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        Employees of the City of Soldotna are getting to know each other a little better. Many gathered for a working brunch recently to discuss internal improvements within the city.

City Manager Stephanie Queen talked about it at Thursday’s city council meeting:

Alaska public health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles infection in a resident of the central Kenai Peninsula. Genetic testing at the Alaska State Virology Laboratory for measles virus was positive.

An unvaccinated local teenager who traveled to Arizona developed symptoms of measles after arriving back in Alaska earlier this month, and non-immune persons who were in close proximity to the infected person may be at risk of developing measles.

Alaska Division of Forestry

         A new fire team took over management of the six-week-old Swan Lake Fire north of Sterling and Cooper Landing on Monday. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team Type 2 assumed command at 8 o'clock Monday morning.

In an announcement, the fire managers note that 50 percent of all fire-related objectives have been completed, and that 440 personnel were assigned to the Swan Lake response.

Alaska Division of Forestry

         The Swan Lake Fire burning north of Sterling and Cooper Landing saw minimal growth over the weekend, and fire managers are estimating only minimal growth for the next two days. The fire is reported at a little over 100,000 acres, with 441 personnel fighting it. It is currently 25 percent contained.

There is a chance that the fire area will receive some light precipitation today, with scattered showers continuing over the mountains on Tuesday. A high pressure system will possibly set up over the Peninsula in the later part of the week.

Office of Rep. Gary Knopp

 

That portion of the state legislature in Juneau for a special session was again unable to find the votes necessary to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes. Roughly a third of the legislature met again at Wasilla Middle School. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke to Gary Knopp Friday afternoon, the Central Peninsula’s lone legislator in Juneau.

 

 


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