This blog is maintained as an effort to coordinate and collocate responding agencies' information for easier public access during events on the Kenai Peninsula. The information here is written and provided by the contributing agencies. NOTE: The blog will be updated as the need arises and may be dormant at times.

Friday, July 31, 2020

07/31/20 Mayor Pierce and Assembly President Cooper Express Condolences to Families

Joint Statement                                                                             07/31/20

Charlie Pierce, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor and Kelly Cooper, Assembly President convey great sorrow in a joint statement acknowledging the plane collision that tragically impacted two aircraft and the demise of Gary Knopp, Alaska House of Representatives – District 30. The assembly and administration express their deepest condolences to the families and friends devastated by the tragic loss of life resulting from the collision this morning near mile 91.5 Sterling Highway.

The administration also wishes to acknowledge the swift, professional activation of the area first responders on scene. The Borough administration will continue to support the response and recovery as appropriate. Media are directed to contact NTSB Public Affairs for incident information 202-314-6100.

Media Contacts:
Brenda Ahlberg
PIO1t (907)231-6505

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

07/29/20 Borough Aims to Release Grant Awards Mid-August

Howdy applicants. That’s not crickets you’re hearing; it’s the sound of reviewers moving applications through the review process. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved $15 million of the CARES Act Relief Fund for grants to small businesses and nonprofits outside of city boundaries. Reviews will continue over the next two weeks, and our goal is to mail awards by mid-August. What should applicants do now? Be on the lookout for emails from reviewers. We may need more information. If so, follow the directions and provide the information before the deadline. Applicants will have limited time to respond.

Friday, July 24, 2020

07/24/20 K-Pen CARES Act Relief Fund Grant Application is CLOSED as of 5PM.

As of 5PM today, the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant application is closed. What's next? Applications that have been submitted will be reviewed. Be on the look out for a possible email from reviewers that may need more information. If so, read and follow the directions carefully so that they can finish the review process... You'll have only so much time to respond back to the reviewers.

TIP #503: Bookmark to see where the funds will be distributed throughout the K-Pen.

7/24/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP

Today's information is highlighted in red letters.

07/24/20 TIP#437... Submit Your Application Today Before 5PM.

TIP #437... check out the tutorial Video! The application period ends today at 5:00PM.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough allocated $15 Million from its CARES Act Relief Fund program to be distributed as grants to small businesses and nonprofits outside of the city boundaries of Homer, Kachemak City, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward, and Soldotna. Grants will be divided into five funding levels. Call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 or visit Application period closes 5:00PM July 24th.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

07/23/20 Seward Transfer Site Hosts Hazardous Waste Collection Day - Saturday July 25, 2020

The borough is collecting household hazardous waste on Saturday July 25th 8:00AM to 5:00PM at the Seward Transfer Station. This event is offered to minimize harmful toxins entering into the landfill and is a free service to households; businesses will be charged a fee.

Call Kenai Peninsula Solid Waste Department for more information 907-262-9667 or to see other dates and locations visit 

07/23/20 Time to Finish and Hit Submit - Borough's Application Period Ends July 24, 2020 at 5PM

Working on the grant application tonight? The Borough CARES Act Relief Fund grant is open to small businesses and nonprofits in KPB unincorporated communities, commercial fisheries and big game permit holders. Make sure you're authorized to sign the application.

Have the following documents scanned and ready to upload:
IRS W-9 (see link below)

AK Business License OR fish/guide permit
One of the following to prove your 2019 gross revenues:
Sales Tax Registration Number (TIP: this is the best way to verify your 2019 gross revenues if you collect sales taxes)
IRS Schedule C (for entities that don't collect sales tax)
Third-party, audited financial statements (for entities that don't collect sales tax or nonprofits)
IRS 990 (for nonprofits)
AK Corporate Entity Number and current biennial report (for nonprofits)

TIP: You can use your phone to scan and upload documents. For more tips and what's required to apply or to finish your application... visit

PS: You can download a W-9 from the IRS official site at

7/23/20 Weekly KPBSD Update: 3 KPBSD School Choices, plus 7 Questions

Dear KPBSD students, families, and staff,


As planning continues to open 42 KPBSD schools, and the science and spread of COVID19 in Alaska continues to change, you likely have questions and concerns. One size does not fit everyone, and COVID19 is creating challenges we have never lived through. Together we will create solutions and help you choose the best option for learning this fall.


