Megan Pacer

Bail altered for woman accused of sexual assault

Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove potentially identifying information about the alleged victim. Bail conditions have been strengthened for a Sterling woman… Continue reading

Matthea Boatright, 14, poses with her entry into the PEEPs art show for the Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival as her mother, Kirsten Boatright, takes her picture on Thursday May 7, 2015 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. The birding festival kicks off Thursday. (Clarion file photo)

Veteran, novice birders flock to festival

Kenai Birding Festival organizers are ready for birders and kids of all abilities to flock to the festivities this year. Keen Eye Bird Club President… Continue reading

Matthea Boatright, 14, poses with her entry into the PEEPs art show for the Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival as her mother, Kirsten Boatright, takes her picture on Thursday May 7, 2015 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai, Alaska. The birding festival kicks off Thursday. (Clarion file photo)

Sex assault trial to begin

The case of a Sterling woman accused of sexually assaulting a minor will go to trial starting Tuesday.Laurel Lee, 52, was charged with first-degree sexual… Continue reading

Brynnen Hanson runs through a maze of cloth panels at AK Kids Early Learning Center on Saturday, April 30 in Kenai.

Day care integrates curriculum

One local child care provider is hoping to better fill the niche of education-based day care on the central Kenai Peninsula.Ashley Bulot-Hanson has been in… Continue reading

Brynnen Hanson runs through a maze of cloth panels at AK Kids Early Learning Center on Saturday, April 30 in Kenai.

Students’ community service reaps awards

Fresh off their win at Caring for the Kenai, two Nikiski Middle-High School seniors are still seeing the benefits of their project as they prepare… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Wildland Fire and Resource Technician 3 Nick Adamson explains the ins and outs of a Bell 212 "Huey" helicopter to 3-year-old Casey Dahlman, 8-year-old Spencer Dahlman and 11-year-old Ashley Dahlman during an Alaska Division of Forestry open house Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Kenai-Kodiak Area Office in Soldotna, Alaska.

Better be prepared

Curious residents young and old turned out to get their questions answered — and a free tree — at the Alaska Division of Forestry’s open… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Wildland Fire and Resource Technician 3 Nick Adamson explains the ins and outs of a Bell 212 "Huey" helicopter to 3-year-old Casey Dahlman, 8-year-old Spencer Dahlman and 11-year-old Ashley Dahlman during an Alaska Division of Forestry open house Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Kenai-Kodiak Area Office in Soldotna, Alaska.
Sandhill cranes are pictured on the Kenai River flats in the May 20, 2010 photo. (Clarion file photo)

Migratory birds continue early arrival trend

Avid bird watchers and experts alike have been seeing their favorite migratory birds pop up on the Kenai Peninsula several weeks early this year, following… Continue reading

Sandhill cranes are pictured on the Kenai River flats in the May 20, 2010 photo. (Clarion file photo)
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion From left: Melita Efta, 12, Bailey Epperheimer, 13, and Shelbie Naylor, 12, take in new information during a team practice session Monday, May 10, 2016 at Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai, Alaska. The girls and their fourth teammate will travel with an older group from Kenai Central High School to compete in the Future Problem Solving Program 2016 International Conference in Michigan in June.

Analyze that

While some students worry about math tests or an upcoming sporting competition, a handful at Aurora Borealis Charter School and Kenai Central High School are… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion From left: Melita Efta, 12, Bailey Epperheimer, 13, and Shelbie Naylor, 12, take in new information during a team practice session Monday, May 10, 2016 at Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai, Alaska. The girls and their fourth teammate will travel with an older group from Kenai Central High School to compete in the Future Problem Solving Program 2016 International Conference in Michigan in June.

Evidence to be argued in sex assault case

Issues surrounding DNA evidence will be argued before the trial for a Sterling woman accused of sexually assaulting a minor can take place.Laurel Lee, 52,… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Richele McGahan adjusts the pins in Victoria Cizek's hair moments before they joined their two fellow senior classmates to walk into their graduation ceremony Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna, Alaska. The school had a smaller graduating class than usual, with only four high school seniors.

