Megan Pacer

Soldotna woman hopes to add to local dance community

One area woman is hoping to bring together the Kenai Peninsula’s community of dance lovers into one easy-to-reach place and create more casual, social dance… Continue reading

A firefighter aims water at a burning building Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at a residence on Bastien Drive in Nikiski, Alaska. The Nikiski and Kenai fire departments responded to a house fire Wednesday afternoon, in which no one was hurt. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Firefighters douse Nikiski blaze

No one was hurt in a house fire Wednesday in Nikiski, though the home was destroyed. Members of the Nikiski Fire Department were called out… Continue reading

A firefighter aims water at a burning building Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at a residence on Bastien Drive in Nikiski, Alaska. The Nikiski and Kenai fire departments responded to a house fire Wednesday afternoon, in which no one was hurt. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Third grader Ryder Lagerson, left, uses his headlight to help his Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences classmate and Josiah Holloway, right, try to catch a fish during an ice fishing outing Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Sport Lake in Soldotna, Alaska. Hundreds of students from multiple Kenai Peninsula School District schools take part in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's "Salmon in the Classroom" program each year, which includes three ice fishing outings in the winter. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

From eggs to eating: Students get schooled on salmon life cycle

It’s that time of year again when the resident fish of Sport Lake and Johnshon Lake get some visitors: hundreds of children intent on catching… Continue reading

Third grader Ryder Lagerson, left, uses his headlight to help his Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences classmate and Josiah Holloway, right, try to catch a fish during an ice fishing outing Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Sport Lake in Soldotna, Alaska. Hundreds of students from multiple Kenai Peninsula School District schools take part in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's "Salmon in the Classroom" program each year, which includes three ice fishing outings in the winter. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Constituents question future of education, oil and gas during town hall

Education and the oil and gas industry were at the forefront of people’s minds this weekend when they got a chance to get together with… Continue reading

Man charged with manslaughter in overdose death of former roommate

A man has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly giving some of his opioid prescription to a former roommate, who overdosed on it. Members of… Continue reading

Dale Bagley enters race for borough mayor

Dale Bagley enters race for borough mayor

Dale Bagley has entered to race to be the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s next mayor. Bagley filed his letter of intent to run with the Alaska… Continue reading

Dale Bagley enters race for borough mayor

Troopers: Soldotna residents found in burned Bronco died accidentally

Two people found dead in their car in the woods last year died by accident, according to Alaska State Troopers. Soldotna residents Joni Pearcy, 52,… Continue reading

A Nikiski Fire Department engine arrives on the scene of a structure fire on Bridge Access Road on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Structure fire causes Bridge Access shutdown

4:30 p.m. update: No one was hurt in a fire that damaged a three-story home on Bridge Access Road on Wednesday afternoon. Kenai Fire Chief… Continue reading

A Nikiski Fire Department engine arrives on the scene of a structure fire on Bridge Access Road on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Eddie Wood, of Homer, demonstrates dance steps with Stephanie Almaraz in a Spanish class on May 5, 2008 at Soldotna High School. Wood, who travels the peninsula playing percussion and teaching salsa, is hosting his first open class for adults in Soldotna with local artist Kaitlin Vadla on Thursday. (Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion-File)

Put your best foot forward with salsa dance class

Those looking to add a little spice to their lives this week need look no further than Odie’s Deli in Soldotna, though not for food.… Continue reading

Eddie Wood, of Homer, demonstrates dance steps with Stephanie Almaraz in a Spanish class on May 5, 2008 at Soldotna High School. Wood, who travels the peninsula playing percussion and teaching salsa, is hosting his first open class for adults in Soldotna with local artist Kaitlin Vadla on Thursday. (Scott Moon/Peninsula Clarion-File)

Attorneys negotiating new resolution to Soldotna sex abuse case

Attorneys in the case of a former Soldotna-area karate teacher who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor are still in negotiations after his… Continue reading

Area residents enjoy music and beer during the Frozen River Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. A thick layer of snow on the ground didn’t stop the sizeable crowd from flocking to the park for the third annual event. This year’s festival was extended to include evening fireworks. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Area residents enjoy music and beer during the Frozen River Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. A thick layer of snow on the ground didn’t stop the sizeable crowd from flocking to the park for the third annual event. This year’s festival was extended to include evening fireworks. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Chunks of frozen ice and sand line the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. Kenai has been in a warm spell this week, with a high near 36 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Warm weather is expected to continue, with highs in the 30s through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Photos: Heat wave

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Chunks of frozen ice and sand line the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. Kenai has been in a warm spell this week, with a high near 36 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Warm weather is expected to continue, with highs in the 30s through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna releases annual financial report

Soldotna residents can take a look at how their tax dollars were spent during the last fiscal year in two reports put together by the… Continue reading

Soldotna sign code revision moves forward

Soldotna’s revision of its ordinance that regulates the many shapes, styles and sizes for signs is progressing as city staff attempt to make it clearer… Continue reading

3 arrested in Nikiski drug bust

Three people were arrested this week during a drug bust in Nikiski. The Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit began an investigation of a… Continue reading

1 hurt in 3-vehicle crash

One person was hurt in the three-vehicle car accident on the Sterling Highway on Friday. First responders from Central Emergency Services and the Soldotna Police… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Peninsula Clarion Tyrrel Corveia, 14, had her parents drop her off near the 150-foot crack on Kalifornsky Beach road near Kasilof Sunday in Kasilof, Alaska. Corveia lives in a yurt and said she woke up to the structure shaking on its stilts, but said at the end her home sustained no damages.

Shaken awake

Kenai Peninsula residents got a rude awakening early Sunday morning when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Lower Cook Inlet. No injuries have been reported… Continue reading

Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Peninsula Clarion Tyrrel Corveia, 14, had her parents drop her off near the 150-foot crack on Kalifornsky Beach road near Kasilof Sunday in Kasilof, Alaska. Corveia lives in a yurt and said she woke up to the structure shaking on its stilts, but said at the end her home sustained no damages.

Local magistrate named to Kenai Superior Court

Jennifer Wells is the newest addition to the Kenai Superior Court bench. Her selection to fill the seat being left open by retiring Superior Court… Continue reading

Tyler Payment and Kate Schwarzer act out a scene from the play “Almost, Maine,” during a rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the Triumvirate Theatre in North Kenai, Alaska. The play is set to run Friday and Saturday.

Love, laughs abound in upcoming Triumvirate show

Those looking to cast off the cold and gloom of the winter season will have a good opportunity with an upcoming Triumvirate Theatre show that… Continue reading

Tyler Payment and Kate Schwarzer act out a scene from the play “Almost, Maine,” during a rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the Triumvirate Theatre in North Kenai, Alaska. The play is set to run Friday and Saturday.
Sticky notes with ideas and suggestions written by participants in a Native Leaders Gathering cover a poster at the meeting Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai, Alaska. Tribal representatives and members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and other organizations met to discuss the gaps in education for the district’s Native students as well as possible solutions. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Native leaders workshop to address education barriers

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s advisory committee on Native education is looking for suggestions on how to fill the various educational gaps the district’s… Continue reading

Sticky notes with ideas and suggestions written by participants in a Native Leaders Gathering cover a poster at the meeting Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai, Alaska. Tribal representatives and members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and other organizations met to discuss the gaps in education for the district’s Native students as well as possible solutions. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)