Sunday, January 7, 2007

Peninsula lawmakers join ethics reform bandwagon
Ethics reform and efforts to limit contributions to campaigns appear poised to become hot topics as lawmakers prepare for the 25th Legislature’s opening gavel Jan. 16.

Job well done: 2006 strong year for employment
Fewer residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough were out of work and the overall labor pool was bigger during the first 11 months of 2006 than in the same period in 2005, according to the latest borough statistics released in late December.

Thieves make off with wisemen from Soldotna nativity scene
Two of the three Magi are traversing afar again, this time somewhere on the Kenai Peninsula.

Lee Alan Shoemaker
Soldotna resident Lee Alan Shoemaker died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, from natural causes at the Stone Brook Inn Assisting Living Home in Soldotna. He was 64.

Howard ‘Bo’ Adams Jr.
Kasilof resident Howard “Bo” Adams Jr. died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at home after a lengthy illness. He was 53.

A universal language
My stomach started to growl as I sat in a little rural train station somewhere in the German countryside, waiting for a local train to carry me the remainder of the way to my first Army duty station years ago.

ACT, let it go
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers got a taste of its own medicine in the October 2006 municipal election and is finding it to be a bitter pill to swallow.

Beware the blades of death
To ski or not to ski? That is the question I was faced with a few months ago. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the inevitable pains and face-plants of hazardous winter sports, or to take arms against a sea of goading (in this case, my friends trying to talk me into skiing), and by opposing, end their harassment?

Bleeker, King plan Vegas wedding
Sarah Bleeker and Scott King, both of Portland, Maine plan to be married April 7, 2007, at the Lake Las Vegas Resort.

Planets appear on horizon, stars in the south this month
The view is toward southeast between 7 and 10 p.m. throughout January. Because of Earth’s rotation, this part of the sky moves through the south into the southwest each night all night long. Three constellations are dominating the sky: Orion the hunter, Gemini the twins, and Taurus the bull.

Around the Peninsula
Lohuis to speak on Moose researchFirst Aid, CPR offeredWomen voters to meetPossibility of Whos to be discussedMaster gardeners think springNYO seeks competitors

Convenience stores have more than grease on the menu
I’m so hungry, I could eat a sandwich from a gas station,” said the fictional character Clark Griswold in the 1980s comedy classic “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

Mucha wins Colony Sprints
Soldotna’s Kailey Mucha placed first in the Colony Sprints on Saturday.

Hakkinen finishes 24th in sprint
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen is rounding into form a lot quicker than the European winter is.

CIA tops Wasilla Christian
The host Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team defeated Wasilla Christian 73-32 on Friday behind 35 points from Amie Smithwick. Brooke Forsi added 17 points for the Eagles, while Melissa Moffis had 13 points. Ashlee Stringer paced Wasilla with 16 points.

Wolverines defeat Kenai for crown
The South wrestling team defeated Kenai Central 53-15 on Saturday in Kenai to win the Luke Spruill Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

Kenny Lake hockey defeats Nikiski
The Kenny Lake hockey team defeated Nikiski 2-1 on Thursday in Kenny Lake.

Stars smother Bears
Games got tougher, but so too did the Stars.

Newcomers help SoHi girls defeat Homer
A couple of newcomers came up big in the final period as the Soldotna girls basketball team defeated Homer 50-45 on Friday in the semifinals of the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School.

Kardinals win Tip-Off
Zach Beeson’s 3 in the closing minutes of the third quarter gave Kenai its first lead since the opening period.

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