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Court reports for the week of Nov. 28, 2021

The following dismissals were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Charges of one count of second-degree criminal trespass (upon premises and one count of fourth-degree theft, dated Mar. 28, and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, dated Sept. 2, against Jesse Doetsch, 37, of Soldotna, were dismissed.

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Court reports for the week of Nov. 28, 2021

Tragedy on Soldotna Highway in Single Vehicle Rollover

On Tuesday around 6:50 PM, Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover near mile 115 Sterling Highway. Subsequent investigation found, 82 year old Eugene Darby of Kenai, was northbound on the Sterling Highway and upon entering the “S” curve at mile 115, his 2004 Ford F250 lost traction and slid across the highway and into the southbound ditch where the vehicle overturned.

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Tragedy on Soldotna Highway in Single Vehicle Rollover

Police reports for the week of Nov. 21, 2021

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and contains arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. On Nov. 13 at 12:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation in Soldotna and contacted Timothy Kennedy, 39, of Soldotna.

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Police reports for the week of Nov. 21, 2021

Protesters denounce vaccine mandates ahead of deadline for federal workers

The deadline for the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for an estimated 3.5 million federal workers is today. On the Kenai Peninsula, that mandate extends to employees of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and active military, among others. This weekend, demonstrators in Kenai and Soldotna braved subzero temperatures to protest against the mandate and others, which they said violate their rights to medical liberty.

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Protesters denounce vaccine mandates ahead of deadline for federal workers

Area wrestlers collect mat time before Thanksgiving break

Area wrestlers got in some mat time Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break. Kenai traveled to Nikiski for an unscored dual meet, while Soldotna drove down to Homer for a dual meet that also was unscored. Nikiski assistant coach Dylan Hooper said Tuesday was a good chance to build off some positive momentum the program generated at the Lancer Smith Fall 2021 Varsity Invite on Friday and Saturday in Wasilla.

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Area wrestlers collect mat time before Thanksgiving break

Econ 919 — Local biz joins statewide seafood competition

Seattle catches some of the best bites from Alaska's fisheries each year at the Symphony of Seafood — an annual competition put on by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to promote the state’s value-added seafood products. This year, there were 18 competition entries in the mix, including a Kenai Peninsula company.

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Econ 919 — Local biz joins statewide seafood competition

Shelter prepares to open doors

A cadet-blue building nestled in Nikiski will open its doors to the Kenai Peninsula’s homeless community next month. The long-awaited shelter — which will be the first of its kind on the peninsula and provide beds for up to 40 people — will also work to connect residents with the resources they need to get back on their feet.

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Shelter prepares to open doors

Soldotna crowns 4 champions at Lancer Smith

The Soldotna wrestling team finished fourth Friday and Saturday at the Lancer Smith Fall 2021 Varsity Invite at Palmer High School. The tournament is unique in that it brings together pretty much all of the big schools and small schools for a massive event. The top nine teams at the tournament were all Division I schools, led by Colony with 255.5 points.

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Soldotna crowns 4 champions at Lancer Smith

Competing demonstrations held outside Central Peninsula Hospital

Two groups with competing messages gathered near Central Peninsula Hospital on Saturday — some to cheer on local health care workers, others to protest vaccine mandates and promote the use of alternative treatments for COVID-19. About 10 people with the Many Voices advocacy group gathered on Binkley Street just a few blocks down from Soldotna Professional Pharmacy.

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Competing demonstrations held outside Central Peninsula Hospital

Art from home

Central peninsula artisans helped usher in the holiday season Saturday at the Soldotna Holiday Bazaar held at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Michelle Ravenmoon, who makes Dena’ina art, displayed earrings, ornaments, dreamcatchers and knitted textiles. She said she moved from Lake Iliamna last year, and was testing the waters on Saturday to see how her business would fare.

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Art from home

Micciche constituent drops lawsuit over Twitter dispute

A constituent of Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, is dropping a lawsuit she filed against the lawmaker for blocking her on his Twitter account. Bethany Wortham, the plaintiff in the case, told the Clarion on Wednesday that she was glad the two were ultimately able to resolve the issue without the need for legal counsel, after Micciche met with her and apologized.

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Micciche constituent drops lawsuit over Twitter dispute

Soldotna tweaks mini grant program

The Soldotna City Council is narrowing the scope of the city’s mini grant program by limiting who can participate and what programs are eligible. That’s following changes approved by the council during its Nov. 9 meeting. In describing the need for the changes, council member Justin Ruffridge said he and Soldotna Vice Mayor Lisa Parker — who sponsored the legislation — were trying to refocus the program on its initial goal of investing in community projects that better the city.

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Soldotna tweaks mini grant program

Soldotna wrestlers win Round Robin Rumble

The Soldotna wrestling team cruised to the team title in the Best Western Bidarka Round Robin Rumble on Friday and Saturday in Homer. The Stars scored 157 points for the victory, while Eagle River was the runner-up with 68 points. Also from the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Central was third with 66, Homer was fourth with 59, Nikiski was fifth with 42 and Seward was sixth with 32.

