Megan Pacer

Area fire protection on the rise

Central Emergency Services has helped Soldotna get a better fire safety rating, which could translate to lower insurance rates for those living in the service… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion A recently reinstalled drop box for prescription drugs sits in the lobby of the Soldotna Police Department on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska. Drugs collected through the box are sent to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to be disposed of.

Law enforcement, pharmacy partner for drug collection

Central Kenai Peninsula residents have the chance to safely get rid of their unused and expired prescriptions this week as part of the U.S. Drug… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion A recently reinstalled drop box for prescription drugs sits in the lobby of the Soldotna Police Department on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska. Drugs collected through the box are sent to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to be disposed of.
A sinkhole opens the pavement of the Kenai Spur Highway near Forest Drive on Tuesday, April 26 in Kenai. The Alaska Department of transportation blocked off two lanes of the four-lane road due to the extensive cavern beneath the hole.

Failed pipe leads to sinkhole in Spur

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive slowly over potholes if they aren't avoidable. … Continue reading

A sinkhole opens the pavement of the Kenai Spur Highway near Forest Drive on Tuesday, April 26 in Kenai. The Alaska Department of transportation blocked off two lanes of the four-lane road due to the extensive cavern beneath the hole.

Soldotna City Council member resigns early

A seat on the Soldotna City Council is now open to suitors.Council member Meggean Bos-Marquez moved up her resignation from the city council, originally scheduled… Continue reading

DOT to repair sinkhole

    Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities employees are out working on a pothole and underlying sinkhole that formed on the Kenai Spur… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this June 18, 2015 Patrick "PBun" Madros and Fred Alexi, both of Kaltag work to put out a hot spot off of Kamloops Road near the Kenai Keys in Sterling, Alaska. Last year's Card Street fire burned about 9,000 acres.

Area agencies ready for fire season

This year’s fire season is off to a strong start on the Kenai Peninsula, and the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this June 18, 2015 Patrick "PBun" Madros and Fred Alexi, both of Kaltag work to put out a hot spot off of Kamloops Road near the Kenai Keys in Sterling, Alaska. Last year's Card Street fire burned about 9,000 acres.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Freshman Victoria Giles from Soldotna Prep demonstrates her project that converts organic matter into energy before a panel of judges for this year's Caring for the Kenai oral presentations Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. From more than 300 applicants, 12 students were chosen to present their projects in a final round, after which six runners up won fixed prizes and another six won prizes varying from $550-$1,600.

Kids change Kenai one idea at a time

Marguerite and Evangeline Cox drew excited gasps from the crowd as they brought their small, fluffy dog onstage to help demonstrate animal oxygen masks. The… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Freshman Victoria Giles from Soldotna Prep demonstrates her project that converts organic matter into energy before a panel of judges for this year's Caring for the Kenai oral presentations Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. From more than 300 applicants, 12 students were chosen to present their projects in a final round, after which six runners up won fixed prizes and another six won prizes varying from $550-$1,600.
Members of the Alaska Division of Forestry finish putting out a fire that consumed two sheds and a chicken coop Thursday, April 21, 2016 on North Dogwood Road in Kenai. The fire, which took about a half hour to extinguish, also burnt the outside of a home, but harmed no one.

Fire consumes sheds, chicken coop in Kenai

A structure fire drew responses from five agencies in Kenai on Thursday afternoon, but harmed no one.The Kenai Fire Department, Central Emergency Services, Kenai Police,… Continue reading

Members of the Alaska Division of Forestry finish putting out a fire that consumed two sheds and a chicken coop Thursday, April 21, 2016 on North Dogwood Road in Kenai. The fire, which took about a half hour to extinguish, also burnt the outside of a home, but harmed no one.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Jeremy Anderson, former Nikiski Middle-High School student music teacher accused of sexually abusing one of his students, walks out of a Kenai courtroom Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Nikiski sex abuse case not ready for trial

The trial for a former Nikiski teacher accused of sexual abuse of a minor may be pushed back again. Jeremy Anderson, a former music teacher… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Jeremy Anderson, former Nikiski Middle-High School student music teacher accused of sexually abusing one of his students, walks out of a Kenai courtroom Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Earth Day comes to the Kenai

A combination of forces have come together to organize events for this year’s Earth Day at the end of the week.Celebrated nationally this Friday, Earth… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenai Fire Department knock pillars back into place after a driver backed onto the pavement and struck the MediCenter building on Monday, April 11, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska.

