Megan Pacer

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.

State troopers to host citizen academy

If area residents have ever wondered exactly what it is that Alaska State Troopers do all day, now’s their chance to find out.The troopers’ E… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion A firefighter sprays foam onto the damaged areas of a mobile home that caught fire Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 on Blanch Street, off of Kalifornsky Beach Road, near Soldotna, Alaska. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze in the back bedroom and bathroom area of the mobile home within minutes and none of the occupants were hurt.

CES douses fire near Soldotna

No one was hurt in a mobile home fire that called firefighters to Blanch Street, off of Gas Well Road, near Soldotna on Tuesday. Members… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion A firefighter sprays foam onto the damaged areas of a mobile home that caught fire Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 on Blanch Street, off of Kalifornsky Beach Road, near Soldotna, Alaska. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze in the back bedroom and bathroom area of the mobile home within minutes and none of the occupants were hurt.

Fundraiser to help rebuild barn

Area residents will have the chance this weekend to help a local farmer rebuild her barn. Debbie Love began raising pigs on her farm in… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Homer resident Lee John Henry, 55, listens during an omnibus hearing Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Kenai Superior Court in Kenai, Alaska. Henry was indicted Oct. 20 on murder and robbery charges for the 2013 death of Mark Matthews in Homer.

Trial date set for Homer man charged with murder

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the day of Lee Henry's court appearance in Kenai, on Monday.   A Homer man accused… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Homer resident Lee John Henry, 55, listens during an omnibus hearing Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Kenai Superior Court in Kenai, Alaska. Henry was indicted Oct. 20 on murder and robbery charges for the 2013 death of Mark Matthews in Homer.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Ideas, thoughts and feelings about being a female veteran cover a poster during a facilitated conversation held Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna, Alaska. The meeting was held through the Alaska Veterans' Organization for Women, a program run through YWCA Alaska, which is based in Anchorage.

‘Stand up and be counted’

Local veterans got the chance to add their voices to a project that seeks to identify issues specifically facing female veterans, and work toward solutions… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Ideas, thoughts and feelings about being a female veteran cover a poster during a facilitated conversation held Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna, Alaska. The meeting was held through the Alaska Veterans' Organization for Women, a program run through YWCA Alaska, which is based in Anchorage.

Stay warm, and safe, this winter

As temperatures drop and Kenai Peninsula residents gravitate indoors toward the comfort of their furnaces and fireplaces, firefighting professionals have some tips on how to… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion  In this Jan. 2016 file photo, volunteer hairdresser Joy Conner (left) prepares to cut the hair of Alison Alley during Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex

Organizers plan 6th homelessness aid event

Now gearing up for their sixth year of helping those without a home, organizers of Project Homeless Connect are finalizing plans and working on ways… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion  In this Jan. 2016 file photo, volunteer hairdresser Joy Conner (left) prepares to cut the hair of Alison Alley during Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex
Comments sought on oil spill dispersant plan update

Comments sought on oil spill dispersant plan update

Stakeholders and Native tribes are being asked to weigh in on updates to Alaska’s plan for dealing with oil spills, especially identifying locations where the… Continue reading

Comments sought on oil spill dispersant plan update
Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion The Klimke family's lights display, pictured Dec. 10, 2015 in Nikiski, Alaska, draws viewers from around the central Kenai Peninsula area every Christmas.

Let there be light: Nikiski Fire Association to host fundraiser for Klimpke family

The “Christmas guy” of Nikiski who continually brings holiday cheer to the community with elaborate light decorations will get a present in return this year.… Continue reading

Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion The Klimke family's lights display, pictured Dec. 10, 2015 in Nikiski, Alaska, draws viewers from around the central Kenai Peninsula area every Christmas.

Indian Education Advisory Committee works toward goals

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s committee that oversees funds for Native students brainstormed ways to reach more students with services and how… Continue reading

Soldotna to seek public input on annexation

Some concerned Kenai Peninsula Borough residents got a head start weighing in on the city of Soldotna’s latest efforts to explore annexation of surrounding areas… Continue reading

Lynch makes nonpartisan run at House seat

Soldotna resident Daniel Lynch originally had no plans to come out of retirement — or his armchair, as he puts it. But the combination of… Continue reading

Public weighs in on restoring Soldotna’s year-round sales tax

The city of Soldotna is eschewing the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s wintertime exemption on collecting sales tax on nonprepared food items and will collect the 3… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Peninsula residents chat with Marcheta Moulton, the small federal programs manager for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, during an open house Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Soldotna High School. DOT is hosting public meetings around the state to gather input for a new Alaska Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

One step at a time: Alaska looks to improve plan for bikes, pedestrians

Between mouthfuls of coffee and cookies, about 20 Kenai Peninsula residents weighed in on improvements they think can be made to the state’s policy and… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Peninsula residents chat with Marcheta Moulton, the small federal programs manager for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, during an open house Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Soldotna High School. DOT is hosting public meetings around the state to gather input for a new Alaska Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Sterling teen dies in single vehicle crash

Editor's note: This story has been updated since Alaska State Troopers verified the spelling of Mykha Slater's name. A teenager from Sterling was killed Wednesday… Continue reading

Police note quiet Halloween weekend

This year’s Halloween weekend was not so spooky for the officers overseeing it.Local and statewide police noted few crimes and injuries related to the holiday,… Continue reading

‘You know you’re an Alaskan if…’

One relative newcomer to the Last Frontier wants to know what it is that makes Alaskans inherently, well, Alaskan.Hedy-Jo Huss recently moved to the 49th… Continue reading