Interview: The Director and The Producer Behind “Man on Fire”

first_imgIn 2014, a preacher in Grand Saline, Texas self-immolated to protest racism in his town. We talked with the filmmakers who captured his story.All images via Joel Fendelman.At this year’s Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Man on Fire debuted as an official documentary feature. This film tells  the story of Charles Moore, the Texas preacher who set himself on fire to protest the dark history of racism in his town. We sat down with director Joel Fendelman and producer James Chase Sanchez to talk about the challenges of capturing this story and what motivated them to bring it to the world.PremiumBeat: Joel, tell me what drew your interest to this project?Joel Fendelman: At the time I was working towards my MFA degree in the Radio, Television, Film program at the University of Texas, Austin. Chase and I had a mutual friend Kristen Lacefield who told me about Chase’s research and the story of Charles Moore. I was immediately taken back by the extreme act and that I had never heard about it. In fact, I had just arrived in Austin about a month after Charles self-immolated in Grand Saline. I remember especially at that moment having larger existential questions about purpose and my responsibility to social justice in society. And more specifically that I wasn’t doing enough. Whether it was going to a protest march or giving a few bucks to homeless person, it always felt like just enough to stave off the guilt. And here was a preacher who spent his whole life on a mission for social justice and felt that he had not done enough. So I was floored and in awe of this preacher who sacrificed his life in such a horrific manner for a social justice cause. So it attracted me on a deep personal level but also as in everything it wasn’t so black and white. There were many questions I had about Charles, about this town, about his choice. I knew immediately that this could be a good opportunity to explore these questions in a documentary that I would use as my final thesis project.PB: Chase, tell us a bit about the research Joel mentioned. What were you working on, and why?James Chase Sanchez: So I am an academic, and at the time of Moore’s self-immolation, I was in graduate school at Texas Christian University studying racial rhetorics (how people talk about race). On June 23, 2014, Moore self-immolated, and I started collecting news stories and talking with news organizations about this story to get it to the public. I went to my dissertation advisor and told him about Moore, and he suggested it should be my entire dissertation project. I framed my dissertation by talking about the recent uptick in self-immolations globally and then moving into the racial perceptions and folklore in Grand Saline. So by the time Joel got in touch with me about possibly making this documentary, I was already 2/3 through my project and had already interviewed 25 people.I knew almost immediately when Moore self-immolated that if I ever had a story I needed to tell in my life this was it because I was raised in Grand Saline, and the racism that Moore wrote about was a racism I saw in the early-2000s. When his story didn’t make national news, I was upset because I couldn’t understand how something so powerful, something so visceral, didn’t get as much attention as self-immolations that take place in other parts of the world, like Tunisia and Tibet. So I jumped into my dissertation wanting to do justice by Moore, at least in an academic sense, and by extension, I believe this documentary does him justice, too.PB: What gear did you use while shooting, and how big was your crew? Were there particular equipment challenges that you think were unique to this project?JF: The documentary portion of the film was shot using a Sony A7sII with vintage Zeiss Contax lenses. In fact most of the footage was filmed using the 28mm. I used a Sony A6300 B camera for interviews and Ikan DS-1 gimbal for the floating shots. There were three of us: I ran camera, Chase did the interviews, and most of the location audio was done by Rodd Simonsen — with a few pick-up days by others when he couldn’t make it.For the reenactment section, it was a full narrative-like crew. There were probably about 15-20 people over the three-day filming, and we used a Panasonic Varicam LT with Cooke mini S4 lenses.One equipment challenge I had during interviews was that the A6300 B camera would overheat after about 20 minutes when filming in 4k. There were many times when I had stop the interview and cool off the camera. We eventually just ended up filming in 2k with that camera to avoid the overheating issue.During the reenactment filming we brought on Big Dog Pyro to handle the pyrotechnics — who were fantastic to work with. We had a particular shot where we wanted the flames to encroach into the frame from either side. It was a challenge to figure where to position the camera and the flame bars. We ended up putting our cinematographer on the floor with the camera and the flame bars right above him and covering him with flame retardant blankets and filming at 240fps.PB: Chase, I understand you faced some production challenges on this project. Particularly social challenges. Can you tell us about that? Did it ultimately benefit or damage the project?JCS: Yes, since I grew up in the town, I found there to be some social challenges with the film. One of the first challenges is that there were many people who did not want to talk to me because they believed I had a liberal agenda I wanted to spread. I am an academic who studies race and rhetoric, and I have some radical thoughts when it comes to racial issues in America that I talk about publicly. Some town members believed the film was going to be used as propaganda against the town—that we would be claiming the town is racist and all the people in it are racist. So on that end, there were many people who would have been great to interview because they had some deep knowledge and stories about the town, but they chose not to share them with us. Also, I had a few friends who actually wanted to talk but felt they would be chastised by the town if they spoke, which is unfortunate. These challenges came