The extent of the Swan Lake Fire as of Tuesday, June 25, can be seen in this map provided by Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Crews work to keep fire from highway

Firefighters to hold second community meeting to address Swan Lake Fire

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission Chairman Blair Martin, Vice Chairman Robert Ruffner and Parliamentarian Rick Foster facilitate discussions on Emmitt Trimble’s Beachcomber LLC gravel pit permit application on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Controversial Beachcomber gravel pit permit approved

‘If ever a gravel pit should be denied, it would have been this one’

From left, Brad Conklin, Jeremy Gill, Kyle Lee, Owen Winfrey and Jerry Winfrey pose for a photo at Hope Community Resources in Soldotna, Alaska, during the First Annual Ride for Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Photo courtesy Kyle Lee)

Bikers ride for suicide awareness

38 motorcycles and more than 20 other vehicles drove from Soldotna to Nikiski and back again

Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rally asks senators to stop permit process funding

Public comment period ends in days.

Panel will discuss how food influences climate change

Attendees are invited to bring a dish featuring local ingredients to share

This June 14 file photo shows Gov. Mike Dunleavy leading state and local officials out of Wasilla Middle School in Wasilla to a news conference. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska lawmakers reject Wasilla as site for special session

Some lawmakers saw the pick as a means of intimidation or cited security or logistical concerns

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A sign for trail closures can be seen on Skilak Lake Road on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The Kenai Wildlife Refuge closed recreation areas, including Bottenintnin Lake, Watson Lake Campground, Egumen Lake Trail, Petersen Lake Campground, Kelly Campground, Seven Lakes Trail, Skyline Trail and Jean Lake Campground over the weekend. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire prompts recreation area shutdowns

The fire grew to 32,000 acres over the weekend

Pioneer Potluck: About homestead living

Broccoli with cheese sauce, moosemeat meat loaf, baked vegetables

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Court reports for June 23, 2019

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It is what it is: It’s not easy eating green

The only thing green I had eaten in five days was mint chip ice cream.

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University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen in 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: State’s budget climate puts value of Alaska’s higher education at risk

Thousands of students could be affected by a governor veto.

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