Megan Pacer

Out of the ashes

After losing their home and everything in it, Bob Hensler and Helen Hunt-Hensler said being able to laugh about it is sometimes the best medicine.… Continue reading

Writing a new chapter

Nicole Harmon was told she would die twice within the last 12 years. Despite two extreme physical traumas, the 30-year-old Kenai woman has defied odds… Continue reading

Sweeney’s burgled early Christmas morning

Mike Sweeney, owner of Sweeney’s Clothing in Soldotna, spent his Monday calling his insurance provider and changing the store’s locks after a Christmas morning break-in.Members… Continue reading

Professional basketball players inspire local youth to set goals

Local kids got a taste of professional basketball with a visit from a former Harlem Globetrotter and a member of the Harlem All-Stars. Tyrone “Hollywood”… Continue reading

A close call

Kenai Fire Marshal Tom Carver tells everyone he teaches to service their boilers and alarms regularly, so it was a loud wake-up call when his… Continue reading

Healing rhythms

If Anchorage Symphony Orchestra violinist Daniel Perry had been told a few weeks ago he would be chanting healing songs in front of an intimate… Continue reading

Kenai Alternative puts spin on holiday celebration

Teachers and teens at Kenai Alternative High School put their own unique twist on end-of-the-year Christmas parties with the annual Grinch Day before heading off… Continue reading

Peninsula VA home services program is first in Alaska

Alaska veterans in need of at-home care can now get those services paid for by the Alaska Department of Veterans Affairs through a program offered… Continue reading

‘Google is your friend’

Area residents learned that names, phone numbers, work histories and credentials are only a click away during a background check workshop held Tuesday. Hosted by… Continue reading

Birds of a feather get tallied together

Local bird watchers are setting their sights on the upcoming Christmas Bird Count.Hosted by the National Audubon Society, this December’s event marks the 116th year… Continue reading

Lights that never fade

In a culture where uttering the name of one’s dead child aloud is discouraged to the point of being a conversation-stopper, a group met to… Continue reading

Local girl shops for less fortunate

One Kenai Peninsula girl is taking the act of Christmas shopping a step further this year and is asking for the community’s help. Sydney Jeffries… Continue reading

DOC prepares to clean house

The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission released a slew of recommendations Thursday aimed at improving Alaska’s justice system and cutting costs. Formed by Senate Bill 64… Continue reading

Keeping it close to home

Soldotna native Dan Grimes has returned home after a lengthy career in Fairbanks as Central Emergency Services’ new deputy chief. When former Chief Chris Mokracek… Continue reading

Joint court planning progresses

Progress is being made on an experimental joint court coming to the Kenai Peninsula.Announced in October, the court will be a partnership between the Kenaitze… Continue reading

Dark play meant to evoke empathy, understanding

In front of a solemn audience at Kenai Peninsula College, actress Louise Leonard turned her back on a young man as he was struck repeatedly… Continue reading

A dash of salt: DOT employs brine to keep winter roads safe

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has adjusted some of its winter road care methods to keep motorists safe more efficiently. For the… Continue reading

Kenai’s Charter Commission honored with memorial

More than 50 years after they formed the city, the group who signed Kenai’s 1963 charter were officially recognized with the Cornerstone Rock, a boulder… Continue reading

Local organizations feed neighbors for Thanksgiving

There was no shortage of options for those without family or the financial means to have a Thanksgiving meal this year. Local businesses and centers… Continue reading

Africa exchange student visits Russian village

Cameroon exchange student Nouredine Mama was given two days’ notice before he was flown to Alaska this fall. The 16-year-old was already settled in Washington,… Continue reading