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Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Exchange student Nouredine Mama, of Cameroon, shares details about his culture and life in Africa with fourth and sixth grade students on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk, Alaska. Mama is attending Homer High School while in the state through an exchange program.

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

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Exchange student Nouredine Mama, of Cameroon, shares details about his culture and life in Africa with fourth and sixth grade students on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk, Alaska. Mama is attending Homer High School while in the state through an exchange program.

Man charged with sexual abuse of minor released on bail

A Kenai man charged with sexual abuse of a minor has been released on bail until his next hearing at the Kenai Courthouse.Riley Edwards, 20,… Continue reading

This photo of a chickadee with a deformed beak was taken on Nov. 16 at the residence of Bruce and Pamela Manley in Kasilof. (Photo courtesy Ben Romig)

Bird experts investigate chickadee beak deformity

Researchers in Anchorage are working to crack a tough nut in the form of a beak deformity affecting a large portion of black-capped chickadees and… Continue reading

This photo of a chickadee with a deformed beak was taken on Nov. 16 at the residence of Bruce and Pamela Manley in Kasilof. (Photo courtesy Ben Romig)
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Shawn Bransky, associate driector of the Alaska VA, addresses a room of local veterans during a session to discuss current VA issues on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at the McLane Commons at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska.

VA moves forward with Choice fixes, veterans cite continuing issues

The Department of Veterans Affairs in Alaska is working on the second phase of a plan to fix bugs with the program set up by… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Shawn Bransky, associate driector of the Alaska VA, addresses a room of local veterans during a session to discuss current VA issues on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at the McLane Commons at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Local writer Dave Atcheson reads excerpts from his books on his experiences sports and commercial fishing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 during a Trout Unlimited meeting at Odie's Deli in Soldotna, Alaska.

Trout Unlimited highlights differences, similarities of sport, commercial fishing

Members of the Kenai Peninsula’s chapter of Trout Unlimited talked sport fishing, commercial fishing, and the common ground between them at their most recent meeting.… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Local writer Dave Atcheson reads excerpts from his books on his experiences sports and commercial fishing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 during a Trout Unlimited meeting at Odie's Deli in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighters fill a collapsable tank with water in preparation for a drill on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at the department's station on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The firefighters have been training for about two months for an upcoming engineering test.

Climbing the ladder: Firefighters prepare for next step in their careers

  Frosty air that dipped below zero degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday froze a Central Emergency Services hydrant shut, but it couldn’t keep firefighters from their… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Central Emergency Services firefighters fill a collapsable tank with water in preparation for a drill on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at the department's station on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The firefighters have been training for about two months for an upcoming engineering test.

CASA program connects volunteers to children in need

A local branch of the national Court Appointed Special Advocates program is seeking new volunteers to pair with children who are in the midst of… Continue reading

Kenai man arrested on sexual abuse charges

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the charges against Riley Edwards to those relating to sexual abuse. A Kenai man was arrested… Continue reading

CES douses Funny River fire; blaze likely started in chimney

Central Emergency Services put out a house fire that caused thousands of dollars of damage early Sunday morning. CES Chief Roy Browning said the department’s… Continue reading

Woman leaves assisted living facility, found within hour

A resident who went missing from Charis Place Assisted Living in Kenai on Saturday was found within the hour. Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said… Continue reading

Stop N Go on

When Nikiski resident Bill Bliss bought the building for the Stop N Go Cafe on Miller Loop Road, it was what he described as an… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Craig Ralston, former Senior Captain of the Nikiski Fire Department, listens to a speaker pay tribute to his rescue work during his retirement party on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Nikiski Senior Center. Ralston served the Fire Department as a staff member and volunteer for a total of 34 years.

Out of the fire and into retirement

Craig Ralston’s coworkers and friends describe the soon-to-be retired Nikiski firefighter as dedicated, loyal, tenacious and experienced.After two years as a volunteer and 32 years… Continue reading

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Craig Ralston, former Senior Captain of the Nikiski Fire Department, listens to a speaker pay tribute to his rescue work during his retirement party on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Nikiski Senior Center. Ralston served the Fire Department as a staff member and volunteer for a total of 34 years.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Convicted murderer Demarqus Green reacts after Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran decided to reschedule a sentencing hearing  on Friday Nov. 13, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska. Green was found guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in the killing of Demian Sagerser in Homer - but his sentencing hearing was scheduled in Kenai despite the objection of the murder victim's mother. Moran said she was unaware of the mother's objections and pushed the next sentencing date back to December.

