Harrison Smith, South Peninsula Hospital Facilities Manager, stands by medical oxygen tanks on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at the hospital in Homer, Alaska.  Smith, a certified medical gas technician, has been involved with the med-gas system management at South Peninsula Hospital for 18 years. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro / South Peninsula Hospital)

Two southern peninsula residents die of COVID-19

South Peninsula Hospital has adequate reserves for medical oxygen despite increased demand.

 

Traffic moves north along the Sterling Highway shortly after a fatal crash closed the highway for several hours Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. The state is seeking federal funding for a project aimed at improving safety along the Sterling Highway between mileposts 82.5 to 94, or between Sterling and Soldotna. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

State looks to federal funding for Sterling Highway project

The project is aimed at improving highway safety between Sterling and Soldotna.

 

Ethan Benton (left) and Laura Walters of Kodiak win the vaccine lottery for the Alaska Chamber's week one vaccine lottery giveaway "Give AK a Shot." (Screenshot)

State names winners in 1st vaccine lottery

A Valdez and Kodiak resident took home checks for $49,000 each.

 

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A podium marks the beginning of a StoryWalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. The project was discontinued in August due to vandalism.

Vandalism ends Soldotna library program

The StoryWalk was made possible by a $2,500 donation from the Soldotna Library Friends.

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A podium marks the beginning of a StoryWalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. The project was discontinued in August due to vandalism.
James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)

‘Hobo Jim’ opens up about recent terminal cancer diagnosis

Varsos was named Alaska’s official “state balladeer” in 1994.

James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

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School district risk level update and upcoming events

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
Everett Anderson, second grade, shows Principal John DeVolld some of his class work at Soldotna Montessori Charter School on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Like we’re a Blue Ribbon School every year’

Soldotna Montessori Charter School earns national recognition for high performance.

Everett Anderson, second grade, shows Principal John DeVolld some of his class work at Soldotna Montessori Charter School on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
A proposal from the Alaska Redistricting Board would substantially change Juneau's legislative districts. One of the latest proposals, seen here, would put parts of Auke Bay and the Mendenhall Valley in the same district as downtown Juneau and Douglas Island. The Northern Lynn Canal communities of Haines, Skagway and Kluckwan would be placed in the same district as the Mendenhall Valley. (Courtesy image / Alaska Redistricting Board)
A proposal from the Alaska Redistricting Board would substantially change Juneau's legislative districts. One of the latest proposals, seen here, would put parts of Auke Bay and the Mendenhall Valley in the same district as downtown Juneau and Douglas Island. The Northern Lynn Canal communities of Haines, Skagway and Kluckwan would be placed in the same district as the Mendenhall Valley. (Courtesy image / Alaska Redistricting Board)
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Japanese-Americans interned in Alaska in World War II are shown in this photo at a camp in New Mexico where they endured the majority of the war.

Research into interned Japanese-Americans in Alaska receives grant support

104 Japanese-Americans were interned from Alaska at the outset of WWII.

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Japanese-Americans interned in Alaska in World War II are shown in this photo at a camp in New Mexico where they endured the majority of the war.
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Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau is the site of an outbreak of the coronavirus with at least 23 active case as of Sept. 16, said a Department of Corrections official.
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Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau is the site of an outbreak of the coronavirus with at least 23 active case as of Sept. 16, said a Department of Corrections official.
From left to right:Miakah Nix, Daniel Ashenfelter, Shawn Merry and Conrad Revey, members of the Keex' Kwaan Community Forest Partnership, one of the many existing programs set to benefit from the trust. The Keex'Kwaan Community Forest Partnership and the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership are collaborative land management programs and are helping to define what community land management can look like for Southeast Alaska. These partnerships help develop a local workforce for natural resource careers including through the Alaska Youth Stewards program which targets high school-aged Alaskans. Programs work with private, state, and federal land managers to ensure that local priorities, local employment, and Indigenous values are integrated into the treatment of local lands and waters. (Courtesy photo / Bethany Goodrich)
From left to right:Miakah Nix, Daniel Ashenfelter, Shawn Merry and Conrad Revey, members of the Keex' Kwaan Community Forest Partnership, one of the many existing programs set to benefit from the trust. The Keex'Kwaan Community Forest Partnership and the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership are collaborative land management programs and are helping to define what community land management can look like for Southeast Alaska. These partnerships help develop a local workforce for natural resource careers including through the Alaska Youth Stewards program which targets high school-aged Alaskans. Programs work with private, state, and federal land managers to ensure that local priorities, local employment, and Indigenous values are integrated into the treatment of local lands and waters. (Courtesy photo / Bethany Goodrich)
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Nathan Erfurth speaks before the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday, July 12, in Soldotna.

School board approves employee contracts, pay raises for school nurses

88% of KPEA’s voting members approved their contract and 99% of KPESA’s voting members approved their contract.

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Nathan Erfurth speaks before the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday, July 12, in Soldotna.
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COVID-19 patient says monoclonal antibody infusion saved her life

Antibody infusions highly effective in reducing risk of hospitalization, according to FDA trial ..

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Brie Drummond speaks in support of mask mandates on Monday, Sept. 13, for the Kenai Peninsula School Board meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. During a work session before the meeting, the district presented revisions to its COVID-19 mitigation protocols. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

School district revises COVID-19 mitigation plans

The revisions come as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Alaska and on the Kenai Peninsula.

Brie Drummond speaks in support of mask mandates on Monday, Sept. 13, for the Kenai Peninsula School Board meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. During a work session before the meeting, the district presented revisions to its COVID-19 mitigation protocols. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
Elizabeth Graham, entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service, talks about the black-headed budworm outbreak in front of a spot on Mount McGinnis that shows the effects of defoliation. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Elizabeth Graham, entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service, talks about the black-headed budworm outbreak in front of a spot on Mount McGinnis that shows the effects of defoliation. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, seen here at a Aug. 16, news conference, announced Thursday he was filing suit against the Biden administration for an Environmental Protection Agency decision to potentially protect Bristol Bay waters under the Clean Water Act. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, seen here at a Aug. 16, news conference, announced Thursday he was filing suit against the Biden administration for an Environmental Protection Agency decision to potentially protect Bristol Bay waters under the Clean Water Act. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
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