Sterling

The United States Attorney in Anchorage announced this week the sentencing of a Sterling woman to four years in prison for her part in a drug and money laundering operation throughout South-central Alaska.
    In a release Monday, U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that 55-year-old Susan Jan Bradshaw will spend four years behind bars followed by three years of supervised release. Bradshaw must also forfeit $150,000 in cash. She was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason.

Alaska Division of Forestry

 

School was cancelled in Cooper Landing Tuesday, as the Swan Lake fire pushed farther to the east, and crossed the Resurrection Trail north of the Sterling Highway Monday night. Crews spent Monday doing back burn operations intended to keep the active fire off the highway, which had been the case Sunday night.

Mike Hill/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

 

When the Incident Command team running operations on the Swan Lake fire met with community members last week, it was the number two priority fire in the state. Since then, total personnel working just outside Sterling has almost doubled.

Alaska Division of Forestry

Though the Swan Lake Fire, which has been burning for two weeks north of Sterling, has been growing slowly, and not toward civilization, fire managers are nonetheless bringing in five elite "hotshot" fire crews from the Lower 48. The 100 hotshots join 169 others already fighting the blaze.

The fire is now estimated at over 16,000 acres, or 25 square miles.

Alaska Division of Forestry

  The Swan Lake Fire near Sterling had minimal growth over the weekend, as cooler, wetter weather prevailed. The latest report from the state Division of Forestry says the size of the fire is estimated at 12,782 acres, an increase of only about 200 acres from Friday.

A Sterling teenager was killed Monday evening in an ATV accident.

According to Trooper reports, 13-year-old Tori Verba was riding her ATV on Robinson Loop near Higher Ground when she lost control and crashed.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel from Central Emergency Services. Verba was wearing a helmet. Troopers continue to investigate the crash.

Photo by Jenny Neyman

The July rush is in full swing, with residents and visitors trying to cram in as much summer activity as possible. But one aspect of Kenai Peninsula life has been quieter than usual this year — wildfire season.


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Sterling Elementary School was in lockdown mode Friday afternoon after video footage showed a male intruder pulling a fire alarm and hiding in a restroom.  

No one was hurt in the incident and the man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers.

Alaska State Division of Forestry

 

 

The East Fork Fire burning near Sterling is now estimated at about 1,100 acres. It remains 4.5 miles from the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles from the nearest residential neighborhoods.

 

Celeste Prescott is a public information officer for the state Division of Forestry. She says that crews battled the wind over the weekend to keep the fire burning within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Fire crews are still at work on the East Fork Fire, burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling. It started as a result of lightning in the area Thursday evening. The fire isn't posing immediate threats to life or property and will be monitored closely as it moves deeper into the refuge.