Paul Montenieri, the founder of the Soldotna senior softball league, releases a wreath in honor of Kurt Keltner on the Kenai River on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Keltner, who lived in Sterling during the summers and Colorado in the winters, has been missing since Aug. 4, when he was thrown from a fishing boat due to a mechanical error near Centennial Park and was not able to swim to shore. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

With no sign of missing man, community members say goodbye

Blustering winds and rain may have stopped the Soldotna senior softball league from playing their final game of the season Tuesday, but it wouldn’t stop… Continue reading

Paul Montenieri, the founder of the Soldotna senior softball league, releases a wreath in honor of Kurt Keltner on the Kenai River on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Keltner, who lived in Sterling during the summers and Colorado in the winters, has been missing since Aug. 4, when he was thrown from a fishing boat due to a mechanical error near Centennial Park and was not able to swim to shore. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

A lack of candidates plagues service area board elections

After October, only two of the five members of the Seldovia Recreational Service Area Board will be elected. The other three will be appointed by… Continue reading

Candidate withdraws from borough assembly race

The three-way race to fill the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s District 1 seat — representing the Kalifornsky area — in the Oct. 3 election will… Continue reading

Nikiski man arrested on charges of threatening family member with gun

A Nikiski man has been arrested after allegedly attacking and threatening a family member with a gun. Alaska State Troopers arrested Dakoda Neely, 22, on… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital ends fiscal year with approximately 93% decline in net income

Central Peninsula Hospital saw a sharp decrease in its net income in the last year, but the hospital administration says the trend is already turning… Continue reading

ENSTAR contracts with AIX energy for supply until 2021

A deal between the regional gas utility ENSTAR and the Texas-based independent producer AIX may cover a small slice of the region’s demand for heat… Continue reading

Fish and Game asks fishermen to report Atlantic salmon catches

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking that fishermen around the state report any Atlantic salmon they catch. Damage to a salmon farm… Continue reading

In this April 2017 photo, the Sterling Highway crosses the Kenai River and runs through the community of Cooper Landing, Alaska. The federal and state departments of transportation have been looking at rerouting the highway since the 1970s to avoid the town of Cooper Landing, where traffic must slow down to 35 miles per hour and run through an area that becomes congested in the summer. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Decision to reevaluate Cooper Landing bypass route met with relief

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that the land swap between Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service… Continue reading

In this April 2017 photo, the Sterling Highway crosses the Kenai River and runs through the community of Cooper Landing, Alaska. The federal and state departments of transportation have been looking at rerouting the highway since the 1970s to avoid the town of Cooper Landing, where traffic must slow down to 35 miles per hour and run through an area that becomes congested in the summer. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
In this April 2014 file photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, left, speaks with Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, before their Senate Finanace Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Meet Gov. Walker’s first big challenger

Five years ago, Mike Dunleavy ran for Alaska Senate and asked residents of the Mat-Su to kindly not shoot him. “Mike Dunleavy knows that Alaska… Continue reading

In this April 2014 file photo, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, left, speaks with Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, before their Senate Finanace Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A pair of crew members work on the drilling deck of Parker Rig 272 at Prudhoe Bay in May. The oil industry has lost 25 percent of its jobs since hitting a peak in 2015, with about 3,600 jobs lost over the past two years. (Photo/Michael Dinneen/For the Journal)

State unemployment rate hits five-year high

Alaska seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 7 percent in July according to the state Labor Department. It’s the highest the unemployment rate the state has… Continue reading

A pair of crew members work on the drilling deck of Parker Rig 272 at Prudhoe Bay in May. The oil industry has lost 25 percent of its jobs since hitting a peak in 2015, with about 3,600 jobs lost over the past two years. (Photo/Michael Dinneen/For the Journal)

Permanent Fund Corp. earns 12.6% in FY17

While the State of Alaska is still mired in a damaging cycle of multibillion-dollar budget deficits, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which its… Continue reading

Signs for various businesses line the Sterling Highway on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. City staff in Soldotna are continuing work on revising the city’s sign code. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Soldotna City Council hears sign plans

The rules for signage in Soldotna are changing and although the exact details are still uncertain, preliminary plans allow for the use of sandwich board… Continue reading

Signs for various businesses line the Sterling Highway on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. City staff in Soldotna are continuing work on revising the city’s sign code. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)
This May 2017 photo shows Exit Glacier at its outfall near Seward, Alaska. The glacier, one of the most visited parks in Alaska, been retreating more rapidly in recent years and the National Park Service recently issued a warning for visitors to stay away from its toe and sides because of the risk of ice fall. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

National Park Service warns of ice fall near Exit Glacier

Visitors should stay out of the area immediately around Exit Glacier because of potential icefall. The National Park Service is warning visitors to the glacier,… Continue reading

This May 2017 photo shows Exit Glacier at its outfall near Seward, Alaska. The glacier, one of the most visited parks in Alaska, been retreating more rapidly in recent years and the National Park Service recently issued a warning for visitors to stay away from its toe and sides because of the risk of ice fall. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Former state Sen. Rick Halford, left, and current state Sen. Bill Wielechowski answer questions about a lawsuit they filed at a press conference on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Anchorage. The lawsuit filed by Wielechowski, Halford and former state Sen. Clem Tillion claimed Gov. Bill Walker acted illegally in vetoing half the money designated for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. (Dan Joling | Associated Press)

Alaska Supreme Court upholds PFD veto

The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of a portion of the 2016 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. In a decision issued Friday,… Continue reading

Former state Sen. Rick Halford, left, and current state Sen. Bill Wielechowski answer questions about a lawsuit they filed at a press conference on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Anchorage. The lawsuit filed by Wielechowski, Halford and former state Sen. Clem Tillion claimed Gov. Bill Walker acted illegally in vetoing half the money designated for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. (Dan Joling | Associated Press)
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)

Walker celebrates industry, talks diversification

While celebrating the industries that fuel the Kenai Peninsula, Gov. Bill Walker stressed the importance of diversifying Alaska’s commerce. “You look at the career opportunities… 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)

Man who died in plane crash near Tyonek identified

A man who died Wednesday in a plane crash on Cook Inlet’s west side has been identified as Jason Walkush, 35. Walkush, of Anchorage, was… Continue reading

Oiling the financial gears

Alaska’s economic dependence on oil and gas extraction is quantified in a report that the McDowell Group, an Anchorage-based economic consulting firm, does every three… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten (left) and Board of Fisheries member Reed Morisky (right) testify during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation field hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, hosted by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Sullivan hosts field hearing on Magnuson-Stevens in Soldotna

Sportfishing groups and advocates want to see the federal government separate the management of sport and commercial fishing in the upcoming renewal of the Magnuson-Stevens… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten (left) and Board of Fisheries member Reed Morisky (right) testify during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation field hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, hosted by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Slower glacier melt contributes to lower Kenai River level

Lower high-altitude snowpack, a cooler summer and more cloud cover may have contributed to a lower water level on the Kenai River. Kenai Peninsula residents,… Continue reading

Alternatives to be considered again on Cooper Landing bypass

The Alaska and federal transportation departments have inked a deal allowing the state to assume permitting responsibility on federally funded projects, which should speed environmental… Continue reading