DOT respond to concerns over Silvertip Station closure

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The Department of Transportation is responding to concerns over the closure of the Silver Tip Maintenance Station near Hope, which housed equipment and operators responsible for Turnagain Pass corridor maintenance on the Seward Highway. In an Oct. 24 press release, Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon … Continue reading DOT respond to concerns over Silvertip Station closure

Anchorage will still host 2020 Board of Fisheries meeting

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Anchorage will be the location for the Alaska Board of Fisheries 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting. The Board of Fisheries voted on the location site at the end of their two-day work session in Anchorage, Thursday. The vote was 4-3 in favor of locating the regulatory … Continue reading Anchorage will still host 2020 Board of Fisheries meeting

Out of the office: Summery salmon memories

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Wednesday evening, everything on my dinner plate was either caught in Alaska or grown in Alaska. The last of the kohlrabi and turnips, a single carrot, some beets and a handful of brussel sprouts were roasted to perfection with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The … Continue reading Out of the office: Summery salmon memories

Alaska Yes responds to APOC allegations

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Alaska Yes Inc has responded to a complaint, denying many of the allegations that they violated several campaign laws. The complaint was filed against the nonprofit in September by Alaska Public Offices Commission staff. In a Sept. 23 memo from Campaign Disclosure Coordinator Thomas Lucas to Alaska … Continue reading Alaska Yes responds to APOC allegations

Voters largely skip municipal polls

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Less than a quarter of registered voters cast their ballot for this year’s municipal election. The voter turnout this year was 18.03%, Borough Clerk Johni Blankenship told the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their Tuesday meeting. While this year’s turnout wasn’t far off from last year’s, which … Continue reading Voters largely skip municipal polls

Soldotna doctor arrested on narcotics charges

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Soldotna doctor Lavern Davidhizar has been arrested on federal narcotics charges, U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced in a Wednesday press release. Special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Davidhizar, 74, alleging he illegally distributed large amounts of opioids and other powerful narcotics by writing prescriptions for … Continue reading Soldotna doctor arrested on narcotics charges

Soldotna moves ahead with annexation, exempts K-Beach

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The City of Soldotna voted to move forward with its efforts to annex areas near its city limits, with the exception of the areas along Kalifornsky Beach Road. The city council approved a substitute resolution, which removes areas 4 and 5 — the two annexation areas along … Continue reading Soldotna moves ahead with annexation, exempts K-Beach

Complaint issued against Alaska Yes

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A complaint against Alaska Yes Inc was filed Monday by the Alaska Public Offices Commission staff, and alleges the nonprofit violated several campaign laws. In a Sept. 23 memo from Campaign Disclosure Coordinator Thomas Lucas to Alaska Public Offices Commissioners, he wrote that Alaska Yes Inc had … Continue reading Complaint issued against Alaska Yes

Quick campaign manager resigns

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Nikiski Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidate John Quick’s campaign manager, Paul Huber, has resigned after it was reported during an Alaska Public Offices Commission hearing that Huber has been communicating with Alaska Yes Inc — a local nonprofit supporting Quick’s campaign through post shares on their Facebook … Continue reading Quick campaign manager resigns

Quick under scrutiny over election ads

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The Alaska Public Offices Commission decided Wednesday to expedite an investigation into a complaint filed by a Kenai resident against Nikiski assembly candidate John Quick. The decision was made during a public hearing accessed by the Clarion via teleconference. Kenai resident Todd Smith, who brought the complaint … Continue reading Quick under scrutiny over election ads

Strike averted after tentative agreement struck

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. An educator and support staff strike was averted hours before it was slated to begin, early Tuesday morning, when the school district and two employee associations reached a tentative agreement. The agreement for a three-year contract, reached at 1:37 a.m., will be effective between July 1, 2018 … Continue reading Strike averted after tentative agreement struck

Educators set to strike

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Educators and staff will strike, starting Tuesday, a Friday night press release from two employee associations said. Executive committees with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association voted on Friday to notify the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on their intent to … Continue reading Educators set to strike

Rain fails to ease drought on Kenai Peninsula

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The Kenai Peninsula still remains in a drought, despite continued rainfall. The northwest portion of the peninsula is in an extreme drought, while the remainder of the peninsula is in a severe drought, according to Thursday’s updated U.S. Drought Monitor map. The U.S. Drought Monitor — produced … Continue reading Rain fails to ease drought on Kenai Peninsula

Borough issues disaster declaration as Nanwalek, Seldovia run out of water

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The Kenai Peninsula Borough issued a local disaster declaration Thursday on behalf of the City of Seldovia and Native Village of Nanwalek, which have both been experiencing water shortages due to drought conditions on the peninsula. The communities of Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake and Tatilek are also … Continue reading Borough issues disaster declaration as Nanwalek, Seldovia run out of water

School starts without a new contract

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The school district and two employee associations have not reconvened after efforts to come to a contract agreement fell short Aug. 13. School began Tuesday for majority of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and teachers are starting another school year without a contract. For over a … Continue reading School starts without a new contract

Mayor declares emergency disaster

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Several fires burning on the peninsula have prompted Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce to declare a disaster emergency for the borough. “The severity and magnitude of these fires is beyond the authority and capacity of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, a second class borough of the State … Continue reading Mayor declares emergency disaster

Drought persists on peninsula

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. It’s been 23 days since the central peninsula felt rain, and residents can expect those dry conditions to continue for at least a few more days. Lucas Boyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the forecast is showing isolated, chance showers on Friday and through … Continue reading Drought persists on peninsula

Strike looms as talks continue

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The school district and two employee associations will be meeting Aug. 13 to continue bargaining for a new contract. If an agreement can’t be reached, the associations have voted to strike. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hopeful an agreement will be reached next week, a … Continue reading Strike looms as talks continue

Citizen science beluga monitoring effort to begin on Kenai, Kasilof Rivers

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The Alaska Beluga Monitoring Partnership is offering residents the opportunity to help scientists understand more about Cook Inlet beluga whales. The partnership — a collaboration of several organizations, including Beluga Whale Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance — seeks to help facilitate beluga monitoring … Continue reading Citizen science beluga monitoring effort to begin on Kenai, Kasilof Rivers

‘Poor man’s polo’ finds its way to the Kenai

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. On Thursday nights, Maya Johnson can be found getting her horse geared up for a game of polocrosse. Johnson first heard of the team sport — a combination of polo and lacrosse — when she was riding on the equestrian team at Dartmouth College. Johnson returned to … Continue reading ‘Poor man’s polo’ finds its way to the Kenai