A duplex that caught fire in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen here on Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy Central Emergency Services)

Soldotna duplex catches fire

No injuries were reported.

A duplex that caught fire in Soldotna, Alaska, is seen here on Aug. 28, 2019. (Photo courtesy Central Emergency Services)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Aug. 28, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Changing wind patterns move smoke into western part of the peninsula

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire is expected to move west as fire crews continue containment efforts

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Aug. 28, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)
Alaska marijuana grower Dane Wyrick poses for photos at his Danish Gardens cultivation and retail location in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Wyrick said the future of his business is hazy, in part because of the tax the state of Alaska places on cultivators, which bear the burden of the taxation in the market. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska’s licensed marijuana growers cite tax concerns

Statewide total amount of late taxes due, with accruing penalties and interest, is about $1 million.

  • Aug 27, 2019
Alaska marijuana grower Dane Wyrick poses for photos at his Danish Gardens cultivation and retail location in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Wyrick said the future of his business is hazy, in part because of the tax the state of Alaska places on cultivators, which bear the burden of the taxation in the market. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
In this undated file photo showing the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline that feeds 950,000 barrels of oil a day to the West Coast snakes it way across the tundra north of Fairbanks, Alaska. BP, a major player on Alaska’s North Slope for decades, is selling all of its assets in the state, the company announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Hilcorp Alaska is purchasing BP interests in both the Prudhoe Bay oil field and the trans-Alaska pipeline for $5.6 billion, BP announced in a release. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

BP to shed Alaska assets, sell to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6B

The sale comes as BP attempts to divest $10 billion in assets by 2020.

  • Aug 27, 2019
In this undated file photo showing the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline that feeds 950,000 barrels of oil a day to the West Coast snakes it way across the tundra north of Fairbanks, Alaska. BP, a major player on Alaska’s North Slope for decades, is selling all of its assets in the state, the company announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Hilcorp Alaska is purchasing BP interests in both the Prudhoe Bay oil field and the trans-Alaska pipeline for $5.6 billion, BP announced in a release. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Washington. From left are, Liberty Justice Center’s Director of Litigation Jacob Huebert, plaintiff Mark Janus, Rauner, and Liberty Justice Center founder and chairman John Tillman. The Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. (AP Photo | Andrew Harnik)

‘We’re going to fight them all the way’: Alaska union plans to fight legal ruling over dues

The attorney general is calling for stricter rules for union dues.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Washington. From left are, Liberty Justice Center’s Director of Litigation Jacob Huebert, plaintiff Mark Janus, Rauner, and Liberty Justice Center founder and chairman John Tillman. The Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. (AP Photo | Andrew Harnik)
Veterinary Technician Sarah McMillen returns with the sea otter pup in Homer, Alaska, pilot, Duke Marolfs, plane. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Rescued sea otter pup gets airlift from Homer

The Homer Vet Clinic cared for the pup overnight before she was transported by air to Seward.

Veterinary Technician Sarah McMillen returns with the sea otter pup in Homer, Alaska, pilot, Duke Marolfs, plane. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
Trinity Hotshots battling the Swan Lake Fire hold the line during burnout operations along the Sterling Highway in Alaska on Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Cooper Landing remains in “SET” status, Sterling Highway delays likely

The Swan Lake Fire has grown by about 8,000 acres since Monday

Trinity Hotshots battling the Swan Lake Fire hold the line during burnout operations along the Sterling Highway in Alaska on Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)
The Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 map of the Swan Lake Fire. (Photo courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Cooper Landing alert upped to ‘set’ after night of fire spread

Update: The fire’s progression has stopped; alert level remains at ‘set’

The Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 map of the Swan Lake Fire. (Photo courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)
Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen here from Skilak Lake on Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo courtesy Marissa Nunooruk)

Alaska wildfire season extended

As of Monday, 682 fires had burned more than 2.5 million acres this season.

Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen here from Skilak Lake on Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo courtesy Marissa Nunooruk)
Waters in Kenai Lake rose after a glacial-dammed lake at Snow Glacier began releasing, causing a flood advisory for the community of Cooper Landing. The waters in Kenai Lake are now receding. (Courtesy photo)

Flood advisory canceled for Kenai River

Small rises along the western Kenai River are anticipated, but are not expected to reach flood stage

Waters in Kenai Lake rose after a glacial-dammed lake at Snow Glacier began releasing, causing a flood advisory for the community of Cooper Landing. The waters in Kenai Lake are now receding. (Courtesy photo)
Haze from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the Kenai Bluffs in Old Town Kenai on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna, central peninsula hit with heavy smoke

Heavy smoke rolled into the central peninsula Monday, with Soldotna experiencing some of the worst air conditions. The particulate matter measurementt for Soldotna was 185,… Continue reading

Haze from the Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the Kenai Bluffs in Old Town Kenai on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
This July 2019 photo provided by Peter Westley shows a carcass of chum salmon lying along the shore of the Koyukuk River near Huslia, Alaska. Alaska scientists and fisheries managers are investigating the deaths of salmon that may be tied to the state’s unusually hot, dry summer. July was the hottest month ever recorded in Alaska. (Peter Westley, University of Alaska Fairbanks via AP)

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Climate models have for years forecast unhealthy Alaska river temperatures for salmon.

  • Aug 27, 2019
This July 2019 photo provided by Peter Westley shows a carcass of chum salmon lying along the shore of the Koyukuk River near Huslia, Alaska. Alaska scientists and fisheries managers are investigating the deaths of salmon that may be tied to the state’s unusually hot, dry summer. July was the hottest month ever recorded in Alaska. (Peter Westley, University of Alaska Fairbanks via AP)
Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella provides an update on the North Fork and Caribou Lake fires on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at a community meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School near Fritz Creek, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Firefighters making progess on Caribou Lake Fire

With the Caribou Lake Fire now estimated at 900 acres and 20% contained, better weather conditions have made officials optimistic about progress in stopping it.… Continue reading

Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella provides an update on the North Fork and Caribou Lake fires on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at a community meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School near Fritz Creek, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Recall Dunleavy campaign collects over 36,000 signatures

28,501 signatures are required for phase one of the recall process.

Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Cooper Landing briefed on evacuation plans as fire grows

Control points will be established at Mile 71 near Watson Lake and Mile 53 near Resurrection trail.

Cars must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off. (Courtesy photo)

School Briefs for the week of Aug. 25, 2019

What’s happening this week

  • Aug 24, 2019
Cars must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights, and remain stopped until the lights are turned off. (Courtesy photo)
Trustworthy Hardware co-owner Brian Miller (middle) joins Kenai Peninsula Saints Pop Warner players Clayton McDonald (left) and Jameson Curren in picking a ticket in the Soldotna Trustworthy Youth Raffle event Friday in Soldotna. 
                                Joey Klecka
                                Peninsula Clarion

Trustworthy boat raffle sends $15K to youth sports

The funds also go to help the Wounded Heroes event.

Trustworthy Hardware co-owner Brian Miller (middle) joins Kenai Peninsula Saints Pop Warner players Clayton McDonald (left) and Jameson Curren in picking a ticket in the Soldotna Trustworthy Youth Raffle event Friday in Soldotna. 
                                Joey Klecka
                                Peninsula Clarion

Candidates finalized for city elections

Many elections unopposed; voters will weigh in on propositions

The Kenai River meets Kenai Lake on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Flood advisories for Cooper Landing area may be extended

The Kenai River is not expected to crest until Sunday.

The Kenai River meets Kenai Lake on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella provides an update on the North Fork and Caribou Lake fires on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at a community meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School near Fritz Creek, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Officials brief community on Caribou Lake, North Fork fires

Fire officials delivered some positive news about two lower Kenai Peninsula wildfires.

Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella provides an update on the North Fork and Caribou Lake fires on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at a community meeting at McNeil Canyon Elementary School near Fritz Creek, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)