2014 in Review

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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Renee Henderson works with an alumni choir before her final Kenai Central High School choir concert on May 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Henderson, who has been teaching music at the high school for 43 years, will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A referee watches closely as Paul Steffenson works to submit Wyatt McCann during their match at the regional semifinals Friday Jan. 31, 2014 at Colony High School in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Ryan Buchanan, 7, gets a tow from Kenai Peninsula Parks and Recreation employee Trevor Baldwin during a power hockey class on Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. Buchanan was the only student who attended the class and got a private lesson for the evening.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A Black Hawk helicopter dumps water on a portion of the Funny River Wildfire Monday May 26, 2014 in the Funny River community in Soldotna, Alaska. The wildfire has burned more than 156,000 acres and prompted three evacuations on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Smoke from the Funny River Fire reached more than 8,000 feet in the air on May 20, 2014 as the fire burned more than 7,000 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land in 24 hours. The line of fire stretched more than 10 miles long from Funny River Road to Tustumena Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. Ultimately the wildfire burned nearly 200,000 acres of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A family dipnets in the Kenai River Monday July 14, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Ted Nichols, 12, of Chugiak, goes digging for clams at the Whiskey Gulch beach access Saturday May 18, 2014 in Anchor Point, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A commercial drift gillnetting boat leaves the mouth of the Kasilof River at about 1 a.m. Thursday morning July 17, 2014 during an overnight fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Nick McGraw, of the Sitka Fire Department, runs into a cloud of smoke after putting a small fire out during a skills competition Saturday Sept. 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion (left) Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue firefighter Joe Lindquist hands a stretcher to Tell Spragg, firefighter with the Petersburg Fire Department as the two work to pull a mock victim out of a wrecked car Friday September 26, 2014 during the 2014 Alaska Fire Conference. Dozens of firefighters opted for a 2-day extrication training class held at the Reddi Towing and Salvage yard in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Firefighters queue outside of a new Central Emergency Services training facility Wednesday August 6, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A firefighter lights a pile of hay with a flare at the beginning of a Central Emergency Services training drill Wednesday August 6, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. Crews spent the day in training drills in a new CES facility off of Arc Loop Road.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Two sport anglers fish for silver salmon as the sun rises over the Kenai River Monday Sept. 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Firefighters spent the afternoon in swift water boat training Friday September 26, 2014 at Eagle Rock on the Kenai River during the 2014 Alaska Fire Conference.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion North Star Fire Department volunteer firefighter Deandre Thompson discusses the logistics of lifting a bus off of a car with Tony Miles, a firefighter with the Kuparuk Fire Department and Alpine Fire Department firefighter Zach Martinez at an extrication training class during the 2014 Alaska Fire Conference in Kenai, Alaska. The extrication training classes were held at the Reddi Towing and Salvage yard in Kenai where owners cleared the yard and collected more than 30 donated cars for use in the classes.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Firefighter Abe Porter holds his daughter Eden Porter, 2, as the two collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during a one-day fill-the-boot campaign Friday October 17, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Father Thomas Andrew points to the louvers, or window blinds, that are installed in the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church's bell tower Friday April 11, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The tower will be refurbished as part of a $12,000 grant the church received from the Alaska Historical Commission.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Bishop David Mahaffey prepares to intone a biblical passage during his blessing on a new outbuilding at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church Thursday June 12, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion At the Nikiski High School-Middle School Powder Puff flag football game one of the the school's homecoming week activities, the High School Senior and Freshmen girls competed against the Juniors and Sophomores, while the boys took on the role of cheerleaders, Thursday, September 25, 2014 in Nikiski, Alaska.
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Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion Dustin Aaronson, owner of Old Town Music, works on adjusting the intonation on an American made electric guitar Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Kenai, Alaska. Intonation affects sound quality through out the entire instrument, and while the technique is generally formulaic, sometimes rules are broken to ensure individual instruments have been properly tuned, Aaronson said. Old Town Music is the oldest music shop on the Kenai Peninsula, Aaronson said. Generations of locals and families have been frequenting the store for years, he said.
