Board rewrites Kenai late-run king plan

After a day of heavy clashes and divided votes, the Board of Fisheries reformed late-run king salmon management on the Kenai River to loosen restrictions… Continue reading

A group of commercial east side setnetters gather to discuss proposals at the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Truth in numbers: Board of Fisheries debates sockeye escapement, increases inriver goal

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that the Board of Fisheries changed the upper tier of the inriver goal from 1.3 million… Continue reading

A group of commercial east side setnetters gather to discuss proposals at the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Delayed information leads to confusion over king goals

One common thread running through the discussion over the new large-fish Kenai king salmon goals: Frustration at being late to the game. Members of the… Continue reading

Some question value of Kenai sockeye optimum escapement goal

There’s one thing that people at the Board of Fisheries agreed on on Sunday — the escapement goal management for the Kenai River late-run sockeye… Continue reading

Public battles over drift fishing corridors at fish board

To be or not to be is the question for the Upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet fishing corridor. The corridor, which restricts Cook Inlet’s 500-some… Continue reading

More restrictions proposed for Northern District setnetters

Setnetting on the beaches of northern Cook Inlet isn’t a very visible fishery, but participants argue it’s a viable one. The Northern Cook Inlet setnet… Continue reading

Fish and Game presents rationale on big fish king goal

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to transition the Kenai River early and late king salmon run escapement goals to count big fish… Continue reading

Cast members perform a song and dance number during a run-through of “Guys and Dolls” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Guys and Dolls’ set to open Friday

One of the country’s best-loved musicals will hit the stage in Kenai this weekend for a six-performance run. The Kenai Performers’ rendition of “Guys and… Continue reading

Cast members perform a song and dance number during a run-through of “Guys and Dolls” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
In the final game of the Kenai Senior Olympics pool tournament, Max Pitts watches his shot while his opponent, last year’s champion Ken Losser, rests in the background on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Kenai Teen Center in Kenai, Alaska. Losser won, remaining undefeated in this year’s 8-player double elimination competion, though narrowly — Pitts scratched on the eight ball. The 13th annual Senior Olympics will continue until Saturday with events including poker, pinochle, ping-pong, darts, dominoes, cribbage, basketball, and Wii bowling. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
In the final game of the Kenai Senior Olympics pool tournament, Max Pitts watches his shot while his opponent, last year’s champion Ken Losser, rests in the background on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at the Kenai Teen Center in Kenai, Alaska. Losser won, remaining undefeated in this year’s 8-player double elimination competion, though narrowly — Pitts scratched on the eight ball. The 13th annual Senior Olympics will continue until Saturday with events including poker, pinochle, ping-pong, darts, dominoes, cribbage, basketball, and Wii bowling. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Bill would define independent contractors, reform worker’s compensations system

The state is trying to combat employee misclassification by tightening the reins on definitions of independent contractors versus employees. Independent contractors work on a freelance… Continue reading

Troopers: Woman’s death was non-criminal

Alaska State Troopers have determined that a Soldotna woman’s death was non-criminal. The State Medical Examiner’s office determined that Louise Tall-Burgess, who was found dead… Continue reading

In this August 2016 picture, people walk along the main historic downtown street of Hope, Alaska. Hope, a small unincorporated town along the Turnagain Arm at the end of the 18-mile Hope Highway, is a popular tourist destination in the summer months for its hiking and boating opportunities and for its historical value. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

New trail in the works for Hope

Residents of Hope have wanted a separated trail off their highway for a long time. The narrow, winding highway, which stretches 18 miles along a… Continue reading

In this August 2016 picture, people walk along the main historic downtown street of Hope, Alaska. Hope, a small unincorporated town along the Turnagain Arm at the end of the 18-mile Hope Highway, is a popular tourist destination in the summer months for its hiking and boating opportunities and for its historical value. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Tatihana DeHoyos, an eighth-grader at Skyview Middle School, tapes up a flyer with assistance from Kendra Rolence (far left) and Priscila Moreno (center), both seventh-graders at Skyview Middle School, to promote a pancake breakfast fundraiser for a school trip on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Soldotna, Alaska. DeHoyos and other eighth-graders from the middle school will travel to Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Virginia, and New York City to visit museums and monuments and take in a Broadway show during the last week of May. They held a pancake breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Soldotna on Sunday from 12p.m. &

Photo: Brunching for a reason

Tatihana DeHoyos, an eighth-grader at Skyview Middle School, tapes up a flyer with assistance from Kendra Rolence (far left) and Priscila Moreno (center), both seventh-graders… Continue reading

Tatihana DeHoyos, an eighth-grader at Skyview Middle School, tapes up a flyer with assistance from Kendra Rolence (far left) and Priscila Moreno (center), both seventh-graders at Skyview Middle School, to promote a pancake breakfast fundraiser for a school trip on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Soldotna, Alaska. DeHoyos and other eighth-graders from the middle school will travel to Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Virginia, and New York City to visit museums and monuments and take in a Broadway show during the last week of May. They held a pancake breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Soldotna on Sunday from 12p.m. &
In this June 2016 photo, a guide rows clients on the Kasilof River near the confluence with Crooked Creek in Kasilof, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

State halts Kasilof boat landing project

A controversial project to install a new boat ramp on the banks of the Kasilof River has been put on hold. The project, known as… Continue reading

In this June 2016 photo, a guide rows clients on the Kasilof River near the confluence with Crooked Creek in Kasilof, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Nikiski man arrested for threatening troopers, snow plowers with shotgun

A Nikiski man is in custody after reportedly threatening two people in a snow plowing truck and Alaska State Troopers. Michael Wicker, 56, allegedly pointed… Continue reading

Conservation groups move to intervene in predator control lawsuits

A group of than a dozen environmental groups is attempting to become a party to two lawsuits against the National Park Service and the U.S.… Continue reading

Photo: Hazardous flying conditions

A flock of ravens scatters when a gust of wind blows through the group as it tries to take off on Sunday in Kenai. Sunday morning brought temperatures around zero, strong winds and blowing snow to the western Kenai Peninsula, part of a stormsystem moving across Southcentral Alaska. The National Weather Service issued a warning about hazardous driving conditions after the drastic change in weather between sunny, cold Saturday and blustery Sunday. Several inches of snow were possible Sunday on the peninsula and in Kodiak. Temperatures were predicted to rise rapidly along the Gulf of Alaska coast beginning Monday, with rain following snow. It wasn’t clear how much warm air would be brought into the area by the system, according to the announcement, but “difficult travel conditions across much of Southcentral over the next several days are increasingly likely, especially for the Monday morning and evening commutes” as the rain turned to ice on the roadways. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)… Continue reading

New plaintiff to join lawsuit against borough

The lawsuit against the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its assembly invocation policy is on its way back to state court, with a new plaintiff. The… Continue reading

The time is now: Ice fishing

The time is now: Ice fishing

It had been a grueling though breathtakingly beautiful afternoon, skiing, breaking trail for nearly six hours in order to reach a remote Kenai National Wildlife… Continue reading

The time is now: Ice fishing

Mayor addresses state, borough outlook

Though the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the state are separate entities in charge of their own finances, the two are so intertwined that the future… Continue reading