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                                John Quick speaks with senators after talking to the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 22. Quick served as the Department of Administration Commissioner Designee for Gov. Mike Dunleavy earlier this year, but resigned after questions were raised about the accuracy of his resume.

Quick ordered to cease and desist

APOC will investigate whether Quick violated contribution-reporting requirements

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                                John Quick speaks with senators after talking to the Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 22. Quick served as the Department of Administration Commissioner Designee for Gov. Mike Dunleavy earlier this year, but resigned after questions were raised about the accuracy of his resume.
From left, eighth grader Avery Ciufo, student council adviser Sheilah Margaret Pothast and eighth grader Derrick Jones show off the food they’ve collected during their snack drive at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula residents take action against hunger

Hunger Action Month highlights what can be done stop Americans from going hungry

From left, eighth grader Avery Ciufo, student council adviser Sheilah Margaret Pothast and eighth grader Derrick Jones show off the food they’ve collected during their snack drive at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Marchers in the Soldotna Climate Strike walk through Soldotna Creek Park toward the Sterling Highway on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Keep it in the ground’

Community members join Global Climate Strike

Marchers in the Soldotna Climate Strike walk through Soldotna Creek Park toward the Sterling Highway on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai City Council Members Henry Knackstedt, left, and Bob Molloy, right, listen to public comments during the Kenai City Council Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai City Council considers limiting hours of operation for marijuana retailers

The ordinance would prohibit businesses from operating between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Kenai City Council Members Henry Knackstedt, left, and Bob Molloy, right, listen to public comments during the Kenai City Council Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Courtesy of Northern Rockies Incident Management Team)

September rains help suppress Swan Lake Fire

The fire has already seen between 2.25 and 3.05 inches of rain this month.

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Courtesy of Northern Rockies Incident Management Team)
From left, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidates Joseph Ross, Jesse Bjorkman, Tyson Cox and Brent Johnson speak to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor’s Center on Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Chambers quiz assembly candidates on issues

Candidates spoke on annexation, taxes and the role of an assembly member.

From left, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidates Joseph Ross, Jesse Bjorkman, Tyson Cox and Brent Johnson speak to members of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitor’s Center on Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski resident John Quick is seeking a seat in District 3, in Nikiski, Alaska, in the 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal elections. (Photo courtesy John Quick)

District 3 assembly candidate — John Quick

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day.

Nikiski resident John Quick is seeking a seat in District 3, in Nikiski, Alaska, in the 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal elections. (Photo courtesy John Quick)
Nikiski resident Jesse Bjorkman is seeking a seat in District 3 in Nikiski, Alaska, in the 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal elections. (Photo courtesy Jesse Bjorkman)

District 3 assembly candidate — Jesse Bjorkman

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day

Nikiski resident Jesse Bjorkman is seeking a seat in District 3 in Nikiski, Alaska, in the 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal elections. (Photo courtesy Jesse Bjorkman)
Nikiski resident Joseph Ross is running for the District 3 seat — representing Nikiski — on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough)

District 3 candidate — Joseph Ross

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day.

Nikiski resident Joseph Ross is running for the District 3 seat — representing Nikiski — on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough)
From left, Kendra Bailey, Emma McKay and Tristen Barnes show off their potatoes at the Montessori Farmer’s Market at the Soldotna Montessori School on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Where children grow

Soldotna Montessori hosts farmers market featuring produce grown by students

From left, Kendra Bailey, Emma McKay and Tristen Barnes show off their potatoes at the Montessori Farmer’s Market at the Soldotna Montessori School on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Eliza Eller with the Kenai Local Food Connection gives a class on making Kimchi at the Harvest Moon Local Food Festival at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday.

Pies, produce and pickling

Annual Harvest Moon Local Food Festival brings farmers and foragers to Soldotna Creek Park

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                                Eliza Eller with the Kenai Local Food Connection gives a class on making Kimchi at the Harvest Moon Local Food Festival at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday.

Community gathers to show ‘You Matter’

Kenaitze Indian Tribe hosts walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention

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                                Nikiski resident Linda Huhndorf speaks to members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the draft environmental impact statement for the Alaska LNG Project at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Wednesday.

‘Not a place to put a gas pipeline’

Residents of Boulder Point neighborhood express concern over pipeline route

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                                Nikiski resident Linda Huhndorf speaks to members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the draft environmental impact statement for the Alaska LNG Project at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Wednesday.

Suicide awareness event Saturday

Alaska has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

A fire crew can be seen here at a containment line for the Swan Lake Fire in this undated photo. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Swan Lake Fire shows little growth heading into the weekend

The fire is currently at 163,714 acres and is 37% contained.

A fire crew can be seen here at a containment line for the Swan Lake Fire in this undated photo. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)
Soldotna City Council candidates Lisa Parker, Pamela Parker and Dave Carey speak to members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna council hopefuls speak out

Candidates discuss annexation, economic growth and future plans.

Soldotna City Council candidates Lisa Parker, Pamela Parker and Dave Carey speak to members of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                A rainbow can be seen next to rising smoke from the Swan Lake Fire in this photo released Thursday, Sept. 5.

Northern Rockies Type 2 Team takes over Swan Lake Fire

The fire experienced another day of little activity Monday.

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                                A rainbow can be seen next to rising smoke from the Swan Lake Fire in this photo released Thursday, Sept. 5.
Members of a public transportation workgroup discuss the five-year transit service plan presented by CARTS Executive Director Jennifer Beckmann and board president Gary Katsion at the Soldotna Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Local transit provider looks at opportunities for expansion

CARTS explores increasing services but needs more funding from local governments.

Members of a public transportation workgroup discuss the five-year transit service plan presented by CARTS Executive Director Jennifer Beckmann and board president Gary Katsion at the Soldotna Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Peninsula residents and firefighters enjoy a meal together during the first responder appreciation barbecue at Soldotna Creek Park on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Community applauds firefighting crews

The event featured free hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled salmon and homemade desserts.

Peninsula residents and firefighters enjoy a meal together during the first responder appreciation barbecue at Soldotna Creek Park on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Construction equipment can be seen on the Sterling Highway on Saturday.

Construction crews on Sterling Highway making up for lost time

Closures caused by the Swan Lake Fire hindered progress for about two weeks

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                                Construction equipment can be seen on the Sterling Highway on Saturday.