From left, Brandiee, Helen, Donalen, Donald and Candice Bowers. (Photo provided by Bowers family)

KCHS volleyball to raise funds for family battling cancer

“Just knowing the people I’ve volunteered for and helped out are helping me back is special.”

From left, Brandiee, Helen, Donalen, Donald and Candice Bowers. (Photo provided by Bowers family)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly to vote on changing service board elections to appointments

The borough has 12 service boards, of which seven boards include elected positions.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A special assembly meeting is held at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Election results to be certified Tuesday

Three new members of the assembly will be sworn in.

A special assembly meeting is held at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor

Peninsula drought downgraded

The area’s ongoing drought saw significant improvement this week. The drought was downgraded, according to Thursday’s updated U.S. Drought Monitor map. A majority of the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor
Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The council voted to postpone a resolution that would authorize the city manager to submit a petition to annex to the state’s Local Boundary Commission. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna to see new council members, mayor

Soldotna residents should expect changes to their city council in the coming months. Tyson Cox, a current member on the Soldotna City Council, offered his… Continue reading

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The council voted to postpone a resolution that would authorize the city manager to submit a petition to annex to the state’s Local Boundary Commission. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

“Evening of Classics” dedicated to late music mentor

The annual ‘Evening of Classics’ concert that graces the halls of Soldotna’s Christ Lutheran Church every year in October will be without one of the… Continue reading

Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer responded to the incident and are coordinating with the responsible party and state authorities to mitigate further pollution. The dock continues to erode, but all remaining hazardous materials have been removed. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Portion of Nikiski dock collapses in Cook Inlet

Heavy seas reportedly collapsed a 50-foot section of the Offshore Systems Kenai dock in Nikiski.

Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer responded to the incident and are coordinating with the responsible party and state authorities to mitigate further pollution. The dock continues to erode, but all remaining hazardous materials have been removed. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Incident Management Team)

Local agencies take control of Swan Lake Fire

The fire is 90% contained.

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Incident Management Team)
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, at 10 Street and Glacier Avenue, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

PFD’s impact on state wide-ranging

The check impacts many aspects of socioeconomic life in Alaska.

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, at 10 Street and Glacier Avenue, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A sign directing voters to the polls stands outside Soldotna City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Bjorkman, Cox, Johnson lead early returns

Voters decide on Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members.

A sign directing voters to the polls stands outside Soldotna City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Early results show Carey besting Parker

Carey took in 300 votes or 54% of the vote, while Parker took in 240 votes, or 43% of the vote.

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Patti Truesdell, a retired teacher, is running for the Kalifornsky seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. (Photo courtesy of Truesdell)

Truesdell leads Lockwood in school board race

Truesdell brought in 230 votes or 40% of the vote as of Tuesday night.

Patti Truesdell, a retired teacher, is running for the Kalifornsky seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. (Photo courtesy of Truesdell)
A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Props 1, 2 failing by wide margin

Proposition 1 sought to change borough government to a manager-based system.

A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Supporters wave signs in support of Proposition A, to ban single-use plastic bags, and for Homer City Council candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer voters approve plastic bag ban; Evensen to serve on council

Voters approved the bag ban with 748 yes votes to 406 no votes.

Supporters wave signs in support of Proposition A, to ban single-use plastic bags, and for Homer City Council candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Election Day on the Kenai Peninsula

Updated: Polls closed at 8 p.m. across the Kenai Peninsula and the votes have been tallied. Below are the unofficial results as they stand at… Continue reading

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                                Cole Harmon shows off his great wheel — also known as a muckle wheel — during the Fireweed FiberFest at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Harmon spins with qiviut, which is the inner wool of the musk ox and is harvested by Alaska Native elders in Nome. Harmon discovered recently that his wheel was built in the 1750s out of salvaged shipwreck wood by Quakers on the east coast. The wood itself is about 900 years old and was originally harvested in Scotland.

Spin City

Fireweed FiberFest comes to Soldotna

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                                Cole Harmon shows off his great wheel — also known as a muckle wheel — during the Fireweed FiberFest at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Harmon spins with qiviut, which is the inner wool of the musk ox and is harvested by Alaska Native elders in Nome. Harmon discovered recently that his wheel was built in the 1750s out of salvaged shipwreck wood by Quakers on the east coast. The wood itself is about 900 years old and was originally harvested in Scotland.

Report: Toxic chemical found in water of many Alaska towns

The toxin has not been found at unsafe levels in Kenai.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the nomination of state Rep. Josh Revak to an open state Senate seat during a news conference Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy’s first choice for the seat, Rep. Laddie Shaw, was rejected by Senate Republicans, who now will consider Revak’s nomination. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Nearly every Alaskan will get $1,606 oil check

Dunleavy reminded people that it could have been much bigger.

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces the nomination of state Rep. Josh Revak to an open state Senate seat during a news conference Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy’s first choice for the seat, Rep. Laddie Shaw, was rejected by Senate Republicans, who now will consider Revak’s nomination. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Stand-up comedy brings laughs for worthy cause

“Comedy at The Catch” raised money for the Special Olympics.