We understand education during a global pandemic requires adaption, a flexible mindset, and serious decisions. We promise to communicate and be proactive, even when we do not have all the answers. Toward that end to assist you, a dedicated phone number and email address that will reach district office to respond to your COVID19 and school choice questions is now available—look in the question section for the contacts. School principals and secretaries return to work the week of July 28, and school staff return later in August.


Included in your weekly update is a new flyer with the Three Flexible Solutions for School in the KPBSD, and responses to seven common questions. We know some of you will need devices or internet—the survey next week will help determine your needs so the district can assist.


July 23, 2020 KPBSD Weekly Update: Three Flexible Solutions for School in 2020-2021 during a Global Pandemic


Which K-12 learning option will be best for you? Download and read the flyer

·       ONSITE at Your KPBSD School
Learning at your neighborhood school, charter school, or non-traditional KPBSD school


·       100% Remote with Your KPBSD School
Learning with your neighborhood school, charter school, or non-traditional KPBSD school


·       HOMESCHOOL: Enrollment in KPBSD Connections Homeschool program
Learning is designed by families with a Connections Teacher Advisor and facilitated by parents



Seven Questions

Q: Can I change once I decide?
Yes. If you need flexibility to change between options, KPBSD wants you to be successful and you can make a change


Q: Will face coverings be required when school begins in August?

Superintendent O’Brien and the district leadership planning team are currently reviewing the science and recommendations from CDC, DHSS, DEED, and public input about requiring face coverings to be worn in the school environment. An update to the SmartStart plan is forthcoming, and will be shared in the communication next week.


Q: Help Desk
We know many of you want to talk to your school principal, secretary, or teachers, prior to making a decision. Principals and secretaries begin returning to work on or after July 28, and teachers return in August. If you need help deciding what is best for you and your children, have questions, or simply need someone to hear your thoughts and concerns, the district office is open. For your specific COVID19 and school related questions, call 907-714-8864, email us at, or visit For general questions, the main KPBSD office number is 907-714-8888


Q: When do I need to choose?
You will receive an online update form next week, and can complete it any time prior to the start of school. Through the form, you can also update student contact information, indicate what access you need for internet and learning devices, and indicate your choice for school beginning in August 2020


Q: When will schools close in high COVID19 risk level?

·       Always open: The 100% Remote with Your KPBSD School, and the KPBSD Connections Homeschool, will be open during all risk levels

·       Pivot needed: The ONSITE at Your KPBSD School will close to students during high COVID19 risk, and shift to 100% Remote Learning through the Virtual Classroom


Q: Can I receive school meals if schools close during High COVID19 risk?

Yes. We are planning to implement the “Get-it and Go” meals if schools need to close to students during high COVID19 risk


Q: How do you determine COVID19 Risk Levels on the Kenai Peninsula?

KPBSD implemented an operational plan to indicate low, medium, or high risk of COVID-19 community transmission in a geographical region or school based on 14 day averages and seven day trends. Decisions are based on state data, and local current information from the DHSS and public health. Beginning August 1, updates will be made daily, posted on the KPBSD website, and changes in risk level communicated to our families, staff, and publics. A visual map of the Kenai Peninsula risk level in our 42 schools is in development, and will be live online no later than August 1, 2020



·        KPBSD and COVID19 webpage

·        KPBSD Smart Start webpage

·        KPBSD Summer Sports and Activities webpage



To safely open schools, we must each take actions now, to slow or stop the spread of the COVID19 virus. When you wash your hands, watch your 6’ distance with others, and wear a mask in public places, you directly influence the safe opening of schools and learning for our children. Our actions add up, and we can and will get through this global pandemic.


Kind Regards,

Pegge Erkeneff, Director of Communications, Community, and Government Relations

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

148 N. Binkley Street

Soldotna, Alaska 99669

direct: 907.714.8847 main: 907.714.8888 | Twitter @KPBSD | Facebook KPBSD

KPBSD will inspire all learners to pursue their dreams in a rigorous, relevant and responsive environment.


7/23/20 Information on Tuesday's Tsunami Warnings and Advisories

The residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough rose to the occasion as usual this past Tuesday night, as most of our mobile phones alerted us to a potential tsunami and directed residents to high ground. The warning was issued as a result of a 7.8 earthquake near the Aleutian chain and affected the southern Kenai Peninsula around Kachemak Bay. A tsunami advisory, a lesser level of alert, was in effect for the Seward and Resurrection Bay communities. Residents and visitors in low-lying areas took heed of the warning and moved to high ground, with first responders around the Borough reporting everyone left the low-lying areas quickly and calmly. All of the tsunami warnings and advisories were cancelled by 1 a.m.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is a Borough agency tasked with the coordination and management of natural and man-made emergencies within the political boundaries of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. During disaster events, OEM distributes information through our KPB Alerts platform and coordinates with all of the first response agencies to ensure that everyone is kept safe and informed.

