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Fire crews are containing a lightning-caused wildfire that started a half mile from Swan Lake outside Sterling this weekend.

The Division of Forestry said it intends to fully suppress the fire and is attacking it with water drops and fire retardant. As of Monday afternoon, it had built 15 percent of a containment line around the fire’s perimeter.

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Two kayakers paddled six miles to safety across Skilak Lake after they were mauled by a bear early Saturday morning.

Jamie Nelson, of Kenai, was at the Upper Skilak Lake Campground when the kayakers pulled up around 2 a.m..

“Six miles for two hours after being mauled by bears. That’s the part of the story I just can't wrap my head around," he said.

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The Ninilchik River is quiet Wednesday evening. But, listen closely and you’ll hear it — little anglers seeking fish as big as they are.

Cambria and Jonas Nations, of Nikiski, are casting where the ocean meets the river. It’s Youth-Only Fishery Day on the Ninilchik, and they’re looking for kings. At least, they will when they can settle whose line was caught in whose first.


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There’s no doubt about it — Alaskans like their guns.

But there’s only so much you can do with a gun without bullets. And this past year, those have been harder than ever to come by.

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Masks are no longer required for students and staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Incoming Superintendent Clayton Holland announced the change this week — ending a mandatory mask policy that drew ire from members of the borough administration but that the district said helped keep COVID-19 out of schools.