Megan Pacer

Vocational Instructor Tim Ward tells an audience about the work release programs at the Wildwood Correctional Facility during a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at Froso’s Family Dining in Soldotna, Alaska. The facility’s new vocational work release program kicked off in the fall of 2016 and has connected several offenders with employers on the central Kenai Peninsula. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

New vocational program connects offenders with local employers

Getting a job after incarceration and transitioning back to life outside is looking a little easier for inmates at the Wildwood Correctional Complex thanks to… Continue reading

Vocational Instructor Tim Ward tells an audience about the work release programs at the Wildwood Correctional Facility during a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at Froso’s Family Dining in Soldotna, Alaska. The facility’s new vocational work release program kicked off in the fall of 2016 and has connected several offenders with employers on the central Kenai Peninsula. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Jay Johnson, superintendent at Blazy Construction, talks with LeeShore Center Executive Director Cheri Smith about the renovation to the center’s kitchen Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at the center in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

LeeShore among shelters to get help with maintenance

The LeeShore Center in Kenai has been cooking up some major improvements for the women and children who stay there — namely, its kitchen. The… Continue reading

Jay Johnson, superintendent at Blazy Construction, talks with LeeShore Center Executive Director Cheri Smith about the renovation to the center’s kitchen Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at the center in Kenai, Alaska. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Community greenhouse opportunity comes to Sterling

Community greenhouse opportunity comes to Sterling

Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove incorrect information about the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative System for Crops. The… Continue reading

Community greenhouse opportunity comes to Sterling
Customers and employees stand in the parking lot of the former Lowe’s building after being evacuated from the Kenai Walmart on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. Local law enforcement officers responded to a bomb threat called in to the store around 12:30 p.m. and evacuated the building during their search. They found no explosive devices. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Walmart evacuated following bomb threat

The Kenai Walmart was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a bomb threat was called in to the store. At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, “the Kenai Walmart… Continue reading

Customers and employees stand in the parking lot of the former Lowe’s building after being evacuated from the Kenai Walmart on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. Local law enforcement officers responded to a bomb threat called in to the store around 12:30 p.m. and evacuated the building during their search. They found no explosive devices. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Sentencing for Soldotna man’s sex abuse case postponed

The sentencing for a Soldotna man who pleaded to guilty to sexual abuse of a minor has been pushed back due to a discrepancy over… Continue reading

Man wounds self in accidental gun discharge

Update 4 p.m.: A man injured Wednesday afternoon when his gun accidentally discharged was in the process of trying to secure it, according to Soldotna… Continue reading

Soldotna library basement to get face lift

The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna will soon have a remodeled basement to match the main floor. Members of the Soldotna City Council… Continue reading

Big Lake musher Cim Smyth nears the finish line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race with his team Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in Kasilof, Alaska. Smyth claimed his fourth T200 win, completing the race through the Caribou Hills in just over 26 hours. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Cim Smyth claims 4th Tustumena 200 win

Big Lake musher Cim Smyth has reclaimed his title as winner of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race as the event returned from a three-year… Continue reading

Big Lake musher Cim Smyth nears the finish line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race with his team Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in Kasilof, Alaska. Smyth claimed his fourth T200 win, completing the race through the Caribou Hills in just over 26 hours. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Musher Wade Marrs reached out for a high five from a spectator as he and his team take off from the starting line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Kasilof, Alaska. Marrs and 22 other teams will travel through the Caribou Hills down to Homer and back in the 200-mile race. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Off and running: Tustumena 200 back on the trails

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the number of years the Tustumena 200 race was canceled. Twenty-three mushers and their canine teams… Continue reading

Musher Wade Marrs reached out for a high five from a spectator as he and his team take off from the starting line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 in Kasilof, Alaska. Marrs and 22 other teams will travel through the Caribou Hills down to Homer and back in the 200-mile race. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

It’s happening: Tustumena 200 gets to 30th anniversary after 4 tries

The 30th anniversary of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race has been a long time coming — in fact it’s four years overdue. Where race… Continue reading

Victim of Sunday night shooting identified

Alaska State Troopers have identified the victim of a shooting during a home invasion near Soldotna on Sunday night. Soldotna resident Daniel Arthur Galloway, 49,… Continue reading

