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trees

Christmas tree cutting open in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Until Christmas Day, anyone can head out to the refuge and cut down their own holiday tree entirely for free, with a few restrictions.
Cooper Landing Emergency Services staff

Without housing, Cooper Landing Emergency Services struggles to keep volunteers

Cooper Landing Emergency Services volunteers are in short supply, as the community has struggled with providing affordable housing necessary to retain them.
a moose

Young moose rescued from Soldotna basement

State troopers, Fish and Game biologists and Central Emergency Services firefighters worked together to get a moose out of a Soldotna home's basement Sunday morning.
Wildwood Correctional Complex

Woman fatally shot in Kenai, suspect in custody

Kevin Lee Park of Kenai, 28, is accused of first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the death of Stephanie Henson, 31, also of Kenai.
people stand at a gravesite outside

Kenaitze Tribe receives grant to assess graveyard stabilization

The project is one of dozens in Alaska to get funded this year.
an emu

Good news, Alaskans: Your emus are legal now

Pike Ainsworth was inspired to raise emus in Alaska after learning about emu farmers in Maine and British Columbia. He ordered some eggs and managed to hatch one.
rainbow fentanyl pills

Troopers seize fentanyl in Moose Pass, as busts and overdoses rise around the state

A couple driving from Seward to Nikiski were arrested Nov. 4 in Moose Pass, when an Alaska State Trooper discovered over 150 fentanyl pills and other narcotics in their car.
wood stacked outside to look like a face with a beard

In Kenai Peninsula wood-stacking contest, you’re supposed to bribe the judge

People who live in Cooper Landing and Moose Pass take a little extra care when they stockpile their firewood for the winter — because they know they’re going to be judged.
a big brown bear in the water

After fat bear fraud, 747 again crowned chunky champion

For the second time in three years, the jumbo jet-sized 747 has been crowned champion of Fat Bear Week.
a woman in a dress speaks into a microphone

‘Our school is taking a dive’: Nikolaevsk parents push for a charter school

The isolated village of Nikolaevsk was founded by Russian Old Believers.
a conibear trap

Cooper Landing group takes trapping setback proposals to Board of Game

Winter trapping season is starting up again next month, and a group of Cooper Landing residents that have long wanted to make trails safer for their dogs are still working to create regulations on trapping in recreational areas.
a very large brown bear in the water

It’s that time of year again: Katmai’s Fat Bear Week is back

The competition began in 2014, and has grown into a national phenomenon.
a speed limit 65 mph sign on a stretch of road

Speed limit goes up on 20-mile stretch of Sterling Highway

The speed limit increases from 55 to 65 heading east on the Sterling Highway, near the turn on to Skilak Lake Road.
a sign outside says Nikiski, Alaska

Nikiski man charged with murder in his mother’s death

Alaska State Troopers arrested 20-year-old River Aspelund on Tuesday after finding 49-year-old Jeryl Bates dead at their shared home.
portrait of an older man wearing sunglasses and a leather jacket

The Kenai Peninsula’s only strip club will be demolished this week after 50 years of operation

Owner Charlie Cunningham said there’s not as much money in the strip club as there used to be.
cherries in a high tunnel

At this Nikiski farm, a cherry-tree experiment blossoms

Michael O’Brien's latest challenge has been a high tunnel containing 90 cherry trees.
boxes of food stacked in a room

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank runs out of fuel money

The food bank has burned through its entire fuel budget for the year due to exceptionally high gas prices.
Exterior: a Speedway gas pump

Gas prices remain high in Alaska while falling nationally

Alaska’s statewide average is still $5.17 today.

From frozen pizzas to toilet paper, Alaska stores deal with erratic shortages

On the Kenai Peninsula, many grocers agree that it’s hard to predict which items will be unavailable during any given week.
exterior view: Moose Pass sign

Moose Pass rallies to change course of Seward Highway rehabilitation project

Wedged between the water of Trail Lake to the east and mountains to the west, Moose Pass hugs the highway closely. The state has long wanted to update an 10.5-mile stretch of the one-lane highway and improve drainage there by constructing ditches along the sides of the highway.