Megan Pacer

Still too dry: Burn ban remains in effect

Local fire departments have been responding to illegal fires since a burn closure was issued by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources on June 17.… Continue reading

Crews focus on containment for area fires

Management of the Card Street fire will transition back to local crews on Wednesday, said Max Konkright, public information officer with the current incident management… Continue reading

[Update] Cooper Landing fires nearly contained

Monday, 10:40 a.m.: The Cooper Landing area fires are nearly contained, according to a press release sent by the United States Department of Agriculture on… Continue reading

Faces from the fire

Name: Trevor Kauffman From: Soldotna, Alaska Crew: Soldotna Forestry Job: Wild Land Fire and Resource Technician Days on the Card Street fire: 11 (as of… Continue reading

Cooper Landing crew sent home, injured firefighter released

The Juneau Lake fire near Cooper Landing is now estimated at 580 acres, while the Stetson Creek fire has held steady.Public Information Officer Meg Cicciarella… Continue reading

Anchorage man arraigned in Kenai on array of charges

An Anchorage man who initiated a car chase involving the Soldotna Police Department and Alaska State Troopers was arraigned in Kenai on Friday.Bryson McEneaney, 28,… Continue reading

Firefighter bitten by bear to be released

The firefighter injured by a bear while working on the Juneau Lake fire on Monday is in good health, according to a press release from… Continue reading

Card Street fire moves into rehabilitation phase

Crews working on the Card Street fire moved into a new stage of firefighting over the weekend.Public Information Officer Sarah Foster said the fire is… Continue reading

Pallones not guilty on two counts, jury hung on third charge

Rosendo Pallones, 40, of Palmer, has been found not guilty of two counts of sexual assault in the first degree. After roughly four days of… Continue reading

Containment on Cooper Landing fires improves

Containment continues to improve on the Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires.Public Information Officer Jean Goad, with the incident command team, said the Stetson Lake… Continue reading

Campgrounds reopen in wake of Card Street fire

The Card Street fire is still reported at 30 percent containment, and crews continued with mop-up and securing fire lines on Thursday.Public Information Officer Sarah… Continue reading

Search for Anchorage man brought to end by credit card fraud

After allegedly fleeing Alaska State Troopers and members of the Soldotna Police Department for several hours early Wednesday morning, an Anchorage man was finally caught… Continue reading

Seward man to be tried for sexual assault

A Seward man will be tried in Kenai for the sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend last June. Daniel VanNess, 35, was indicted by a grand… Continue reading

Earthquake felt on Kenai Peninsula

There have been no reports of damage near the epicenter of an Alaska earthquake that registered at 5.8 on the Richter scale, said Ian Dickson,… Continue reading

Nikiski plant goes offline, causes power outage

About 22,000 homes and businesses lost power on Wednesday after a Nikiski generation plant operated by Homer Electric Association went offline. The outage happened at… Continue reading

Earthquake felt on Kenai Peninsula

Wednesday, 6 p.m.:   There have been no reports of damage near the epicenter of an Alaska earthquake that registered at 5.8 on the Richter… Continue reading

Jury still out in sexual assault case

The jury is still out in the case of a Palmer man accused of sexually assaulting one of his coworkers in Kenai.Rosendo Pallones, 40, has… Continue reading

Weather aids Cooper Landing progress, firefighter injured by bear

Both fires in the Cooper Landing area are better contained than they were on Monday.A press release from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest… Continue reading

Update: Cooper Landing fires hold steady

Monday, 1 p.m.:The Stetson Creek fire is estimated at 212 acres, and the Juneau Lake fire is estimated at 573 acres, according to an announcement… Continue reading

Fire burns Nikiski home

The Nikiski Fire Department responded to a house fire in Nikiski on Monday evening. Deputy Chief Trent Burnett said about 15 firefighters responded to a… Continue reading