Tsunami inundation areas for the Kenai Peninsula Borough are generally around Kachemak Bay and Resurrection Bay. Generally, tsunami zones do not extend up the Cook Inlet to Anchor Point, Ninilchik, or other central peninsula communities. Many residents in the central peninsula asked why they received such an urgent warning if they live outside of the danger zone – the answer to that question has some complex and technical reasons, but it can generally be attributed to our large size and governance structure.

The federal warning system that uses radio stations and wireless phones to disseminate alerts is built for use nationwide, and for the most part uses counties to determine where to send a message. While in the lower 48 this allows for a relatively targeted message, here in Alaska our Borough is the size of a small state. Unfortunately, that means the only option is to send a message to the entire area, instead of just the specific tsunami inundation areas.

In addition to the federal warning messages, subscribers to our KPB Alerts notification system may have also received a phone call or text clarifying the specific areas under threat. Unlike the federal alerting, KPB Alerts is able to geographically target messages. During an event such as this large earthquake and warnings, this may have resulted in multiple messages or phone calls. The overall goal is to ensure communities receive the right information – especially in such a potentially hazardous event like a tsunami.

At the federal level, improvements are being made to refine alerting beyond such an “all or none” solution. At the Borough, we continue to identify any lessons learned and then implement new protocols, procedures, and technologies to ensure safety for all residents and visitors. If you have not yet signed up for KPB Alerts, you can register your mobile phone to one or more physical addresses to get warnings for that area at For updated information during emergencies, please like and follow KPB Alerts on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

07/22/20 Hey K-Pen! Guess What Day It Is?...

The deadline is fast approaching. Friday - July 24, 2020 at 5:00PM.

Small Businesses in KPB unincorporated communities, commercial fisheries or big game guides on the K-Pen, nonprofits outside the boundaries of the six cities...

Apply today for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program. More information or apply online at or call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 before the application closes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

07/21/20 A Draft Stays a Draft Until You Hit Submit...

Apply at
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program is rapidly coming to a close; the application period closes July 24th. As of tonight, there are 225 applications is draft form. NOTE: The review process starts after the applicant hits "submit." Take a moment to complete your application - you're a few clicks away from submitted.

For those that have submitted an application, be sure to check your email. We may need more information. If so, the reviewer will give you access to the application so you may add the requested information. 

Monday, July 20, 2020

07/20/20 Borough's Grant Program Allows You to Apply Even if You've Received Other COVID-19 Related Financial Assistance

The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program allows small businesses and nonprofits to apply for a grant regardless if you've applied for other state or federal assistance programs as a result of COVID-19 economic impacts.

Just remember to keep separate accounting and backup documentation for each grant that you receive... don't use the same bag of receipts for the different grants that you may receive.

Federal funds cannot be used to pay for the exact same cost or activity already paid for from another source of funding. This is sometimes referred to as duplication of benefits (DOB) or “double-dipping.” Entities using multiple funding sources should be aware of the different authorities and program requirements for each funding source, being careful to avoid DOB in instances where they are paying for similar costs or activities from multiple sources. If you're a small business or nonprofit located in an unincorporated community, visit to learn about the borough's grant program or to submit an application. You may also call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

07/19/20 Do Your Addresses Match? Learn How to Properly Submit an Application Through The Borough's Grant Program

Today's live stream - Sunday July 19, 2020 - will be recorded for future reference on Facebook at @KPBalerts.

Join us live or catch the video at a later time to learn how to properly apply for the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant. For program information and application visit

Saturday, July 18, 2020

07/18/20 Grant Application Process Made Easy - Join Borough Staff This Sunday July 19, 2020

Put a post-it note on your frig and join us live @KPBalerts at 4:00PM Sunday July 19th.

Learn how to apply for the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant with Brenda Ahlberg, Community & Fiscal Projects Manager. Brenda and members of the team will walk you through the online application process and answer questions during the livestream. For program information and application visit Let us help you get to through the review with ease. See you Sunday!

07/18/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough to Host Live Facebook Event Sunday - July 19, 2020

Click HERE for event information.

