Senate committee works on new reading program

JUNEAU — The Senate Education Committee heard a bill Friday that would establish a reading program for elementary school students with reading difficulties, an effort… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK

Parnell reiterates call for action on pension issue

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday reiterated his call for lawmakers to put $3 billion from savings toward paying down the state’s unfunded pension… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2014
  • By Becky Bohrer

Great Alaska Quake shook up science

When North America’s largest-known earthquake shook Alaska for all it was worth at 5:36 p.m., on Good Friday, March 27, 1964, George Plafker was in… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2014
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER Morris News Service-Alaska

Legislative Information Office teleconference schedule for March 24-28

Monday 9:00 a.m.The Senate Finance Committee will sponsor a public hearing to discuss SB 182 Public Employee Salary Differentials, SB 194 Tourism Marketing Board, HB… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2014

Cook Inlet setnet groups file new emergency petitions

A month after the Alaska Board of Fisheries made substantive changes to portions of the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan, two commercial setnet… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2014
  • By Rashah McChesney

Veterans stand to ensure war memorial remains

Local citizens filled the Kenai City Council Chambers beyond capacity Wednesday to show their emphatic support for a veterans memorial in Leif Hansen Memorial Park.… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Kenai to take public comment on veteran's memorial

Kenai to take public comment on veteran’s memorial

After nearly a year of debate about the design of a monument in Leif Hanson Memorial Park, the Kenai City Council will hear from the… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By DAN BALMER
Kenai to take public comment on veteran's memorial
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Julien Harris, of Soldotna, carries his puppy Jazzy while his other puppy, Roscoe, runs alongside near the Old Cannery Road entrance to the beach just south of the mouth of the Kenai River Thursday March 20, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Thursday's vernal equinox - the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere - was marked by sunny weather and a 32 degree high temperature in Kenai.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Julien Harris, of Soldotna, carries his puppy Jazzy while his other puppy, Roscoe, runs alongside near the Old Cannery Road entrance to the beach just south of the mouth of the Kenai River Thursday March 20, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Thursday's vernal equinox - the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere - was marked by sunny weather and a 32 degree high temperature in Kenai.

Board of Fisheries tweaks Cook Inlet crab fisheries

The state Board of Fisheries opted against creating additional opportunity to harvest tanner crabs in Cook Inlet Thursday, although it made other changes to existing… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By MOLLY DISCHNER Alaska Journal of Commerce

Treadwell splits from campaign manager

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell has parted ways with his campaign manager. Spokesman Fred Brown says it “frees up a… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
Clarion file photoIn this May 12, 2012 file photo bicycle riders participate in a group ride Saturday through Soldotna during bike safety day. The event was an opportunity for youth and adults to learn about safe riding and to share a fun ride through town.

‘Safe Routes to School’ project plans advance in Soldotna

The third draft of the City of Soldotna’s Safe Routes to Schools Walk Zone Inventory and Recommendations Draft was met with public support and lingering… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Clarion file photoIn this May 12, 2012 file photo bicycle riders participate in a group ride Saturday through Soldotna during bike safety day. The event was an opportunity for youth and adults to learn about safe riding and to share a fun ride through town.

Bill to end high school exit exams advances in House finance

JUNEAU, Alaska — The House Finance Committee on Thursday moved a bill that would end the high school exit examination. House Bill 220, sponsored by… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By MIKE COPPOCK

New projects increase Alaska’s biomass use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Energy Authority will be installing 14 biomass boiler projects this year, and six of those projects will share $20… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014

Doctor who testified in Alaska accused of lying

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A doctor who testified in Alaska about the use of toxic chemicals in flame retardant clothing and furniture has been accused… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014

Borough employees can now serve on service area boards

Kenai Peninsula Borough employees can now serve in elected positions on service area boards after the borough assembly passed an ordinance amending code Tuesday.The ordinance… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2014
  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI

Locals asked to support ‘Vote No’

Attendees of the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers luncheon heard a presentation urging them to join the Vote No on 1 coalition Wednesday. Danny Bookey,… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Staff Report

Bear necessities: Fishing in bear country

Having just seen Dan Bigley’s recent presentation at Kenai Peninsula College and with the continual progression toward spring, the time seems ripe for talking about… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion  "I think this is the perfect color for me," said Nicole Kreider after choosing her favorite dress, Tuesday, March 18, at Cinderellas Closet in Soldotna Highschool.

Bursting at the seams

The final, excruciating choice between two prom dress options is a familiar predicament for high school girls every year in early spring. Thought and focus… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2014
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion  "I think this is the perfect color for me," said Nicole Kreider after choosing her favorite dress, Tuesday, March 18, at Cinderellas Closet in Soldotna Highschool.
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