‘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

‘Everything is on the table’

This story was originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $130 million in state funding for the University of Alaska system on Friday. Now, UA President Jim Johnsen said programs, faculty and entire campuses are at risk, and tuition increases are a possibility should an override to the governor’s veto fail. “We’re … Continue reading ‘Everything is on the table’

Budget vetoes fallout may hit close to home

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Last Friday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a series of vetoes totaling $444 million to the state’s operating budget, many of which have the potential to impact residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Among the cuts was a veto of $130 million to the University of Alaska system, … Continue reading Budget vetoes fallout may hit close to home

New chef brings fresh menu to Cooper Landing

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole has only been in Alaska for two months, and her ambitious menu offers something fresh for diners at Cooper Landing’s Kingfisher Roadhouse. Nearly half of the food is vegetarian, with one whole side of the menu offering plant-based options, most of which could also … Continue reading New chef brings fresh menu to Cooper Landing

District staff resignations and retirements highest recorded

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Facing potential state, local and district budget reductions, many non-tenured teachers are considering employment elsewhere. To date, 86 certified staff and administrators resigned or retired, the highest number in the years the district has been tracking the data, Pegge Erkeneff, communications liaison for the district, said in … Continue reading District staff resignations and retirements highest recorded

Satanic Temple invocation prompts protest, walkouts at assembly meeting

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A member of the Satanic Temple offered an invocation at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, prompting walkouts from about a dozen attendees and borough officials, and a protest outside the building. The invocation was the first given by the Satanic Temple since the borough changed its … Continue reading Satanic Temple invocation prompts protest, walkouts at assembly meeting

Gravel pit controversy continues in Anchor Point

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. From Hans Bilben’s back deck, one can see Mount Redoubt, waves from Cook Inlet crashing on the beach at Anchor Point and hillsides dotted with a handful of homes. Perched on the side of a natural amphitheater, Bilben’s house also overlooks a patch of undeveloped forest that … Continue reading Gravel pit controversy continues in Anchor Point