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Photo by Kaylee Osowski/Peninsula Clarion Jenna Hansen, 17, has been raising reindeer for three years in Nikiski. She organizes photo opportunities with her two reindeer, Scene of the Crash and Comet, pictured in this Sept. 4 photo, to raise money for homeless youth. Hansen also teaches students about reindeer. At the Alaska State Fair in Palmer this summer, Hansen was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Summer of Heroes, a partnership program between Alaska Communications and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska that recognizes youth performing community service projects.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell plays a piece at Maria Allison's house Wednesday March 5, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A mix of candidate and candidate supporters waved signs on the Kenai Peninsula Borough's election day Oct. 7, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Kelly Sullivan/ Peninsula Clarion New Frontier Wrestling Alliance Champion Calvin James yells as Mickey "AK Lightning" twists his legs, Saturday, September 20, 2014 during the Kardinals Wrestling Team Fundraiser presented by Power Plant Productions at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Putting a boat into the Kenai River at the Eagle Rock boat launch can be an easier proposition than some — the area forms a natural slough, sheltering boats from the swift currents of the river. Here, a boat puts in and motors through the calm water Friday July 18, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Kelley Clark and Mark-Anthony Landford, 6, of Nikiski race backwards on a ride at the Golden Wheel Amusement's carnival Sunday June 1, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The fair will be in town until Monday.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Yvonne Waskey, 19, works on a beaded keychain for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe Tuesday April 15, 2014 at the Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus in Soldotna, Alaska. The crafting class is part of a "Native Creations & Reflections" series hosted by the college.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion 14 people competed during the 5th Annual Bike & Skate Challenge Saturday Sept. 6, 2014 iat the Soldotna Skate Park in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Dipnetters bounce off of a wake generated by another boat Monday July 14, 2014 near the Kenai City Docks in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A workers clears the airway of a large vaccuum tube being used to remove a cement material from the woods at a Baker Hughes facility, on Wednesday November 5, 2014 in Nikiski, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Charlie Mitcheltree watches bubbles floating in the wind as she motors her wheelchair down the treet, advertising the Kenai Senior Center's Meals-on-Wheels program during the annual Indpendence Day Parade on July 4, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Setnets lay in the tidal flats near the mouth of the Kasilof River during an overnight commercial fishing period Wednesday July 18, 2014 in Kasilof, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A commercial set gillnetting skiff runs out of the mouth of the Kasilof River as a crewmember lights the way with a flashlight during an overnight fishing period Thursday July 17, 2014 in Kasilof, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Karl Kircher and Steven Bishop pitch setnet caught fish from a skiff near the mouth of the Kasilof River at 1 a.m. Thursday morning during an overnight commercial fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Bunny Swan-Gease helps to complete a large circle of people during a cloth-tearing ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Dena'ina Wellness Center Thursday June 12, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A cloth-tearing ceremony took place Thursday June 12, 2014 during the grand opening ceremony for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Dena'ina Wellness Center in Kenai, Alaska. Everyone who took part tore the cloth into pieces and carried a tangible reminder of the center with them for the rest of the evening.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Yaqui and Otomi Indian Michael Rico smiles at native Yup'ik Rose Gilbeau of Kenai, who stopped when she saw his costume Friday June 13, 2014 during the second day of the grand opening ceremony for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Dena'ina Wellness Center in Old Town Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighters Josh Thompson, Matt Seizys and Jason Cooper look at paraphanalia used for making hash oil, a cannabis derivative, after a presentation from a fire investigator from Aurora, Colorado on Wednesday October 22, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Students pose for a picture in front of the Kenai Central High School homecoming bonfire Friday Sept. 26, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Jerami Youngblood, of Homer gets his hair teased by Allyson Novy, of Anchorage during the 4th annual Salmonstock music festival Saturday August 2, 2014 in Ninilchik, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Clare Henry, a student from Cook Inlet Academy, waits for a fish to bite Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 