Brian Mazurek

A man waves during the 2019 Kenai 4th of July Parade in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

4th of July on the Kenai: where to go and what to expect

The annual 4th of July Parade and festival will take place starting at 11 a.m. on Trading Bay Road

A man waves during the 2019 Kenai 4th of July Parade in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

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Tucker Challans, left, and Logan Amaya, right, advertise their lemonade business along the Kenai Spur Highway during Lemonade Day in Soldotna, Alaska on June 29, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Sidewalk entrepreneurs set up shop

Kids turn out for Soldotna’s Lemonade Day

Tucker Challans, left, and Logan Amaya, right, advertise their lemonade business along the Kenai Spur Highway during Lemonade Day in Soldotna, Alaska on June 29, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of June 29,2019. (Courtesy Alaska Incident Management Team)

Swan Lake Fire grows to more than 60,000 acres

The fire continues to spread primarily to the northeast through thick strands of black spruce.

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of June 29,2019. (Courtesy Alaska Incident Management Team)

Wildwood inmate found dead in cell

The 23-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

Swan Lake Fire grows to 48,199 acres

Both lanes are open on the Sterling Highway

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)
A service vehicle travels along the Sterling Highway on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The highway was closed for several hours Wednesday morning due to the Swan Lake Fire burning north of the highway.

Swan Lake Fire snarls traffic

The fire covers 42,133 acres and is staffed by 550 people from local, state and federal agencies

A service vehicle travels along the Sterling Highway on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The highway was closed for several hours Wednesday morning due to the Swan Lake Fire burning north of the highway.
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

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)
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

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)

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Swan Lake Fire grows to 23,000 acres

There are 335 personnel managing the fire, including five crews from the Lower 48

From left, George Van Lone, Max Carpenter and Ed Seaward monitor the airwaves inside the Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club’s mobile operation center in Kenai, Alaska during the Amateur Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day on June 22, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Hamming it up

Amateur radio operators gather for annual field day

From left, George Van Lone, Max Carpenter and Ed Seaward monitor the airwaves inside the Moose Horn Amateur Radio Club’s mobile operation center in Kenai, Alaska during the Amateur Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day on June 22, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A construction crew excavates along the Kenai Spur Highway on Tuesday, June 4. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Roadwork continues on schedule

Projects ongoing on Sterling Highway, Kenai Spur and Beaver Loop

A construction crew excavates along the Kenai Spur Highway on Tuesday, June 4. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
From left, Theresa Peterson, Jan Mabrey and Zoey Polacek smile for the camera during the 2018 Longest Day Golf Tournament at the Bird Homestead Golf Course in Soldotna on June 16, 2018. (Photo courtesy Cindy Harris)

Making the longest day count

Community organizations to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s

From left, Theresa Peterson, Jan Mabrey and Zoey Polacek smile for the camera during the 2018 Longest Day Golf Tournament at the Bird Homestead Golf Course in Soldotna on June 16, 2018. (Photo courtesy Cindy Harris)
Central Peninsula Health Foundation Director Kathy Gensel, left, updates former Heritage Place Resident Council President MaryNell Larson about the Evening by the River Fundraiser in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Aud Walaszek/Heritage Place)

Heritage Place gets a new set of wheels

Destination Dignity Bus will be able to accommodate six wheelchairs and fit 10.

Central Peninsula Health Foundation Director Kathy Gensel, left, updates former Heritage Place Resident Council President MaryNell Larson about the Evening by the River Fundraiser in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Aud Walaszek/Heritage Place)
The recipients of the annual Kenai Community Awards pose for a photo during the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on June 19, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai celebrates its community spirit

Kenai chamber honored those who have made a positive impact on the peninsula community.

The recipients of the annual Kenai Community Awards pose for a photo during the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on June 19, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)

Lower 48 crews to assist with Swan Lake Fire

The fire continues to spread primarily to the north and east, away from the Sterling Highway.

A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)
A boy tries his hand at the Compass Dunk Tank during the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski, Alaska on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski turns out for a day of family fun

The annual Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival included games, food and live music

A boy tries his hand at the Compass Dunk Tank during the Family Fun in the Midnight Sun festival at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski, Alaska on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)