Brian Mazurek

Troopers release statistics from latest DUI enforcement campaign

State and wildlife troopers issued 1186 citations between Aug. 14 and Sept. 2

Sterling man arrested in 2001 sexual assault case

Authorities say DNA from the sexual assault kit matched the man’s DNA profile

The Snake River Valley fire crew makes their way to their assignment expanding containment lines off Skilak Lake Road southeast of Sterling, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire management begins transition to Type II team

The Northern Rockies Type II team will assume command of the fire Tuesday morning

The Snake River Valley fire crew makes their way to their assignment expanding containment lines off Skilak Lake Road southeast of Sterling, Alaska on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Anna Devolld, right, presents her Promote Our Pollinators project to attendees of Industry Appreciation Day at the Kenai Park Strip in Kenai, Alaska on Aug. 24, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna youth scientist puts pollinators in the spotlight

Devolld is targeting butterflies, bees, bats, ladybugs and hummingbirds.

Anna Devolld, right, presents her Promote Our Pollinators project to attendees of Industry Appreciation Day at the Kenai Park Strip in Kenai, Alaska on Aug. 24, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai river partially reopens to boating after Swan Lake Fire shows minimal growth

The fire is currently at 162,328 acres — an increase of only 149 acres since yesterday

Ammo Can Coffee owner Jason Floyd, left, and his son Liam, right, are seen here at their coffee shop in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 16, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Coffee, blended well with a side of conservatism

Ammo Can Coffee aims to fill a niche for the ‘shotgun-carrying’ crowd

Ammo Can Coffee owner Jason Floyd, left, and his son Liam, right, are seen here at their coffee shop in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 16, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for Sept. 2, 2019

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A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Continued rains lead to scaling back of evacuation statuses for Cooper Landing and Sterling

Normal highway operations have resumed without pilot cars

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)
Courtesy Ludy Link 
                                Soldotna resident Richard Link and his prize-winning Armenian cucumber are seen here in this August 2019 photo. The 14-pound, 37 3/8-inch cucumber took home a grand prize at the 2019 Alaska State Fair.

Going the distance

Cucumber makes it past the Swan Lake Fire to break the Alaska State Fair record

Courtesy Ludy Link 
                                Soldotna resident Richard Link and his prize-winning Armenian cucumber are seen here in this August 2019 photo. The 14-pound, 37 3/8-inch cucumber took home a grand prize at the 2019 Alaska State Fair.
Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire shows little weekend growth despite strong Sunday winds

Winds reached up to 45 mph along some isolated areas of the Sterling Highway

Trees burned by the Swan Lake Fire and knocked down by gusts of wind can be seen here along the Sterling Highway on Aug. 30, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Faces of the fire

On the line with firefighters battling the Swan Lake blaze

Rains help firefighting efforts

A low-pressure storm system arrived Friday and some areas of the fire received 1/4-inch of rain.

Cooper Landing man arrested after high-speed pursuit on Sterling Highway

The vehicle allegedly stopped in a parking lot, rammed three patrol vehicles in an attempt to flee.

This map shows the combined emergency area closure for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Church National Forest effective Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (U.S. Forest Service)

Public lands around fire closed

The closures are due to concern for public health and safety related to the Swan Lake Fire.

This map shows the combined emergency area closure for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Church National Forest effective Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (U.S. Forest Service)
The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

Crews continue to battle Swan Lake Fire

As of Thursday morning, the fire measured 161,921 acres.

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)

Out of the Office: Burnt out

The first time I reported on the Swan Lake Fire, I didn’t even mention it by name. On June 6 – 84 days ago as… Continue reading

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                                Haze from Swan Lake Fire smoke can be seen over Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near the corner of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road on Wednesday in Soldotna.

Smoke prompts air quality advisory for peninsula

Dense smoke from the Swan Lake Fire moved into the western peninsula Wednesday

Erin Thompson / Peninsula Clarion
                                Haze from Swan Lake Fire smoke can be seen over Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near the corner of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road on Wednesday in Soldotna.
Kara Moriarty, President and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, gives a presentation to the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Oil and Gas Association president predicts decades of increased oil production

By 2040 there could be rates of production as high as 1 million barrels a day in ANWR alone.

Kara Moriarty, President and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, gives a presentation to the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A duplex that caught fire in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen here on Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy Central Emergency Services)

Soldotna duplex catches fire

No injuries were reported.

A duplex that caught fire in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen here on Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy Central Emergency Services)