Brian Mazurek

Flying over western Alaska, home to numerous Yup’ik communities, April 15, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Budget cuts leave Village Public Safety Officer Program on shaky ground

On June 28, the same day U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska, and made more than $10 million… Continue reading

 

Swan Lake Fire prompts open fire ban in state and national parks on the peninsula

After a brief period of slowed growth, the Swan Lake Fire flared up again on Monday — reaching 99,086 acres, according to an update from… Continue reading

 

Central Emergency Services respond to the scene of a drowning on the Moose River Monday evening in Sterling . (Photo courtesy Sonya Childs)

Woman drowns in Moose River Monday night

The woman was reported disappearing under the water near the Izaak Walton Campground in Sterling.

 

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Crews work to keep fire from highway

Firefighters to hold second community meeting to address Swan Lake Fire

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)
The Tustumena Lake Fire as seen from the air during the early stages of initial attack on June 6, 2019, near Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Swan Lake Fire grows to 2,400 acres

The Swan Lake Fire is about 70% active and spreading

The Tustumena Lake Fire as seen from the air during the early stages of initial attack on June 6, 2019, near Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry)
Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai/Soldotna, and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, sit next to each other after Knopp voted not to confirm Talerico as Speaker of the House on Feb. 5. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Knopp censured by Alaska Republican Party

Knopp will no longer receive any official support from the Alaska Republican Party

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai/Soldotna, and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, sit next to each other after Knopp voted not to confirm Talerico as Speaker of the House on Feb. 5. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Alaska Food Hub customer Roger Clyne picks up his order at one of the Food Hub’s designated locations in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Robbi Mixon/Alaska Food Hub)

Alaska Food Hub celebrates 4th year with open house and new location

Alaska Food Hub is an online marketplace that connects local producers with customers

Alaska Food Hub customer Roger Clyne picks up his order at one of the Food Hub’s designated locations in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Robbi Mixon/Alaska Food Hub)
An aerial view of a brush fire in Ninilchik on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Division of Forestry)

Peninsula heads into fire season

Ninilchik fire is 12th to occur in region since the start of fire season

An aerial view of a brush fire in Ninilchik on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Division of Forestry)
From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer High student wins Caring for the Kenai contest for turning plastic into 3D printer filament

What do butterflies, video games and a parody of “Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice have in common? They were all part of the presentations… Continue reading

From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A construction worker directs traffic near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. Construction work on multiple roads will continue through the summer. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Construction season gets underway

Road projects slated for Sterling Highway, K-Beach and Kenai Spur

A construction worker directs traffic near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. Construction work on multiple roads will continue through the summer. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Spruce trees that were placed along the Kenai River for revetment several years ago are seen here in Kenai, Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Turning fire hazards into fish habitats

Spruce for Salmon provided black spruce trees to property owners to place along riverbanks

Spruce trees that were placed along the Kenai River for revetment several years ago are seen here in Kenai, Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Protesters stand outside the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, Alaska, ahead of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s presentation about his proposed budget on March 26, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Dunleavy kicks off roadshow in Kenai

Gov. Mike Dunleavy launched his statewide roadshow on Monday with a presentation and panel discussion at the Cannery Lodge in Kenai. Dunleavy and several members… Continue reading

Protesters stand outside the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, Alaska, ahead of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s presentation about his proposed budget on March 26, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchor Point residents bring unified message to borough hall: fund education

Dozens of Anchor Point residents made the trek to Soldotna on Tuesday night to give the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly a unified message: Fund education… Continue reading

An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign directing voters to the polling place sits outside city hall in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Early results show no bond for Soldotna field house

Unofficial results from Soldotna’s special election are in and the ordinance that would have allowed the city to borrow $10 million for construction of the… Continue reading

A sign directing voters to the polling place sits outside city hall in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis gives a presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula Hospital CEOs give updates to Borough Assembly

The CEO of Central Peninsula Hospital gave a report on the first half of the hospital’s FY 2019

Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis gives a presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia, taken in August 2018.

Out of the Office: What a long, strange trip it’s been

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned this past year, it’s that sometimes you have to change your life, and sometimes your life changes you. Last… Continue reading

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                                The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia, taken in August 2018.