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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

‘Like a nuclear weapon went off’

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. During the volcanic eruptions of 1989 and 1990, locals looking out at Mount Redoubt — the 10,197 foot volcano looming directly across Cook Inlet — saw what looked like an atomic bomb. John Power, a scientist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory for more than 30 years, said … Continue reading ‘Like a nuclear weapon went off’

Soldotna looks to expand cemetery

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The city of Soldotna is looking to expand its cemetery, which is reaching maximum capacity. The Soldotna Community Memorial Park on Redoubt Avenue opened to the community and area residents in 2011. Since then, lots have been filling up fast. The memorial park came up at Soldotna … Continue reading Soldotna looks to expand cemetery

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

‘Building little scientists’

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. It’s Thursday afternoon, and Megan Pike — Kenai Watershed Forum’s newest education specialist and Adopt-A-Stream coordinator — is dressing up an elementary school student like an insect. She gives the student a puffy coat to mimic an insect’s exoskeleton, some homemade antenna made from a headband, pipe … Continue reading ‘Building little scientists’

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