to the forefront during our last trip to town, when we were asked not to attend the football game because it would be “better for us.” We were unsure if someone actually feared for our safety or if they just did not want us to attend the game.Also, during this time, we learned from some prominent citizens in town that there were some people meeting and discussing our project and if they should speak with us or not. I am not sure if Joel agrees or not, but I felt that there were some people who spoke with us because they spoke with other people in town and got “permission” (in one way or another) to be interviewed. I think that was one of the challenges. I mostly felt people were honest with us on camera, but in some of the interviews, I had to press some people who I thought might be spinning stories.Overall, I would say that my relationship to the town actually helped the project. I believe if outsiders came to town and tried to make this documentary, most of the town would have not responded. Michael Hall, the author of the “Man on Fire” article in Texas Monthly, which was one of the inspirations of the documentary, told me that he had a hard time getting anyone in town to discuss race with him. So while there were many people who did not speak because they knew me and believed we had an agenda, I still think my presence did make some people feel more comfortable because why would a former citizen who mostly enjoyed his adolescent years in town launch into a full-on assault of the town? I think we did a good job alleviating these problems by describing the nuance we were shooting for in the film, and I believe the final product is something that reflects this nuance.PB: Joel, do you want to weigh in?JF: It was interesting for me to observe Chase interacting with the townspeople, many who he had connection to directly or through family or friends. It was always a question whether the person knew Chase’s politics and if so how they felt about it. And then myself being a Jewish city boy, I was curious how that would come off. But interestingly enough, no one ever really asked. I’d say barring the experiences that Chase mentioned and some controversy on social media at the end, all the interviewees were pretty friendly and forthcoming. I did have a concern about how people would discuss race with us on camera and whether we could get anyone to really talk about it — similar to Michael Hall’s challenge. But the beauty of cinema in contrast to a written article is that the camera captures so much. So even when someone doesn’t want to answer a question or brushes it off, the visual act of not saying something can speak volumes. It kind of goes in line with the saying that a picture speaks a thousand words.PB: Joel, you mentioned that you shot the documentary using vintage lenses, and we’re seeing more and more of this trend in the industry. As a cinematographer, what were you hoping to bring to your project with the particular load-out you carried on location?JF: There are a number of reasons I decided to go with the vintage lenses. Firstly, digital can be very sharp and sterile, so any way that we can add character and slightly soften the edge of the digital image the better — unless one is going for the sharp, sterile look. Secondly, you can get pretty high-quality lenses for relatively cheap, at least compared to what a new lens of similar quality might cost.As far as the equipment that I decided to use, it was based around a combination of price, aesthetic, and size. I love the look that the DSLRs are able to bring in such a small, reasonably priced package. At that point the Sony A7sII mirrorless camera had recently come out and was carrying a good reputation with quality and incredible low light capabilities. So it seemed like a good fit for this film because we wanted to be as low-key as possible and use natural light whenever available. It also allowed me to use the Ikan gimbal to create these very high-production-value, Steadicam-like shots for a fraction of the cost.PB: Man on Fire was an official selection this year at Slamdance. What was your experience with the festival, and where can we look to watch the film?JCS: Well, this was my first time at a film festival, so I was mesmerized by everything. Park City was full of people attending Sundance and Slamdance, and it was exciting to see so many creative people coming together to share their work with the world. For Slamdance especially, the mantra is “for filmmakers by filmmakers,” and you see that encompassed in the fabric of the festival. So many great independent filmmakers converged at this one festival, and the experience was very communal in nature. I was so happy to be a part of this project and to be able to experience this festival.We have a few forthcoming screenings: we are screening at the Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula, Montana on February 17th, and we will also be in the San Luis Obispo Film Festival in March. We also have two upcoming school screenings at the Liberty Hall in Tyler, TX on February 28th at 6:00pm and at Texas Christian University on March 1st at 7:00pm. Finally, we will be a part of the PBS Independent Lens series either this fall or next spring.JF: Let me add that one of the key motivating factors for us making this film was to use it as a vehicle for discussion and reflection. We have a link on our website, where you can request to host a screening and have us attend. So even if the film isn’t as of now scheduled to come to your town, it can be…Looking for more filmmaking interviews? Check these out.Interview: How the Editor Behind I, Tonya Recreated HistoryInterview: How This Oscar Nom Edited Downsizing While Directing His First FeatureExclusive Interview: The Secrets Behind RED Sensors and ResolutionInterview: Reality T.V. Sound Mixer Matthew HughesA Conversation with the DP of The Confession TapesInterested in more on working with vintage lenses? Read our previous coverage.Using Vintage Film Lenses on Micro 4/3 CamerasExplore the Ultimate Vintage Lens LibraryWorking with Vintage Lenses on Modern CamerasShould You Use Vintage Lenses on Your Next Project?What Do Filmmakers Mean When They Refer to the Cooke Look?last_img read more

