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Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Shane Borth, a violinist and composer for Quixotic, plays during the group's performance Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. Quixotic is a cirque nouveau that blends live music with dance, lights and other performance art.

Balancing acts: Salmonfest brings the noise, knowledge

Always a music fan, never a music festivalgoer. That’s been my M.O. since I was old enough to attend. Call me crazy, but the prospect… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Shane Borth, a violinist and composer for Quixotic, plays during the group's performance Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska. Quixotic is a cirque nouveau that blends live music with dance, lights and other performance art.
Photo courtesy Keith Baxter Baxter, pictured here on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, is making a run at the Alaska House District 30 seat.

Keith Baxter makes run for District 30 seat

Soldotna’s Keith Baxter is among the many throwing their hats into the upcoming race for the Alaska House of Representatives District 30 seat. A Soldotna… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Keith Baxter Baxter, pictured here on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, is making a run at the Alaska House District 30 seat.

Soldotna man accused of sexual abuse given custodian

A Soldotna man accused of sexually abusing a minor has been approved for a third-party custodian so that he can be released from jail.Michael Dean… Continue reading

1 dead in rollover accident

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction issued to a Kenai Police Department dispatch, that the Jeep hit a utility pole… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion  Kassandra Anderson, left, holds 4-month-old Jolene Payton while Susanne McCarty lets 1-year-old Damien Barbour down to exlpore Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 during The Global Big Latch On, held locally at Farnsworth Park in Soldotna, Alaska. The event raises awareness and support for breatsfeeding moms worldwide.

Global breastfeeding awareness event comes to the Kenai

Gloomy clouds and intermittent rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of a handful of parents gathered Saturday for their chance to contribute to the annual Big… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion  Kassandra Anderson, left, holds 4-month-old Jolene Payton while Susanne McCarty lets 1-year-old Damien Barbour down to exlpore Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 during The Global Big Latch On, held locally at Farnsworth Park in Soldotna, Alaska. The event raises awareness and support for breatsfeeding moms worldwide.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Paul Vermillion listens during the first of a two-day sentencing Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Vermillion pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in April for the December 2013 death of Genghis Muskox after the state and defense reached an agreement the day before his trial was scheduled to begin.

Anchorage man sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the day the sentence was handed down. Paul Vermillion, a 33-year-old man from Anchorage, has been… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Paul Vermillion listens during the first of a two-day sentencing Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Vermillion pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in April for the December 2013 death of Genghis Muskox after the state and defense reached an agreement the day before his trial was scheduled to begin.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion District Attorney Scot Leaders watches during cross examination while expert witness Ross Gardner, a crime scene reconstructionist, demonstrates body positions in the second day of a sentencing Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Iraq War veteran Paul Vermillion, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter for the December 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper Landing.

Manslaughter sentencing pushed into third day

The sentencing for a man who pleaded guilty to a 2013 Cooper Landing manslaughter has been pushed into a third day after attorneys worked through… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion District Attorney Scot Leaders watches during cross examination while expert witness Ross Gardner, a crime scene reconstructionist, demonstrates body positions in the second day of a sentencing Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Iraq War veteran Paul Vermillion, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter for the December 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper Landing.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Paul Vermillion listens during the first of a two-day sentencing Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Vermillion pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in April for the December 2013 death of Genghis Muskox after the state and defense reached an agreement the day before his trial was scheduled to begin.

Sentencing for Cooper Landing manslaughter begins

More than 30 people packed a Kenai courtroom Tuesday for a sentencing that will end a manslaughter case more than 2 1/2 years old. Paul… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Paul Vermillion listens during the first of a two-day sentencing Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Vermillion pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in April for the December 2013 death of Genghis Muskox after the state and defense reached an agreement the day before his trial was scheduled to begin.
Photo courtesy Ravin Swan From left to right: Nuk'it'un Director Glenda Isham, President Ravin Swan, Director Beth Selby, Director Valerie Anderson, member Rusty Seaman and member Danna Schoof. Nuk'it'un opened a sober living home for men in recovery last month.

Local group opens sober living home for men

Whether directly or indirectly, the effects of drug abuse eventually touch everyone — that’s the philosophy on which a group of concerned community members based… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Ravin Swan From left to right: Nuk'it'un Director Glenda Isham, President Ravin Swan, Director Beth Selby, Director Valerie Anderson, member Rusty Seaman and member Danna Schoof. Nuk'it'un opened a sober living home for men in recovery last month.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Magical concoctions, spellbinding books and cobwebs adorn the snack table during a Harry Potter Birthday Bash on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Kenai Community Library in Kenai, Alaska.