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Soldotna wrestlers win Round Robin Rumble

Court reports for the week of Nov. 14, 2021

The following dismissals were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: A charge of violating condition of release against Sydni Brown, 25, of Kasilof, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Dec. 21, 2018. The following district judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court:

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Court reports for the week of Nov. 14, 2021

Soldotna shop local returns for 2nd year

Shoppers can start submitting receipts for vouchers Monday as part of Soldotna’s “Holding Our Own” shop local program, which will run through Dec. 15. The program, which had a successful first run last year, aims to incentivize shopping at Soldotna businesses by awarding $100 in vouchers to shoppers who spend $200 on discretionary items at participating businesses.

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Soldotna shop local returns for 2nd year

Middle College students take flight with drone course

Ten years ago, you’d be hard pressed to think up more than a handful of career paths involving drones. But now, the unmanned, remote-controlled aircrafts are near ubiquitous across industries. The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is partnering with a local high school and Kenai Peninsula College to train students so they can operate drones recreationally and commercially.

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Middle College students take flight with drone course

Soldotna City Council gets rundown on new voting systems

Members of the Soldotna City Council were briefed Wednesday on what to expect when the newly approved open primary and ranked choice voting systems go into effect in next year’s elections. Jason Grenn, the executive director of Alaskans for Better Elections and a former independent member of the Alaska House of Representatives, said during Wednesday’s presentation that Alaska will be the first U.S. state to use both an open primary and a ranked choice general election in the same year.

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Soldotna City Council gets rundown on new voting systems

Soldotna seeks to create mobile recreation unit

The City of Soldotna is looking to take outdoor recreation on the go using roughly $50,000 in grant funds. The funds, made available via a grant opportunity through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, are available through June of 2024 and are meant to support the creating “healthy and equitable” communities in Alaska.

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Soldotna seeks to create mobile recreation unit

‘Tomorrow’ starts today

Sara Erfurth spent hours dashing around the Soldotna High School auditorium on Tuesday night, making sure the cast of “Annie” was smoothing out the musical’s final wrinkles before the students take the stage this weekend. “Every show is right up to the wire,” Erfurth, an English and drama teacher at SoHi, said Tuesday night.

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‘Tomorrow’ starts today

Soldotna pilot killed in Kodiak plane crash remembered as outgoing and generous

A Soldotna man who died in a plane crash in Kodiak this weekend is remembered as friendly, outgoing and generous. Derek Leichliter was a dad, business owner and sport fisherman, say friends. He died Sunday afternoon when his plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff.

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Soldotna pilot killed in Kodiak plane crash remembered as outgoing and generous

SPH Welcomes COVID Transfer Patients from Soldotna

Two of six admissions at SPH in the past week were transfers from Central Peninsula Hospital. Six patients were admitted to South Peninsula Hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 in the past week. Of those six, for the first time, according to SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro, were patients sent here from another hospital.

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SPH Welcomes COVID Transfer Patients from Soldotna

Soldotna campgrounds see record use

2021 was a record year for Soldotna’s campgrounds. That’s according to seasonal data prepared by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for the Soldotna City Council’s Wednesday meeting. Those data show that total revenue among all of Soldotna’s campgrounds — nearly $500,000 — was higher in 2021 than in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

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Soldotna campgrounds see record use

ATVs, other all-purpose vehicles, to be OK on some peninsula roads

Municipalities on the central peninsula are preparing for more all-purpose vehicles to take to local roads starting Jan. 1. The change comes following new regulations approved at the state level last month that will allow all-purpose vehicles to be driven on some public roads with speed limits of 45 mph or less.

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ATVs, other all-purpose vehicles, to be OK on some peninsula roads

Protesters gather at CPH, seeking ivermectin treatment for patient

At least 14 people gathered outside Central Peninsula Hospital on Friday holding signs that advocated for alternative treatment options for COVID-19. The group came together near where Marydale Avenue intersects with Lupine Street and Fireweed Street in Soldotna, with signs reading things like, “Treat Early!” and, “Wake Up, CPGH!”

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Protesters gather at CPH, seeking ivermectin treatment for patient

Court reports for the week of Nov. 7, 2021

The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court: Robert Scott Berg, 37, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass, committed July 12, 2020. He was fined $250, a $100 court surcharge, and a $50 jail surcharge.

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Court reports for the week of Nov. 7, 2021

Police reports for the week of Nov. 7, 2021

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and contains arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. On Oct. 30 at about 3:00 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers contacted Kayla Heinrich, 24, of Kenai, and Dakota McAdoo, 28, of Nikiski, at a residence in Nikiski.

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Police reports for the week of Nov. 7, 2021

Standoff over planning commission appointment continues

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce said he will let Seldovia fill a vacancy on the borough planning commission intended for Soldotna if the city does not provide a list of recommended candidates for that vacancy by Dec. 1. That’s according to a Sept. 10 letter from Pierce to Soldotna Mayor Paul Whitney, which was obtained by the Clarion via records request.

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Standoff over planning commission appointment continues

SoHi volleyball ends season at NLC tourney

Staff report The Soldotna volleyball team ended its season with a 3-1 loss to Wasilla on Friday at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Palmer High School. Wasilla, the No. 4 seed at the tournament, defeated the Stars, the No. 5 seed, 25-18, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-23.

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SoHi volleyball ends season at NLC tourney

River City junior recognized for community service

River City Academy junior Selena Payment, 16, is one of seven recipients of a $1,500 scholarship from Alaska Communications for her extensive service to the central peninsula community. The scholarship program, offered through Alaska Communications’ Summer of Heroes program, honors “outstanding youth” in Alaska who are making a difference in their communities.

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River City junior recognized for community service