Fireworks are displayed during the 2016 Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration. (Kat Sorensen/Clarion file)

Reminder: Fireworks banned in Kenai Peninsula Borough

Although a popular Independence Day tradition, the use of fireworks is banned in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. According to the borough code of ordinances, the… Continue reading

Fireworks are displayed during the 2016 Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration. (Kat Sorensen/Clarion file)
A sign warning of a June 28, 2021, bear attack is placed at the head of the Kenai River Trail on Skilak Loop Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Man reunites with pup after bear attack

Jason Umbriaco was hospitalized after the brown bear with two cubs bit him twice Sunday.

A sign warning of a June 28, 2021, bear attack is placed at the head of the Kenai River Trail on Skilak Loop Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
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State updates roadkill salvage process

The Alaska Department of Public Safety launched a new virtual roadkill salvage database on Thursday.

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Alaska State Troopers logo.

Troopers target dangerous driving

Troopers announce “robust” DUI enforcement and increased patrols over July 4 weekend

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School district receives CDC grant for COVID testing

The $1.3 million awarded to the district through the grant is in addition to a third round of ESSER funds.

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Seldovia as seen on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The steady rain didn’t stop boats filled with tourists from arriving in town. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Seldovia welcomes visitors to celebrate 4th of July

Visitors are invited to celebrate Independence Day in Seldovia with a day full of activities.

Seldovia as seen on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The steady rain didn’t stop boats filled with tourists from arriving in town. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
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Seward plans COVID recovery money for city’s lost revenue

While the city does not know exactly how much it will receive through ARPA, estimates suggest it will be between about $500,000 and $600,000.

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Seward SeaLife Center officials examine a recently admitted harbor seal pup on June 22, 2021. (Kaiti Chritz / Seward SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center admits 2 more seal pups

The total number of seal pup patients at the center is now six.

Seward SeaLife Center officials examine a recently admitted harbor seal pup on June 22, 2021. (Kaiti Chritz / Seward SeaLife Center)
A podium marks the beginning of a StoryWalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Into the woods

Project offers hikers a story along Soldotna Creek Park trail

A podium marks the beginning of a StoryWalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Logo for Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (doa.alaska.gov)

Seward DMV reopens

The DMV closed earlier this year after its two employees resigned.

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A fisherman walks along the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Clarion file)

Sockeye limits increased on Russian and Upper Kenai rivers

The limits are being increased to six per day and 12 in possession on Russian and Upper Kenai rivers.

A fisherman walks along the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Clarion file)
Anglers fish on the Kenai River on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Watershed Forum awarded nearly $100,000 grant

The funds will be used to sample the water quality in the Kenai River.

Anglers fish on the Kenai River on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A Piper J3C-65 crash site new Rabbit Foot Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, June 28, 2021, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo via Alaska State Troopers)

Plane crashes in refuge

Both occupants were uninjured and declined medical assistance

A Piper J3C-65 crash site new Rabbit Foot Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, June 28, 2021, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo via Alaska State Troopers)
Supplies for sanitizing areas are seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Supplies for sanitizing areas are seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna plans capital improvement projects

The capital improvement projects are one-time expenditures costing more than $50,000 and that result in a “tangible fixed asset.”

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna mulls policy for extending city utilities

Alaska Christian College, on the outskirts of Soldotna, is seeking a fire hydrant for their new gym.

Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Rep. Ron Gillham is seen here in this undated photo. (Clarion file/courtesy)

Lawmaker shares photo comparing media and medical officials to Nazi war criminals

Republican Ron Gillham represents the Kenai-Soldotna area in the Alaska State House of Representatives.

Rep. Ron Gillham is seen here in this undated photo. (Clarion file/courtesy)
A sign and road blocker at the head of the Hidden Creek Trail on Skilak Lake Road warns people about bear activity on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Bear bites hiker on Upper Kenai River Trail

The hiker was approximately a mile from the trailhead with a border collie off leash.

A sign and road blocker at the head of the Hidden Creek Trail on Skilak Lake Road warns people about bear activity on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Selma Casagranda, a recent Seward High School graduate and lifelong resident of Seward, stands in front of her former school on May 25, 2021. (Young Kim for The Hechinger Report)
Selma Casagranda, a recent Seward High School graduate and lifelong resident of Seward, stands in front of her former school on May 25, 2021. (Young Kim for The Hechinger Report)
Project Homeless Connect organizers provide services on Jan. 23, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska, during the annual outreach event. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Clarion file)

Soldotna works to connect homelessness groups to funding

More than 250 grant opportunities were evaluated before the final selections were made.

Project Homeless Connect organizers provide services on Jan. 23, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska, during the annual outreach event. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Clarion file)