Megan Pacer

Kenai man gets 5 years for faking ID, government credentials

A Kenai man was sentenced Monday in federal court to 5 years in prison for making false identification documents and identity theft.David Henry, 42, was… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Nikiski Fire Department This map provided by the Nikiski Fire Department shows the service area's two exisiting fire stations and the proposed location of a third station at the intersection of Escape Route and Holt-Lamplight Road. The station was originally planned to be built in the early 2000s but was tabled because of the economy. Now, the Nikiski Fire Service Area Advisory Board has enough money to pay for the project out of pocket.

Third Nikiski fire station planned

The Nikiski Fire Department is dusting off plans for a project that first began more than 13 years ago. A third fire station long been… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Nikiski Fire Department This map provided by the Nikiski Fire Department shows the service area's two exisiting fire stations and the proposed location of a third station at the intersection of Escape Route and Holt-Lamplight Road. The station was originally planned to be built in the early 2000s but was tabled because of the economy. Now, the Nikiski Fire Service Area Advisory Board has enough money to pay for the project out of pocket.

Local school warns of advertising scam

Staff at Cook Inlet Academy are warning community members to be wary of an Idaho-based company soliciting money on the school’s behalf.Mary Rowley, the school… Continue reading

Short-lived outage hits thousands of HEA customers

Update 2:30 p.m.:Bruce Shelley of Homer Electric Associaton, Inc., clarified that the Friday afternoon power outage was discovered around 12:45 p.m. Staff does not know… Continue reading

Seward man mauled by bear

Update: Friday Alaska news sources have reported that the man mauled by a bear Thursday while walking his dogs at the Seward Airport was Ronn Hemstock,… Continue reading

Winter sales tax returns to Soldotna

Soldotna’s year-round sales tax on nonprepared food items is back on the books.Soldotna City Council members unanimously voted at their Wednesday meeting to enact an… Continue reading

Peninsula Crime Stoppers provide safe place to send tips

Kenai Peninsula law enforcement officers have a tool they can call on when leads on a particular crime are few and far between or just… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Mountain View Elementary second graders Elsa Meyer, 7, and Devin Seaton, 7, wait under their desks with their head and necks covered during this year's Great Alaska ShakeOut earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the school in Kenai, Alaska.

Shake it up: Mountain View joins district in Great Alaska ShakeOut drill

Students in Renee Christensen’s second grade class at Mountain View Elementary in Kenai had just finished their morning snack and were eagerly rattling off answers… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Mountain View Elementary second graders Elsa Meyer, 7, and Devin Seaton, 7, wait under their desks with their head and necks covered during this year's Great Alaska ShakeOut earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the school in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion A new phone app called Time of Need, pictured in use Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska, collects informtion on resources that would be helpful to those who are homeless or near homeless and organizes them in order of proximity to the user. Launched earlier this year, the app uses very little data and can also be used offline. A version of the app for Android phones is future a goal of its creators.

Help at arm’s reach

A project designed to simplify finding help for Alaska’s homeless population and inspired by a former University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student’s work with homeless… Continue reading

Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion A new phone app called Time of Need, pictured in use Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska, collects informtion on resources that would be helpful to those who are homeless or near homeless and organizes them in order of proximity to the user. Launched earlier this year, the app uses very little data and can also be used offline. A version of the app for Android phones is future a goal of its creators.

DOT makes quick fix to broken Kenai traffic light

Motorists trying to get through their evening commutes found an unusual road block Thursday at the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road and Bridge Access Road,… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Elaina Spraker lends a helping hand to Ava Gabler, 17, during a practice drill in the Teens on Target program Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the Snowshoe Gun Club Range in Kenai, Alaska.

Teens aim high in gun class for girls

Little clouds of breath rose into the air over five teenagers standing stock-still in a row, eyes trained on the targets in front of them.… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Elaina Spraker lends a helping hand to Ava Gabler, 17, during a practice drill in the Teens on Target program Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the Snowshoe Gun Club Range in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Charred trees stand and cover the ground Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in the Skilak Lake Recreation Area on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. The refuge is turning a bulldozer line created during the 2015 Card Street wildfire into a hiking trail that incorporates education about fire ecology in the area.

