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Public safety briefs for Oct. 6, 2019

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Court reports for Oct. 6, 2019

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Signs redirecting traffic along the Kenai Spur Highway between Kenai and Soldotna can be seen on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Construction season coming to a close

Some will be completed by the end of construction season; others will be picked up next spring.

 

Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer responded to the incident and are coordinating with the responsible party and state authorities to mitigate further pollution. The dock continues to erode, but all remaining hazardous materials have been removed. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Portion of Nikiski dock collapses in Cook Inlet

Heavy seas reportedly collapsed a 50-foot section of the Offshore Systems Kenai dock in Nikiski.

Heavy seas caused an Offshore System Kenai (OSK) earth and fill dock, with fuel lines, to collapse, Oct. 2, 2019, resulting in the discharge of approximately 300 gallons of oil. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer responded to the incident and are coordinating with the responsible party and state authorities to mitigate further pollution. The dock continues to erode, but all remaining hazardous materials have been removed. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Incident Management Team)

Local agencies take control of Swan Lake Fire

The fire is 90% contained.

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Incident Management Team)
A sign directing voters to the polls stands outside Soldotna City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Bjorkman, Cox, Johnson lead early returns

Voters decide on Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members.

A sign directing voters to the polls stands outside Soldotna City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Cole Harmon shows off his great wheel — also known as a muckle wheel — during the Fireweed FiberFest at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Harmon spins with qiviut, which is the inner wool of the musk ox and is harvested by Alaska Native elders in Nome. Harmon discovered recently that his wheel was built in the 1750s out of salvaged shipwreck wood by Quakers on the east coast. The wood itself is about 900 years old and was originally harvested in Scotland.

Spin City

Fireweed FiberFest comes to Soldotna

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                                Cole Harmon shows off his great wheel — also known as a muckle wheel — during the Fireweed FiberFest at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Harmon spins with qiviut, which is the inner wool of the musk ox and is harvested by Alaska Native elders in Nome. Harmon discovered recently that his wheel was built in the 1750s out of salvaged shipwreck wood by Quakers on the east coast. The wood itself is about 900 years old and was originally harvested in Scotland.

Court reports for Sept. 29, 2019

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Participants in the 2019 Stomp Out Stigma Color Run make their way through a haze of pink chalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Putting addiction on the run

Community turns out for Stomp Out Stigma Color Run.

Participants in the 2019 Stomp Out Stigma Color Run make their way through a haze of pink chalk at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The line outside of the Moose is Loose Bakery can be seen here on their last day of business in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Moose Is Loose serves up its final pastries

The Soldotna bakery shuttered Saturday after 18 years.

The line outside of the Moose is Loose Bakery can be seen here on their last day of business in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A young firefighter-in-training practices knocking down a water jug with a fire hose during the Central Emergency Services Open House at Fire Station 1 in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Emergency services hosts open house

Community members met the new fire marshal, got safety tips and enjoyed a meal.

A young firefighter-in-training practices knocking down a water jug with a fire hose during the Central Emergency Services Open House at Fire Station 1 in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Damage from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday.

Trails begin to reopen as Swan Lake Fire winds down

Windy conditions on Wednesday tested the containment lines around the perimeter.

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                                Damage from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday.
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                                Alaska Wildlife Alliance member Grace Kautek looks out over the Kenai River for signs of belugas during the third annual Belugas Count! event at Erik Hansen Scout Park in Kenai on Saturday.

Citizen scientists catch site of belugas

Stations were set up around Cook Inlet — from Tyonek to Goose Bay to Homer.

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                                Alaska Wildlife Alliance member Grace Kautek looks out over the Kenai River for signs of belugas during the third annual Belugas Count! event at Erik Hansen Scout Park in Kenai on Saturday.
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 23, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Organization)

New crew takes over Swan Lake Fire

The Alaska Type 3 Organization has assumed command from the Northern Rockies Type 2 Team.

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 23, 2019. (Courtesy Alaska Type 3 Organization)

Meet the candidates: Martha Fleming , District 6 school board

Fleming is running unopposed.

John “Zen” Kelly is running again for the South Peninsula seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. (Photo courtesy John “Zen” Kelly)
John “Zen” Kelly is running again for the South Peninsula seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. (Photo courtesy John “Zen” Kelly)
A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Understanding the ballot: Proposition 2

Voters will decide on whether or not to increase the sales tax cap.

A sign directs voters at Soldotna City Hall on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for Sept 22, 2019

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