A volunteer Alaska Moose Federation driver removes a dead moose from the Kenai Spur Highway on Dec. 13, 2013 in Kenai, Alaska. (Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion/File)

Moose-vehicle collisions on track with average for peninsula

One of the Kenai Peninsula’s most iconic animals for hunting and viewing is also the one of the most accident prone. About 250 moose are… Continue reading

A volunteer Alaska Moose Federation driver removes a dead moose from the Kenai Spur Highway on Dec. 13, 2013 in Kenai, Alaska. (Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion/File)
Debara and Frank Kassik inspect their new awards from the 2017 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival alongside their award from the same festival last year Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Kassik’s Brewery in North Kenai, Alaska. The couple won 1st place this year for their Buffalo Head Barley Wine, and 1st place in the winter seasonal category for their Barrel Aged Statny Statny. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Kassik’s takes top prizes at beer, barley wine fest

When Debara and Frank Kassik opened a brewery in North Kenai in 2006, they said some were not shy about sharing their doubts. Frank Kassik,… Continue reading

Debara and Frank Kassik inspect their new awards from the 2017 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival alongside their award from the same festival last year Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Kassik’s Brewery in North Kenai, Alaska. The couple won 1st place this year for their Buffalo Head Barley Wine, and 1st place in the winter seasonal category for their Barrel Aged Statny Statny. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
Area residents wave at cars passing by while they march down Binkley Street during a Women's March held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Marchers held signs advocating for a number of issues, from women's reproductive rights to clean water. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Solidarity: Women’s March, community gathering bring hundreds out in Soldotna

While hundreds of thousands of people converged on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., on Saturday, a few hundred trudged happily… Continue reading

Area residents wave at cars passing by while they march down Binkley Street during a Women's March held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. Marchers held signs advocating for a number of issues, from women's reproductive rights to clean water. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Survey: 1 in 3 Alaska women are stalked

One third of all women in Alaska have been stalked in their lifetimes. That’s the estimate released by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center… Continue reading

Charge dismissed in child porn case against Soldotna man

A charge has been dismissed in the case against a Soldotna man accused of possessing child pornography. Remy Spring, 27, was arrested Jan. 11 at… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School ninth grader Chelsea Plagge, 15, tests out the height of a hanging ball just before a practice run of a high kick game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at the Yaghanen Youth Programs building off of Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska. She and dozens of other local kids will participate in the 2017 Peninsula Winter Games Native Youth Olympics Invitational which features traditional Native games this weekend. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)

Kids gear up for annual Native Youth Olympics

Culture and friendly competition will collide this weekend in the annual Peninsula Winter Games Native Youth Olympics Invitational, during which kids from all over Southcentral… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School ninth grader Chelsea Plagge, 15, tests out the height of a hanging ball just before a practice run of a high kick game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at the Yaghanen Youth Programs building off of Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska. She and dozens of other local kids will participate in the 2017 Peninsula Winter Games Native Youth Olympics Invitational which features traditional Native games this weekend. (Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion)
This map generated by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge shows the areas that are open and closed to snowmachining on the Kenai Peninsula. The refuge opened all areas traditionally allowed for snowmachining Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 after the peninsula got enough snowfall over the weekend. (Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge opens to snowmachining

Snowmachiners of the Kenai Peninaula can rejoice for the first time in three years — the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has opened every area where… Continue reading

This map generated by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge shows the areas that are open and closed to snowmachining on the Kenai Peninsula. The refuge opened all areas traditionally allowed for snowmachining Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 after the peninsula got enough snowfall over the weekend. (Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
Trees grow on the side of Mt. Marathon overlooking Resurrection Bay on Nov. 6, 2016 near Seward, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

New plants appear on peninsula as climate shifts

Are exotic plants still exotic when the climate around them changes so that they fit right in? That’s the question a local biologist posed to… Continue reading

Trees grow on the side of Mt. Marathon overlooking Resurrection Bay on Nov. 6, 2016 near Seward, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski family has carbon monoxide scare, fire department installs alarms

As temperatures drop and the heaters kick on in homes across the Kenai Peninsula for longer periods of time, emergency responders warn that the risk… Continue reading