School briefs

School board to meet The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. Binkley… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Students listen to a presentation while eating lunch during a career day Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.

Students learn about hospital careers

Ninety-one Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high school students explored the world of hospital careers on Tuesday at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Prior to… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
  • Schools
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Students listen to a presentation while eating lunch during a career day Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.
Training day

Training day

Kenai resident Tyler Taplin, 23, walks down the Kenai Spur Highway dragging a truck tire on a rope tied to his backpack Sunday. Taplin said… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Training day
Kari Mohn (left) and Loretta Mattson, Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society members, practice on Wednesday for their "Your Family Tree - Getting Started" presentation to be held at 1 p.m. on March 8 at the Kenai Community Library. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Finding family

Technological advancements may have changed genealogical research methods since Kari Mohn and Loretta Mattson first began tracing their family trees years ago but the duo… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
Kari Mohn (left) and Loretta Mattson, Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society members, practice on Wednesday for their "Your Family Tree - Getting Started" presentation to be held at 1 p.m. on March 8 at the Kenai Community Library. Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion

Alaska rental laws could change under Republican proposal

A North Pole Republican is trying to change the Alaska Landlord and Tenant Act for the first time since the early 1990s.HB282, sponsored by Rep.… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2014
  • By MATT WOOLBRIGHT

Refinery closing will likely cost railroad $11M per year

The impending closure of the Flint Hills Resources North Pole refinery could cut $11 million in annual revenue to the Alaska Railroad, adding to the… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER

State Democrats unveil another oil tax plan

Minority Democrats in the Legislature unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2014
  • By Tim Bradner
Ceremonial Iditarod start brings crowds in Anchorage

Ceremonial Iditarod start brings crowds in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hordes of dogs, mushers and their eager fans mingled Saturday at the jovial celebratory kickoff of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2014
  • By Mark Thiessen
Ceremonial Iditarod start brings crowds in Anchorage
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Playground at Municipal Park on South Forest Drive in Kenai. The City of Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission have made Municipal Park their number one priority for upgrades and plan to install playground equipment for children ages 2-5 later this summer.

Kenai looks at park improvements

The City of Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission has identified Municipal Park as a top priority for upgrades and plans on adding a playground for… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Playground at Municipal Park on South Forest Drive in Kenai. The City of Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission have made Municipal Park their number one priority for upgrades and plan to install playground equipment for children ages 2-5 later this summer.

EPA starts process that could restrict Pebble Mine

JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is taking the first steps toward restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer
Pro-Western activists sit after being overpowered by pro-Russia activists after clashes at the local administration building in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Supporters of new Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia demonstrators clashed in Kharkiv, a mostly Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)

Russia sends troops into Ukraine

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2014
  • By TIM SULLIVAN
Pro-Western activists sit after being overpowered by pro-Russia activists after clashes at the local administration building in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Supporters of new Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia demonstrators clashed in Kharkiv, a mostly Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Olga Ivashchenko)

LIO schedule for March 3-7

Monday 1:00 p.m.The House Resources Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss HB 287 Approve Tesoro Royalty Oil Sale, SJR 15 Oppose International Designating… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2014

EPA begins process that could restrict Pebble development

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is taking the first steps toward restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive… Continue reading

  • Feb 28, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

Les Palmer: Blood sports

Author’s note: In recent years, I’ve given serious thought to some of my urges and actions as they pertain to fishing. I’ve realized a few… Continue reading

ADFG closes early run Kenai king salmon fishing

For the first time since 1965 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a preseason closure of fishing for Kenai River early run… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney

House committee moves cell phone ban bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House Community and Regional Affairs Committee unanimously moved a bill Thursday that would allow municipalities to ban cellphones in… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2014

Alaskans weigh in on Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization

Subsistence and recreational fishers asked for a louder voice in the fishery management process at a congressional hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Act today. The Senate’s… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2014
  • By Molly Dischner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Monica Zappa, of Ninilchik plays with three of her sled dogs Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Zappa plans to race her team on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for the first time this year.

Zappa mushing for Bristol Bay

The road to her first Iditarod has been full of obstacles, but for Monica Zappa of Kasilof, she has too much on the line to… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Monica Zappa, of Ninilchik plays with three of her sled dogs Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Zappa plans to race her team on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for the first time this year.

Commercial vehicles on Soldotna streets face $100 fine

After multiple postponements following its October introduction, the Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting commercial vehicles on city streets Wednesday. The ordinance calls for… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

House committee advances abortion funding bill

JUNEAU — A divided House Finance Committee advanced an abortion funding bill Thursday over concerns that it did not address expanded family planning services and… Continue reading

  • Feb 27, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer