Coronavirus

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Teachers eligible Thursday to schedule COVID vaccine appointments

The state announced the opening of a new eligibility group on Wednesday

A vial of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Central Emergency Services Station 1 on Friday, Dec. 18 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy during a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Screenshot)

186 new cases; state disaster declaration set to expire

Dunleavy said the potential extension of the declaration is in the Legislature’s hands

Gov. Mike Dunleavy during a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Screenshot)
Adam Crum, commissioner of the Alaska state health department, testifies before a state Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. Crum and other state officials have urged Alaska lawmakers to support Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed extension of a disaster emergency related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Questions loom with Alaska COVID-19 declaration set to end

Health and emergency officials warn a failure to extend could restrict the state’s ability to distribute vaccines.

Adam Crum, commissioner of the Alaska state health department, testifies before a state Senate committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. Crum and other state officials have urged Alaska lawmakers to support Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed extension of a disaster emergency related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
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15% of Alaskans have received at least 1 vaccine dose

As of Tuesday, more than 110,000 Alaskans had received at least one dose of their COVID vaccine.

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Peninsula COVID vaccinations far surpass infections

7,358 people in the “Kenai” region have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine

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Seward to launch shop local program

Shoppers may submit as many receipts as is necessary to reach $200.

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State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, has his temperature taken inside the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 19, 2021. The high tech check-ins have become routine over the past few weeks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

High tech temp check

Devices with camera, infrared scanner part of lawmakers’ routine

State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, has his temperature taken inside the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 19, 2021. The high tech check-ins have become routine over the past few weeks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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More than 100,000 Alaskans vaccinated as peninsula cases stay low

As of Friday, 139,151 of the 174,400 initial vaccine doses allocated to the state for December, January and February had been administered.

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1 peninsula case, 184 cases statewide

The state also reported one new hospitalization and no new deaths on Thursday

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A fishing vessel is drawfed by the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Juneau's downtown harbor in September 2014. On Thursday, Canada announced a ban on cruise vessels in Canadian waters through February 2022. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A fishing vessel is drawfed by the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Juneau's downtown harbor in September 2014. On Thursday, Canada announced a ban on cruise vessels in Canadian waters through February 2022. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Kenai City Council Candidate Teea Winger participates in a candidate forum with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in Kenai, Alaska on Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai City Council condemns Winger’s remarks on shop local program

The program, which went live Monday, offers financial incentives to shoppers at Kenai businesses

Kenai City Council Candidate Teea Winger participates in a candidate forum with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in Kenai, Alaska on Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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226 new cases statewide, 6 on peninsula

The state reported no new hospitalizations or deaths on Wednesday

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a presentation to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai on Wednesday.

Mayor: Pandemic upended borough budget

The borough expects to receive about $8 million less in revenue for fiscal year 2022 than it received in fiscal year 2019

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a presentation to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai on Wednesday.
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6 peninsula cases, 140 reported statewide

The state also reported four new hospitalizations and 17 new deaths on Tuesday

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Peninsula reports 1 new case

101 new cases were reported, 38 cases among nonresidents

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Former lawmaker to boost vitamin D usage at assembly

Former Alaska State House District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton will give a presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough during its Feb. 2 meeting about the… Continue reading

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Retired school nurse Tracy Silta adminsters the COVID-19 vaccine to Raymond Schoessler at the Soldotna Prep School in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Hundreds vaccinated in central pen clinics

The vaccine is currently available to front-line health care workers and residents over the age of 65.

Retired school nurse Tracy Silta adminsters the COVID-19 vaccine to Raymond Schoessler at the Soldotna Prep School in Soldotna, Alaska on Jan. 23, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Nurses Jessie Arthur, left, and Denise Haviland, right, pose for a photo with Mildred Evenson, center, after giving her her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 15, 2020. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Evenson)

101-year-old Kasilof resident reflects on pandemic, getting vaccine

Mildred Evenson was born when the Spanish Flu was infecting hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Nurses Jessie Arthur, left, and Denise Haviland, right, pose for a photo with Mildred Evenson, center, after giving her her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 15, 2020. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Evenson)
Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai shop local program goes live Monday

The program aims to stimulate the city economy by incentivizing local shopping

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Ty Smith, paramedic/firefighter with the Nikiski Fire Department, administers the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Ronald Huntsman of Nikiski during a clinic at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Jan. 30, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

After a year of isolation, seniors begin getting vaccines

Nikiski resident shares his vaccination experience

Ty Smith, paramedic/firefighter with the Nikiski Fire Department, administers the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Ronald Huntsman of Nikiski during a clinic at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Jan. 30, 2021. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)