Harry Potter Birthday Bash celebrates literacy, beloved series

Between homemade wands and wizard trivia, children who attended the Kenai Community Library’s Harry Potter Birthday Bash on Friday had their hands and imaginations full.… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Magical concoctions, spellbinding books and cobwebs adorn the snack table during a Harry Potter Birthday Bash on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Kenai Community Library in Kenai, Alaska.

Soldotna simplifies code enforcement

The Soldotna City Council has updated its code to simplify enforcing city ordinances.Council members unanimously enacted an ordinance at their Wednesday meeting that changes the… Continue reading

Soldotna home-rule charter makes election ballot

Soldotna voters will decide whether they want to be part of a home-rule city during the upcoming October regular election.The home-rule charter that Soldotna commission… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Members of Ptarmigan Ptrials worked to make sure the new singletrack going in at Tsalteshi Trails, picutred Wednesday, July 27, 2016, has a flow that will make it enjoyable for bikers to ride. Though the trail is optimized for bikers, it will be multiuse.

Tsalteshi singletrack construction underway

Avid bikers and others can look forward to riding a new singletrack that will stretch from Kalifornsky Beach Road to Skyview Middle School, well underway… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Members of Ptarmigan Ptrials worked to make sure the new singletrack going in at Tsalteshi Trails, picutred Wednesday, July 27, 2016, has a flow that will make it enjoyable for bikers to ride. Though the trail is optimized for bikers, it will be multiuse.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Bill Parker talks to his wife, Shoney, in their bluff-side home Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Happy Valley, Alaska. After years of struggling to get services and medical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Parker said things are running more smoothly since he enrolled in the Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services Program, offered for the first time in Alaska through the Independent Living Center of the Kenai Peninsula.

No place like home: Program helps veterans with in-home assistance

For someone who loves to get out on the water and fish as much as Happy Valley resident Bill Parker, the inability to walk is… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Bill Parker talks to his wife, Shoney, in their bluff-side home Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Happy Valley, Alaska. After years of struggling to get services and medical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Parker said things are running more smoothly since he enrolled in the Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services Program, offered for the first time in Alaska through the Independent Living Center of the Kenai Peninsula.

Third boat in 2 weeks capsizes on river

Two boaters were rescued when their vessel overturned near the Kenai City Dock Tuesday afternoon.A boat took on water and capsized on the Kenai River… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Fire Battalion Chief Tony Prior checks in with Temporary Enforcement Officer Morgan Wensley and Kenai Police Officer Morgan Ezell during the first no-wake patrol of the personal-use dipnet season Tuesday, July 19, 2016 on the Kenai River. The fire and police departments work together to enforce the no-wake rules during high tides when banks are susceptible to erosion.

Slow down for safety, bank protection

Freshly outfitted with a hose for firefighting capabilities, the Kenai Fire Department’s 22-foot, rigid-hull patrol boat handles well while zipping through the waters of the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Fire Battalion Chief Tony Prior checks in with Temporary Enforcement Officer Morgan Wensley and Kenai Police Officer Morgan Ezell during the first no-wake patrol of the personal-use dipnet season Tuesday, July 19, 2016 on the Kenai River. The fire and police departments work together to enforce the no-wake rules during high tides when banks are susceptible to erosion.

Peninsula burn permit suspension lifted

The general burn permit suspension has been lifted on the Kenai Peninsula.The Alaska Division of Forestry Kenai-Kodiak office lifted the suspension effective noon Friday, according… Continue reading

Silver Alert activated for man in Kenai

Update 1 p.m.:The search is still on for an 81-year old man in the Kenai area after a Silver Alert was activated Saturday.Lt. Ben Langham… Continue reading

Two saved from commercial vessel fire

A commercial fishing vessel caught fire and burned down Thursday morning in the Cook Inlet. The U.S. Coast Guard got a report of the accident,… Continue reading

Construction to close Soldotna intersection

Motorists who plan on driving near the Kobuk Street and West Redoubt Avenue intersection in Soldotna can expect detours by early next week.The intersection is… Continue reading