Elizabeth Earl

Board of Game upholds restriction on sheep spotting by plane

Using an airplane to spot Dall sheep while hunting will stay illegal in the state for now. The Board of Game on Tuesday reaffirmed its… Continue reading


This August 2016 photo shows Skilak Lake with Mt. Redoubt in the background on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The state of Alaska is engaged in two lawsuits at the federal level with national implications, one of which involves a set of rules for hunting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, finalized in March 2016. (Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion File)

Two state lawsuits hold national implications

The state of Alaska is caught up in two fish and wildlife-related lawsuits in federal courts that could set precedents around the nation for years… Continue reading


UAF says ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to Kenai salmon research offer

KENAI — The University of Alaska Fairbanks turned down an offer for funding for research on Kenai River king salmon because it would only come… Continue reading


Tourism businesses are going green

Tourism businesses in Alaska are getting certified for green practices, both as a way to move toward sustainability and a way to attract customers. The… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula still struggles to house homeless

KENAI — Snow blew lightly across the threshold of the Friendship Mission when a knock came on the office door. Mary Anne Cowgill, the co-owner,… Continue reading

Marijuana businesses settling in

KENAI - “You’re on camera.”Mike Harris nodded up at the corners of the ceiling, where spherical black lenses glinted in the weak winter light. The… Continue reading

Governor’s budget would cut 76 DOT jobs

KENAI — The proposed cuts in Gov. Bill Walker’s fiscal year 2018 budget would fall heavily across the state, including broad reductions to the Alaska… Continue reading

Fish board denies most winter kings proposals

Despite a number of proposals and public comments in favor, the Board of Fisheries made few changes to the Lower Cook Inlet’s winter saltwater king… Continue reading

Tribes receive funds for substance abuse, mental health programs

Two Alaska Native tribes on the Kenai Peninsula will receive approximately $1 million over the next five years to help address substance abuse and mental… Continue reading

Hospice of the Central Peninsula celebrates 30 years

KENAI — Grief is a living thing, developing through a process and staying with the affected person forever. Lee Coray-Ludden describes progressing through grief like… Continue reading

Gov.’s oil advisor provides outlook

Gov. Bill Walker’s lead oil and gas advisor on Tuesday emphasized the importance of a fiscal plan to ensure the state’s future.John Hendrix, the former… Continue reading

In this file photo from Nov. 6, an otter floats by a whale-watching vessel in the Sitka Sound during the 2016 WhaleFest Marine Wildlife Cruise.

SeaLife Center to lead oil spill marine mammal response network

KENAI — The Alaska SeaLife Center got its start with funds from the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement. More than 25 years later, the marine… Continue reading

In this file photo from Nov. 6, an otter floats by a whale-watching vessel in the Sitka Sound during the 2016 WhaleFest Marine Wildlife Cruise.

Opioid task force issues recommendations

The task force considering how to address the growing opioid addiction crisis in Alaska is seeking public comment on its first draft of recommendations.The Alaska… Continue reading

Fake ‘trooper’ scamming peninsula residents

KENAI — Alaska State Troopers are warning Kenai Peninsula residents to be aware of a scam in which a caller pretends to be a trooper.Recently,… Continue reading

As Alaska tourism grows, industry groups look to new marketing funding

KENAI — Alaska likely saw another record-breaking tourism year in 2016, according to preliminary numbers from the industry.More than 1 million cruise ship passengers came… Continue reading

What's killing sockeye salmon?

What’s killing sockeye salmon?

KENAI — If any fish population in Upper Cook Inlet could be considered in trouble, Shell Lake’s sockeye could.The lake in the Matanuska-Susitna region, located… Continue reading

What's killing sockeye salmon?
A license application for new massage therapists

Many professionals will have to pay more to work

KENAI — Juniper Lanmon-Freeman cried the first time she attended the birth of a child. A licensed midwife, Lanmon-Freeman now delivers two to three babies… Continue reading

A license application for new massage therapists

Kenai Assembly overturns mayor’s veto of invocation policy

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will keep its invocation policy for now.The assembly passed a policy at its Oct. 11 meeting outlining who can give… Continue reading

ACLU: Kenai assembly invocation violates religious liberties

KENAI — The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough to back down from its newly passed invocation policy.The organization,… Continue reading

Public gets open mic at first day of fish board meeting

SOLDOTNA — Fishermen and the fisheries-inclined turned out by the dozens Tuesday for an open hearing before the Board of Fisheries to air their concerns… Continue reading