferable Tax Credit Certification, HB 344 Invasive… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2014
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Volunteer Pat "Juney" Mullan packages a container of fry bread for a customer Friday March 7, 2014 at Ft. Kenay in Kenai, Alaska. Mullan, who spent a lot of his time joking with customers at "Fry Bread Friday" introduced himself as Feodor, Chelawek and Juney before settling on Pat.

Fry bread Friday a success for local church

The sweet smell of fry bread wafted down the sidewalk in Old Town Kenai Friday as a steady stream of people walked into Fort Kenay… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Volunteer Pat "Juney" Mullan packages a container of fry bread for a customer Friday March 7, 2014 at Ft. Kenay in Kenai, Alaska. Mullan, who spent a lot of his time joking with customers at "Fry Bread Friday" introduced himself as Feodor, Chelawek and Juney before settling on Pat.

Crime bill aims to reduce Alaska’s incarceration rate

JUNEAU — Prisons. Jail time. Incarceration. Those words for Alaska may mean something radically different if a sweeping crime bill, shepherded by Senate Majority Leader… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK

Kenai council approves planning and zoning phone participation

  The Kenai City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to allow telephonic participation for the Planning and Zoning Commission, but not before one amendment vote… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Soldotna woman wins Mrs. Alaska title

Soldotna's Erica Chilla has been crowned Mrs. Alaska United States.  The pageant bills itself as the "pageant with a purpose for Alaska's married women." This… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney

Chickenpox spreading in area

Three cases of chickenpox in young adults from the Kenai and Soldotna area since mid-February have been reported by the Alaska Department of Health in… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER