Coronavirus

Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion                                Pamyua performs at the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna Creek Park in 2019.

Music in the Park returns to its local roots

Chamber hoping to hold music series once public gatherings are allowed.

Brian Mazurek / Peninsula Clarion                                Pamyua performs at the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna Creek Park in 2019.
A sign notifying the public of closure of nonessential businesses due to public health mandate 11 can be seen in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 1, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued guidelines allowing nonessential businesses to operate in a limited capacity on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Getting back to business

Mandate offers guidelines for nonessential businesses.

A sign notifying the public of closure of nonessential businesses due to public health mandate 11 can be seen in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 1, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued guidelines allowing nonessential businesses to operate in a limited capacity on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Mark Thiessen / associated press                                 A commercial van with signs on its back windows is driven through downtown Anchorage on Wednesday as part of a caravan of more than 80 vehicles. Participants urged local and state leaders to open up businesses shuttered temporarily while residents were told to stay home. The state will allow some businesses to open Friday, and the city of Anchorage will allow some Monday.

New mandate breaks down reopening protocols

Dunleavy outlines details for nonessential businesses; test criteria loosens

Mark Thiessen / associated press                                 A commercial van with signs on its back windows is driven through downtown Anchorage on Wednesday as part of a caravan of more than 80 vehicles. Participants urged local and state leaders to open up businesses shuttered temporarily while residents were told to stay home. The state will allow some businesses to open Friday, and the city of Anchorage will allow some Monday.
One of the kits used to collect samples that are tested for COVID-19 is seen here at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)                                One of the kits used to collect samples that are tested for COVID-19 is seen here at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Voices: Dunleavy is no friend to health care

The profound effects of underfunding Alaska’s health care system are just now coming to light.

One of the kits used to collect samples that are tested for COVID-19 is seen here at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)                                One of the kits used to collect samples that are tested for COVID-19 is seen here at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right: Sens. Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, all Republicans.
Alaska’s congressional delegation, from left to right: Sens. Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, all Republicans.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Juneau. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Office of the Governor)

Dunleavy unveils plan to disburse $1.25B in federal relief funds

Borough would receive $37 million in community assistance.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Juneau. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Office of the Governor)
Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26 in Soldotna.

Assembly pushes for opening economy, with caveats

On Wednesday, Dunleavy rolled out a plan to reopen sectors of the economy.

Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26 in Soldotna.
Church of the Rock Homer Pastor Aaron Weisser, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy Aaron Weisser)

Point of View: Opportunities for kindness and caring have never been as ripe

It has been truly amazing to see so many people from our community rally to support each other.

Church of the Rock Homer Pastor Aaron Weisser, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy Aaron Weisser)
Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin                                 Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai.

Students in Transition continues to provide services

The 18-year-old program helps homeless students and students no longer in the custody of parents.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin                                 Thirty duffel bags filled by the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors for children in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition Program are photographed in December 2018 in Kenai.
A sign announcing the pick-up only services at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen on April 1, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced loosened restrictions on dine-in services during a press conference on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy eases closure mandates

Restaurants, retails and personal care services open at limited capacity.

A sign announcing the pick-up only services at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen on April 1, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced loosened restrictions on dine-in services during a press conference on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly looks to shorten meetings, focus on COVID-19

Resolution would suspend discussions not related to the pandemic or other time-sensitive matters.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District building is closed on March 26, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Pyper Dixon crosses a bridge during the Dixon/Holden Memorial Tonsina Beach Trail Run on Wednesday, May 31, 2018, in the Caines Head State Recreation Area in Seward. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Recreating responsibly

State parks, national forest still open for business

Pyper Dixon crosses a bridge during the Dixon/Holden Memorial Tonsina Beach Trail Run on Wednesday, May 31, 2018, in the Caines Head State Recreation Area in Seward. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Two people shake hands at a community gathering and barbecue at the beach Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. The event was hosted by Homer’s Sons of Liberty to assert the right to assemble. Organizers said attendees were encouraged to practice social distancing guidelines. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer group holds beach barbecue with social distancing mandate still in place

Homer’s Sons of Liberty advocate right to assemble, while Alaska’s economy inches toward reopening

Two people shake hands at a community gathering and barbecue at the beach Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. The event was hosted by Homer’s Sons of Liberty to assert the right to assemble. Organizers said attendees were encouraged to practice social distancing guidelines. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Tuesday, April 14, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Dunleavy previews plan to reopen Alaska economy

Two new COVID-19 cases announced Monday bring state total to 321

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Tuesday, April 14, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Responding to a crisis

Local city councils take steps to address COVID-19

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Lessons of social isolation

We went from learning to wash our hands to eye-measuring 6 feet for social distancing.

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference in Anchorage on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: The experts Dunleavy ignored

Dunleavy has handled the pandemic admirably, but the financial crisis is a different story.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference in Anchorage on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
In this July 20, 2013 file photo, several thousand dipnetters converged onto the mouth of the Kenai River to catch a share of the late run of sockeye salmon headed into the river in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo/Rashah McChesney)

State eyes opening more of the economy

Dunleavy says retail sector is next; Crum talks commercial, sport fishing precautions

In this July 20, 2013 file photo, several thousand dipnetters converged onto the mouth of the Kenai River to catch a share of the late run of sockeye salmon headed into the river in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo/Rashah McChesney)