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With five weeks remaining before summer break, the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor is publicly challenging the school district on its COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Mayor Charlie Pierce has long been an advocate of keeping mask-wearing a personal choice and opening the peninsula up to business as usual amid coronavirus-induced closures.

He turned his focus to the school district last week, saying in a Facebook post “The time has come for us to get rid of all Mask Mandates [sic] in schools.”

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Seward will soon have a second recovery housing facility for people struggling with substance abuse. The city approved a conditional-use permit for SeaView Community Services last week. 

But it comes with a condition — that the planning and zoning commission can review the permit each year. The clause was added after the commission heard an earful from residents who are concerned about the placement of the facility.

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Long-time college employee Cheryl Siemers is the new director for Kenai Peninsula College.

She’s replacing Gary Turner, who’s retiring this year after 19 years in the role. Turner says he’s thrilled with the choice.

"She’s what KPC needs now, and moving into the future,” Turner said.

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Imagine if you could catch a couple salmon and then get your coronavirus vaccine, all without even leaving the beach.

This summer, Kenai’s popular dip-net fisheries might also be public health hubs.

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Cook Inlet has long been a hotbed of oil and gas development in Alaska.

But for years, renewable energy advocates have been eyeing another Cook Inlet resource — tides. The inlet has some of the largest tides in the world but their energy potential has remained untapped.

One company is trying to change that, and says it could have a generator in the water in the next three years.