Soldotna, AK

Fisheries council considers linking halibut bycatch to abundance

All three Kenai Peninsula representatives to Juneau have signed onto a letter to the council that oversees commercial fishing in Alaska’s federal waters, joining a bipartisan chorus of voices demanding reduction of halibut bycatch. Specifically, representatives are asking the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to approve Alternative 4 at its...
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Kenai Peninsula Clarion

‘Something for everyone’

Kaytlin McAnelly and Bailey Conner sell baked goods at the Soldotna Library Friends’ book and art sale at the Soldotna Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
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Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Walmart briefly evacuated after bomb threat

Walmart in Kenai briefly shut down Friday evening in response to a bomb threat. Kenai Police and Fire departments responded at 7:22 p.m. to a report that the business had received a threat from someone who claimed to be inside the store with a bomb, according to a Friday dispatch.
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Kenai Peninsula Clarion

‘And to all a good night’

The crowd zigzagged through the east lawn of Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday evening — kids wide-eyed and waiting for their chance to see Santa and his reindeer. The Christmas in the Park event, organized by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and made possible by donations from a multitude of local businesses, drew families together to celebrate holiday cheer.
Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Brown Bears, Wolverines split series

Resilience is nothing new for Cole Dubicki and the small group of Kenai River Brown Bears back for a second season with the club. That resilience showed again Friday as the Bears picked up a 4-2 victory over the Anchorage Wolverines in North American Hockey League play at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Kenai will reconsider library grant after controversial postponement

Correction: The item approved Wednesday night was to reintroduce the ordinance. The council will do a final vote on the ordinance Dec. 15. We regret the error. The Kenai Community Library will vote again on a federal grant to purchase health and wellness materials for its shelves, following a controversial decision to hold off on accepting the grant that had many crying censorship.
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Kenai man killed in vehicle rollover

A Kenai man was killed Tuesday after his vehicle overturned on the Sterling Highway south of Kasilof, the Alaska State Troopers reported Wednesday. Eugene Darby, 82, was traveling north on the Sterling Highway on Tuesday evening at about 6:50 p.m. when his Ford F250 lost traction and slid across the highway and into the southbound ditch, where it overturned, according to a dispatch from the troopers. Darby was entering the “S” curve of the highway at Milepost 115, near Cohoe Loop Road, when the vehicle lost traction, the dispatch said.

Econ 919 — Trading lease sale for art sale

The federal government is inching toward an oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, covering about one million acres from the southern end of Kalgin Island down to Augustine Island. On the Central Kenai Peninsula, there’s a different kind of sale in progress. "I was talking with other fellow...
Homer News

Russian River Road and campground to close for 1 year

Work will also help reinforce sections of the hillside along the banks of the Kenai River, which the Forestry Service said will make the area less prone to landslides and surface erosion. The Forestry Service said work is scheduled to conclude before the sockeye salmon sport fishing season opens. “Reducing...

Seed library sprouting in Soldotna

The Soldotna Public Library will soon stock seeds among its shelves of books and movies. Lora Hagelund is spearheading the Soldotna Seed Library. She runs Stellaria Trial Garden in Kasilof, where she grows produce and keeps a small flock of chicken and geese. “I will be contributing some seeds out...
Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Former Bears coach Murdock accepts UAA assistant job

Kevin Murdock, former head coach of the Kenai River Brown Bears, has been named assistant coach of Division I University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA head coach Matt Shasby announced Wednesday. Murdock took over the Bears before the 2019-20 season and went on to become the most successful coach in the...
Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Merry voices to fill Kenai chamber

Traditional Christmas songs and holiday desserts will fill the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Sunday afternoon, as the Kenai Historical Society hosts its “Deck the Halls” caroling event. June Harris, the president of the historical society, said the holidays are for socializing. “It’s a good time to...
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Anchor Point man dies of COVID-19

An Anchor Point man in his 60s is the latest person to die of COVID-19. In a data summary for Nov. 26, the death was one of seven recent deaths reported by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. A Soldotna woman in her 50s also was reported to have died of COVID-19.

Senior ride services on the Kenai, Kodiak

Traveling in the dark can be treacherous this time of year, but now many transportation systems are being kicked into motion. The COVID-19 pandemic left many stranded at home for weeks and months at a time. However, this year can be different. Last month, Senior Voice reviewed ride services in the Anchorage area. This month we look at the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak.

Amid squabble, borough considers changes to planning commission

Appointments to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Planning Commission are usually straightforward. Lately, however, the process for filling seats on the 11-member commission has stalled over questions about representation and who gets to choose its members. Monday night, the planning commission unanimously approved a proposal to streamline that process — in...
Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Parts of Chugach National Forest open to snowmachine use

Parts of the Chugach National Forest opened to snowmachine use Wednesday, with some restrictions. The 2021-2022 winter motorized season will run through April 30, except for at Turnagain Pass where the season usually opens on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Along the Sterling Highway, winter...