$30 million school construction bond pushed to 2021

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. A proposed $30 million bond package to fix the Kenai Peninsula’s aging school buildings will be pushed to next year’s ballot. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Board of Education had pushed for the bond to be placed on this October’s municipal election ballot, and … Continue reading $30 million school construction bond pushed to 2021

Kids don’t let quarantine rain on their parade

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Mason McMilin didn’t quite understand why his mom, Kim McMilin, sent him to the front yard with a foam finger taped to a long wooden dowel on his birthday, April 10. A steady stream of about 30 cars drove past Mason, with friends, family and church members … Continue reading Kids don’t let quarantine rain on their parade

‘Everyone is learning a new way to learn’

This story published in the Peninsula Clarion. For Kenai Central High School junior Rileigh Pace, life has changed “a lot” since the transition from the physical classroom to emergency remote learning. She takes classes like U.S. history, trigonometry, honors language arts, anatomy and physiology and ceramics online using a computer she’s set up on a … Continue reading ‘Everyone is learning a new way to learn’

Educators raise concerns about virtual school contract

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Local education officials expressed concern and surprise after the state announced March 31 it had entered into a half-million dollar contract with an online public school based in Florida. In mid-March, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered schools to close to “non-contact days” — which prohibited students from being … Continue reading Educators raise concerns about virtual school contract

Trends: Tourism industry takes hit from COVID-19

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Local restaurateurs, hotel owners and tour operators are feeling uncertain about the 2020 tourism season, which normally begins at the end of April in Alaska. The 2020 summer season is a major concern for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, Executive Director Debbie Speakman said. She said … Continue reading Trends: Tourism industry takes hit from COVID-19

Food bank runs low as shoppers stock up

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. As residents buy up toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other household necessities in response to Alaska’s first positive COVID-19 case, the food bank is seeing dramatically low donations. Greg Meyer, director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, said donations this week have dropped dramatically. As stores are … Continue reading Food bank runs low as shoppers stock up

Alaska reports 1st coronavirus case; schools, universities extend breaks

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. As Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the state’s first case of COVID-19 — a disease caused by a coronavirus that emerged in late 2019 in China — the University of Alaska system and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District both announced Thursday that they would be extending their spring … Continue reading Alaska reports 1st coronavirus case; schools, universities extend breaks

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

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

1,000 still without power after heavy snow

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. After heavy snow fell on the peninsula for over two days, about a thousand residents — mostly in Nikiski — are still without power, some for more than 48 hours. Homer Electric has pulled in additional crews and support to bring power back to affected members. There … Continue reading 1,000 still without power after heavy snow

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

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

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

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