Join us on Facebook @KPBalerts Sunday July 19th at 4PM. Brenda Ahlberg, Community & Fiscal Projects Manager, will provide an overview of the KPB CARES Act Relief Fund with Q&A to follow. Comments will continue to be monitored and answered after the live event.

Learn how your small business or nonprofit can apply for a grant through the Borough's program at

Thursday, July 16, 2020

07/16/20 How To Estimate A Borough Award Using The Funding Matrix

The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant is based upon a set distribution matrix to determine the potential grant awarded to the approved applicant. This matrix is the same for small businesses and nonprofit organizations: 2019 gross revenue multiplied by 3.5% = distribution amount. 

Learn more or how to apply today at

Grants Will Be Divided into Five Levels:

  • Up to $1,750 based on 2019 gross revenues of $20,000 to $50,000
  • Up to $3,500 based on 2019 gross revenues of $50,001 to $100,000
  • Up to $8,750 based on 2019 gross revenues of $100,001 to $250,000
  • Up to $17,500 based on 2019 gross revenues of $250,001 to $500,000
  • Up to $35,000 based on 2019 gross revenues of more than $500,000

Note: All grant awards are subject to availability of funds. If the demand for grants exceeds the Borough’s available funds, the Borough reserves the right to adjust the grant amounts to all recipients to stay within available funding.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

07/15/20 Borough CARES Act Relief Fund Grant Program Open to Eligible Commercial Fish, Big Game or Fishing Guides

Regrettably, pirates are not considered eligible applicants with the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program, but commercial fishing, big game permit and even fishing guide permit entities may qualify under the small business category with valid permit status and IRS Schedule C or independent, third party prepared financial statements.

Apply for the Borough's grant program at or call 907-714-2153 for more information.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

07/14/20 W-9 Form Required with The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund Grant Application

Working on a Borough CARES grant application tonight?

Be sure to include a current IRS W-9 form with the application. The W-9 form also known as a "Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification" asks for basic tax identification number. A TIN can be also be a social security number or employer identification number.

TIP: Before signing the W-9, be sure the TIN matches the tax information listed on your application. Keep a copy of the W9 with your application documents. You can download a fillable W-9 from the IRS official site at For more information on the Borough CARES Act Relief Fund grant program or to complete an application, visit

Monday, July 13, 2020

07/13/20 Be Sure to Check Your Spam Account

Applicants must create a user email and password account online before starting an application through the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program (link below).

Be sure to respond to the confirmation email. For some folks, this email may be found in your spam account.

Visit to start your application today. Application period closes 5:00 PM July 24, 2020.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

07/12/20 Borough's Online Application Opens 8:00AM Monday 07/13/20

Please help us spread the word.

The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant application opens Monday July 13th at 8:00AM. The online application is easy and the questions straightforward because the Borough's priority is getting the funds to small businesses and nonprofits that qualify.

Visit or call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 to learn more about eligibility and what's needed to apply. 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

07/11/20 Is Your Business or Nonprofit Located Outside City Limits?

The Kenai Peninsula Borough allocated $15 Million from its CARES Act Relief Fund program to be distributed as grants to small businesses and nonprofits outside of the city boundaries of Homer, Kachemak City, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward, and Soldotna. The Borough's grant application launches online Monday July 13th at 8:00AM. Grants will be divided into five funding levels. Call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 or visit to learn more about eligibility and what's needed to apply. Application period closes July 24th at 5:00PM.

Friday, July 10, 2020

07/10/20 Community Open House Events Scheduled to Assist Applicants

Application Period Opens 8:00 AM July 13, 2020 and Closes 5:00 PM July 24, 2020

Let us help you get to YES! on your application. Learn how your small business or nonprofit can apply for a KPB CARES Act Relief Fund grant. Borough staff have scheduled meetings throughout the K-Pen (see initial schedule below). Meetings for other areas of the K-Pen will be posted here also. Please help share this information in your local community.

Cooper Landing Open House
Monday, July 13, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Sunrise Inn
21849 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing, AK 99572

Hope Open House
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Hope Social Hall
18397 B St, Hope, AK 99605

Lowell Point Open House
Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00AM - 11:00AM
Penny Hardy Community Center
13915 Lowell Point Rd, Seward, AK 99664

Bear Creek Open House
Thursday, July 16, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Bear Creek Fire Station
13105 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664

Moose Pass Open House
Thursday, July 16, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Moose Pass Community Center ~ Mile 29.5 Seward Hwy.