Refuge to make bulldozer line into hiking trail

When last summer’s 8,000-acre Card Street wildfire tore through parts of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and looked like it might threaten the Sterling Highway,… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Charred trees stand and cover the ground Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in the Skilak Lake Recreation Area on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. The refuge is turning a bulldozer line created during the 2015 Card Street wildfire into a hiking trail that incorporates education about fire ecology in the area.

Joint therapeutic court nears completion

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct that Chief Tribal Court Judge Kim Sweet signed a memorandum of understanding in Fairbanks on Thursday… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion This Thursday, April 28, 2016 file photo shows a drop box for prescription drugs sits in the lobby of the Soldotna Police Department in Soldotna, Alaska. Drugs collected through the box are sent to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to be disposed of.

Drug take-back day scheduled for Saturday

If central Kenai Peninsula residents have been wondering what to do with their unnecessary or expired prescription or over-the-counter drugs, they need look no further… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion This Thursday, April 28, 2016 file photo shows a drop box for prescription drugs sits in the lobby of the Soldotna Police Department in Soldotna, Alaska. Drugs collected through the box are sent to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to be disposed of.

Soldotna introduces ordinance to reinstate grocery tax

Soldotna residents will soon have the chance to weigh in on whether the city brings back its year-round grocery tax.The Soldotna City Council introduced an… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kalifornski Beach Elementary fifth grader Avery Ciufo, 10, signs her name after her team, the Caribou Creators, let their mouse trap vehicle loose in competition, while teammate Nicholas Rackley, 11, and Elizabeth Morris, a judge, look on during the annual Mind A-Mazes competition at Soldotna Prep in Soldotna, Alaska. The 44 teams that registered from across the school district this year had about six weeks to design and build their devices for the event facilitated by the district's Quest Program.

Show ’em what you’re working with

Four middle and elementary school students crouched low on the gymnasium floor — barely moving — holding their breath as one of their teammates released… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kalifornski Beach Elementary fifth grader Avery Ciufo, 10, signs her name after her team, the Caribou Creators, let their mouse trap vehicle loose in competition, while teammate Nicholas Rackley, 11, and Elizabeth Morris, a judge, look on during the annual Mind A-Mazes competition at Soldotna Prep in Soldotna, Alaska. The 44 teams that registered from across the school district this year had about six weeks to design and build their devices for the event facilitated by the district's Quest Program.

Soldotna Airport to get facelift

Aging asphalt covering the Soldotna Airport’s taxiways will get some much needed attention through an upcoming rehabilitation project.The Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance at… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Terri Zopf-Shoessler, in the role of playwright Olivia Davis-Bascombe, expounds her idea for a murder mystery to skeptical cast members (left to right) Daniel Rozak, Terri Burdick, Ian McEwen, and Jamie Nelson during a dress rehearsal of Mike Druce's dinner theater production "The Show Can't Go On (But it must)" on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Kenai Senior Center.

Kenai Performers’ murder mystery takes a new twist

Hilarity, murder and gentle mocking of the dinner theater genre itself will ensue in the Kenai Performers’ next murder mystery production this weekend.For $40, theater… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Terri Zopf-Shoessler, in the role of playwright Olivia Davis-Bascombe, expounds her idea for a murder mystery to skeptical cast members (left to right) Daniel Rozak, Terri Burdick, Ian McEwen, and Jamie Nelson during a dress rehearsal of Mike Druce's dinner theater production "The Show Can't Go On (But it must)" on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Kenai Senior Center.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Evan Butcher, a member of the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team, helps a Kenai firefighter carry a volunteer victim on a stretcher to safety during a mass casualty drill Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at the Kenai Municipal Airport in Kenai, Alaska. The airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to hold the drill every three years to test its emergency planning.

Keep calm and triage on

Bailey Seagraves reclined as comfortably as he could into the moss and brambles in a marshy field at the Kenai Municipal Airport, his sweatpants, crew… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Evan Butcher, a member of the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team, helps a Kenai firefighter carry a volunteer victim on a stretcher to safety during a mass casualty drill Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at the Kenai Municipal Airport in Kenai, Alaska. The airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to hold the drill every three years to test its emergency planning.

Kenai Totem Tracers get crash course in DNA testing

Several community genealogy enthusiasts learned about another tool they can use to dig deeper into their pasts during a presentation from one of their own… Continue reading