Megan Pacer

VA preps vets for changes in appointment scheduling

Peninsula veterans were briefed on continuing changes to the way their appointments will be scheduled and given a chance to air their concerns to the… Continue reading

Sterling fuel break moves forward

Progress is being made on a fuel break planned for the Sterling area where it meets the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.As previously reported by the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai City Council candidate James Glendening speaks to a small crowd Wednesday at a candidate forum at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Kenai, Alaska. Glendening is one of five vying for the council's two open seats that will be filled during the upcoming Oct. 4 election.

Kenai candidates make pitch for council at forum

Kenai’s airport, small business community and future decisions on the marijuana industry are all things to invest time in, according to the five candidates running… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai City Council candidate James Glendening speaks to a small crowd Wednesday at a candidate forum at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in Kenai, Alaska. Glendening is one of five vying for the council's two open seats that will be filled during the upcoming Oct. 4 election.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Michael Dean Hancock is led out of the courtroom Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at after his change of plea hearing at the Kenai Courthouse.  The former Soldotna area karate teacher pleaded guilty to second degree sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful exploitation of a minor in a plea agreement tied to his case in Anchorage, where he faces charges of child pornography.

Former karate teacher pleads guilty to sex abuse

A Soldotna man has changed his plea in a sexual abuse of a minor case and accepted an agreement that is also tied to his… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Michael Dean Hancock is led out of the courtroom Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at after his change of plea hearing at the Kenai Courthouse.  The former Soldotna area karate teacher pleaded guilty to second degree sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful exploitation of a minor in a plea agreement tied to his case in Anchorage, where he faces charges of child pornography.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Jordana Engebresten, teacher for visually impaired and blind students for the Kenai Peninsula School District, explores the transfograf, a tool developed to help blind students understand how objects are transfered to drawings, during a workshop Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2016 at Soldotna Prep in Soldotna, Alaska. The tool, along with several others, was developed by Boguslaw "Bob" Marek, a professor of English from Poland who shared the resources in Anchorage and Soldotna this month.

Picture this: Professor brings learning tools for the blind from Poland

Two images are drawn on a piece of paper. One is a basic stick figure of a Christmas tree, a single vertical line with branches… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Jordana Engebresten, teacher for visually impaired and blind students for the Kenai Peninsula School District, explores the transfograf, a tool developed to help blind students understand how objects are transfered to drawings, during a workshop Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2016 at Soldotna Prep in Soldotna, Alaska. The tool, along with several others, was developed by Boguslaw "Bob" Marek, a professor of English from Poland who shared the resources in Anchorage and Soldotna this month.

Nikiski study group makes progress on incorporation effort

Members of a study group in Nikiski are making strides in their efforts to turn the unincorporated area into a city.In June, members of the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion  Members of the Soldotna Charter Commission speak with residents during an open house to discuss the proposed home-rule charter and what it would and would not change about the city Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. Soldotna residents will vote on the measure during the Oct. 4 regular municipal election.

Merits of home rule hashed out at open house

In the second of two efforts to reach the public concerning a proposed home-rule charter, the Soldotna Charter Commission answered questions Tuesday evening during an… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion  Members of the Soldotna Charter Commission speak with residents during an open house to discuss the proposed home-rule charter and what it would and would not change about the city Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. Soldotna residents will vote on the measure during the Oct. 4 regular municipal election.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna Charter Commission member Linda Murphy speaks to a small crowd about the commission's proposed home-rule charter during a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.

Charter commissioners talk home rule ahead of election

Soldotna Charter Commission members are trying to reach as many people as possible before the upcoming October election to educate them about a measure that… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna Charter Commission member Linda Murphy speaks to a small crowd about the commission's proposed home-rule charter during a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion This portion of Aspen Park, pictured Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska, has playground equipment and is slated for updated fall protection. It will be updated along with the rest of Aspen Park through the plans to turn it into a dog park.

Dogs get their day in Soldotna

Some of Soldotna’s four-legged residents will soon get a park of their very own. Plans are underway to turn the existing Aspen Park, located on… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion This portion of Aspen Park, pictured Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska, has playground equipment and is slated for updated fall protection. It will be updated along with the rest of Aspen Park through the plans to turn it into a dog park.

Trial pushed back for Nikiski man accused of sex abuse

The trial for a Nikiski man accused of sexual abuse of a minor has been pushed back pending a decision from the Alaska Court of… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Attendees of Industry Appreciation Day applaud Gov. Bill Walker during his visit Saturday, Aug. 27,2016 in Kenai, Alaska. Walker is making stops across the state to speak about Alaska's fiscal situation.

Walker reassures locals, cites needed adjustments

Gov. Bill Walker wants to impress upon local governments the severity of the state’s financial situation and how it will trickle down to their communities,… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Attendees of Industry Appreciation Day applaud Gov. Bill Walker during his visit Saturday, Aug. 27,2016 in Kenai, Alaska. Walker is making stops across the state to speak about Alaska's fiscal situation.

Finding freedom: Local group works to open home for women in recovery

During Jennifer Waller’s third stint in rehab for drug addiction, she didn’t have any indications that it would stick. Seven years later, she is working… Continue reading

7 vie for judge seat in Kenai Superior Court

The Alaska Judicial Council has its work cut out in narrowing down the applicants for a judgeship in Kenai’s Superior Court.Kenai Superior Court Judge Carl… Continue reading

Grass and bushes grow up around the burnt trees left in the wake of the 2014 Funny River Fire, pictured Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at the trailhead of the Funny River Horse Trail at Mile 7 of Funny River Road in Alaska. The lack of a large fire this season allowed area agencies to focus on preventative work, such as improving a fuel break in the Funny River area.

Cooling off period: Calm fire season lets agencies focus on prevention

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Division of Forestry, not including the Office of Emergency Management, sent personnel around the… Continue reading

Grass and bushes grow up around the burnt trees left in the wake of the 2014 Funny River Fire, pictured Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at the trailhead of the Funny River Horse Trail at Mile 7 of Funny River Road in Alaska. The lack of a large fire this season allowed area agencies to focus on preventative work, such as improving a fuel break in the Funny River area.

Wildlife professionals to host hunting workshop

Hunters gearing up for this year’s moose season will have the chance to refresh themselves on the latest regulations, as well as trade techniques and… Continue reading

Smooth sailing for unopposed Soldotna council candidates

While four seats on the Soldotna City Council are up to be filled in the Oct. 4 regular municipal election, the candidates who filed for… Continue reading

Soldotna man accused of sex abuse released on bail

Former Soldotna karate teacher Michael Dean Hancock, 57, has posted bail in both his criminal cases relating to sexual abuse of a minor and child… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Election volunteer Cathy Carrow prepares to help voters turn in their ballots during the state primary election Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldota, Alaska.

Knopp gets nod in Republican House District 30 race

Gary Knopp will be the Republican candidate for the Alaska House of Representatives’ District 30 seat. Preliminary election results show him coming out on top… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Election volunteer Cathy Carrow prepares to help voters turn in their ballots during the state primary election Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldota, Alaska.

Office of Emergency Management, Red Cross conduct shelter training

About 25 central Kenai Peninsula residents expanded their knowledge of emergency response this week during a shelter training course at Soldotna High School.Hosted Monday and… Continue reading

Moose season has later start date

While area big game hunters may be itching to start out on the moose season, some have a little longer to wait this year. Both… Continue reading