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Looking back 2011: Top Clarion news stories

Posted: December 28, 2011 - 1:45pm  |  Updated: December 28, 2011 - 2:18pm

Here are the most read news stories of 2011, according to web statistics compiled by the Peninsula Clarion.

Jen — are you still out there?: Facebook page adds to cold case mystery

By Brielle Schaeffer

Is Jennifer Goodwin White really dead?

The Alaska State Troopers say she is.

Her sister, Sarah Musgrove-Short, says she isn't.

Nearly 15 years ago police found a skull and other remains in a Kasilof driveway. Forensic examination determined the remains were those of Jennifer Rachel (Goodwin) White.


Woman killed after being struck by SUV

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Jennifer Rupe, 39, was crouched in the roadway checking on an injured animal when a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Carl Rupe, 43, her husband, struck her. 

 

Boat spill kills 2

Logan Tuttle

A boating accident on Tustumena Lake claimed the lives of two people late Friday night. Ashley Udelhoven, 47, and Katarina Anderson, 16, both of Kenai, were found dead Saturday night during a search of the lake after authorities had received word there was boating debris in the water.

 

Breaking the cycle: Alaska band making it big

By Brielle Schaeffer

Static Cycle is the biggest thing since the world-record 127-pound cabbage at the 2009 Alaska State Fair. Fitting for a band who's lead singer, Jared Navarre, calls the Matanuska-Susitna Valley home.

Also fitting for the group's recent brush with national fame for having a cameo appearance by the Valley princess Bristol Palin in its music video "Inside this World of Mine," released at the height of her "Dancing with the Stars" fame.

 

Man killed in snowmachine-car collision

By Karen Garcia

A Soldotna man riding a snowmachine was killed Wednesday evening when he was struck from behind by a car at the intersection of Brown's Lake Road and Seclusion Street, off of Rabbit Run Road.

 

Alleged drunk driver had brush with fame

By Karen Garcia

The Soldotna man allegedly responsible for hitting and killing a snowmachiner off of Brown's Lake Road last week was once a ship captain on the pilot television series that spawned the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."

 

Sterling Highway collisions leave four dead

By Karen Garcia

Two Friday night crashes on the Sterling Highway left four people dead, several seriously injured, and the road closed for almost 10 hours.

 

Helgevold pleads guilty to negligent homicide, DUI

By Karen Garcia

Clarence Helgevold Jr. pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court.

 

Road work ahead: Ice road provides access to drilling site on Refuge

By Polly Crawford

Employment in the central Kenai Peninsula has received a temporary spike as the result of an ice road currently under construction at the end of the Kenai Spur Highway, beginning at Captain Cook State Park.

 

Lead found in search for Nikiski man

By Karen Garcia

A search and rescue team found a potential lead Wednesday evening regarding the recent disappearance of a Nikiski man.

 

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