Kenai Peninsula Borough

Assembly approves 10-year agreement with CPH

The Kenai Peninsula Borough and Central Peninsula Hospital have a contract for the next decade. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved an operating agreement for… Continue reading

Assembly debates bed tax, introduces sales tax cap increase

The Kenai Peninsula’s lodging industry is mounting opposition to the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration’s proposed bed tax. The borough assembly is considering a ballot proposition… Continue reading

Voters cast their ballots at the Kasilof Fire Station on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Step on up, take a seat

With 42 elected offices opening up this fall, Kenai Peninsula residents will have ample opportunity to get involved in local governments. On October 3, voters… Continue reading

Voters cast their ballots at the Kasilof Fire Station on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Ordinance would place bonds for borough building on ballot

Kenai Peninsula voters may get a chance to decide whether the Kenai Peninsula Borough should issue bonds to pay for renovations to the borough administration… Continue reading

This March 29, 2017 photo shows Central Peninsula Hospital’s River Tower, which houses specialty medical services, in Soldotna, Alaska. The tower was completed in January 2017 as part of a multi-year service and infrastructure expansion at the hospital. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Several issues stick in hospital operating agreement

As the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly goes through the process of renewing the agreement allowing a nonprofit to operate Central Peninsula Hospital, there are a… Continue reading

This March 29, 2017 photo shows Central Peninsula Hospital’s River Tower, which houses specialty medical services, in Soldotna, Alaska. The tower was completed in January 2017 as part of a multi-year service and infrastructure expansion at the hospital. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Pipeline may come to Ladd Landing; coal terminal won’t

After its May decision to stop seeking permits, Delaware-based PacRim Coal is giving up what had been a key piece of property in its plans… Continue reading

Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly listen to testimony Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Soldonta on the introduction of an ordinance that would be put to a vote if the borough should ban marijuana cultivation in the rural areas. The assembly set public hearing for the ordinance for Feb. 24 - the day marijuana legalization goes into effect.

Public speaks on marijuana cultivation ordinance

Kenai Peninsula residents may have a ballot measure on marijuana cultivation to consider if an ordinance introduced at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting is… Continue reading

Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly listen to testimony Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Soldonta on the introduction of an ordinance that would be put to a vote if the borough should ban marijuana cultivation in the rural areas. The assembly set public hearing for the ordinance for Feb. 24 - the day marijuana legalization goes into effect.

Borough to settle Dunne free speech case

The court case between a current Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member and the borough administration has reached a conclusion. Willy Dunne, who has represented District… Continue reading

Assembly to consider bed tax

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider whether to send a borough-wide bed tax to voters at its next meeting. The tax, proposed by Borough… Continue reading

This map included in a geographic names report by the Alaska Historical Commission shows the proposed names for three peaks and a ridge near Moose Pass, Alaska. (Courtesy the Alaska Historical Commission)

Assembly denies support for naming Moose Pass mountains

What’s in a mountain’s name? Sometimes it’s the history of a mountain, like Mount Marathon, named for the annual race run there since 1915. Sometimes… Continue reading

This map included in a geographic names report by the Alaska Historical Commission shows the proposed names for three peaks and a ridge near Moose Pass, Alaska. (Courtesy the Alaska Historical Commission)
In this November 2016 photo, the Seward Highway stretches southward toward the town of Seward near Moose Pass, Alaska. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently approved an ordinance forming an emergency medical service area corridor along the highway system on the eastern Kenai Peninsula to provide more thorough emergency response coverage for the thousands of travelers that cross the highway every year. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Assembly confirms Eastern Peninsula Highway Emergency Service Area board members

The five seats on the newly formed East Peninsula Highway Emergency Service Area’s board of directors have been filled. The board’s first job is to… Continue reading

In this November 2016 photo, the Seward Highway stretches southward toward the town of Seward near Moose Pass, Alaska. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently approved an ordinance forming an emergency medical service area corridor along the highway system on the eastern Kenai Peninsula to provide more thorough emergency response coverage for the thousands of travelers that cross the highway every year. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
This March 29, 2017 photo shows Central Peninsula Hospital’s River Tower, which houses specialty medical services, in Soldotna, Alaska. The tower was completed in January 2017 as part of a multi-year service and infrastructure expansion at the hospital. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly introduces new hospital operating agreement

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is wading into the legal thicket of renewing Central Peninsula Hospital’s lease and operating agreement. The Kenai Peninsula Borough owns… Continue reading

This March 29, 2017 photo shows Central Peninsula Hospital’s River Tower, which houses specialty medical services, in Soldotna, Alaska. The tower was completed in January 2017 as part of a multi-year service and infrastructure expansion at the hospital. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough administration seeks to patch up fund balance

If all expenses and revenues shake out as predicted, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will have to draw about $4.15 million out of its fund balance… Continue reading

Borough plans composting pilot project in Homer area

The Homer area may get a little greener with its food waste if a planned composting project comes to fruition. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is… Continue reading

This line graph shows the changes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough property tax rate in five-year intervals since 1970 using information from a budget handout distributed during the Borough Assembly’s Tuesday, June 6, 2017 meeting.

Assembly passes budget with minor adjustments, shoots down tax measures

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the $49.7 million funding amount proposed for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was included… Continue reading

This line graph shows the changes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough property tax rate in five-year intervals since 1970 using information from a budget handout distributed during the Borough Assembly’s Tuesday, June 6, 2017 meeting.

Assembly passes budget, no new taxes

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed its approximately $83 million general fund budget Tuesday after several amendments and lengthy testimony. The assembly amended the budget… Continue reading

Items to watch for in the borough budget discussions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has some decisions to make this week that boil down to a debate between raising the budget for education or… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital sees sharp drop in net income

Central Peninsula Hospital sees sharp drop in net income

Central Peninsula Hospital’s revenue dropped 91 percent the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 as compared to the year before. The Soldotna-based hospital’s board and… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital sees sharp drop in net income

Assembly approves multi-million hospital expansion

Central Peninsula Hospital is moving forward with plans to update its obstetrics wing and to install the Kenai Peninsula’s first catheterization lab. The hospital, located… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Tom Wilkinson, director of nurses, talks about surgical recovery rooms while Jake Savely, surgical tech listens during a tour of the Surgery Center of Kenai, LLC., Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Surgery Center of Kenai seeks transfer agreement with CPH

The Surgery Center of Kenai recently opened its doors to patients on Trading Bay Road in Kenai, but it is facing some restrictions on which… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Tom Wilkinson, director of nurses, talks about surgical recovery rooms while Jake Savely, surgical tech listens during a tour of the Surgery Center of Kenai, LLC., Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.