Soldotna

Ryanna Thurman uses a holds locker at the Soldotna Public Library on Friday, Jan. 15 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna departments reflect on COVID response

Library, parks and rec, emergency services and IT gave feedback on 2020 performance.

 

Orange Poppy, one of several businesses that have improved their storefront with the help of Soldotna’s Storefront Improvement Program, is photographed Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. The improvement program awards grants to local businesses wanting to beautify their building’s exterior. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna accepting storefront grant applications

Applications are due March 5

 

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanon Davis (courtesy)

Soldotna chamber, shop local program get praise from city

The program resulted in an overall economic impact of around $876,750, chamber says

 

Kenai Peninsula Food Banks staff and volunteers assemble food bags for the cities of Kenai and Soldotna recently at the food bank near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Food Bank)

Food bank bag program extended through end of April

The nonprofit was awarded a grant by the Soldotna City Council during their Wednesday meeting

Kenai Peninsula Food Banks staff and volunteers assemble food bags for the cities of Kenai and Soldotna recently at the food bank near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Food Bank)
Jill Schaefer, the new office director for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s regional office in Soldotna, is seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Jeff Turner/Office of the Governor)

Governor opens regional office in Soldotna

The office opened Monday on the second floor of the Blazy Mall in Soldotna.

Jill Schaefer, the new office director for Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s regional office in Soldotna, is seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Jeff Turner/Office of the Governor)
Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, left, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, right, participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Farnsworth-Hutchings vying for vacant Soldotna council seat

The interviews can be watched live on Wednesday

Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, left, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, right, participate in a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

State COVID officials brief Soldotna City Council in work session

The council was joined by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and State Testing Coordinator Dr. Coleman Cutchins

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Citing virus, Soldotna adjusts operations

The changes are effective as of 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, shows off a stamp card used in the chamber’s Soldotna Strong Shop Local campaign during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on July 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)

Soldotna shop local program to go live Nov. 16

Applications are now being accepted from businesses interested in participating

Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, shows off a stamp card used in the chamber’s Soldotna Strong Shop Local campaign during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on July 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy Shanon Davis)
A message opposing annexation is visible on an electronic sign at Lucky Raven Tobacco, located inside one of the proposed areas for annexation, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Boundary Commission sends Soldotna annexation decision to voters

Fewer than 40 people could potentially make a decision on the petition.

A message opposing annexation is visible on an electronic sign at Lucky Raven Tobacco, located inside one of the proposed areas for annexation, on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A new sign welcoming people to the City of Soldotna is photographed on May 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna City Council approves vouchers for shopping local

Shoppers who spend $200 at certain Soldotna businesses may be eligible to receive two $50 vouchers.

A new sign welcoming people to the City of Soldotna is photographed on May 1, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Signs protesting the annexation petition proposed by the City of Soldotna are seen along the Kenai Spur Highway, in Soldotna, on Tuesday, Oct. 21. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Annexation decision could go to voters

Boundary commission opens 7-day comment period on whether or not to send annexation to ballot box

Signs protesting the annexation petition proposed by the City of Soldotna are seen along the Kenai Spur Highway, in Soldotna, on Tuesday, Oct. 21. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna’s disaster declaration extended to Dec. 31

The resolution originally extended the declaration by 90 days.

The sign outside Soldotna City Hall is seen here on July 16, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Paul Whitney (courtesy photo)

A conversation with Paul Whitney, Soldotna mayoral candidate

Whitney highlights familiarity with the city, COVID response in run for Soldotna Mayor

Paul Whitney (courtesy photo)
Justin Ruffridge (Courtesy photo)
Justin Ruffridge (Courtesy photo)
Pamela Parker (courtesy photo)
Pamela Parker (courtesy photo)
A map of the proposed Soldotna Annexation Areas. (Courtesy Alaska Local Boundary Commission)

Annexation decision slated for October

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.

A map of the proposed Soldotna Annexation Areas. (Courtesy Alaska Local Boundary Commission)
Photos by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion                                Nekoda Cooper, right, and Elijah Cooper, left, sell produce as part of Nekoda’s Caring for the Kenai Project, “Imperfect Produce,” during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday.

Soldotnans turn out for toned-down Progress Days

Soldotna’s chamber joined forces with Wednesday Market to celebrate the town while avoiding crowds.

Photos by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion                                Nekoda Cooper, right, and Elijah Cooper, left, sell produce as part of Nekoda’s Caring for the Kenai Project, “Imperfect Produce,” during Progress Days in Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday.
‘Crowning jewel’

‘Crowning jewel’

Iron Mike statue unveiled at Soldotna Creek Park

‘Crowning jewel’
Marge Mullen is seen on her original homestead in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, June 22, 2020. Mullen turns 100 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Photo provided by Debbie Smith)

Homesteader at heart

Soldotna pioneer Marge Mullen turns 100

Marge Mullen is seen on her original homestead in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, June 22, 2020. Mullen turns 100 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Photo provided by Debbie Smith)