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

Ski guide dead after Kicking Horse Valley avalanche

ANCHORAGE, (AP) — A ski guide who was critically injured after being buried by an avalanche in Alaska has died.Alaska State Troopers say they were… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2014
Final 12 selected for 24th Annual Caring for the Kenai competition

Final 12 selected for 24th Annual Caring for the Kenai competition

With high schools from Homer to Seward participating in this year’s Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental and disaster preparedness contest, a panel of eight… Continue reading

Final 12 selected for 24th Annual Caring for the Kenai competition
Town Hall meetings popular on the Peninsula

Town Hall meetings popular on the Peninsula

In the day of light speed communication, social media, e-mail, texting and hand held communication devices, residents of the Kenai Peninsula have shown that they… Continue reading

Town Hall meetings popular on the Peninsula
KPHA U-16 Girls Tier II Ice Hawks head to national competition

KPHA U-16 Girls Tier II Ice Hawks head to national competition

After taking the regional title the KPHA U-16 Girls Tier II Ice Hawks will compete for their first national championship in Amherst, N. Y., a… Continue reading

KPHA U-16 Girls Tier II Ice Hawks head to national competition
Valerie Hartzell's performance makes "string theory" reality

Valerie Hartzell’s performance makes “string theory” reality

The first ever classical guitar concert in Soldotna gave credence to the theory that multi-universes may be connected at the primary level of creation by… Continue reading

Valerie Hartzell's performance makes "string theory" reality

Kenai council to discuss south beach changes

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to correct an attribution error.   The Kenai City Council is taking steps to address the concerns of… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Buccaneer CEO suspended

Buccaneer CEO suspended

Buccaneer Energy, an Australia-based independent company exploring for oil and gas in Cook Inlet, has suspended its CEO Curtis Burton and asked that trading of… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2014
  • By Tim Bradner
Buccaneer CEO suspended
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Several plants sit in the sun behind a plastic barrier Saturday March 14, 2014 at Ridgeway Farms on Strawberry Road in Kenai, Alaska. Abby Ala, the farm owner, has plans to expand her capacity by building a series of federally reimbursable high tunnels around her gardens - thus extending her growing season and allowing her to expand the variety  and amount of of crops she can grow.

USDA high tunnel program expands

It smells of wet soil, tender green plants, chickens and several other layers of agricultural production inside Abby Ala’s polyculture building at Ridgeway Farms in… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Several plants sit in the sun behind a plastic barrier Saturday March 14, 2014 at Ridgeway Farms on Strawberry Road in Kenai, Alaska. Abby Ala, the farm owner, has plans to expand her capacity by building a series of federally reimbursable high tunnels around her gardens - thus extending her growing season and allowing her to expand the variety  and amount of of crops she can grow.

[+Slideshow] Parade March

Follow the link to a Peninsula Clarion slideshow from Soldotna's St. Patrick's Day parade.  … Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2014
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kylie Morse works on a drill during practice with her U16 girl's hockey team Friday March 14, 2014 at the Soldotna Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula U16 girls Ice Hawks headed to national championship game

Eyes glinting, voice low, Taylor Shelden, 15, glances around a small sitting room tucked into a back hallway Friday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.“16… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kylie Morse works on a drill during practice with her U16 girl's hockey team Friday March 14, 2014 at the Soldotna Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.

Missing: A foreign policy

What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2014
  • By Cal Thomas