Anchorage man fires at trooper in Cooper Landing, no injuries

An Anchorage man is charged with attempted murder following an incident in Cooper Landing Sunday.Alaska State Troopers arrested Timothy J. Lange, 30, and charged him… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By Staff Report

Hoping for helpful rain

As of Monday evening the Funny River Road wildfire was mapped at 176,069 acres or about 275 miles with 30 percent containment. The wind was… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Alia Shane, 8, plays during a kids carnival at the Birch Ridge Community Church Monday May 26, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. Shane and several other members of the church's congregation have hosted meals and the Monday evening carnival for evacuees from the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire which has burned more than 176,00 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land.

Community bands together for evacuees

Many local businesses, churches, organizations and citizens spent their Memorial Days helping evacuees of the Funny River Road wildfire. The American Red Cross of Alaska… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI and RASHAH MCCHESNEY
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Alia Shane, 8, plays during a kids carnival at the Birch Ridge Community Church Monday May 26, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. Shane and several other members of the church's congregation have hosted meals and the Monday evening carnival for evacuees from the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire which has burned more than 176,00 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land.
Gov. Sean Parnell speaks at a media briefing Sunday at the incident command center at Skyview High School. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Fire continues to grow, spots over Kenai River

The Funny River wildfire grew to 156,041 acres or 244 square miles by 5 p.m. Sunday. The fire spotted across the Kenai River Sunday afternoon… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Gov. Sean Parnell speaks at a media briefing Sunday at the incident command center at Skyview High School. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion
Lucy, a certified therapy dog, listens to fourth grader Gideon Jackson (left) and kindergartener Brayden Wilkenson (right) read on Tuesday, May 20, at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School in Soldotna. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

A captive audience

For some kids, reading out loud can be nerve-racking. But reading to a furry, four-legged friend can make it easier.Lucy, a Golden Retriever, regularly listens… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Lucy, a certified therapy dog, listens to fourth grader Gideon Jackson (left) and kindergartener Brayden Wilkenson (right) read on Tuesday, May 20, at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School in Soldotna. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Museum starts collections transfer to new vault

JUNEAU — For a man tasked with keeping charge of the whereabouts and safety of more than 32,000 irreplaceable objects, Alaska State Museum chief curator… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By Amy Fletcher

Corps of Engineers gains flexibility for Alaska projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has more leeway to develop and maintain marine infrastructure in Alaska under the latest version of legislation that governs… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Several dozen smaller fires flared up along the north shore of Tustumena Lake Friday May 23, 2014 as fire crews worked to contain the nearly 70,000 acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

‘Knocking at our back door’: Fire edges closer to communities

It’s dry in Funny River. The dust from the traffic — gawkers and homeowners alike — flies up and mixes with the smoke and ash… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Several dozen smaller fires flared up along the north shore of Tustumena Lake Friday May 23, 2014 as fire crews worked to contain the nearly 70,000 acre Funny River Horse Trail wildfire on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Peninsula Clarion Zoya Elder Hanson hugs her friend after the graduation ceremony, Wednesday, May 21, at Kenai Central High School.

Kenai Central graduates ready to explore

For graduating Kenai Central High School seniors, it is finally time to release the expeditionary within themselves. Shannon Evans said she is looking forward to… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Peninsula Clarion Zoya Elder Hanson hugs her friend after the graduation ceremony, Wednesday, May 21, at Kenai Central High School.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Catherine Carmody adjusts a graduation gown on her son Gavin Carmody who took it from his graduating senior brother Gage Carmoday Monday May 20, 2014 during the Nikiski Middle-High School graduation in Nikiski, Alaska.

Nikiski grads overcome adversity

There was perhaps no better visual metaphor of Nikiski High School’s 37 graduates than the cluster of toy soldiers marching up Cory Carr’s graduation cap.… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Catherine Carmody adjusts a graduation gown on her son Gavin Carmody who took it from his graduating senior brother Gage Carmoday Monday May 20, 2014 during the Nikiski Middle-High School graduation in Nikiski, Alaska.

Cook Inlet region to receive $11.1 million in fisheries disaster aid

The National Marine Fisheries Service and other entities have reached a decision on a regional split of the $20.8 million in federal aid for fisheries… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Ninilchik high school class of 2014 - Robert Delgado, Jessica Rogers and Matthew Thorne -  leave the May 21 commencement ceremonies, applauded by Ladawn Druce, school counselor; Jim White, director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's information services department;  Joe Arness, KPBSD School Board president; and Jeff Ambrosier, principal of NInilchik School.

Scholarships boost future plans of Ninilchik graduates

When a high school graduating class has a total of three students, an impressive ranking is guaranteed. That was a point Ninilchik teacher Bryan Hickey… Continue reading

Ninilchik high school class of 2014 - Robert Delgado, Jessica Rogers and Matthew Thorne -  leave the May 21 commencement ceremonies, applauded by Ladawn Druce, school counselor; Jim White, director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's information services department;  Joe Arness, KPBSD School Board president; and Jeff Ambrosier, principal of NInilchik School.

Sterling Highway miles 103-105 evacuation order lifted

Update at 2:17 a.m. Sunday An emergency evacuation order was issued and then lifted in a two-hour period late Friday into early Saturday as residents… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney

Kasilof residents concerned with fire’s proximity

Frustrated with many questions about the now 67,000 acre wildfire burning in their backyards, Kasilof and Funny River residents flooded into community meetings organized by… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER

Firefighters keep Tyonek blaze away from oil and gas facilities

Firefighters have kept the wind-driven Tyonek fire on Cook Inlet’s west side away from the Beluga gas field and Chugach Electric Association’s Beluga power plant… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2014
  • By Tim Bradner

For those uninterested in kings, options abound

Trout Fishing for rainbow and Dolly Varden trout on the Kenai River between the mouth of the river and Torpedo Hole, Jason Pawluk, assistant management… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Elizabeth McGlothen chose to give her mother a yellow rose recognizing she helped her get through her high school years, Tuesday, May 22, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Skyview grads face being last to graduate from closing school

At Skyview High School’s final graduation ceremony, every student crossing the stage was cheered for. But students say that is just how Skyview operates. Kierstyn… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Elizabeth McGlothen chose to give her mother a yellow rose recognizing she helped her get through her high school years, Tuesday, May 22, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.
River City Academy graduate Kiowa Richardson gives a theatrical valedictorian speech at the school's graduation ceremony at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Wednesday. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

River City graduates a ‘diverse’ group

In the darkened arena of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, six soon-to-be River City Academy high school graduates-to-be gathered.They waited there for the 6 p.m.… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
River City Academy graduate Kiowa Richardson gives a theatrical valedictorian speech at the school's graduation ceremony at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Wednesday. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Celebrating those who served

A handful of events are happening on the Kenai Peninsula this Memorial Day weekend to honor U.S. troops, veterans and fallen heroes. For those planning… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Hunter Sundberg, 11, looks to get his footing on a rock wall built in the garage of Natalie and Nic Larson in Soldotna. The Larson's started teaching rock climbing sessions to several kids in March and are accepting new students for summer sessions beginning June 9.

Rock climbers build confidence

Hunter Sundberg held on to a sloped rock wall trying to figure out his next move. With gravity working against him and his arms tiring… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Hunter Sundberg, 11, looks to get his footing on a rock wall built in the garage of Natalie and Nic Larson in Soldotna. The Larson's started teaching rock climbing sessions to several kids in March and are accepting new students for summer sessions beginning June 9.