Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller is photographed at the women’s recovery home in March 2018. Waller is hoping to open a men’s recovery facility in early 2019. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Work begins on Freedom House for men

Jennifer Waller and a team of volunteers have begun the renovations to the Soldotna home that will be used as the men’s Freedom House location.… Continue reading

Freedom House founder Jennifer Waller is photographed at the women’s recovery home in March 2018. Waller is hoping to open a men’s recovery facility in early 2019. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Seat C, Jordan Chilson, unopposed for Soldotna City Council

Soldotna to consider school zone cellphone ban 

Soldotna City Council member Jordan Chilson is looking to amend the Soldotna Municipal Code to prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices, like cellphones, while… Continue reading

Seat C, Jordan Chilson, unopposed for Soldotna City Council

School Briefs 12/10-12/16

Soldotna High School The Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:00 pm. This is a free concert with music performed by the… Continue reading

A student in April Kaufman’s K-Beach Elementary kindergartner class practices introducing himself to residents at Heritage Place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Students work on dignity, kindness with Heritage Place residents

On Friday, kindergartners from K-Beach Elementary School visited residents at Heritage Place, a continuing care facility for seniors and the disabled, for a Dignity Mission.… Continue reading

A student in April Kaufman’s K-Beach Elementary kindergartner class practices introducing himself to residents at Heritage Place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

DNR commissioner rescinds adoption of new Kachemak Bay parks management plan

The new Department of Natural Resources commissioner on Friday rescinded a last-minute adoption of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Park Management… Continue reading

Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in the snow, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPC Campus Corner

Give a gift that keeps on giving: The gift of education! For some families, part of the upcoming the holiday involves exchanging gifts. KPC invites… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in the snow, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A building stands close to the edge of the Kenai River bluffs in February 2017. The bluffs are eroding at roughly 3 feet per year. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Kenai bluff stabilization project moves forward

A project seeking to stabilize Kenai’s bluff has seen development in the last month. On Nov. 16, a director’s report was finalized by the Alaska… Continue reading

A building stands close to the edge of the Kenai River bluffs in February 2017. The bluffs are eroding at roughly 3 feet per year. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion file photo)
A drill rig works in the Colville Delta operations in 2014. (Photo/Courtesy/Repsol)

Hilcorp contractor employee dies on North Slope

An employee of Hilcorp Alaska drilling contractor, Kuukpik Drilling, was fatally injured at Milne Point on Alaska’s North Slope on Thursday night, Lori Nelson, manager… Continue reading

A drill rig works in the Colville Delta operations in 2014. (Photo/Courtesy/Repsol)
A beer from St. Elias Brewing Company is photographed on Friday in Soldotna. St. Elias has several seasonal beers this winter, including a chocolate raspberry porter and a currant flavored lambic. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Local brewers roll out holiday specials

Doug Hogue, the owner of Kenai River Brewing Company, said he has always hated pumpkin beers. Two local home brewers recently changed his mind with… Continue reading

A beer from St. Elias Brewing Company is photographed on Friday in Soldotna. St. Elias has several seasonal beers this winter, including a chocolate raspberry porter and a currant flavored lambic. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2010, file photo, a child pays for a lunch consisting of fruits and vegetables during a school lunch program at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif. California and Pennsylvania both passed laws in 2017 to outlaw "lunch shaming" of children for unpaid meals, with the Pennsylvania measure that became law in November requiring communication about money owed on meal accounts to be done between school officials and parents, and not involve the student. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

School board introduces wellness policy at Monday’s meeting

In an effort to reduce childhood obesity, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board’s Wellness Committee introduced an updated nutrition and physical activity policy… Continue reading

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2010, file photo, a child pays for a lunch consisting of fruits and vegetables during a school lunch program at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif. California and Pennsylvania both passed laws in 2017 to outlaw "lunch shaming" of children for unpaid meals, with the Pennsylvania measure that became law in November requiring communication about money owed on meal accounts to be done between school officials and parents, and not involve the student. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

School board advances efforts for new Aurora high school

Parents and students wanting to expand Aurora Borealis Charter School into a high school are one step closer to their goal after the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor Charlie Pierce gives borough update

Wednesday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gave an update at a Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber Luncheon, where he spoke about various borough projects his administration… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce gives a borough update at a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough has openings for next year’s invocation providers

At Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, President Wayne Ogle announced there were eight openings to give invocations next calendar year. “We have 12 assigned… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
From left to right: Public Works Director Carey Meyer, Water and Sewer Superintendent Todd Cook, City Manager Katie Koester, Richard Klopp, lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator, and Mayor Ken Castner celebrate Klopp being named Wastewater Operator of the Year award by the Alaska Rural Water Association during the Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Homer City Council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

City worker named wastewater operator of the year

Homer’s lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator has earned a top honor for his work with the city. Richard Klopp was named Wastewater Operator… Continue reading

From left to right: Public Works Director Carey Meyer, Water and Sewer Superintendent Todd Cook, City Manager Katie Koester, Richard Klopp, lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator, and Mayor Ken Castner celebrate Klopp being named Wastewater Operator of the Year award by the Alaska Rural Water Association during the Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Homer City Council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Former hockey coach sentenced to 62 years in sex abuse case

On Monday, a Sterling resident and former Soldotna High School hockey coach was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of… Continue reading

The road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway cracked down the middle after Friday morning’s earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula faces minimal damage after Friday’s quake

The Kenai Peninsula sustained minor damage and no life-threatening injuries after Friday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake. In a statement released Monday, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie… Continue reading

The road at Mile 19 of the Kenai Spur Highway cracked down the middle after Friday morning’s earthquake. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Local Jewish congregation celebrated Hanukkah with the tradition of latkes

Hanukkah, which began Sunday, is an eight-day event celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. when the Maccabees… Continue reading

A father helps his daughter light a candle on their menorah at the Briat Elohim Jewish Congregation Hanukkah party on Dec. 1, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Troopers apprehend armed man on highway near Ninilchik

Alaska State Troopers on Sunday have taken into custody an armed man involved in a stand-off this morning near Mile 131 Sterling Highway near Ninilchik.… Continue reading

7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Kenai and Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings Friday morning in Anchorage and Kenai. It caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting… Continue reading

Hannah Young, who played a prosecutor, questions a witness during Nikiski High’s Thursday mock murder trial at the Kenai Courthouse on Thursday. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski seniors perform mock trial to better understand judicial system

Senior students from Nikiski High School’s American government class spent Wednesday and Thursday afternoon performing mock murder trials at the Kenai Courthouse. With the help… Continue reading

Hannah Young, who played a prosecutor, questions a witness during Nikiski High’s Thursday mock murder trial at the Kenai Courthouse on Thursday. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)