Cook Inlet grads recall unique education

Always an intimate affair, this year’s Cook Inlet Academy graduation ceremony was smaller than usual, with four graduating seniors being honored. The students graduated in… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Richele McGahan adjusts the pins in Victoria Cizek's hair moments before they joined their two fellow senior classmates to walk into their graduation ceremony Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna, Alaska. The school had a smaller graduating class than usual, with only four high school seniors.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Election Board member Kim Macdonald cuts out enough stickers to keep up with voters during a special election Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The election held to decide if the city would form a charter commission saw a steady stream of voters during lunchtime hours.

Commission accomplished

A seven-member charter commission will likely spend the next year working on a home-rule charter for Soldotna. In a special election Tuesday, Soldotna voters approved… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Election Board member Kim Macdonald cuts out enough stickers to keep up with voters during a special election Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. The election held to decide if the city would form a charter commission saw a steady stream of voters during lunchtime hours.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Alexis Martinez, a fourth grader from Soldotna Elementary, picks fishing line out of brush on the bank of the Kenai River during this year's Kenai River Spring Cleanup event on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. More than 600 kids combed the riverbanks in several locations on the central Kenai Peninsula, competing for prizes and learning about good stewardship.

100s of little hands turn out to clean up the Kenai River

More than 650 kids from six area schools are combing the banks of the Kenai River this year, hauling everything from tangled fishing lines to… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Alexis Martinez, a fourth grader from Soldotna Elementary, picks fishing line out of brush on the bank of the Kenai River during this year's Kenai River Spring Cleanup event on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska. More than 600 kids combed the riverbanks in several locations on the central Kenai Peninsula, competing for prizes and learning about good stewardship.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna residents Cassandra Boze, left, and Becca Satathite share a laugh just before their graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. Boze graduated with a Associate Degree of Appied Science in Nursing, and Satathite with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology.

On to the next stop

From GED certificates to associate degrees, this year’s graduates from Kenai Peninsula College displayed a wide array of educations, many of them balancing work and… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Soldotna residents Cassandra Boze, left, and Becca Satathite share a laugh just before their graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. Boze graduated with a Associate Degree of Appied Science in Nursing, and Satathite with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology.

Trial for Soldotna man accused of sexual abuse pushed back

The trial for a Soldotna man accused of sexual abuse of a minor has been pushed back.Michael Dean Hancock, 57, was initially indicted on Feb.… Continue reading

Sandahl says farewell

Gus Sandahl will serve his last day as Kenai Police Chief on May 27.Sandahl is ending his 20-year career with the Kenai Police Department later… Continue reading

Elwood Brehmer watches a bear during a trip up the remote Cottonwood Creek Trail on Sept. 19, 2015 on Skilak Lake. For any excursion, there are a few simple items hikers should bring along just in case things don't go according to plan. (Clarion file photo)

Packing for a safe day hike

A mile is a relatively short walk — until one has to walk it after a severe accident. Teeming with lakes and trails and overlapping… Continue reading

Elwood Brehmer watches a bear during a trip up the remote Cottonwood Creek Trail on Sept. 19, 2015 on Skilak Lake. For any excursion, there are a few simple items hikers should bring along just in case things don't go according to plan. (Clarion file photo)

Soldotna talks budget, mill rate increase

Soldotna City Council members have begun to weigh their options for balancing the city’s budget in light of falling revenue.City Manager Mark Dixson and Finance… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai City Manager Rick Koch speaks about the benefits of belonging to a home-rule community to residents gathered at a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.

Charter commission candidates talk home rule

Candidates running for a seat on the charter commission that could be formed after Soldotna’s special election are urging city residents to vote for a… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai City Manager Rick Koch speaks about the benefits of belonging to a home-rule community to residents gathered at a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska.

Soldotna voters to readdress home rule

Editor's note: This story has bee updated to correct the spelling of Roberta O’Neill's name. Soldotna voters will revisit the idea of home rule during the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Hazel George opens a present - side-by-side photos of her as a baby and in the present - during a birthday party Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Heritage Place in Soldotna, Alaska. George joined the other centenarians in the state when she turned 100 Sunday.

A kid at heart

The dining hall and patio of Heritage Place in Soldotna looked ready to entertain scores of young children Sunday, with bright streamers and confetti, cupcakes,… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Hazel George opens a present - side-by-side photos of her as a baby and in the present - during a birthday party Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Heritage Place in Soldotna, Alaska. George joined the other centenarians in the state when she turned 100 Sunday.