Morris News Service-Alaska/Peninsula Clarion

Friday's news that a musher has been banned from participation in the Iditarod due to domestic violence charges draws awareness to what is an all too common problem in Alaska.

KENAI — Nearly all residents evacuated from the Lilac Lane area after Sunday’s earthquake have returned home.

The 7.1 magnitude tremor caused two gas explosions that burnt four houses to the ground in Kenai, among other damages. Those who lived along Lilac Lane, Cook Inlet View Drive and Wells Way were taken to the Alaska Army National Guard Armory in Kenai for shelter until it was safe to return to the area.

By Monday morning, most of the residents made it back to their homes, said Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker.

SEWARD — Standing at the bow of the Viewfinder, President Barack Obama gripped the steel railing as the boat cut through the deep blue water of Resurrection Bay amid the mountains, islands and glaciers in the Kenai Fjords National Park.