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Sunday, January 21, 2007

‘Big mouth’ gets elderly woman in big trouble
Peggy Berry isn’t one to bite her tongue. The 77-year-old has a reputation for being outspoken, leaving listeners with a clear idea of where she, and they, stand. So when Berry’s frustration level began to rise during a conversation with a Social Security representative, it wasn’t unusual for Berry to speak her mind. What was unusual was the reaction it got and the unexpected visitors that appeared at Berry’s door the following morning.

Players, friends, troopers honor Randy Crawford
Retired Alaska State Trooper Jeff Hall knows the organization felt a void when Randy Crawford retired as commander in 2002, and that his family, friends and community felt a much greater one when his plane crashed in Cook Inlet on Jan. 9.

LNG plant hopes to stick around
ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corp. have filed jointly for a two-year extension on the Kenai liquefied natural gas facility’s export license.

Teen still missing
An 18-year-old Kenai Peninsula College student is still missing after he was last seen at a party a week ago, and his mother says she fears the worst.

Elizabeth Phyllis Pierce
Kenai resident Elizabeth Phyllis Pierce died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at her home. She was 84.

Jeffrey W. Kennedy
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Jeffrey W. Kennedy died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006. He was 46.

Music’s ties to memories make iPod a solid choice
“You downloaded Hanson? You’re such a dork.”

Trap mishap should tighten regulations
Willie the dog has a few tricks to teach about ethical trapping procedures.

Eck, Giles announce engagement
Carlise Eck and Spencer Giles of Fairbanks announce their engagement. The wedding date has not yet been set.

Midnight mind wanders
I listen to the radio all night, or rather, I turn the radio on when I go to bed and it is still on when I get up in the morning. When I wake up at 2:47 a.m. and can’t go back to sleep I can concentrate on the late-night conversations rather than on what I should have said to the twit who took credit for my idea for the Spring Fling during our sophomore year in high school and what I’d say to her now (which probably will not happen, as I am in Alaska and she is in Florida and never the twain shall meet). Works good, as I usually fall back to sleep by 3:03 a.m. The all-night talk shows are limited in topic. I can either join the outer fringe and debate UFOs, alien abduction and time travel, or I can listen to the far right rant and rave when someone dares to suggest that war is not necessarily patriotism or that the president can not pronounce NUCLEAR or “guv’ment.” Either way, it guarantees slumber again in about 10 minutes.

Historic ‘Law and Order’: Westerns once reigned supreme
Not long ago, the Western channel on my television devoted a weekend to a couple of Westerns from the 1950s and ‘60s: “The Rifleman” and “Bat Masterson.” My wife was out of town, so I spent hours revisiting some of my childhood heroes.

Around the Peninsula
Steak feed fundraiser setCPH old entrances to closeFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduled

Medlin, Haring marry in Virgin Islands
Cheryl Anne Medlin and Benjamin David Haring of Wilmington, N.C. were married in an afternoon ceremony Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Pastor Robert Nelson of Jamaica Bonoiva Baptist Church officiated.

Sports fans rely on Gensel to get them the game
Dan Gensel’s first foray into broadcasting mirrors that of many who have taken the plunge.

That’s cool!
The 31st annual Peninsula Winter Games gets under way this weekend. As a warmup to the ice carving competition that will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center, carvers are honing their skills on blocks of ice at several local businesses. Following is a list of where sculptures can be found:

Popularity of alpacas as livestock growing
SHAWNEE, Okla. — With a look on their faces that’s somewhere between curious and mischievous, alpacas are darlings of the barnyard.

My best friend
  Traci Knutson of Soldotna opted for a low-maintenance hairstyle for her 11-month-old Persian, Spark, when Knutson was headed to Anchorage for a semester of college. Spark doesn’t seem to mind her new ’do.

Sports Briefs
Mucha stars in Besh Cup #3Soldotna wins Round Robin Rumble

Anchorage Christian girls top Nikiski
Despite owning a one-point edge after the first quarter, Nikiski quickly fell behind by five at halftime in losing to Anchorage Christian Schools, 49-36, on Saturday in Anchorage.

Forfeit helps Kardinals to title
The Wasilla hockey team forfeited Friday night’s North Star Conference showdown with Kenai Central at the Soldotna Sports Center because one more penalty would have meant a $1,500 fine for the Warriors.

Kenai splits with Grace
Only a sophomore, Lacie Wortham is a bit shy around the net.

Medlin, Haring marry in Virgin Islands
Cheryl Anne Medlin and Benjamin David Haring of Wilmington, N.C. were married in an afternoon ceremony Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Pastor Robert Nelson of Jamaica Bonoiva Baptist Church officiated.

Eck, Giles announce engagement
Carlise Eck and Spencer Giles of Fairbanks announce their engagement. The wedding date has not yet been set.

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