Sabine Poux

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The Kenai River Brown Bears have been back in town for over a week after a year Outside. But they're not playing any home games quite yet. 

The team pushed back its at-home opener against Fairbanks, originally slated for this weekend, after rising coronavirus case rates triggered a drop in spectator capacity at the rink. The Brown Bears are now scheduled to play those games mid-May and their first home game of the season on April 23.

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Several Alaska Republican legislators have signed on to a bill defending what they call “COVID-19 immunization rights.” 

Representatives Ben Carpenter, of Nikiski, Sarah Vance, of Homer and Chris Kurka, of Wasilla, are sponsoring House Bill 175. 

Jake Walgenbach

Sterling is in a bit of a beer purgatory. While Sterling-ites have several options to the west and Cooper Landing Brewing to the east, there’s no Sterling-specific place for them to get their brew on.

Five residents are moving toward opening a brewery in the unincorporated community, across from Sterling Elementary School near Swanson River Road. They’re calling it “Naptowne Brewing” — an homage to the town’s early roots, and their family history.

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The widow of late Rep. Gary Knopp has filed a counter complaint against High Adventure Air Charters, the Soldotna company whose plane collided with Knopp’s last summer, resulting in seven deaths.

Representatives of four of those passengers filed lawsuits last month against Helen Knopp and the Knopp estate, alleging Knopp was negligent because he was flying his private plane without a valid medical certificate.

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Heritage Place is closed to visitors again after several unvaccinated staff and residents tested positive for the coronavirus.

Residents at the hospital-owned elder care facility suffered through a COVID-19 outbreak last fall that infected nearly all residents and killed four.