Coronavirus

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)
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)