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Ben Wright is the new CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna, Alaska, as seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Ben Wright)

PCHS welcomes new CEO

Wright has more than 30 years experience serving at-risk populations

Ben Wright is the new CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna, Alaska, as seen here in this undated photo. (Courtesy Ben Wright)
The Swan Lake Fire, as seen from the Mystery Hills, burns Wednesday, June 12, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire grows overnight

As of Tuesday night it had reached 3,665 acres in size

The Swan Lake Fire, as seen from the Mystery Hills, burns Wednesday, June 12, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Rick Whitbeck, State Director for Power the Future, gives a presentation to the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

National nonprofit pushes for resource extraction in Alaska

Rick Whitbeck, state director for Power the Future, spoke at a joint chamber luncheon last week

Rick Whitbeck, State Director for Power the Future, gives a presentation to the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce in Kenai, Alaska on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Peninsula fire grows to 2,400 acres

The Swan Lake Fire is about 70% active and spreading

A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)
Blackwater Railroad Company performs at Soldotna Creek Park as part of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna, Alaska on June 5, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)

Soldotna concert in the park draws crowds

Music series returns tonight with folk group Resonant Rogues

Blackwater Railroad Company performs at Soldotna Creek Park as part of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna, Alaska on June 5, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)

Celebrating life on the river

Crowds enjoy games, music and eco-education

Court reports for June 9, 2019

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From right, Wes Jones, Jake Pritchett, Austin Robinson and Jay Kircher pose for a photo in front of a Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin at the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Air Fair in Kenai, on Saturday. The four are part of a U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Team based out of Kodiak. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Pilots take to the skies, show off on the ground

The Kenai and Soldotna Airports hosted the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Air Fair

From right, Wes Jones, Jake Pritchett, Austin Robinson and Jay Kircher pose for a photo in front of a Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin at the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Air Fair in Kenai, on Saturday. The four are part of a U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Team based out of Kodiak. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Wednesday thunderstorms spark 5 fires on the Peninsula

Suppression efforts continue on a large wildfire near Tustumena Lake that started Wednesday night as a result of thunderstorms and lightning strikes across the Kenai… Continue reading

A photo of the Tustumena Lake Fire taken at 11 p.m. on Wednesday illustrates the effect retardant and water drops had on the fire. (Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry)
A pilot signals to the pilots on two nearby planes that he is ready to taxi at the Kenai Air Fair at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

19th annual Air Fair takes flight

Military and private aircraft will be on display as well, including a World War II-era BT-13 Valiant.

A pilot signals to the pilots on two nearby planes that he is ready to taxi at the Kenai Air Fair at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Sgt. 1st Class Gert Bindrich and Capt. Lee Halstead smile for the camera during HAVE-Alaska’s 2019 fishing trip in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wenesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HAVE-ing it all

Nonprofit offers veterans an Alaska adventure

Sgt. 1st Class Gert Bindrich and Capt. Lee Halstead smile for the camera during HAVE-Alaska’s 2019 fishing trip in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wenesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Emergency repairs prompt overnight power outage

The Homer Electric Association will be making emergency repairs to a 115,000 volt transmission line tonight, which will cause power outages for certain areas of… Continue reading

Court reports for June 2, 2019

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Public safety briefs for June 2, 2019

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and includes arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed… Continue reading

Construction crews excavate along the side of the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Long road ahead

Summer road construction on schedule, but just beginning

Construction crews excavate along the side of the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Concertgoers listen during one of the weekly concerts in the park, put on as part of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna, Alaska, in the summer of 2017. (Photo courtesy Andrew Heuiser/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)

Weekly concerts in Soldotna start tonight

Seward band Blackwater Railroad Company will headline the 1st event

Concertgoers listen during one of the weekly concerts in the park, put on as part of the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series in Soldotna, Alaska, in the summer of 2017. (Photo courtesy Andrew Heuiser/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)
Vaughn Johnson performs a pogo maneuver outside his home in Nikiski, Alaska on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Up in the air

Nikiski skateboarder enters the world stage

Vaughn Johnson performs a pogo maneuver outside his home in Nikiski, Alaska on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Participants at the 2019 Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula line up at Soldotna Creek Park on June 1, 2019 to start the survivor’s walk, which is designated for cancer survivors and their caretakers. All those wearing purple shirts are cancer survivors, including Joseph Yourkoski, far left, a 17 year old at Nikiski High School. Eighteen teams raised over $25,000 at this year’s event, which featured live entertainment, face painting and a pancake eating contest. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

The start of a new ‘Life’

Survivors kick off Relay for Life

Participants at the 2019 Relay for Life of the Kenai Peninsula line up at Soldotna Creek Park on June 1, 2019 to start the survivor’s walk, which is designated for cancer survivors and their caretakers. All those wearing purple shirts are cancer survivors, including Joseph Yourkoski, far left, a 17 year old at Nikiski High School. Eighteen teams raised over $25,000 at this year’s event, which featured live entertainment, face painting and a pancake eating contest. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Environmental education intern David Fink answers questions from the hikers during a guided hike on Centennial Trail in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on June 1, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Hitting the trails

What to do at the refuge this summer

Environmental education intern David Fink answers questions from the hikers during a guided hike on Centennial Trail in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on June 1, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)