Rhubarb crumble is photographed on June 1, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Rhubarb pairs well with sweet fruit like strawberries, and work well in desserts like strawberry rhubarb crumble. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

What to do with rhubarb?

Rhubarb-Palooza to show how to get creative with the summer favorite

Rhubarb crumble is photographed on June 1, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Rhubarb pairs well with sweet fruit like strawberries, and work well in desserts like strawberry rhubarb crumble. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kaegan Koski strikes a pose during the 2019 Soldotna Pride Celebration in Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Celebrating with Pride

2nd annual Soldotna Pride march draws a crowd

Kaegan Koski strikes a pose during the 2019 Soldotna Pride Celebration in Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
In this July 4, 2013, file photo, a brown bear walks to a sandbar to eat a salmon it had just caught at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam. A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve is expected to halt heart-stopping encounters between human pedestrians and brown bears both using the old bridge. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

New Katmai bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

The replacement for the old floating bridge was more than a decade in the making.

  • Jun 15, 2019
In this July 4, 2013, file photo, a brown bear walks to a sandbar to eat a salmon it had just caught at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam. A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve is expected to halt heart-stopping encounters between human pedestrians and brown bears both using the old bridge. (AP File Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska legislators face pressure for PFD decision

A governor can call a special session, but legislators don’t have to act on any of the agenda items.

  • Jun 15, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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 continues to grow

The Swan Lake fire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge shows no signs of slowing down and reached 12,564 acres in size as of Friday… Continue reading

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)
Jasper Webb from Kenai shows off his Iron Man kite during the first Kenai Kite Festival on the Kenai North Beach in Alaska on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Kite Festival debuts with high-flying fun

Clouds didn’t keep kites from the air

Jasper Webb from Kenai shows off his Iron Man kite during the first Kenai Kite Festival on the Kenai North Beach in Alaska on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)

Writers’ conference gathers authors from around the nation

“The conference strives to offer something for readers: to discuss literature and meet writers”

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)

Kiters to hit the beach

The first-ever Kenai Kite Festival will be held at the Kenai North Beach from noon to 2 p.m.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, left, expresses his displeasure with Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, right, as Sen. Tom Begich listens, during debate on the capital budget in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

One session ends as another one is set outside Juneau

There are numerous concerns with the new location.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, left, expresses his displeasure with Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, right, as Sen. Tom Begich listens, during debate on the capital budget in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Swan Lake fire doubles in size overnight

At its closest point, the fire is 2.7 miles north of the highway and 5.5 miles northeast of Sterling

This June 5, 2009 file photo released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an adult ringed seal in Kotzebue, Alaska. An environmental group is suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for two ice seals on the threatened species list. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday, June 13, 2019, for not designating critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals. (Mike Cameron/NOAA via AP, File)

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Designation of critical habitat for a threatened species is required a year after a listing.

  • Jun 13, 2019
This June 5, 2009 file photo released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows an adult ringed seal in Kotzebue, Alaska. An environmental group is suing the federal government for failing to designate critical habitat for two ice seals on the threatened species list. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday, June 13, 2019, for not designating critical habitat for ringed and bearded seals. (Mike Cameron/NOAA via AP, File)
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo, Anchorage Police Officer T. Scott Masten works a shift in Anchorage, Alaska, equipped with a wireless hotspot device on his patrol car laptop. Anchorage police are among public safety agencies across the country that are tapped into FirstNet, a new national wireless network dedicated to first responders. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

New network for first responders raises concern among media

The network is secure, encrypted and off limits to the public.

  • Jun 13, 2019
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo, Anchorage Police Officer T. Scott Masten works a shift in Anchorage, Alaska, equipped with a wireless hotspot device on his patrol car laptop. Anchorage police are among public safety agencies across the country that are tapped into FirstNet, a new national wireless network dedicated to first responders. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)
Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole, the newest chef at Cooper Landing’s Kingfisher Roadhouse, is pictured in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Monday, May 10. (Photo courtesy of O’Leary-Cole)

New chef brings fresh menu to Cooper Landing

Nearly half of the food is vegetarian, with one whole side of the menu offering plant-based options

Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole, the newest chef at Cooper Landing’s Kingfisher Roadhouse, is pictured in Cooper Landing, Alaska, on Monday, May 10. (Photo courtesy of O’Leary-Cole)
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)
A detailed look at an illustration of old Kenai and the Columbia Ward Fisheries by Thor Evenson at the Kenai Fine Art Center Thursday, June 6, 2019, during the opening reception to the June exhibit Historic Buildings of Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

June exhibit showcases historic Kenai buildings

The Kenai Fine Art building was once part of the Kenai Volunteer Fire Department

A detailed look at an illustration of old Kenai and the Columbia Ward Fisheries by Thor Evenson at the Kenai Fine Art Center Thursday, June 6, 2019, during the opening reception to the June exhibit Historic Buildings of Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
An angler shows off his early run sockeye on the Kenai River in June 2019 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo submitted by Jason Foster)

Strong sockeye run moving toward Russian River

“The first run of sockeye is better than I’ve ever seen it.”

An angler shows off his early run sockeye on the Kenai River in June 2019 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo submitted by Jason Foster)
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)