Megan Pacer

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Two bystanders watch over a small boat at the Kenai City Dock that capsized Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. Its four occupants were rescued quickly by other boaters, and others towed the vessel to shore.

4 rescued after boat capsizes

Four people were brought safely to shore after their boat capsized Tuesday near the Kenai City Dock. The 18-foot low boat took on water after… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Two bystanders watch over a small boat at the Kenai City Dock that capsized Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska. Its four occupants were rescued quickly by other boaters, and others towed the vessel to shore.

Soldotna draft charter nears finalization

A draft home-rule charter for the city of Soldotna is on its way to the public for their thoughts and comments.Charter Commission members approved some… Continue reading

Sterling man faces sexual abuse, child porn charges

A Sterling man has been accused of sexually abusing two minors over the course of several years and involving them in the creation of child… Continue reading

Bridge Access closed for morning accident

A two-vehicle accident sent one to the hospital and blocked traffic for about an hour Thursday morning on Bridge Access Road.The collision happened around 6:37… Continue reading

Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Jeff Eshom, a chainsaw sculptor at Soldotna's Town of Living Trees, works on a carving of a moose during the Sawfest Chainsaw Carving Competition in Centennial Park on Friday, July 25.

Carving up creativity

The Sawfest Chainsaw Carving Competition will make its fourth return to Soldotna’s Progress Days after it was taken up by the city’s Chamber of Commerce… Continue reading

Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Jeff Eshom, a chainsaw sculptor at Soldotna's Town of Living Trees, works on a carving of a moose during the Sawfest Chainsaw Carving Competition in Centennial Park on Friday, July 25.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Albera, Canada resident Doug Bangle, pictured Wednesday, July 13, 2016, points out the spot on the Kenai River where he and his son, Ryan, pulled out a 15-year-old girl who had fallen in early Tuesday morning. She was rescued when the men got into their boat after hearing her cries for help from their campsite at the Iva's Place RV Park on Knight Drive in Soldotna, Alaska.

Teen rescued from Kenai River

In the midst of his summer-long vacation to a small, quiet campground on the Kenai River, Doug Bangle did not expect to wake to the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Albera, Canada resident Doug Bangle, pictured Wednesday, July 13, 2016, points out the spot on the Kenai River where he and his son, Ryan, pulled out a 15-year-old girl who had fallen in early Tuesday morning. She was rescued when the men got into their boat after hearing her cries for help from their campsite at the Iva's Place RV Park on Knight Drive in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Sue Mann, owner of Artzy Junk, picuted in this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 photo in Soldotna, Alaska, is one of several business owners working to foster a co-op in downtown Soldotna to promote local creation and enjoyment of art. The group will host a festival, Market Daze, on Thursday, July 21 on the property.

Onward and upward

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the business Artzy Junkin. It has also been edited to include both owners… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Sue Mann, owner of Artzy Junk, picuted in this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 photo in Soldotna, Alaska, is one of several business owners working to foster a co-op in downtown Soldotna to promote local creation and enjoyment of art. The group will host a festival, Market Daze, on Thursday, July 21 on the property.
Photo by Annie Beedy, courtesy Alexis Smith Author Alexis Smith, pictured here, grew up in Soldotna and let the Alaska landscape seep into her work. Her latest book, "Marrow Island," is on the Oprah Magazine Summer Reading List.

Write what you know

Author Alexis Smith recalls how growing up in a homesteading family in Soldotna gave her ample time to explore the surrounding wilderness on her own… Continue reading

Photo by Annie Beedy, courtesy Alexis Smith Author Alexis Smith, pictured here, grew up in Soldotna and let the Alaska landscape seep into her work. Her latest book, "Marrow Island," is on the Oprah Magazine Summer Reading List.

World Series baseball event to draw peninsulawide players

The Soldotna Little League Fields are about to play host to a much wider variety of players than usual. Frontier Community Services is gearing up… Continue reading

Ready, Set, Safety

With dipnetters from around the state set to swarm Kenai’s beaches in a matter of weeks, local law enforcement and first responders are gearing up… Continue reading

Commission argues status quo for Soldotna home rule

Under the draft home-rule charter being formed by Soldotna’s charter commission, the structure and duties of the mayor, council and city clerk would remain the… Continue reading

Soldotna will decide whether to pursue annexation

Soldotna will decide whether to pursue annexation

Soldotna staff and council members have a big decision to make — whether to pursue annexing nearby neighborhoods to make them part of the city… Continue reading

Soldotna will decide whether to pursue annexation

Soldotna to host annexation open house

After hearing the findings of an economic feasibility study, city of Soldotna staff will host an open house next week for the public to learn… Continue reading

Culvert work to continue on Spur Highway

Workers from the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities are gearing up for another project on the Kenai Spur Highway as soon… Continue reading

Soldotna surgeon’s license suspended

A Soldotna orthopedic surgeon’s medical license will be suspended effective July 1 after he admitted to engaging in inappropriate conduct with female patients.Dr. Herbert Bote,… Continue reading

Soldotna woman accused of attacking neighbor with knife

A Soldotna woman was arraigned Friday in Kenai on charges of assault after allegedly attacking two people with a knife Thursday evening.Dawn Ellis, 41, is… Continue reading

Kenai man arrested for manslaughter

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the investigation was a joint effort between Alaska State Troopers patrol officers from Soldotna and… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Charlie's Pizza faces the Kenai Spur Highway in this Wednesday, June 15, 2016 photo in Nikiski, Alaska. Owner Steve Chamberlain will close the restaurant in December and begin work to open greenhouses and a nursery on the property.

From flour to flowers

Steve Chamberlain has toiled over cutting boards and piping hot ovens for the last decade to bake what many residents of Nikiski call the best… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Charlie's Pizza faces the Kenai Spur Highway in this Wednesday, June 15, 2016 photo in Nikiski, Alaska. Owner Steve Chamberlain will close the restaurant in December and begin work to open greenhouses and a nursery on the property.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Firefighters finish up work on a vehicle that rolled over and caught fire Wednesday, June 15, 2016 on Marathon Road between Nikiski and Kenai. The burning vehicle caught a small area of grass of fire, which was also put out.

Single rollover sparks small grass fire

First responders put out a small grass fire Wednesday afternoon after a vehicle went off the gravel Marathon Road between Nikiski and Kenai and caught… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Firefighters finish up work on a vehicle that rolled over and caught fire Wednesday, June 15, 2016 on Marathon Road between Nikiski and Kenai. The burning vehicle caught a small area of grass of fire, which was also put out.
Photo courtesy Tesa Sturman Tesa Sturman of Kenai was crowned this year's Mrs. Alaska America at the 40th annual pageant June 4, 2016 at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. Sturman is the first contestant from Kenai to win the top title in the pageant's history.

Kenai woman crowned Mrs. Alaska America

For the first time in the 40-year history of the Mrs. Alaska-America Pageant, a woman from Kenai has taken the crown. Tesa Sturman, 35, won… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Tesa Sturman Tesa Sturman of Kenai was crowned this year's Mrs. Alaska America at the 40th annual pageant June 4, 2016 at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. Sturman is the first contestant from Kenai to win the top title in the pageant's history.