Monday, January 7, 2008

Reader offers a solution
Lowly Soldotna could rise in the winter. A month ago they couldn't figure out whether to open Ski Hill. They say only 20 people play there on a good day and the hill, like the ice rink, loses money.

Elves recognized
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers and supporters of the Nikiski Senior Center. The Kenai Moose Lodge prepared for us a wonderful Christmas dinner. They have generously donated their time, many years now, to provide an opportunity for the Nikiski seniors to come and enjoy good company and a delicious meal. We appreciate their continued support.

Support helps club happen
The Skyview Volleyball Team Booster Club would like to thank all the businesses and families that supported the team during the 2007 season, including

A positive response for kids
At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, the new year celebration reminds us of 2007's generous giving, a charitable year that should be reflected upon with great success because you value our organization.

Keeping the planet clean is encouraged
I was sitting at home when I thought that we can take better care of the enviroment.

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.

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.

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.

Marshal to leave PRISM
After only one year, the state fire marshal is calling it quits as manager of the Kenai fire training center.

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.

Clarion wants your votes for new comics
Over the last three weeks, the Peninsula Clarion has offered nine different cartoons in an effort to update our weekly comics page. Now we want you to tell us which cartoons you'd like to see in the paper.

Car chase spans 8 miles
Franklin Shor, 27, of Sterling, led police on an 8-mile long pursuit from Mile 5 of the Kenai Spur Highway to the intersection of Bridge Access and Kalifornsky Beach roads early Friday morning.

Global warming to be discussed
From the plight of polar bears challenged by shrinking ice, to rising sea levels effecting Bering Sea coastal communities, it's tough go very long in Alaska without getting news related to global warming.

Photo feature: Mush on
A dog team runs in the cool morning air during the Clam Gulch Classic sled dog race Saturday.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

'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.

Sterling Community News
One of the things I love the most about living in Sterling in the winter is the beautiful long sunrises we have. I think that living here, we sometimes get desensitized to all the beauty we are surrounded with every day. We go about out busy lives and don't take the time to slow down and really look at the view.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers all a buzz Peaceful people to meet Bowling tourney ready to roll Learn about foster care, adoption Counseling association offers classes Chamber accepts nominations, reservations Art donations sought Wine tasting fundraiser set

Kasilof Community News
More than 200 people gathered at Dean Osmar's place in Cohoe on Dec. 31 to honor his wife, Sarah Armstrong, who died in a car crash.

Soldotna Community News
In the third grade, Mrs. Halverson confiscated a newsletter I'd been circulating throughout the classroom. Unfortunately, the news included several grammatical errors and misspellings. She pointed this out as she read it aloud. Right in front of the entire class.

Kenai Community News
It's a brand new year. Seems like just a week ago we were celebrating the new century, and here we are at leap year again, and an election year, at that.

Peninsula Reflections
The Kasilof Airport is unique in the Clam Gulch-Kasilof area because the state owns it. The other eight airstrips are private. Most of them were built by people who owned an airplane and wanted the convenience of having it at their home.

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.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Ninilchik Community News
Have you noticed two young ladies laughing and having fun while shoveling snow and cleaning in the mornings at the Ninilchik Post Office during the past two weeks? They were Kristy Knox and Abi Daniels, filling in for Erin Knox, who was spending her Christmas vacation in Nome with her husband Jeriah Knox, who is working on a construction job there.

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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