during the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's ice fishing day, part of its Salmon in the Classroom curriculum, on Sport Lake in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Alan Perry works on a wooden Iditarod sled he and two companions are building for this year's race Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 in Kasilof, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Ally Schuetzler glances at her daughter Riley Schuetzler, 5, as the two check out a book at the Kenai Community Library Tuesday July 23, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Tony Carter, of Seattle, puts 13-year-old Tsunami on a showing table during the Kenai Kennel Club's annual dog show Friday July 11, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Handler Curtiss Smith shows Hi Times What The Inferno, a champion Pomeranian, as judge Florence Males looks him over during the Kenai Kennel Club's annual dog show Sunday July 13, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Police Officer Jay Sjogren demonstrates a manuever to Sara Benrhouma, of Kasilof, during a Teens on Target self-defense class on Thursday Dec. 11, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion An eagle takes off with a pile of food leaving several others behind on the beach Saturday May 17, 2014 at Whiskey Gulch in Anchor Point, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna sophomore Daisy Nelson wins the final leg of a relay race Saturday April 26, 2014 during a track meet at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion (left) Hunter Bourgeois, 16, Andrew Slade, 15, Brent Christenson, 17, Tristan Wright, 17 and Ryan Kimball, 18 take turns playing Battlefield 4 Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 at the teen center in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Margo Bouchard checks the price of a hanging basket at the new Swank Street Antiques & Art Market Saturday July 19, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A car races past the crowd during a Legend car race Friday July 4, 2014 at the Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion (left) Chad Arthur bikes with his kids, Erika Arthur, 11, Andrew Arthur, 8, and Kellie Arthur, 13, during a rainstorm Sunday August 3, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. Chad Arthur said the group was headed to Don Jose's restaurant.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Sonja Kjostad, 8, of Wasilla digs into a book Monday July 28, 2014 at the Soldotna Public Library in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Maura Johnson, 19, reads the fantasy book "Shadows" by Robin McKinley Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 at the newly revamped public library in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Katie Costello, senior, attemps to squat 300 pounds Thursday March 27, 2014 during Speed, Strength Training compeition at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. Costello said her max weight was 335.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Ryder DeLon, 9, climbs across a set of monkey bars Monday June 23, 2014 at the Soldotna community playground in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Otis Magness, 6, aims a bow and arrow during the Tsalteshi Trails Association's Spook Night Trick-or-Treat Trail and Fun Run on Sunday October 26, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Shawn Schooley, one of the designers of the new singletrack mountain bike trail at the Tsalteshi Trails Wednesday July 2, 2014 on the Mosquito Trail in Soldotna, Alaska.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Volunteers let an eagle go during a Soldotna Progress Days celebration.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Makenna Dreyer, 9, jumps through an inflatable obstacle course set up by the Alaska Army National Guard Saturday July 26, 2014 during Soldotna Progress Days at the Soldotna Little League Fields.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion The liquid natural gas tanker Excel sits at the ConocoPhillips LNG facility Friday May 2, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. It is the one of six planned LNG cargoes to be exported from Kenai to Japan and the first since plant operations were suspended in late 2012.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Beaver Loop culvert construction contracter Pete Endries, of Soldotna-based Endries Company, walks next a overturned crane on a construction site near the intersection of Beaver Loop Road and the Kenai Spur Highway Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska. The project, which was originally scheduled to be completed in June, has been delayed by several weeks.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion An interagency team worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to apply the fish-killing poison rotenone to East Mackey Lake Wednesday October 8, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska. The lake was one of four treated as part of a four-year project aiming to eradicate invasive northern pike from the Soldotna Creek drainage.
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Robert Begich nets a dead northern pike out of East Mackey Lake on Wednesday October 8, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.
 

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