Soldotna

Docent Carroll Knutson describes Alaska’s 1964 earthquake to visitors of the Soldotna Historical Society Museum on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. The Historical Society will be kicking off next weekend’s Soldotna Progress Days celebration on July 27 with a free community barbecue featuring several of Soldotna’s early settlers and their descendents. Knutson, whose family began homesteading about eight miles south of Soldotna in 1958, will be among those telling stories and leading tours thorugh the museum’s collection of homesteader cabins and exhibits of artifiacts. The event, from 4 p.m to 7 p.m, will also include music from Hobo Jim, a dutch oven demonstration, and children’s scavenger hunts. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

Docent Carroll Knutson describes Alaska’s 1964 earthquake to visitors of the Soldotna Historical Society Museum on Tuesday in Soldotna. The Historical Society will be kicking… Continue reading

Docent Carroll Knutson describes Alaska’s 1964 earthquake to visitors of the Soldotna Historical Society Museum on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. The Historical Society will be kicking off next weekend’s Soldotna Progress Days celebration on July 27 with a free community barbecue featuring several of Soldotna’s early settlers and their descendents. Knutson, whose family began homesteading about eight miles south of Soldotna in 1958, will be among those telling stories and leading tours thorugh the museum’s collection of homesteader cabins and exhibits of artifiacts. The event, from 4 p.m to 7 p.m, will also include music from Hobo Jim, a dutch oven demonstration, and children’s scavenger hunts. (Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)

5th annual Swank Street Market celebrates boutique, antique and more in Soldotna this weekend

Swank Street Market will be hosting their fifth annual flea market today, Saturday and Sunday in Soldotna. The first market was in the summer of… Continue reading

Out of class, but not off duty: Local teachers come together to make music

For the members of the band Recess Duty, teaching music all day just wasn’t enough. “We decided we should do something for ourselves,” Kent Peterson,… Continue reading

Looking for something to do on the Fourth of July? Here are some of the local celebrations

The United States celebrates its 242nd birthday on Wednesday. There are plenty of ways to celebrate it on the central Kenai Peninsula, from parades to… Continue reading

Soldotna Chamber eyes bed tax, donations to support new visitor center

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is still working on plans for its new visitor center and pitching a bed tax in Soldotna to help support… Continue reading

Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, unveils a new sign indicating the future site of the proposed Soldotna visitor and community center, Wednesday, June 27 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna Chamber eyes bed tax, donations to support new visitor center

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is still working on plans for its new visitor center and pitching a bed tax in Soldotna to help support… Continue reading

Shanon Davis, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, unveils a new sign indicating the future site of the proposed Soldotna visitor and community center, Wednesday, June 27 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)
                                A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)

Church group clears beetle-killed trees, gives back to those in need

Community members are finding a charitable way to take care of the Peninsula’s ever-increasing spruce bark beetle problem. The Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department felled… Continue reading

A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)
                                A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)
A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)
                                A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)

Church group clears beetle-killed trees, gives back to those in need

Community members are finding a charitable way to take care of the Peninsula’s ever-increasing spruce bark beetle problem. The Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department felled… Continue reading

A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)
                                A spruce tree showing damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. Soldotna’s Parks and Recreation Department felled nearly 100 beetle-damaged trees earlier this month. That’s more than the city expects to sell as firewood in its campgrounds, so volunteers from Soldotna Bible Chapel took the remainder to distribute to needy families this winter — after curing the logs to kill beetles that may still be inside the bark. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion)

Triumvirate Theatre hosts 20th annual summer camp

For 20 years, the Triumvirate Theatre has spent part of its summer educating kids about the stage. This week, the Kenai-area drama organization is teaching… Continue reading

City of Soldotna adds a new position, creates first social media policy

This spring, the city of Soldotna created a new special project and communications coordinator position. Jhasmine Lamb, who has filled the position, is working with… Continue reading

Dog days of summer

Nadia the German shepherd retrieves a tennis ball from Arc Lake on Wednesday, June 14, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Wednesday brought sunny skies and temperatures… Continue reading

Upcoming Soldotna restaurant chooses ‘Alaska from Scratch’ author as new chef

For Maya Wilson, anything worth doing has been terrifying at first. Her newest endeavor on Whistle Hill is no exception. Wilson, who launched her first… Continue reading

Soldotna City Council meeting to discuss annexation

A resolution regarding potential city annexation will be presented at tomorrow’s Soldotna City Council meeting. Residents will be voting whether or not they want the… Continue reading

Summer sun, fun arrive on the Kenai

Between the yard sales, lemonade stands, festivals, fairs and markets on Saturday, it was hard not to find something to do. Residents of the central… Continue reading

Soldotna narrows annexation options

The Soldotna City Council is refining controversial plans to expand the city limits as it prepares for a vote at its June 13 meeting whether… Continue reading

A woof over their heads

A dog enjoys an off-leash romp at the 3 Friends Dog Park in Soldotna on Monday, May 21. The City of Soldotna recently installed a… Continue reading

Borough and municipalities contest revenue changes

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct Soldotna's yearly sales tax revenue.  City managers from around the Kenai Peninsula said Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

A little skill, a lot of patience

Harper Leck, 3, watches as her line and weight sink into the water at an Alaska Department of Fish and Game-stocked fish pond at the… Continue reading

Food for fines

Since the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library started accepting canned and other nonperishable food items in lieu of late fees on April 9,… Continue reading

Road construction to tie up central peninsula this summer

The snow is melting, the aspens are budding and the construction contractors are gearing up to work on the Kenai Peninsula’s roads. This summer will… Continue reading