Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sterling Highway crash kills 1
David Chapman, 43, of Sterling, was pronounced dead on the scene Friday evening after his car collided with a tractor trailer on the Sterling Highway.

Christmas bird counters welcome back slaty-backed gull
Last year's ivory gull failed to make an appearance at this year's Christmas Bird Count, but Kenai Peninsula birders were still able to find new birds to add to their lists. Birders in the Kenai-Soldotna area counted two rock sandpipers and three northern shrikes this year along with a boreal owl and a trumpeter swan. Volunteers greeted a few returning rarities as well, including a slaty-backed gull.

Missionaries waiting for flight
Two Sterling missionaries have managed to get out of harm's way in Kenya, but their trials are not yet over as they remain somewhat stranded in Africa.

District takes on Nikiski breakfast program
For nine years, Nikiski Community Services has been serving breakfast to the children and Nikiski North Star Elementary School and, starting Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) is taking over the job.

Cheryl Lynn Allen
Kenai resident Cheryl Lynn Allen died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at her home in Kenai. She was 53.

Capt. Benjamin David Tiffner
Capt. Benjamin David Tiffner was killed in action Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 when his vehicle was struck by an IED while conducting a combat operation in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 31.

Wallace Van Sky
Longtime Nikiski resident Wallace Van Sky died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 at his home in Nikiski. He was 87.

Joe Dale Denison
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Joe Dale Denison died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 37.

David J. Chapman
Sterling resident David J. Chapman died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 in a motor vehicle accident. He was 43.

LNG deal is good news for peninsula
An agreement announced this past week between the state and oil industry officials addressing energy security for Alaska was hailed by both sides as a win-win situation. We couldn't agree more.

January promises starry nights
The starry sky is now at its best with the most prominent stars being well placed high in the south: blue Rigel and red Betelgeuse in Orion, Sirius beneath it, Procyon to its left, Pollux and Castor higher up, Capella almost in the zenith, and Aldebaran and the Pleiades completing the splendor.

'Doing their thing'
Editor's note: Mike Chihuly serves as chief for Ninilchik Emegency Services. The following is his account of the challenges of running a volunteer fire deparment in a small community.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
Did you ever write "2YsUR, 2YsUB, ICUR2Ys4 me" in someone's yearbook?

Pet Photo: Best Friend
Sage is a 2-year-old red tri Australian shepherd. Although she would say her favorite thing to do is herd sheep, she does quite well in agility with her owner, Paula Kidd of Kenai, and in conformation with her friend Lindsey Pabst. "She always has a smile for people she loves," Kidd said.

Soldotna falls to Wasilla
Adrese Lavern and Tyler Johannes each poured in 13 points in leading Wasilla to a 48-38 victory over Soldotna in the third-place game of the Dimond Prep Shootout on Saturday at Dimond High School.

Honer, Watkins win race
Skyview's Tommy Honer and Kenai's Molly Watkins both won the Mat-Su Pursuit cross-country skiing event held in Talkeetna on Saturday.

Sports Brief
Kasilof's Jay Hakkinen matched the U.S. Biathlon Team's top finisher, Lowell Bailey, in the prone stage and was about 14 seconds ahead of him before the standing stage of the Mens World Cup 10K Sprint on Saturday in Oberhof, Germany. Unfortunately, though, Hakkinen picked up three penalties and fell back to finish 73rd, 3:39.7 back.

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