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Still too dry: Burn ban remains in effect


Local fire departments have been responding to illegal fires since a burn closure was issued by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources on June 17. Troopers have responded to several calls to put out illegal fires.

Crews focus on containment for area fires


Management of the Card Street fire will transition back to local crews on Wednesday, said Max Konkright, public information officer with the current incident management team.

13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water


BISMARCK, N.D. - Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

'Weird winters' a challenge for peony growers


Budding and established Kenai Peninsula peony farmers compared notes at the Alaska Peony Growers Association tour Saturday. Reports were concerning. Two "weird winters" are causing crop loss on an unprecedented scale for some local growers.

From Ashes to Hope


Anyone in the Sterling area during the last two weeks would have been able to see smoke from the Card Street fire rising into the sky. At the same time, something less visible, but no less present, has been wafting through the air: love.

Weekend rains bring relief for wildfire crews


ANCHORAGE - Rains brought relief to crews battling many Alaska wildfires over the weekend. But heading into the holiday weekend, conditions are expected to heat up, capping a record fire month.



Monday: Oilers sweep Panners in doubleheader

The Peninsula Oilers swept a doubleheader from the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Monday in Alaska Baseball League action at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

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Refuge Notebook: Legacy of a tiny leg-banded bird found on the refuge

Thirty-three years ago on June 4, 1982 a husband and wife - the Peralas - decided to take a walk one evening along one of the roads within the Swanson River Oilfield on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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Arts & Entertainment

Inside out color coated memories

When I first heard the concept of “Inside Out,” this week’s fabulous new Pixar animated film, I thought, “well, that sounds interesting, but I’m not sure how they’re going to carry it through for an entire movie.” After watching the movie and seeing how masterfully the writers, directors and animators were indeed able to carry the concept through, I realized that I’ve had this same worry about Pixar films time and again. 

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Business news

■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce next meets today at noon at Froso's Restaurant in Soldotna. Larry Persily, assistant to the borough mayor, will provide an update on the Alaska LNG Project. RSVP to 262-9814.

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CPH offers Breast Health navigators

Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) recently introduced a new program for community members faced with the daunting challenge of a breast cancer diagnosis.

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