Central Kenai pot store permitted on second try

A strip mall location in central Kenai is both a blessing and a curse for the planned marijuana retailer East Rip, whose city permit was… Continue reading

Brittany Liles operates a grain shop during Bethlehem Revisited at the College Heights Baptist Church in Soldotna on Saturday night. The event invites guests to explore the streets of Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did the night of Jesus Christ’s birth. The free event continues to Monday night and is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a nativity reenactment at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. each night. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

O Come, All Ye Faithful

The College Heights Baptist Church in Soldotna is inviting guests to travel back to Bethlehem with a stroll through the streets of the bustling city.… Continue reading

Brittany Liles operates a grain shop during Bethlehem Revisited at the College Heights Baptist Church in Soldotna on Saturday night. The event invites guests to explore the streets of Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did the night of Jesus Christ’s birth. The free event continues to Monday night and is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a nativity reenactment at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. each night. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
In this April 2017 photo, the Sterling HIghway crosses the Kenai River and runs through the community of Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

DEC: Kenai River turbidity exceeds standards

The water of the Kenai River is turbid to be classified as an impaired water body, according to a draft water quality report from the… Continue reading

In this April 2017 photo, the Sterling HIghway crosses the Kenai River and runs through the community of Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
Gary Dawkins, owner of Gary’s Auto Electric, removes an old headlight from a customer’s van Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at his shop near Soldotna, Alaska. After more than 30 years in the business, Dawkins will close Gary’s Auto Electric on Friday with one additional clearout opening scheduled for Jan. 15. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

After 3 decades, Gary’s Auto Electric to close

A mismatched collection of items welcomes visitors to Gary’s Auto Electric. A dog the size of a black lab puppy but with grey hair around… Continue reading

Gary Dawkins, owner of Gary’s Auto Electric, removes an old headlight from a customer’s van Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at his shop near Soldotna, Alaska. After more than 30 years in the business, Dawkins will close Gary’s Auto Electric on Friday with one additional clearout opening scheduled for Jan. 15. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
A smartphone user interacts with the Dipnet Kenai app — created by the city of Kenai for the 2017 dipnet fishery — on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Peninsual Clarion office in Kenai. In its debut year, the app had 8,474 downloads. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnet Kenai app looks back on debut year

Kenai is shifting the emphasis of how it manages the roughly 20,000 personal-use dipnet fishermen who come to town from July 10–31 from merely keeping… Continue reading

A smartphone user interacts with the Dipnet Kenai app — created by the city of Kenai for the 2017 dipnet fishery — on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Peninsual Clarion office in Kenai. In its debut year, the app had 8,474 downloads. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) speaks to the joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce at a luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Giessel spoke about Senate Bill 112, a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform bill, which was introduced last session and will go before the Legislature again this upcoming January. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Legislature to consider worker’s comp overhaul

A bill before the Legislature in the upcoming session would overhaul workers’ compensation to lessen the overall cost of the program in the state. Senate… Continue reading

Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) speaks to the joint Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce at a luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Giessel spoke about Senate Bill 112, a comprehensive workers’ compensation reform bill, which was introduced last session and will go before the Legislature again this upcoming January. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

School board to add video component to live stream in February

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be adding a video component to its meeting’s live stream with the Feb. 5 meeting as a tentative… Continue reading

A northern pike swims in the weedy shallows of a lake. (Photo courtesy Jason Ching)

Fish and Game talks pike eradication on Tote Road

Neighbors in the Tote Road area have mixed feelings about the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s plan to eradicate northern pike from the lakes… Continue reading

A northern pike swims in the weedy shallows of a lake. (Photo courtesy Jason Ching)
In his first match, boxer Melvin Clark, Jr., (left) evades a punch from his experienced opponent, Doug McFresh, during the Fight Before Christmas 2 matches on Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Both fighters were from Nikiski. After three rounds, McFresh won. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Fight Before Xmas brings excitement to Soldotna

