Erin Thompson

Right Mountain reflects off of Kenai Lake on June 6, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: That was summer

In Alaska, seasons seem to be things that are not so much enjoyed, but gotten through. As I say this, I hear the chorus of… Continue reading

 

On the lookout for Cook Inlet’s belugas

Cook Inlet’s belugas will be the target of a different kind of hunt this weekend. On Saturday, communities on the Cook Inlet will be on… Continue reading

 

Freedom House looks to expand its mission

When Jennifer Waller launched Freedom House, she had $800, a dream of creating a safe space for women recovering from addiction and a lot of… Continue reading

 

Meth, heroin and marijuana top peninsula illicit drug seizures

Peninsula police departments confiscated about $150,000 in illegal drugs — the majority heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana — in 2017, according to a new Alaska State… Continue reading

Kelley Kress and her dog, Kody, pose at Central Peninsula Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. Kress and Kody volunteer as part of the hospital auxiliary’s pet therapy program. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Volunteers bring a smile and support to Central Peninsula Hospital

Whether patient or visitor, those walking through the doors of Central Peninsula Hospital can count on one thing — a smile from someone seated at… Continue reading

Kelley Kress and her dog, Kody, pose at Central Peninsula Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. Kress and Kody volunteer as part of the hospital auxiliary’s pet therapy program. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Senior Judge Elaine Andrews discussed Alaska’s merit-based judge selection system at the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber luncheon, “Alaska’s Judicial Evaluation Process: How to be an informed voter on the judges on the November ballot,” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska.

Retired judge: Judge candidates on ballots have been vetted

Do your homework before voting no — that was the message a former judge gave members of the business community during a presentation Wednesday. At… Continue reading

Senior Judge Elaine Andrews discussed Alaska’s merit-based judge selection system at the joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber luncheon, “Alaska’s Judicial Evaluation Process: How to be an informed voter on the judges on the November ballot,” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska.
Snoopy, a 1-year-old mastiff, poses with reading glass in this undated photo. Snoopy was found shot and castrated, allegedly by his neighbor, in Nikiski on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Henderson)

Nikiski man allegedly shoots, castrates neighbor’s dog

A Nikiski man was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing and mutilating his neighbor’s dog. Michael D. Ohms, 41, allegedly walked over to his… Continue reading

Snoopy, a 1-year-old mastiff, poses with reading glass in this undated photo. Snoopy was found shot and castrated, allegedly by his neighbor, in Nikiski on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Henderson)
Scotch Pines Dog Training teacher Stephanie Hostetter, right, addresses dogs and people ahead of a graduation ceremony for the obedience-training class on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

They didn’t throw their caps into the air — in fact, a few wiggled out of them — and instead of walking a podium to… Continue reading

Scotch Pines Dog Training teacher Stephanie Hostetter, right, addresses dogs and people ahead of a graduation ceremony for the obedience-training class on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna women accused of charging thousands on stolen credit cards arrested for forgery, theft in separate case

Three Soldotna women are facing 153 criminal counts for allegedly stealing credit cards, forging and stealing checks and illegally opening mail earlier this year. Bridget… Continue reading

Alaska opioid deaths increased by 77 percent in last decade, report says

The rate of Alaskans who died from opioid overdoses increased 77 percent over the last decade, with the highest overall rate of deaths reported in… Continue reading

Man indicted for third time in 2014 Christmas Day car crash

Kenai prosecutors are trying for a third time to convict a man involved in a 2014 Christmas Day car crash that caused a young girl… Continue reading

Soldotna woman accused of abuse, Medicaid fraud

A Soldotna woman has been accused of fraud and abuse of a vulnerable adult for allegedly taking Medicaid funds while allowing her charge to live… Continue reading

Alleged Seward Highway carjacker scheduled for arraignment

A man who allegedly stole an Anchorage truck, rammed a parked SUV and carjacked a third vehicle before veering into a ditch along the Seward… Continue reading

Women arrested for spending thousands with stolen credit cards

Eight women have been charged for allegedly using a handful of stolen credit cards to purchase more than $8,000 worth of goods during a series… Continue reading

Eight attorneys apply for Kenai Superior Court

Sitting judges, a public defender, assistant district attorneys and a private practice lawyer are among the eight applicants vying to become the next Kenai Superior… Continue reading

New diabetes prevention program provides help with healthy lifestyle changes through peer support

A healthier lifestyle may just be a phone call away. A free diabetes prevention program connecting peninsula residents with lifestyle coaches via telephone is slated… Continue reading

Homer woman allegedly steals, ditches motorhome

A Homer woman accused of stealing a motorhome was arrested last week after troopers allegedly found her trying to rescue the stranded vehicle from a… Continue reading

Conviction overturned in 2013 Sterling assault

A man convicted in 2013 of assaulting his mother and an Alaska State Trooper at a Sterling home has had his conviction reversed after appeal.… Continue reading

Sterling woman charged in motorcyclist death

A Sterling woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a motorcyclist killed at a Sterling intersection Thursday night. Aprile D. Cresap, 53,… Continue reading

Multiple accidents lead to injuries, fatalities over weekend in Sterling, Cooper Landing

An Eagle River man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries after a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway Saturday afternoon. The accident, which… Continue reading