State, local officials prepare for virus

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The state and borough are preparing for the potential arrival of COVID-19, a disease caused by a member of the coronavirus family that first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to countries around the world. Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state health … Continue reading State, local officials prepare for virus

Hate crime resolution discussion gets heated

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A state bill looking to expand hate crime protections to include crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity received support from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. A resolution supporting state House Bill 198, sponsored by assembly President Kelly Cooper and assembly Vice President Hal … Continue reading Hate crime resolution discussion gets heated

Former Nikiski teacher sentenced to 30 years for sexual abuse

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A former Nikiski music teacher was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years incarceration for sexual abuse of a former student. In 2014, Jeremy Anderson, a music teacher at Nikiski Middle/High School, was accused of sexual abuse of a minor and faced 16 charges of first- and second-degree sexual … Continue reading Former Nikiski teacher sentenced to 30 years for sexual abuse

Proposed tax would boost school maintenance, construction

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A bill that would deduct $30 a year from every worker in Alaska and pool that money to be used for maintenance and construction costs in the state’s schools is making its way through the Alaska Senate. Senate Bill 50 is sponsored by Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks), Sen. … Continue reading Proposed tax would boost school maintenance, construction

District proposes $30 million bond package to address aging school facility needs

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A $30 million bond package proposal is in the works to tackle nearly 20 different deferred maintenance projects in school buildings across the peninsula, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien announced at Monday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting. The district is … Continue reading District proposes $30 million bond package to address aging school facility needs

KPC to shut down dorm this summer

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Residence hall operations will pause after the semester ends at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus. The one-year hiatus will begin June 30, the college announced in a Tuesday press release, giving administration time to determine how the campus can move forward in the future. The residence … Continue reading KPC to shut down dorm this summer

Alaskans flock to register for PFD

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. More than 100,000 Alaskans have already filed for their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check already, which opened to qualified residents Jan. 1. As of Saturday night, 101,266 had filed, according to date provided online by the Permanent Fund Dividend Division. There’s still plenty of time to file, … Continue reading Alaskans flock to register for PFD