Expect the unexpected. That was the apparent theme Saturday night at the jazzed-up Soldotna Regional Sports Complex, which played host to The Fight Before Christmas… Continue reading

In his first match, boxer Melvin Clark, Jr., (left) evades a punch from his experienced opponent, Doug McFresh, during the Fight Before Christmas 2 matches on Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Both fighters were from Nikiski. After three rounds, McFresh won. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchor Point man in hospital after being shot by trooper

An Anchor Point man is in the hospital in Anchorage after being shot by an Alaska State Trooper during a confrontation Sunday night. Fernando Ospina,… Continue reading

The Kenai River flows by the newly restored riverbank of Dow Island on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Funny River, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Borough holds hearing on Dow Island gravel violations

One of the men accused of illegally placing gravel in the Kenai River says he did so because he believed it to be an emergency,… Continue reading

The Kenai River flows by the newly restored riverbank of Dow Island on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Funny River, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
Hearing officer spikes ethics complaint Allegation by recall sponsor ‘borders on the frivilous,’ he says

Hearing officer spikes ethics complaint Allegation by recall sponsor ‘borders on the frivilous,’ he says

Saying an ethics complaint filed by a Homer recall supporter “borders on the frivolous,” an Anchorage administrative law judge last Friday dismissed a complaint filed… Continue reading

Hearing officer spikes ethics complaint Allegation by recall sponsor ‘borders on the frivilous,’ he says
Crash in Turnagain Pass sends 1 to hospital

Police look for tips about slain dogs

Alaska State Troopers, community members and the Peninsula Crime Stoppers are looking for tips after a family dog was fatally shot in the Kalifornsky Beach… Continue reading

Crash in Turnagain Pass sends 1 to hospital
In this September 2017 photo, pink salmon swim up a drainage ditch at Beluga Slough in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Data shows Prince William Sound pink salmon in Homer streams

The wash of pink salmon that showed up in streams across Lower Cook Inlet this year weren’t all local stocks — in some streams, up… Continue reading

In this September 2017 photo, pink salmon swim up a drainage ditch at Beluga Slough in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Kenai home school team ‘Aqua Intelligence’ won top prize for core values on Saturday at the First Lego League competition held at the Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai. The event recognized awards in five categories. The champion’s award, project award, core values award, robot design award and robot performance award. The core values award recognizes a team that excels in inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism. The ‘Aqua Intelligence’ team showed “extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit” and understand that they can “accomplish more together than they could as individuals.” (Photo by Kat Sorensen/ Peninsula Clarion)

LEGO Water World

Students from across the Kenai Peninsula took on a big challenge, innovating the field of hydrodynamics, and they did it with LEGOs. This Saturday, the… Continue reading

The Kenai home school team ‘Aqua Intelligence’ won top prize for core values on Saturday at the First Lego League competition held at the Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai. The event recognized awards in five categories. The champion’s award, project award, core values award, robot design award and robot performance award. The core values award recognizes a team that excels in inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism. The ‘Aqua Intelligence’ team showed “extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit” and understand that they can “accomplish more together than they could as individuals.” (Photo by Kat Sorensen/ Peninsula Clarion)

District releases 5 year enrollment projection

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School district is predicting a slow, but steady, decline in enrollment over the next five years. This year, the district’s projection… Continue reading

Eyes on the sky

The Kenai Municipal Airport will be getting a quartet of publicly accessible, real-time cameras, meant to allow pilots planning a flight into Kenai to see… Continue reading

Hungry heart

Everyone from my hometown has a Bruce Springsteen story. I grew up just miles away from the concert venue where The Boss got his start.… Continue reading

Peninsula legislators preview next session

With a month until legislators head back to Juneau for the next regular session, the House and Senate majorities are as far apart as last… Continue reading

Two charter schools propose changes

Two charter schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are looking to the school board to amend their charter school contracts. Aurora Borealis Charter… Continue reading