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)

Walking the pup down pathway of poetry

Canine-themed writing contest aims to enhance future dog park.

Nikiski resident John Quick is seeking a seat in District 3, representing in Nikiski, in the 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal elections. Quick has come under scrutiny over potential ties to an independent expenditure group. (Photo courtesy John Quick)

Quick campaign manager resigns

Huber had been communicating with Alaska Yes Inc — a local nonprofit supporting Quick’s campaign.

Nikiski resident John Quick is seeking a seat in District 3, representing in Nikiski, in the 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal elections. Quick has come under scrutiny over potential ties to an independent expenditure group. (Photo courtesy John Quick)
A sign in opposition to Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes according to the sign. The Alaska Public Offices Commission expedited an investigation into a complaint against Nikiski borough assembly candidate John Quick over his alleged involvement with the group. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Quick under scrutiny over election ads

The Alaska Public Offices Commission decided to expedite an investigation into a complaint.

A sign in opposition to Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes according to the sign. The Alaska Public Offices Commission expedited an investigation into a complaint against Nikiski borough assembly candidate John Quick over his alleged involvement with the group. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Frtiz Creek area resident Barrett Fletcher gives the invocation before a Tuesday, Sept. 17 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting as a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer hosts lively assembly meeting

The meeting opened with invocation from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Frtiz Creek area resident Barrett Fletcher gives the invocation before a Tuesday, Sept. 17 2019 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting as a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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)
In this Feb. 16, 2019, photo, Deidre Levi rests her head for a moment in her grandmother’s house before a basketball game in the Native Village of St. Michael, Alaska. Levi says she spoke up about being sexually assaulted because she wanted to be a role model for girls in Alaska. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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In this Feb. 16, 2019, photo, Deidre Levi rests her head for a moment in her grandmother’s house before a basketball game in the Native Village of St. Michael, Alaska. Levi says she spoke up about being sexually assaulted because she wanted to be a role model for girls in Alaska. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Memorabilia belonging to the late Dr. John ‘Nels’ Anderson, who was serving as Soldotna’s Mayor, were on display at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex during a community memorial service, Monday night, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community gathers to remember Soldotna mayor

John ‘Nels’ Andersondied Tuesday, Sept. 10 from health complications.

Memorabilia belonging to the late Dr. John ‘Nels’ Anderson, who was serving as Soldotna’s Mayor, were on display at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex during a community memorial service, Monday night, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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)
Educators, who are getting ready to strike Tuesday, rally in front of Kenai Central High School, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Strike averted after tentative agreement struck

The agreement for a three-year contract was reached at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Educators, who are getting ready to strike Tuesday, rally in front of Kenai Central High School, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School ahead of a strike slated to begin Tuesday, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Schools closed as talks continue

Update: Schools will be open Tuesday, with a two-hour delay, after a tentative agreement was struck.

Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School ahead of a strike slated to begin Tuesday, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Clam Gulch resident Holly Odd is running for the District 7 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Holly Odd)

District 7 candidate — Holly Odd

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day.

Clam Gulch resident Holly Odd is running for the District 7 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Holly Odd)
Soldotna resident Rose Henry is running for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s District 4 seat. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

District 4 candidate — Rose Henry

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day.

Soldotna resident Rose Henry is running for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s District 4 seat. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

State files lawsuit against public employee union

State says its about First Amendment.

Clam Gulch resident Brent Johnson is running for his third term on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Brent Johnson/photo by Katie Ash)

District 7 candidate — Brent Johnson

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day.

Clam Gulch resident Brent Johnson is running for his third term on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Brent Johnson/photo by Katie Ash)
Soldotna resident Tyson Cox is seeking a seat in District 4. (Photo courtesy City of Soldotna)

District 4 assembly candidate — Tyson Cox

The Clarion interviews assembly candidates ahead of Election Day.

Soldotna resident Tyson Cox is seeking a seat in District 4. (Photo courtesy City of Soldotna)
In this file photo from Jan. 29, Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin presents the governor’s supplemental budget to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

State’s budget director Arduin is out

New director to be named soon.

In this file photo from Jan. 29, Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin presents the governor’s supplemental budget to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
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                                Graduates wait to walk across the stage May 5 at University of Alaska Anchorage’s spring 2019 commencement ceremony, including students from the university’s School of Education, which lost accreditation for all seven of its teacher-preparation programs in January.
Victoria Petersen / Peninsula Clarion
                                Graduates wait to walk across the stage May 5 at University of Alaska Anchorage’s spring 2019 commencement ceremony, including students from the university’s School of Education, which lost accreditation for all seven of its teacher-preparation programs in January.