Photo: Nesting season

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 19:43

A trumpeter swan sunbathes on an unnamed lake near Skilak Lake on Thursday on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Trumpeter swans, which mate for life, typically nest in marshes next to small lakes as early in the spring as thaw allows, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. They need between 140 and 54 ice-free days to complete a breeding cycle. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a growing population of swans, with about 50 nesting pairs. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Senate kills income tax

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 23:42

The Alaska Senate on Friday voted 15-4 to kill an income tax proposed by the House, all but ensuring the Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit will not be solved this year.

Food for thought

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 19:43

On the corner of North Binkley Street and East Park Avenue, students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School are fighting hunger in the community with a new mini food pantry.

KPC celebrates 47th commencement

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 22:03

From GED diplomas to master’s degrees, over 100 certificates and diplomas were conferred at Kenai Peninsula College’s 47th annual commencement Thursday in the Renée C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 21:59

JUNEAU — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for the company seeking to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska to pursue permits.

Soldotna campgrounds to open, accept credit cards for first time

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 21:59

It’s time break out the tent poles and hot dog skewers — Soldotna’s campgrounds will open for business on Monday.

Voices of Alaska: Legislators have solution right in front of them

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 21:40

As the Executive President of the Alaska AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor organization, I have watched our number of members drop by 3,000 in the last year and a half. In that same time frame, Alaska has lost around 9,000 jobs, so about a third of those jobs came from our ranks. They are evenly split between public sector and private sector workers, in nearly every field imaginable, all around the state.

Clarion staff reflect on motherhood

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 21:40

Usually on Mother’s Day, we opine on the joys of motherhood. This year, we invited Clarion staff to share a thought or two on what makes their mom special, or, for the moms we work with, things about motherhood that have been special to them. Here’s what they shared:

Voices of the Peninsula: LNG project should set realistic expectations

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 21:40

The Kenai Peninsula Borough enthusiastically supports development of an Alaska North Slope natural gas project, in particular the current proposal that would locate the gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal in Nikiski. The long-term economic gain for residents of the borough, and the entire state, would be substantial.

SoHi sweeps team titles at soggy borough track meet

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 23:54

Despite the wet and chilly conditions at Justin Maile Field on Saturday, there were a few fiery performances at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Track and Field championships.