BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG AND MCKIBBEN JACKINSKY

Funny River Trail fire grows to 67,000 acres

High, dry winds from the southwest could increase activity on the Funny River Horse Trail fire Friday afternoon. In a press release this morning, the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Type 2 Team now calculates the size of the fire as about 67,000 acres, still within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge south of Soldotna and east of Kasilof. A team of 374 firefighters, including crews from the Lower 48, have contained 15 percent of the fire on the northeast flank near Funny River Road.

Here is the latest:

• The Funny River fire is 67,084 acres;

Area fares well in capital budget

In the first year of the 28th Alaska Legislature, the House and Senate moved at a faster pace, noted Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer.

“There’s been more movement this year than normal,” he said. “More bills have passed through both bodies and sent to the governor.”

Serving his first term in the Legislature, Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, noted a smooth-running session that finished without the call for legislators to stay longer or return to Juneau.

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