Barrick Gold takes writedown on Peruvian mine beats expected adjusted earnings

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. has reported a net loss of US$412 million for the third quarter, well below the US$99 million in net income expected by analysts, after taking a US$405 million impairment charge at a Peruvian mine.The Toronto-based company took the writedown at Lagunas Norte after results from a study on a type of ore treatment led it to shelving the treatment option.Adjusted net earnings for the quarter ending Sept. 30, however, amounted to US$89 million or eight cents per share, above the US$62.7 million or five cents per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company reported a net loss of US$11 million for the third quarter last year, and an adjusted net income of US$200 million.Third quarter revenue totalled US$1.84 billion, in line with analyst expectations, but down from the US$2 billion it pulled in for the same quarter last year.In September, the company announced a proposed C$7.9-billion takeover of Randgold Resources that would firmly return its status as the world’s largest gold mining company.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

Fertilizer plant in Jorf Lasfar, dedicated entirely to Africa, Terrab

first_imgBamako – Upon the instructions of King Mohammed IV, the Moroccan Phosphates Company (OCP) will shortly launch, in Jorf Lasfar, a fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, announced, Wednesday in Bamako, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of OCP group. This unit, to cost some $ 600 million, was announced by Terrab during the Moroccan-Malian economic high-level forum, held in Bamako as part of the visit of  King Mohammed VI in Mali.The plant’s production, conducted by the OCP, amounts to one million tons of fertilizers per year, and will be exported exclusively to Africa, Terrab added. King Mohammed VI, insisted that the production of the plant be exported exclusively to Africa, he said.The King began on Tuesday an official visit to the Republic of Mali, the first leg of an African tour that will take the Sovereign to Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon.last_img read more

