Coronavirus

Buttons given to Cash Mob members are seen here in this undated photo. ((Photo courtesy Rhonda McCormick))

Cash mob carries on

Local shopping group adapts to changes while still infusing local businesses with extra revenue

Buttons given to Cash Mob members are seen here in this undated photo. ((Photo courtesy Rhonda McCormick))
Kenai Central High School sophomore Amelia Mueller is back home after leaving her foreign exchange student program in Argentina early due to the threat of the new coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Amelia Mueller)

Foreign exchange students navigate pandemic

“I was having a great time and I was pretty bummed I had to go home.”

Kenai Central High School sophomore Amelia Mueller is back home after leaving her foreign exchange student program in Argentina early due to the threat of the new coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Amelia Mueller)
Brewery expands to groceries

Brewery expands to groceries

Kenai River Brewing is partnering with Sysco to pass on pantry items directly to customers.

Brewery expands to groceries
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: State will move toward reopening economy slowly, safely

7 new cases announced Thursday brings state total to 300

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)
A juvenile bald eagle that was rehabilitated by the Bird Treatment and Learning Center is released into the wild during the Kenai River Festival at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna on June 8, 2019.

Kenai River Festival canceled

Another summertime event on the Kenai Peninsula has been canceled due to the threat of COVID-19. This time, it’s the annual Kenai River Festival. The… Continue reading

A juvenile bald eagle that was rehabilitated by the Bird Treatment and Learning Center is released into the wild during the Kenai River Festival at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna on June 8, 2019.
Kenai Superior Court Judge Jennifer Wells

Voices of the Peninsula: Pilot project for electronic filing enables courts to serve Alaskans during pandemic

Many emergency and priority court proceedings cannot wait until the pandemic is over

Kenai Superior Court Judge Jennifer Wells
Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Bristol Bay is focused on local health and safety — not mine permitting

Bristol Bay knows all too well the devastating impacts of a pandemic.

Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
VA to host Tele-town hall for vets Thursday

VA to host Tele-town hall for vets Thursday

The event will discuss how the VA has changed its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VA to host Tele-town hall for vets Thursday
This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Cruise ship companies cancel, postpone Alaska sailings

Alaska’s shortened summer season made operating “simply not viable.”

This Sept. 7, 2007, file photo shows Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” docked in Seward. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)
Pyper Dixon and Erik Johnson, both of Seward, sprint for the finish of the Mount Marathon Race on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Mount Marathon Race postponed indefinitely

There won’t be a Mount Marathon Race on July 4 in Seward for the first time since 1942.

Pyper Dixon and Erik Johnson, both of Seward, sprint for the finish of the Mount Marathon Race on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
A closed sign is posted at a retail store shuttered due to the new coronavirus, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy aims to get state “back to normal”

Governor announces several changes aimed at reopening the Alaska economy.

A closed sign is posted at a retail store shuttered due to the new coronavirus, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Lifting health mandates could lead to virus ‘rebound’

A quick return to business as usual could cause a significant uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases if not done properly, modeling from the… Continue reading

Mike Tuhy, owner and operator of the Tower Rock Lodge in Kenai casts for trout in the Upper River Kenai on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

State offers guidance to anglers

Sport and personal use fishing in Alaska will remain open consistent with health mandates.

Mike Tuhy, owner and operator of the Tower Rock Lodge in Kenai casts for trout in the Upper River Kenai on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks during a Tuesday, April 7, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

New state mandate OKs quarantine shelters for emergency workers, homeless

The program will use “non-congregate shelter solutions,” including hotels and dorms, to house people.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum speaks during a Tuesday, April 7, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Sen. Dan Sullivan chair a roundtable meeting on the Alaska-British Columbia Transboundary mining at the Federal Building in Juneau on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Senators reach out to Alaskans in audioconference meetings

The senators held conferences to share how Congress has responded to the pandemic.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Sen. Dan Sullivan chair a roundtable meeting on the Alaska-British Columbia Transboundary mining at the Federal Building in Juneau on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Dave Reaves (courtesy photo)

Alaska Voices: Skilled Alaskan workers deserve our thanks

No matter what we are doing, this pandemic has proven how heavily we rely on technology, utilities.

Dave Reaves (courtesy photo)
The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA announces meeting; tells members not to attend

HEA’s bylaws require that a meeting of the members is held every year in the first week of May.

The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Everyone is learning a new way to learn’

Teachers, students adapt to online school during pandemic

Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Thursday, April 9, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

8th Alaskan dies of COVID-19, Kenai reports its 3rd case

11 new cases reported Saturday, bringing state total to 257

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Thursday, April 9, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
A kit used to collect samples that are tested for COVID-19 is seen at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula receives federal aid to tackle COVID-19 pandemic

Several local organizations are receiving financial help and resources to boost area public health capabilities and increase testing capacities. The federal government recently sent the… Continue reading

A kit used to collect samples that are tested for COVID-19 is seen at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)