Homer area murder sentencing moved again

The sentencing for an Anchorage man guilty of murder has been postponed and moved to Homer after a communication mishap.Demarqus Green, 23, was found guilty… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Convicted murderer Demarqus Green reacts after Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran decided to reschedule a sentencing hearing  on Friday Nov. 13, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska. Green was found guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in the killing of Demian Sagerser in Homer - but his sentencing hearing was scheduled in Kenai despite the objection of the murder victim's mother. Moran said she was unaware of the mother's objections and pushed the next sentencing date back to December.

Troopers seek missing Kenai teen

Alaska State Troopers are searching for a Kenai girl who was reported as a runaway earlier this month.Breana Leah Parmer, 15, was reported as a… Continue reading

Courtesy photo/Patsie Blakely This Facebook photo shows Nikiski resident Eileen Berghone, 64, who has been missing since the evening of Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Berghone's daughter, Patsie Blakely, is asking that anyone who sees her mother calls the Alaska State Troopers.

Missing Nikiski woman found dead near home

A Nikiski woman missing since Monday evening has been found dead near her home.Sharon Eileen Berghone was last seen in Nikiski on Monday, and her… Continue reading

Courtesy photo/Patsie Blakely This Facebook photo shows Nikiski resident Eileen Berghone, 64, who has been missing since the evening of Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Berghone's daughter, Patsie Blakely, is asking that anyone who sees her mother calls the Alaska State Troopers.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Members of Kenai's American Legion Post 20 salute during the posting of the colors at a Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Old, new traditions celebrate veterans

Cecilia and Keltner Farris married twice, once in Vietnam where the two served in the Army and again in New York six months later. “From… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Members of Kenai's American Legion Post 20 salute during the posting of the colors at a Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015 in Soldotna, Alaska.
Courtesy photo/Alaska State Troopers This photo from the Alaska State Troopers shows Sharon Eileen Berghone, a 64-year-old Nikiski woman who has been missing from her home at the north end of Holt Lamplight Road since Monday evening. Berghone's hair is now shorter than it appears in the photo, according to troopers.

Nikiski woman seeks missing mother

A Nikiski woman is asking for help finding her mother, who she says has been missing since Monday evening.Patsie Blakely said her mother, Sharon Eileen… Continue reading

Courtesy photo/Alaska State Troopers This photo from the Alaska State Troopers shows Sharon Eileen Berghone, a 64-year-old Nikiski woman who has been missing from her home at the north end of Holt Lamplight Road since Monday evening. Berghone's hair is now shorter than it appears in the photo, according to troopers.
Courtesy photo/Patsie Blakely This Facebook photo shows Nikiski resident Eileen Berghone, 64, who has been missing since the evening of Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Berghone's daughter, Patsie Blakely, is asking that anyone who sees her mother calls the Alaska State Troopers.

Nikiski woman in search of her missing mother

8 p.m.:Troopers have initiated a Silver Alert for Sharon Eileen Berghone, a disabled Nikiski woman who has been missing since Monday evening. Berghone, who lives… Continue reading

Courtesy photo/Patsie Blakely This Facebook photo shows Nikiski resident Eileen Berghone, 64, who has been missing since the evening of Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Berghone's daughter, Patsie Blakely, is asking that anyone who sees her mother calls the Alaska State Troopers.

Kenai Fire extinguishes shed, talks safety

Members of the Kenai Fire Department responded to a small structure fire Sunday night just off of Bridge Access Road.Five firefighters were called out to… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Spiritual Care Coordinator Frank Alioto leads residents and health care staff members through the annual Time of Remembrance celebration on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.

Local loved ones remembered, celebrated

Local residents and health care staff remembered lost loved ones during this year’s Time of Remembrance at Central Peninsula Hospital on Sunday.Organized by a spiritual… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Spiritual Care Coordinator Frank Alioto leads residents and health care staff members through the annual Time of Remembrance celebration on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.