Ohio State mens volleyball caps historic season with teams second national title

National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHead coach Pete Hanson all too well remembers watching Loyola University of Chicago finish off the final point of the 2015 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference semi-final effectively ending Ohio State’s 2014-15 season with a record of 22-9 (12-5). Watching Loyola win their second-consecutive championship last season only ignited a fire in the Buckeyes who returned the majority of their key contributors in 2015-16.Then-No. 9 OSU finally faced then-No. 5 Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 12 in its first match versus the Ramblers since the MIVA semifinals. On the east side of Chicago, Hanson and the determined Buckeyes quickly dispatched the Ramblers on their home court in a three-set victory. From then on, OSU rattled off 23 straight victories culminating in a final triumph on Saturday night. The Buckeyes continually added match upon match to the win column only going five sets four times for the rest of the season. Finishing with a three-set victory over the No. 1 BYU Cougars in Rec Hall on the ground of Pennsylvania State University, the Buckeyes ended the 2015-16 campaign with an exclamation mark and another NCAA championship, the second in six years.It was the same consistent play on Saturday night in the national championship match that has carried Hanson’s squad all season. Junior opposite hitter Miles Johnson tallied 15 kills, redshirt junior Driss Guessous added 10 kills and National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen had 10 thunderous kills to aid in the quick defeat of the Cougars.Perhaps the most surprising performance came from redshirt freshman Blake Leeson, who had a career high 11 kills on the night. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker was dominant in the middle for OSU, getting early touches on balls to give his team another chance to get the ball onto the powerful hand of Szerszen. But on the final point, Leeson took advantage of a high set from junior setter Christy Blough and sealed the Buckeyes destiny as national champions.Each match during the win streak has seen one or more Buckeyes answering the call to push them over the top. In the MIVA championship game that went five sets, senior outside hitter Peter Edwards stroked seven straight points from the service stripe closing out the team’s first NCAA tournament berth since its last national title in 2011.Coming into the tournament ranked at No. 2 in the country, OSU was given the task of playing a play-in game to earn the right to clash with UCLA in the final four. Some felt the Buckeyes were snubbed not earning an automatic bid to the final four, but Hanson focused his team to a resounding victory over George Mason.OSU pummeled GMU in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in January, but the Buckeyes fell behind after one set in the quarterfinal. The nine service errors in the first set were completely uncharacteristic of the steady Buckeyes. Following the final point in the first set, OSU came out firing and didn’t seem bothered with dropping the first set. Szerszen led OSU with 20 kills and 16 digs in the match, propelling the Buckeyes to their 21st consecutive win.In the national semifinal versus UCLA, it was same story, different match for OSU and the National Player of the Year. Szerszen was limited to 15 kills on the night as the Bruins defense keyed in on the 6-foot-4 outside hitter. Johnson was monumental on the attack for the Buckeyes, collecting 20 kills in the match to pick up the slack when Szerszen couldn’t produce. But at 17-16 in extra points in the final set, OSU’s best player was separated from blockers toeing the service stripe and ripped home a berth to the national championship.Ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 27-4, the BYU Cougars proved no match for the highly touted Buckeyes, who were simply unstoppable for more than half of the season. OSU capped off an extra-points victory in set one, winning 32-30 in dramatic fashion. That was all the drama Rec Hall saw that night. Hanson and his nearly invincible team finished off the Cougars 25-23 and 25-17.OSU started the ‘15-’16 campaign at 1-2 after dropping a four-set match against then-No. 5 UCLA. In his 32nd season as OSU’s leader on the sideline, the tenured Hanson turned his team around to an aggressive, attacking team that prided itself on dominant victories. From then on, the Buckeyes dropped just one five-set match versus then-No.14 Ball State, which ended up being the team’s only conference loss.Perhaps the biggest turnover of the season was evident away from Columbus. Last season, seven of OSU’s nine losses came on the road. This season, OSU was undefeated at 11-0 away from St. John Arena and only went the distance in one match at then-No. 6 Penn State.Hanson was named NCAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, and he proudly lifted the championship trophy for the second time in his career. And like in 2011, cheers from the OSU fan base and his triumphant team filled Rec Hall to end a season to remember. read more

