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Firefighters respond to a controlled fire in a group of conexes off of Arc Loop Road in Soldotna. The area was set up to resemble a home and a fire was set in different sections of the building to test the firefighters. The training on Thursday was part of the Alaska Fire Conference which is being held in Kenai this week. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Conference brings Alaska firefighters to Kenai

By KAT SORENSEN Peninsula Clarion According to Jason Buist, a lieutenant with the Fort Wainwright Fire Department in Fairbanks, the best way to learn how… Continue reading

 

Kenai hosts Silver Salmon Derby second year in a row

Kenai’s second Silver Salmon Derby starts Friday. The derby is unlike other derbies you’ll see around the state. Where one town gives a prize to… Continue reading

 

Meth, heroin and marijuana top peninsula illicit drug seizures

Peninsula police departments confiscated about $150,000 in illegal drugs — the majority heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana — in 2017, according to a new Alaska State… Continue reading

 

Karolee Hansen, Elizabeth Appleby and Carol Bannock attended the city’s first TRASHersize event on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at the Kenai Library, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

City of Kenai combats trail trash with lunchtime event

The city of Kenai is sponsoring three lunchtime events that city planner, Elizabeth Appleby, hopes will promote a cleaner, more engaged city. The events, called… Continue reading

Karolee Hansen, Elizabeth Appleby and Carol Bannock attended the city’s first TRASHersize event on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at the Kenai Library, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Senior Judge Elaine Andrews discussed Alaska’s merit-based judge selection system at the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber luncheon, “Alaska’s Judicial Evaluation Process: How to be an informed voter on the judges on the November ballot,” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska.

Retired judge: Judge candidates on ballots have been vetted

Do your homework before voting no — that was the message a former judge gave members of the business community during a presentation Wednesday. At… Continue reading

Senior Judge Elaine Andrews discussed Alaska’s merit-based judge selection system at the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber luncheon, “Alaska’s Judicial Evaluation Process: How to be an informed voter on the judges on the November ballot,” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska.
Cody Schaefer, left, and Shayla Smith compete against each other in a net pull at Industry Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Industry Appreciation Day celebrates area businesses

The community is invited to feast on a roasted pig from the local 4-H club, 360 pounds of salmon fillets, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and… Continue reading

Cody Schaefer, left, and Shayla Smith compete against each other in a net pull at Industry Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kara Moriarty gives her Alaska Oil and Gas Association industry update on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Industry rep: Demand for oil and gas still strong, despite production decline

Wednesday’s joint Chamber Luncheon hosted CEO and president of Alaska Oil and Gas Association Kara Moriarty, who offered an update on the industry. Although production… Continue reading

Kara Moriarty gives her Alaska Oil and Gas Association industry update on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Election in District O, District 29 too close to call

Though the primary polls are closed, some of the races are too close to call until every last vote has been counted. On the peninsula,… Continue reading

Surgeon general tours Dena’ina Wellness Center as part of statewide tour

The federal official tasked with providing health advice to the nation last week lauded the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s holistic approach to health care. In a… Continue reading

John Skidmore, the director of the Alaska Department of Law’s criminal division, addresses a crowd gathered for a town hall meeting on crime at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Despite reform bills, central peninsula residents still frustrated by crime

Though multiple bills have overhauled the criminal justice system in Alaska in the past few years, the tone of discussion on crime on the central… Continue reading

John Skidmore, the director of the Alaska Department of Law’s criminal division, addresses a crowd gathered for a town hall meeting on crime at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Man indicted for third time in 2014 Christmas Day car crash

Kenai prosecutors are trying for a third time to convict a man involved in a 2014 Christmas Day car crash that caused a young girl… Continue reading

New restaurant to come to Kenai Airport

The new business Brothers’ Cafe is moving into the Kenai Municipal Airport terminal’s restaurant space. Jim Hamilton, who co-owns the new business with his brother,… Continue reading

People from across the Peninsula celebrated three days of fish, love and music over the weekend at the eighth-annual Salmonfest in Ninilchik. Hosted at the… Continue reading

