Megan Pacer

Soldotna Downtown Improvement Plan approved

Downtown Soldotna is poised to be home to new signage, in addition to other changes.The Soldotna City Council voted unanimously at its Wednesday meeting to… Continue reading

Sterling woman’s sexual assault case delayed again

The trial for a Sterling woman accused of sexually assaulting a minor more than a year ago has been postponed again.Laurel Lee, 52, was charged… Continue reading

Soldotna man arraigned following Spice bust

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that William Dooley was present at Tobacco Distress in October when Alaska State Troopers originally investigated… Continue reading

Soldotna Planning and Zoning seeks to alter landscaping requirements

This story been updated to clarify that the Planning and Zoning Commission started looking at landscaping regulations in January 2015, deciding to amend city code… Continue reading

Community rallies in wake of recent deaths

The deaths of three women over the course of one week has spurred some residents of the central Kenai Peninsula to reach out to support… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion The majority of Jessica Burch and John Schreiber's roof is clad in a tarp on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska, after a wind storm stripped a large section of their home's roof out of place.

Wind leaves Sterling home, business roofless

A severe windstorm on the Kenai Peninsula this week stole the roofs right off of a Sterling business and a house on its way through… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion The majority of Jessica Burch and John Schreiber's roof is clad in a tarp on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska, after a wind storm stripped a large section of their home's roof out of place.

Soldotna couple arrested following Spice bust

Three people were arrested and more than 6,000 packets of synthetic cannabis, or Spice, have been seized from a local tobacco shop and its operators… Continue reading

Missing Kenai woman’s body found near trail

The body of Iva “Mitzi” Berninger, who had been missing since Dec. 11, was found near a trail by two people riding ATVs on Friday.The… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Madison Skornik, of Anchorage, Marti Delimont, of Anchorage, Stephanie Huber, of Anchorage and  Kent Ployhar, of Mexico mourn the loss of Sterling resident Jon Ployhar during a memorial on Sunday Dec. 6, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. Skornik and Huber are Jon Ployhar's neices, while Huber and Kent Ployhar are his siblings. Jon Ployhar was killed during a confrontation with an Alaska State Trooper in October.

More than 100 at memorial of man killed during fight with trooper

Those who knew Sterling resident Jon Ployhar remember his passion for used cars and conspiracy theories being surpassed by his strong sense of faith gained… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Madison Skornik, of Anchorage, Marti Delimont, of Anchorage, Stephanie Huber, of Anchorage and  Kent Ployhar, of Mexico mourn the loss of Sterling resident Jon Ployhar during a memorial on Sunday Dec. 6, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. Skornik and Huber are Jon Ployhar's neices, while Huber and Kent Ployhar are his siblings. Jon Ployhar was killed during a confrontation with an Alaska State Trooper in October.
Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion The tail of a crashed plane sits the woods on Saturday, August 22 at a crash site near South Cohoe Loop Road.

Kasilof plane crash report describes final descent

Witness reports of what they saw and heard moments before an August plane crash that killed two Kasilof residents are included in a preliminary report… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion The tail of a crashed plane sits the woods on Saturday, August 22 at a crash site near South Cohoe Loop Road.

Kenai woman killed in Bridge Access crash

A Kenai woman died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Bridge Access Road.Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said his department and Kenai Fire responded… Continue reading

Cause of death for Soldotna woman still unknown

Officials have released few additional details about the death of Soldotna resident Yvonne Anderson, whose body was found in the woods on Saturday.Anderson, 45, was… Continue reading

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

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Nicole Harmon reaches for a resistance band she will use in a rowing exercise, part of her physical therapy, on Thursday Dec. 10 at the Dena'ina Wellness Center in Kenai. Harmon's physical therapist Sabrina Royster said the exercise is "meant to help her brain re-educate the muscles of her arm to balance muscle contractions. "

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

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Nicole Harmon reaches for a resistance band she will use in a rowing exercise, part of her physical therapy, on Thursday Dec. 10 at the Dena'ina Wellness Center in Kenai. Harmon's physical therapist Sabrina Royster said the exercise is "meant to help her brain re-educate the muscles of her arm to balance muscle contractions. "

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

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Les "Pee-Wee" Harrison, founder of the Portland-based Showtime Athletics and former Harlem All-Star, walks Kai Mckibben, 14, through a trick during a presentation for a group from the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court on Monday Dec. 21, 2015 in Soldotna, Alaska.

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

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Les "Pee-Wee" Harrison, founder of the Portland-based Showtime Athletics and former Harlem All-Star, walks Kai Mckibben, 14, through a trick during a presentation for a group from the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court on Monday Dec. 21, 2015 in Soldotna, Alaska.

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

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Sterling resident Sabrina Hensley examines a doll that was passed through a small crowd during a concert on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at the Sterling Community Center in Sterling, Alaska. The concert featured songs from "Holy Ground," a new CD by White Eagle Medicine Woman.

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

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Sterling resident Sabrina Hensley examines a doll that was passed through a small crowd during a concert on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at the Sterling Community Center in Sterling, Alaska. The concert featured songs from "Holy Ground," a new CD by White Eagle Medicine Woman.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Alternative High School senior Linda Byrd takes a picture with Hal Smalley, posing as Santa Clause, during the annual Grinch Day celebration on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at the school in Kenai, Alaska. Byrd also celebrated her 19th birthday during the annual lunch and gift-giving event.

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

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Kenai Alternative High School senior Linda Byrd takes a picture with Hal Smalley, posing as Santa Clause, during the annual Grinch Day celebration on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at the school in Kenai, Alaska. Byrd also celebrated her 19th birthday during the annual lunch and gift-giving event.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion The Independent Living Center Executive Director Joyanna Geisler explains the ins and outs of Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services to a room of veterans and their families on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 at the Ninilchik Senior Center in Ninilchik, Alaska.

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

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion The Independent Living Center Executive Director Joyanna Geisler explains the ins and outs of Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services to a room of veterans and their families on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 at the Ninilchik Senior Center in Ninilchik, Alaska.