The Torg silenced after wishing death to Desmond Howard

The Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry is a passionate subject for many, and Columbus radio host Scott Torgerson let that passion get the better of him. Torgerson, a co-host of “The Common Man and The Torg” show on WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, was suspended by the radio station after wishing death on former Michigan football star and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard. The suspension is indefinite, according to multiple reports. Howard currently works as a co-host for ESPN’s traveling, live college football show, “College GameDay.” 97.1 The Fan also happens to be an ESPN affiliate. From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted Saturday: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Torgerson later issued an apology on Twitter, saying: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologizes to those who took it serious. Total joke.” The apology arrived too late for Kirk Herbstreit and Howard’s wife. Herbstreit, an ESPN analyst, co-host of “College GameDay” with Howard, and former OSU quarterback, criticized Torgerson during “The Kirk Herbstreit Show,” which airs on 97.1 The Fan. “I think what Desmond Howard had to deal with over the weekend is disgusting and very sad,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know the reason behind it, but the tweet from an individual that works at the radio station was above and beyond, I think, what was acceptable … There’s so much more I wish I could say about that and I’ll choose not to … To me he crossed a line and that’s just completely unacceptable.” Howard’s wife, Rebkah Howard, responded to Torgerson on Twitter as well. From Rebkah Howard’s Twitter account, @pink_funk, she said: “(thanks) for the ‘apologizes’. Are you fortunate enough to be a father? Know who didn’t get your ‘total (dead) joke’? Our daughter.” Torgerson did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday request for comment. read more

Highscoring Buckeye womens basketball looks to improve on 500 start against Winthrop

Junior guard Ameryst Alston (14) attempts a layup during a game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 78-74.Credit: James Grega, Jr. / Asst. sports editorDespite boasting two of the top scorers in the nation, the Ohio State women’s basketball has as many losses as wins heading into a matchup with the Winthrop Eagles.The Buckeyes are 4-4 for the season after losing 78-74 at home against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin McGuff said the team still has work to do on defense as it moves forward in the season.“We’re just not good enough defensively,” McGuff said. “We have to get better on the floor for us to make progress.”Junior guard Cait Craft shared the same sentiment as McGuff and said a lack of solid defense throughout games has been a weakness for OSU.“We don’t play defense like we want to win,” Craft said. “We’ve proved we can score the basketball, but if you can’t defend, it doesn’t matter who you play, you’re always going to be vulnerable.”Craft added that she and junior guard Ameryst Alston have tried to take on roles of leadership this season. One thing the pair has tried to instill within the young team is a sense of confidence on the court.“It’s more frustrating than anything because we know we’re capable,” Craft said. “We could beat anybody we’ve played so far and we just have been losing to teams just basically off pride.”Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell continues to be on top of the Buckeyes on offense, as she leads the team in scoring, averaging 26.3 points per game, and leads OSU in field goal attempts per contest at 22.1. McGuff said he realizes how much work Mitchell does, but added that she feels comfortable in that role.“I’m asking a lot of Kelsey but Kelsey wants a lot to be asked of her,” McGuff said. “There’s a lot being asked of her and we need her and she knows that.”Mitchell ranks fourth in the nation in scoring while Alston comes in at 13th, averaging 23 points per game. Pittsburgh coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said after the OSU game that the combination of Alston and Mitchell can create problems for opposing defenses.“Watching Kelsey Mitchell get to the rim with the ease in every game she has played was amazing,” McConnell-Serio said. “Alston is one of the craftiest guards I’ve ever seen — the two of them are so dangerous with the ball in their hands.”Freshman forward Alexa Hart is expected to have an impact defensively for the Buckeyes as well. Hart leads OSU in rebounding and blocked shots, averaging 8.5 and four respectively per contest. McGuff said there are plans to use Hart more as she continues to improve.“I think she continues to get better,” McGuff said. “We’re going to ask a lot more of her because we need more out of her. I think the more we ask of her then the quicker she’s going to get where we need her.”The Buckeyes could enter the game against the Eagles without redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach. McGuff said Beach is still being monitored following a leg injury suffered in last week’s Paradise Jam tournament, but added that there is chance she could see playing time.“I think it’s a possibility for Sunday,” McGuff said. “If not that one then good chance the one after that, but she would be day-to-day at this point.”Beach missed the past two seasons with ACL injuries.OSU is scheduled to play Winthrop (S.C.) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Florin Andone enjoying life at Brighton

