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Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion From left to right: Joe Coup, Greg Fite and Ray Nickelson fire shots just before taps is played at a wreath-laying ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at the Kenai Municipal Cemetery in Kenai, Alaska. Bob Myles, a member of the VFW and American Legion, coordinated the peninsula's first wreath ceremony through the Wreaths Across America program. Community members hung wreaths on the graves of veterans in the Kenai and Soldotna cemeteries, and Myles is working to expand the event to more peninsula cemeteries next year.

Photos: Gone but never forgotten

A wreath adorns a stake marking the grave of a veteran while volunteers hang dozens more Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at the Kenai Municipal Cemetery… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion From left to right: Joe Coup, Greg Fite and Ray Nickelson fire shots just before taps is played at a wreath-laying ceremony Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at the Kenai Municipal Cemetery in Kenai, Alaska. Bob Myles, a member of the VFW and American Legion, coordinated the peninsula's first wreath ceremony through the Wreaths Across America program. Community members hung wreaths on the graves of veterans in the Kenai and Soldotna cemeteries, and Myles is working to expand the event to more peninsula cemeteries next year.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna City Manager Mark Dixson explains the city's process and purpose for exploring possible annexation of areas surrounding the city during a Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The council voted to appropriate $50,000 to fund a public engagement process with a consultant to find out what area residents think about the potential annexation of nine identified outlying areas.

Soldotna approves funds to gather input on annexation

Soldotna now has $50,000 to spend on gathering public input on the potential annexation of some land directly surrounding the city. The Soldotna City Council… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna City Manager Mark Dixson explains the city's process and purpose for exploring possible annexation of areas surrounding the city during a Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The council voted to appropriate $50,000 to fund a public engagement process with a consultant to find out what area residents think about the potential annexation of nine identified outlying areas.

Sterling home lost in fire

No people were hurt when a cabin was burned to the ground by a fire Wednesday afternoon in Sterling.Central Emergency Services firefighters responded to the… Continue reading

2 nominated for Kenai judge seat

The Alaska Judicial Council has nominated a local magistrate judge and a former Kenai District Attorney for a soon-to-be-empty Kenai Superior Court Judge seat.Judge Carl… Continue reading

Joint therapeutic court launches in Kenai

The Henu’ Community Wellness Court is on the brink of admitting its first participant after more than a year of work to get off the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion The lights of emergency vehicles illuminate a burned mobile home on Industrial Road off Funny River Road on Dec. 11, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska. Central Emergency Services extinguished the fire with no damage to the neighboring mobile home.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion The lights of emergency vehicles illuminate a burned mobile home on Industrial Road off Funny River Road on Dec. 11, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska. Central Emergency Services extinguished the fire with no damage to the neighboring mobile home.

Defense working through evidence in Homer murder case

Public defenders are working through discovery in the case of a Homer man accused of murder for the 2013 death of Mark Matthews, then 61,… Continue reading

Man shot by troopers still being treated for injuries

Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the man shot by troopers Wednesday in Nikiski.Troopers and Kenai Police Department officers went to a home… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Traffic backs up along the Sterling Highway following a two-vehicle collision Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 near the intersection of the highway and Mackey Lake Road in Soldotna, Alaska. One person was killed in the crash and the other taken to Central Peninsula Hospital to be treated for injuries.

1 dead in two-vehicle collision

  Update 5:30 p.m.: The Soldotna Police Department has identified the two drivers involved in a two-vehicle collision Thursday in Soldotna, in which one of… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Traffic backs up along the Sterling Highway following a two-vehicle collision Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 near the intersection of the highway and Mackey Lake Road in Soldotna, Alaska. One person was killed in the crash and the other taken to Central Peninsula Hospital to be treated for injuries.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Mike Chihuly and his wife, Shirley, greet a passerby while he signs copies of his recently published book, "Alaska Fish and Fire," on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the annual Peninsula Art Guild's Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in Kenai, Alaska.

As the story unfolds

Ninilchik resident Mike Chihuly has lived enough lives to write several books since moving to Alaska more than 60 years ago. Instead, he packed them… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Mike Chihuly and his wife, Shirley, greet a passerby while he signs copies of his recently published book, "Alaska Fish and Fire," on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the annual Peninsula Art Guild's Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in Kenai, Alaska.

Troopers involved in shooting in Nikiski

A branch of the Alaska State Troopers is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon in Nikiski Troopers at the Soldotna post got a… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Decorative animal-themed fabrics sealed with an adhesive cover the countertops at the new North Road Veterinary Wellness Clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 in Nikiski, Alaska. The clinic, run by homesteader Mary Huhndorf, is already open for basic veterinary needs, but will be a long-term work in progress, Huhndorf said.

Homeward bound: Local veterinarian opens clinic in Nikiski

Mary Huhndorf still lives in the cabin in Nikiski her parents homesteaded in. An animal lover from a young age, she also continues to find… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Decorative animal-themed fabrics sealed with an adhesive cover the countertops at the new North Road Veterinary Wellness Clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 in Nikiski, Alaska. The clinic, run by homesteader Mary Huhndorf, is already open for basic veterinary needs, but will be a long-term work in progress, Huhndorf said.

AST investigating trooper-involved shooting

Update 6:30 p.m. Alaska State Troopers say a man shot by troopers Wednesday afternoon was in the process of being arrested on a felony warrant.… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion James Harris, an English teacher at Soldotna High School, accepts his title as the 2017 Alaska Teacher of the Year during an assembly Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2016 at the school in Soldotna, Alaska.

Soldotna educator named Alaska’s Teacher of the Year

James Harris, an English teacher at Soldotna High School, is the state’s new Teacher of the Year. Harris was awarded the title by Alaska Department… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion James Harris, an English teacher at Soldotna High School, accepts his title as the 2017 Alaska Teacher of the Year during an assembly Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2016 at the school in Soldotna, Alaska.

Public weighs in on Kenai judge candidates

Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that Brooke Browning Alowa was a magistrate judge in Kotzebue. There’s going to be a new… Continue reading

Red Cross hosts training this weekend

The American Red Cross of Alaska will host a two-day training session this weekend for Kenai Peninsula residents interested in volunteering. When disaster strikes, members… Continue reading

Sentencing pushed back for woman convicted of sex abuse

The sentencing for a Sterling woman found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor has been pushed to the week before Christmas.A jury found 53-year-old… Continue reading

Man charged with drug crimes working toward recovery

A Kenai man accused of manslaughter and several charges of misconduct involving controlled substances is working toward recovery, according to his legal counsel. Richard Paul… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Santa greets a crowd of excited families as he cruises into the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center parking lot on a Kenai Fire Deoartment engine Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska.

Santa, sales, spirit descend on Kenai for annual celebration

It’s here. Christmas, that is. It arrived on the heels of Thanksgiving with a bang and a smattering of holiday spirit in the form of… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Santa greets a crowd of excited families as he cruises into the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center parking lot on a Kenai Fire Deoartment engine Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Hungry area residents prepare to devour a Thanksgiving meal put on by volunteers Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center in Kenai, Alaska. Volunteers said they expected to feed 40-45 people during this year's potluck.

The community table

When enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with family or friends at home isn’t a possibility, residents of the Kenai Peninsula have no shortage of options when… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Hungry area residents prepare to devour a Thanksgiving meal put on by volunteers Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center in Kenai, Alaska. Volunteers said they expected to feed 40-45 people during this year's potluck.