The Kenai Airport Commission has proposed that this sign, designed by the Kenai Neon Sign Company, face the Kenai Spur Highway from the annual wildflower field that Kenai’s city government plants in the vacant municipal land between the Spur and Lawton Drive. The Kenai Airport Commission has been developing plans for the sign — which would occupy a city-owned property legally dedicated to support the Kenai Municipal Airport and long contested between residential neighbors and prospective developers — since October 2017. The Kenai City Council will vote on whether to erect it after it’s considered by the Kenai Beautification Committee, then again by the Airport Commission. (Courtesy of the City of Kenai)

Kenai debates adding sign to Lawton Acres’ Field of Flowers

The Kenai Airport Commission’s plans for a sign marking the the annual wildflower field the city plants in a vacant municipal lot on Lawton Drive… Continue reading

The Kenai Airport Commission has proposed that this sign, designed by the Kenai Neon Sign Company, face the Kenai Spur Highway from the annual wildflower field that Kenai’s city government plants in the vacant municipal land between the Spur and Lawton Drive. The Kenai Airport Commission has been developing plans for the sign — which would occupy a city-owned property legally dedicated to support the Kenai Municipal Airport and long contested between residential neighbors and prospective developers — since October 2017. The Kenai City Council will vote on whether to erect it after it’s considered by the Kenai Beautification Committee, then again by the Airport Commission. (Courtesy of the City of Kenai)

Soldotna woman accused of abuse, Medicaid fraud

A Soldotna woman has been accused of fraud and abuse of a vulnerable adult for allegedly taking Medicaid funds while allowing her charge to live… Continue reading

Kenai man hit, killed by car on Spur

A Kenai man has died after being hit by a car on the Kenai Spur Highway on Tuesday night. Monte Necessary, 36, was allegedly crossing… Continue reading

Women arrested for spending thousands with stolen credit cards

Eight women have been charged for allegedly using a handful of stolen credit cards to purchase more than $8,000 worth of goods during a series… Continue reading

Eight attorneys apply for Kenai Superior Court

Sitting judges, a public defender, assistant district attorneys and a private practice lawyer are among the eight applicants vying to become the next Kenai Superior… Continue reading

Dipnetter Brad Gamblin (left) digs in the sand of Kenai’s north beach with his grandchildren Stella (in blue) and Marly Wilson on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. The three, plus grandmother Cher Gamblin, brought the grandchildren on their first dipnetting trip this year. The morning, Brad Gamblin said, “was very productive.” Getting up early, he said the family had caught a dozen salmon by 9 a.m. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai’s exclusivity offering fails to bring vendors to the dipnet

This year’s personal-use dipnet fishery hasn’t draw many vendors to the north and south beaches along the mouth of the Kenai River. Nor did the… Continue reading

Dipnetter Brad Gamblin (left) digs in the sand of Kenai’s north beach with his grandchildren Stella (in blue) and Marly Wilson on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. The three, plus grandmother Cher Gamblin, brought the grandchildren on their first dipnetting trip this year. The morning, Brad Gamblin said, “was very productive.” Getting up early, he said the family had caught a dozen salmon by 9 a.m. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
Melody Miller (left) disentangles a salmon she just netted on Kenai’s north beach with the help of her daughter Manuia Tufi on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. The two had recently after arrived from Anchorage and had caught the day’s first fish. Miller said this is her seventh year of dipnetting in Kenai. On Thursday afternoon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the fishery will close two days early, at 12:01 a.m on Monday. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetting to close early, sockeye bag limit reduced

Personal-use dipnetting on the Kenai River will end two days early this year, and sportfishermen will be limited to a one fish per day for… Continue reading

Melody Miller (left) disentangles a salmon she just netted on Kenai’s north beach with the help of her daughter Manuia Tufi on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. The two had recently after arrived from Anchorage and had caught the day’s first fish. Miller said this is her seventh year of dipnetting in Kenai. On Thursday afternoon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the fishery will close two days early, at 12:01 a.m on Monday. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)