Isaac Kolesar testifies before the Soldotna City Council during a council meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. Many attendees voiced their thoughts on a performance given by a drag queen in Soldotna Creek Park last month. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Community takes debate over drag performance to Soldotna council

Backlash has been building since late June over a video, about 10 seconds long, taken at the 2022 Soldotna Pride in the Park

Isaac Kolesar testifies before the Soldotna City Council during a council meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. Many attendees voiced their thoughts on a performance given by a drag queen in Soldotna Creek Park last month. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The Disability Pride Month art show, as seen on Friday, July 1, 2022, at Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Disability Pride Month art show, as seen on Friday, July 1, 2022, at Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A group of about 400 people march along Pioneer Avenue for the "Women's March: Bans Off Our Bodies" protest on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Bans off our bodies’: About 400 march to protect reproductive rights

In one of Homer’s largest protest marches, on Saturday about 400 people walked, held signs and chanted in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court decision,… Continue reading

A group of about 400 people march along Pioneer Avenue for the "Women's March: Bans Off Our Bodies" protest on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Hospital to expand surgery services

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members approved the hospital’s purchase of the Surgery Center of Kenai

Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Vicke Kukowski (left) and Kathy Romain (right) unveil a plaque dedicating the Kenai Senior Center’s greenhouse to Bill Osborn during a ceremony on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Senior Center dedicates greenhouse

Tucked snugly next to the Kenai Senior Center is a greenhouse brimming with lush cucumber plants and black gardening boxes. On Tuesday afternoon, pale gray… Continue reading

Vicke Kukowski (left) and Kathy Romain (right) unveil a plaque dedicating the Kenai Senior Center’s greenhouse to Bill Osborn during a ceremony on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Dipnetters fish at North Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Dipnetters wade in

Kenai River personal use salmon fishery opened Sunday

Dipnetters fish at North Kenai Beach on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Nila Sanchez, left, and Alexa Menzel advertise their lemonade business along the Kenai Spur Highway during Lemonade Day in Soldotna, Alaska, on June 29, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Lemonade Day scheduled for this weekend

The goal is for the children to learn entrepreneurial basics

Nila Sanchez, left, and Alexa Menzel advertise their lemonade business along the Kenai Spur Highway during Lemonade Day in Soldotna, Alaska, on June 29, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Lisa Gabriel is honored for her 28 years of service to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during a Board of Education meeting on Monday, July 11, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

School district honors retiring secretary

Lisa Gabriel has worked for the school district for 28 years

Lisa Gabriel is honored for her 28 years of service to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during a Board of Education meeting on Monday, July 11, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center reported a preliminary magnitude 4.7 earthquake at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2022. (Screenshot)

4.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Cook Inlet

The quake hit approximately 23 miles northeast of Nikiski and 9 miles southeast of Tyonek

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center reported a preliminary magnitude 4.7 earthquake at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2022. (Screenshot)
Community members gather for a meet-and-greet with Sen. Lisa Murkowski at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Murkowski takes campaign to Soldotna

The senator emphasized the need for bipartisanship, bringing people together

Community members gather for a meet-and-greet with Sen. Lisa Murkowski at Everything Bagels in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
A sample ballot for the Aug. 16, 2022, Alaska regular primary election for House District 7. (Courtesy Alaska Division of Elections)

Reminder: Voter registration deadline is July 17

Alaskans will cast ballots in the state’s special general election and the regular primary election

A sample ballot for the Aug. 16, 2022, Alaska regular primary election for House District 7. (Courtesy Alaska Division of Elections)
Donald Trump addresses attendees at a Save America rally on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Trump in Anchorage

Former U.S. president speaks to a crowd of 5,000, endorses Tshibaka, Palin

Donald Trump addresses attendees at a Save America rally on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Raymond Bradbury preserves his salmon while dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Late-run salmon restrictions in place; dipnetting starts Sunday

Alaska Department of Fish and Game North Kenai sport fishing report

Raymond Bradbury preserves his salmon while dipnetting in the mouth of the Kenai River on Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Danger Money plays at the Rock’N the Ranch at the RustyRavin Music Festival in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, July 8, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Rockin’ weekend

RustyRavin Ranch hosts the sixth annual Rock’N the Ranch music festival

Danger Money plays at the Rock’N the Ranch at the RustyRavin Music Festival in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, July 8, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Bear Mountain is seen in Seward, Alaska, on Sunday, July 2, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Seismic and survey work for Seward tunnel project to start next week

Contractors with the Corps will work in Lowell Canyon, west of the current tunnel and diversion dam, July 12 through July 15

Bear Mountain is seen in Seward, Alaska, on Sunday, July 2, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Demonstrators in support of abortion rights stand at the intersection of the Kenai and Sterling highways on Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

With post-Roe focus on abortion access, Alaska advocates plan events for Saturday

July 9 events taking place in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Homer

Demonstrators in support of abortion rights stand at the intersection of the Kenai and Sterling highways on Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
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A giant silver salmon is paraded through Salmonfest on Aug. 3, 2019, in Ninilchik.
Megan Pacer / Homer News 
A giant silver salmon is paraded through Salmonfest on Aug. 3, 2019, in Ninilchik.
Recycling signage is displayed on an upscaled dumpster used to collect plastics as part of a project to turn discarded plastic waste into artificial lumber, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Lori Landstrom)

Seward recycling program to turn plastic into lumber

The program was made possible by grant money awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency

Recycling signage is displayed on an upscaled dumpster used to collect plastics as part of a project to turn discarded plastic waste into artificial lumber, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Lori Landstrom)
This map shows a proposed rezone from rural residential to urban residential for the lower West Hill Road area. The Homer Planning Commission recommended only rezoning the area east of West Hill Road, and the Homer City Council introduced an ordinance at its June 27 meeting to just rezone the east side. (Map courtesy of city of Homer)

Homer council considers West Hill rezoning

East side of lower West Hill would be rezoned to urban residential

This map shows a proposed rezone from rural residential to urban residential for the lower West Hill Road area. The Homer Planning Commission recommended only rezoning the area east of West Hill Road, and the Homer City Council introduced an ordinance at its June 27 meeting to just rezone the east side. (Map courtesy of city of Homer)