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone was buzzing after scoring his third goal for the club in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.Andone scored Brighton’s third goal in their 3-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as the Seagulls advanced to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.“It’s my style and I live for those moments, I’m very happy because it will give me confidence as a striker to score,” he told the club’s website.“I feel a real connection with the fans, I think they love me, that’s the feeling I get, and I want to thank them for all their support and encouragement to the team.“The win is good for us and it was important for a lot of the squad to get good game time this afternoon.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We played very well and deserved the victory, the feeling when I scored was crazy – sometimes you lose yourself in the moment after getting a goal and that’s what happened.“We’re in good form in the league and won today, this is the way to continue.“For me personally, I work hard every day in training in a very competitive squad – both I and Glenn [Murray] push one another and get on really well.“Our relationship is great – he’s a really good guy, this is the way we must continue – the group is very close and strong. It doesn’t matter who is playing and who isn’t, because the team is very competitive.”last_img read more

Semifinals are ready for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

first_imgFour teams will battle to get two tickets to the tournament final, as they want to show they are the best nation in the confederation.After eight teams battled it out in the Quarterfinals, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals are ready to be played now.Iran won the right to attend the Semifinal when they defeated China 3-0 on January 24.Meanwhile, Japan was able to beat surprising Vietnam the same day.On January 25, South Korea lost 1-0 against Qatar, while hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated current champions Australia.The stage is set now for the Semifinals, which will start playing on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium when Iran takes on Japan.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.Iran trashed Yemen 5-0 in Group D and then defeated Vietnam 2-0, only to draw against Iraq 0-0. The Persians then beat Oman 2-0 and China 3-0. They are the only team left who hasn’t allowed any goals against.Meanwhile, Japan has won all its five matches, beating Turkmenistan 3-2, Oman 1-0, and Uzbekistan 2-1. The Samurai Blue then defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Vietnam 1-0 in the elimination rounds.The other Semifinal will be played between Qatar and the hosts UAE on January 29th at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.Qatar is the only other country which has won all its matches so far in the tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts defeated Lebanon 2-0, trashed North Korea 6-0 and then beat Saudi Arabia 2-0. The Qatari then won 1-0 against Iraq and 1-0 against South Korea to be in the Semifinals.And of all four nations qualified to this stage, the United Arab Emirates have had the worst time at the tournament. The UAE drew 1-1 against Bahrain, then defeated India 2-0, only to draw again against Thailand. In the Round of 16, the locals had to go to overtime to beat Kyrgyzstan 3-2 but then defeated current champions Australia 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.The Final will be played on February 1st, at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, where the AFC will meet its new champion after Australia was defeated in the Quarterfinals.last_img read more

Municipal Election Results To Be Certified On Tuesday

first_imgThe canvass board will count absentee, questioned and mail-in ballots leading up to October 9. Any ballot sent through the mail that’s postmarked on or before October 2 and received prior the certification of the results will be counted. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The official results from the Regular Municipal Election are expected to be finalized next Tuesday, October 9. Unofficial results from the election can be found on the Kenai Peninsula Borough website.center_img According to the Kenai city clerk the city’s three precincts had 125 absentee ballots left for the borough to count. Soldotna city clerk reported 61 absentee ballots, with one questioned ballot.last_img read more

Expect Smoke Pilot Cars Along The Sterling Highway

first_imgDue to the winds, trees continue to fall in and along the road creating hazardous driving conditions. The pilot car escorts will remain in place until the wind event stops even though fire activity is low at the moment. If you travel on the highway, please use caution and observe the direction of the pilot car drivers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Winds were gusty Sunday along the Sterling Highway and are predicted to continue blowing through Monday. In many areas adjacent to the highway, the fire burned very hot resulting in trees weakened by fire damage.center_img Conditions are still dynamic and can change quickly. Delays can last from 45 minutes up to a several hours at times.last_img read more