Shaylon Cochran, Brian Lyke and Tyler Payment rehearse a scene about political signage from “Lame Ducks and Dark Horses” on Monday at Triumvirate North five miles north of Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Shaylon Cochran, Brian Lyke and Tyler Payment rehearse a scene about political signage from “Lame Ducks and Dark Horses” on Monday at Triumvirate North five miles north of Kenai. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

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                                From left, Terry Carter, Dave Unruh, and Dan Gregory smile for the camera at Fire Station #2 during the Nikiski Fire Department’s 50th anniversary celebration Monday in Nikiski. Carter has been the front desk receptionist for the department for 30 years. Unruh is a retired captain and was the second person employed by the department, and Gregory was fire chief from 2000 to 2005.
‘Always ready, proud to serve’

Nikiski Fire Department celebrates 50 years

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen over the Kenai River valley from Cecil Rhode mountain in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak)
Cooper Landing businesses feel impacts from fire, smoke

Winds have blown the fire’s smoke into its valley, affecting the community’s local tourism industry.

A view of the back burning operations being conducted on the Swan Lake Fire as seen from Watson Lake in June 2019. (Courtesy Jessica St. Laurent/BLM Alaska Fire Medic)
Swan Lake Fire growth stalled

The latest measurement of the fire puts it at 100,812 acres.

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Alyse Galvin announces bid for Congress

It will be her second bid trying to unseat Don Young.

People draped in black hold signs on July 9, 2019, by Sean Derry’s public art sculpture in Homer, Alaska, as part of a statewide art intervention to protest Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of a $2.8 million state appropriation to the Alaska State Council on the Arts. They also supported a general override of Dunleavy’s vetoes that will affect funding for the University of Alaska, public radio and other programs. Derry’s sculpture was commissioned as a 1% for art project associated with the remodeling of Pioneer Hall at the Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska. The protest was not sanctioned by the college. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Alaska State Arts Council shuts down after funding loss

‘This is going to leave a huge vacuum.’

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                                University of Alaska Southeast administrators and staff applaud a speech by Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, as they watch an online meeting being held Monday at UA campuses around the state on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts.
Financial exigency delayed, but drastic changes ahead for University of Alaska

The University of Alaska of the future will not look like it does now.

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                                Dr. Peter Hansen stands in front of crane operators who are in the process of lifting an antique steam donkey engine Monday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, where it will be relocated on the lawn to make room for a cabin that will act as a Kenai Bush doctors museum.
Kenai’s pioneering Bush doctors earn a spot in history

Historic cabin to be featured near visitor’s center

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen over the Kenai River valley from Cecil Rhode mountain in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak)
New team takes over in fire fight

Fire lines, natural features curtail Swan Lake Fire growth

Localz owner Angel Stanton, right, shows Heidi Vann, left, and Denali Jackson, center, some of the products featured in her store on July 11, 2019 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Shop Talk: Localz of Nikiski

Nikiski boutique features products by peninsula artisans

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