No injuries in crash at MediCenter

The front of the MediCenter building in Kenai was damaged when a driver backed onto the pavement and was lodged between the siding and a… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Members of the Kenai Fire Department knock pillars back into place after a driver backed onto the pavement and struck the MediCenter building on Monday, April 11, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Trevor Debnam drives through an obstacle course while texting on his phone under the supervision of Kenai Police Officer Alex Prins during an exercise Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. Students completed the driving drill as part of a unit in their health class.

Driving home the point: KCHS students schooled on impaired, distracted driving

Several orange cones set up to outline a driving course in the Kenai Central High School parking lot Wednesday took a beating in the name… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Trevor Debnam drives through an obstacle course while texting on his phone under the supervision of Kenai Police Officer Alex Prins during an exercise Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. Students completed the driving drill as part of a unit in their health class.
Photo courtesy by Jack Swenson Alaskan author Kim Heacox, pictured here, will present at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the McLane Commons as part of the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase series.

KPC presents ‘An Evening with Author Kim Heacox’

Kim Heacox said the decision to become a photographer was made easy in 1983 when a magazine paid him $300 for a story, and his… Continue reading

Photo courtesy by Jack Swenson Alaskan author Kim Heacox, pictured here, will present at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the McLane Commons as part of the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase series.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Jacque White greets Sweet Soul, a 20-year-old draft mule she rescued from a kill pen in Pennsylvania, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her home off of Kalifornski Beach Road.

Woman moves mule cross country through equine rescue network

When Jacque White came across a greying draft mule on a Facebook page dedicated to relocating large animals sent to “kill pens,” she said she… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Jacque White greets Sweet Soul, a 20-year-old draft mule she rescued from a kill pen in Pennsylvania, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her home off of Kalifornski Beach Road.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai resident Mercedes Tapley, 11, greets a donkey named Dixie before getting to work on a service project on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at the home of Jacque White off of Kalifornski-Beach Road in Kenai, Alaska. Tapley helped clean White's barn with members of the North Wind Riders, a  local 4-H group.

Cleaning up to comfort kids

Area barns and stables are in for a serious cleaning if the members of the local 4-H club North Wind Riders have anything to say… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai resident Mercedes Tapley, 11, greets a donkey named Dixie before getting to work on a service project on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at the home of Jacque White off of Kalifornski-Beach Road in Kenai, Alaska. Tapley helped clean White's barn with members of the North Wind Riders, a  local 4-H group.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Paul Vermillion, 32, and a member of his defense team listen to his defense attorney, Andrew Lambert, moments before being led out of the courtroom during a remand hearing on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Vermillion pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter on Monday, April 4, for the 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper Landing.

Vermillion remanded to jail

Paul Vermillion was remanded to jail in Kenai on Thursday after having pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Paul Vermillion, 32, and a member of his defense team listen to his defense attorney, Andrew Lambert, moments before being led out of the courtroom during a remand hearing on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. Vermillion pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter on Monday, April 4, for the 2013 death of Genghis Muskox in Cooper Landing.

Soldotna daycare review approved

A year after a Soldotna daycare was approved amid controversy and appeals to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, it came under review from the… Continue reading

CES douses fire in less than an hour

Firefighters from Central Emergency Services took less than an hour to extinguish a structure fire in a duplex Wednesday morning.CES Captain Terry Bookey said the… Continue reading

The inside of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by John Parker of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems can hold a battery that allows the UAV to be flown. Radars and other sensors can also be mounted to the UAV to gather data while its being flown, Parker explained On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at the business on Main Street Loop in Kenai, Alaska.

Trends 2016: Tech takes off: Opportunity abounds in UAV field

A Kenai-based business owner has tapped into the unmanned aircraft and sensor industry beginning to grow in Alaska, and says there is room on the… Continue reading

The inside of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by John Parker of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems can hold a battery that allows the UAV to be flown. Radars and other sensors can also be mounted to the UAV to gather data while its being flown, Parker explained On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at the business on Main Street Loop in Kenai, Alaska.

Man arrested after crash, power outage

A Soldotna man has been arrested after troopers found he collided with a power pole on Funny River Road, which caused nearly 700 homes to… Continue reading