Megan Pacer

Area residents arraigned on assault charges

Two local residents were arraigned on charges of assault on Thursday at the Kenai Courthouse. Jeffrey Ackerman, of Soldotna, and Tanya Carter, of Kenai, were… Continue reading

Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this July 20, 2013 file photo, several thousand dipnetters converge on the mouth of the Kenai River to catch a share of the late run of sockeye salmon headed into the river  in Kenai. The city of Kenai is preparing to handle the influx of people for the fishery, which opens Friday.

Law enforcement prepares for dipnet season

The personal use salmon dipnetting open season begins Friday which means the Kenai beaches will be swarming with fishermen from around the state. To combat… Continue reading

Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  In this July 20, 2013 file photo, several thousand dipnetters converge on the mouth of the Kenai River to catch a share of the late run of sockeye salmon headed into the river  in Kenai. The city of Kenai is preparing to handle the influx of people for the fishery, which opens Friday.

Remains found near Sterling identified

The remains of Soldotna resident James Beaver have been positively identified, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch.Beaver, whose remains were found by a fire… Continue reading

Nikiski man assaults brother, sentenced

A Nikiski man charged with the assault of his brother, criminal mischief and resisting arrest was sentenced to jail time and anger management by District… Continue reading

Maureen Hensley, of Kenai, uses her spare time to paint a mural on the windows of Green Rush Events Clubhouse on Saturday in Kenai. Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion

Planting the seed

Editor's Note: This story has been changed to correct the hours of operation for Green Rush Events Clubhouse in Kenai.   Two local marijuana clubhouse… Continue reading

Maureen Hensley, of Kenai, uses her spare time to paint a mural on the windows of Green Rush Events Clubhouse on Saturday in Kenai. Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion

Burn ban lifted for refuge

The open burn restriction throughout the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been lifted.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service canceled the restriction after rain and cooler… Continue reading

Card Street fire operations winding down

The Card Street fire is now 95 percent contained, and crews will finish fighting it soon. Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Andy Alexandrou said… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kenai City Manager Rick Koch smokes a cigar while driving a '73 Mustang with the Kaknu Kruzers car club during the annual Independence Day parade on Saturday July 4, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska.

Crowds celebrate Independence Day despite poor weather

Nothing could rain on Kenai’s annual “Honoring our Hometown Heros” Independence Day parade this year — not even rain. Huddled under blankets, umbrellas and tents,… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kenai City Manager Rick Koch smokes a cigar while driving a '73 Mustang with the Kaknu Kruzers car club during the annual Independence Day parade on Saturday July 4, 2015 in Kenai, Alaska.

Kenai City Council gives guidance on marijuana issues

Kenai City Council members provided recommendations for the Planning and Zoning Commission to use as guidance for developing marijuana regulations during a Wednesday night meeting.… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  A structure on Slough Avenue burns late into the night after the Card Street wild fire burned near the Kenai Key subdivision on June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. The flames burned high from a damaged gas line.

Fire disaster assistance available

Families affected by area wildfires will have the opportunity to apply for state assistance this month. Jeremy Zidek with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  A structure on Slough Avenue burns late into the night after the Card Street wild fire burned near the Kenai Key subdivision on June 17, 2015 in Sterling, Alaska. The flames burned high from a damaged gas line.

City Council gives guidance on marijuana issues

The Kenai City Council voted on 12 questions regarding the sale and cultivation of marijuana to provide guidance to the Planning and Zoning Commission during… Continue reading

Mlynarik appointed to Marijuana Control Board

Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mlynarik has been appointed to the public safety position on the Marijuana Control Board, according to a press release from the… Continue reading

Fire operation shifts to local personnel

The incident management team from Washington will fly home Thursday and local resources will take over operation of the Card Street fire.Max Konkright, public information… Continue reading

Area fires cool off, burn bans lifted

Crews working the Card Street fire spent Tuesday preparing for rehabilitation efforts.Public Information Officer Max Konkright said firefighters moved trees and brush, and are waiting… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Firefighting-themed cupcakes and tools decorate a wedding held on Sunday afternoon at the Sterling Community Center.

From Ashes to Hope

Anyone in the Sterling area during the last two weeks would have been able to see smoke from the Card Street fire rising into the… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Peninsula Clarion Firefighting-themed cupcakes and tools decorate a wedding held on Sunday afternoon at the Sterling Community Center.

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

Photo courtesy/Alaska Division of Forestry A wildfire at Juneau Lake is believed to have kindled from a lightning blast on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Cooper Landing, Alaska.

[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

Photo courtesy/Alaska Division of Forestry A wildfire at Juneau Lake is believed to have kindled from a lightning blast on Tuesday June 16, 2015 near Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Arnold Nick, Pilot Station, Alaska.

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

Arnold Nick, Pilot Station, Alaska.

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