• Masks and 6' personal distance is recommended
• Hand sanitizer will be provided
• Laptops will be sanitized in between each user
• Program will be an open house format
• No formal presentation to help with social distancing 
• KPB staff will be available for questions and to assist with the application process

For more information visit or call the grants division at 907-714-2153

7/10/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP

Today's information is highlighted in red letters.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

07/08/20 Borough's Grant Program Opens Next Monday for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Does your business qualify for a grant? The Kenai Peninsula Borough will open the CARES Relief Fund grant program July 13th. The program is open to all businesses and nonprofit organizations outside of city limits, regardless of whether they have applied for or have obtained any other state or federal COVID-19 related assistance. For more information visit

KPBSD Board of Education action to approve revised first day of school for students, and KPBSD COVID19 Smart Start 2020 Plan

News Release: KPBSD Smart Start 2020

How will COVID19 risk levels Affect K-12 Education, and WHEN WILL the First day of school BE for students?


Soldotna, July 8, 2020—During their Monday, July 13, 2020 meeting at 6:00 PM, the KPBSD Board of Education will take action to approve the KPBSD COVID19 Smart Start 2020 plan, and change the first day of school for students to Monday, August 24, 2020.


Smart Start 2020

Preparations for the safe and prudent reopening of schools in August 2020 has been ongoing for two months. Twenty members of the KPBSD 2020 Smart Start Work Group designed the KPBSD plan to address how K-12 education and activities in our diverse schools will take place depending on low (green), medium (yellow), or high (red) risk COVID19 community transmission scenarios. The KPBSD plan will continue to be revised as medical information, science, and the pandemic situation evolves throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requires all school districts to submit their plan by July 31, 2020. The recommended action for the Board of Education is to approve the KPBSD plan. After approval, on July 14, 2020, the plan will be available at the KPBSD Smart Start webpage. You can view the document now in BoardDocs.


Delay first day of school for students by four days

Changing the first day of school for students to August 24, 2020, will provide four additional critical in-service workdays for staff. COVID19 brings a significant number of extra health and safety measures, instructional options for parents and guardians, school routine shifts, schedules, and operational procedures. These four additional in-service and staff workdays will ensure a smooth and safe startup of schools during the COVID19 pandemic. The recommended action for the Board of Education is to change to first day of school for students from the original date of Tuesday August 18, to Monday August 24, 2020.


6:00 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020, Board of Education meeting

The Board of Education will hold a virtual and telephonic meeting in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, George A. Navarre Administration Building, in Soldotna. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and CDC recommendations, this meeting will not be physically open to the public. However, the meeting will remain public.


The public is invited to listen and participate by calling the following toll-free number on July 13 at 6:00 p.m.:


(877) 853-5257

Conference ID: 708 024 188

When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #


·        The meeting will be broadcast live on the district website.

·        Anyone can submit comments that will be read during the meeting. Email them to Lisa Gabriel by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020

·        To pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or for technical difficulties or questions, contact Lisa Gabriel at 907-714-8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



·        Board of Education BoardDocs meeting schedule and documents

·        July 13, 2020 Action Item: Approval of KPBSD Smart Start 2020 Plan




Tuesday, July 7, 2020

07/07/20 Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in the Kenai Peninsula Borough

On June 16, 2020 The borough assembly approved 21 projects to be completed under the CARES Act, Coronavirus Relief Fund (“Relief Fund”). The borough will receive $37,458,449.47 in three payments: payment one of $21,325,715.47; payment two of $8,066,367; and payment three of $8,066,367. The borough received payment one last week. The 21 approved projects align with the federal requirements to use the funds for response to first and second order impacts resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The first project to be completed is Grants to Small Businesses and Nonprofits. Please click INFORMATION for a printable version of the Relief Fund program guide. The guide is an informative document that is being distributed to assist small businesses and nonprofits that would like to apply for a grant under the borough’s program. Thanks to many that assisted in the development of this final document.

The application period is coming soon and will be open for two weeks, starting 8:00AM July 13, 2020 and closing 5:00PM July 24, 2020. The grant program, jurisdictional mapping tool and the 21 projects are hosted at This site will be updated as projects are completed or to see where these federal funds have been distributed throughout the borough. Only total dollar amounts distributed in the unincorporated areas will be indicated on the interactive map. No proprietary information will be published. NOTE: The online application will also be accessible on this page too.

You may also visit the borough legislative links to learn more about the 21 approved projects at:
KPB O2019-19-39

KPB R2020-047

Media Contact:
Brenda Ahlberg
Community & Fiscal Projects Manager / Information Officer
907-231-6505 (mobile)