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)
Seward’s Fred Moore stands at the base of Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska, on Monday, June 24, 2019. Moore will run in his 50th consecutive Mount Marathon race on July 4. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Seward’s Moore celebrating 50 years of running Mt. Marathon

‘Relish the crowd and don’t be looking tired at the end’

Seward’s Fred Moore stands at the base of Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska, on Monday, June 24, 2019. Moore will run in his 50th consecutive Mount Marathon race on July 4. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Attorney General William Barr speaks at the U.S. Attorneys’ National Conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Feds allocate $10M to combat violence in rural Alaska

It is the first time that Barr has personally declared a law enforcement emergency

  • Jun 29, 2019
Attorney General William Barr speaks at the U.S. Attorneys’ National Conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Fireworks use and sales suspended across much of the state

The suspension will remain in effect until further notice.

  • Jun 27, 2019

Wildwood inmate found dead in cell

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

A rescued dog is pictured at the Kenai Animal Shelter on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna, Kenai to consolidate animal shelters

Starting July 1, Soldotna will pay $42,000 to Kenai for the care of 150 animals

A rescued dog is pictured at the Kenai Animal Shelter on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly looks to raise sales tax cap, remove voter approval

The borough’s sales tax is only applied to a maximum of $500 per sale, rent or service transaction.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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)
Kenai Peninsula Borough resident and member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offers an invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, which prompted borough official and attendee walkouts and a protest on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough considers abolishing invocations at assembly

The move comes after a member of the Satanic Temple provided an invocation

Kenai Peninsula Borough resident and member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offers an invocation at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, which prompted borough official and attendee walkouts and a protest on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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.
Residents line the Sterling Highway in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office to oppose Pebble Mine project on Wednesday, in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Pebble never. Bristol Bay forever’

Community members rally against mining project

Residents line the Sterling Highway in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office to oppose Pebble Mine project on Wednesday, in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
This June 14, 2019 file photo shows a welcome sign on the outskirts of Wasilla. State lawmakers have rejected Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s suggested location for a special session. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Dueling legal analyses raise questions about special session

AG: Dunleavy has the authority to call a special session, can seek a court order to compel lawmakers

  • Jun 26, 2019
This June 14, 2019 file photo shows a welcome sign on the outskirts of Wasilla. State lawmakers have rejected Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s suggested location for a special session. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Lindsey Bloom of Salmon State gives a speech at the “No Pebble Mine” rally. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Deadline for Pebble draft EIS comments nears

The Corps will take comments until July 1, and use them to incorporate changes into a final EIS

Lindsey Bloom of Salmon State gives a speech at the “No Pebble Mine” rally. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sarah Walters of Seward snags for sockeye salmon in the saltwaters of Resurrection Bay near Seward. Snagging for salmon is only allowed in saltwater. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tight Lines: Fish and Game timid about king fishing

The use of bait on the late-run king salmon fishery will be prohibited starting July 1

Sarah Walters of Seward snags for sockeye salmon in the saltwaters of Resurrection Bay near Seward. Snagging for salmon is only allowed in saltwater. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Panel will discuss how food influences climate change

Attendees are invited to bring a dish featuring local ingredients to share

Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)