Monday, January 23, 2006

Reader turns tables on adventurous eater
To address Patrice Kohl’s article (Jan. 15). My nine dogs have asked me to invite Patrice to our house. They would love to have her for dinner.

Don’t fix what isn’t broken
I agree with the writer in Friday’s edition about the new Neighbors column. Bring back the former format. That is what tells us the goings on of the peninsula. Like it’s been said, “if it’s not broke, why fix it?”

Many hands made tournament a slam dunk
The 15th annual Cook Inlet Academy (CIA) Classic Basketball Tournament was held earlier this month and was a big hit with players and fans alike. A successful tournament has many people working hard behind the scenes to make it work and this tournament was no exception.

Elections call committee’s effectiveness into question
Last Spring, the Kenai River Professional Guides Assn. (KRPGA) noted in their newsletter, regarding the Kenai/Soldotna Advisory Committee elections, “We were able to get Robert Crowell, Bill Tappan, Joe Conors and Gary Turner elected to this AC to join Mel Erickson, Joe Hardy and Jim Kuhnsman. Still they outnumber us 8-7 on most issues but hopefully at the next election that they have we can get a couple more folks on this AC so we can start to turn this thing around.”

Fishing derby could combat pike problem
I read today in the (Anchorage Daily News) about the Pike in Scout Lake eating all the juvenile trout and salmon. Scout Lake will not be stocked because of this. Soon, the Pike will take out many other lakes if not checked.

Kenai to partner with Russian city, approves setnet site lease, honors firefighters
The Kenai City Council on Wednesday stopped short of approving a supplement to the Kenai Municipal Airport master plan.

Activity teaches stewardship
Elementary school students from across the peninsula got a fishy lesson in how to keep warm Friday afternoon.

Witnesses support Hester’s claims of being abused
Kasilof residents and family members testifying in the murder trial of a Kasilof woman on Friday described the defendant’s relationship with her deceased boyfriend as loving but riddled with possessiveness and abuse.

Bark beetle epidemic causes fire risk across Kachemak Bay
Portions of power lines supplying energy to the isolated communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay are virtually surrounded by dead or dying spruce suffering the effects of the bark beetle infestation that has wiped out more than a million acres of forest on the Kenai Peninsula during that past 20 years.

Fans have plenty of time to meet T-200 mushers
As the annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race prepares to get under way this weekend, some fans are eagerly anticipating meeting their favorite mushers. But like any professional sporting event, there is a right time and a wrong time to chat and ask for a musher’s autograph.

Revenue sharing, emergency help among Tri-Borough meeting topics
Mayors of the three Southcentral boroughs got together in Soldotna on Friday to formulate plans for addressing health and safety issues affecting their constituencies and to develop a strategy for getting tax relief from the state.

Maintenance shops have plans to keep vehicles running
In the event of significant ashfall from an Augustine, Redoubt, Iliamna or Spurr eruption, city, state and emergency vehicles will still run. Fire trucks, dumps trucks, police cars, state trooper cruisers, sanders, ambulances and water tankers are prepared for the task, according to officials in the area.

Rules eased for high school students seeking college credit
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has made it easier for high school students to take college classes and receive credit toward high school graduation as well as credit toward a college degree.

David L. Graham
Longtime Kasilof resident David L. Graham died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 from pancreatic cancer at his home. He was 56.

Ann T. McNellis
Anchor Point resident Ann T. McNellis died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. She was 83.

Ben Tax
Kasilof resident Ben Tax died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

Mattie Johnson
Soldotna resident and Alaska Native Mattie Johnson died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. She was 78.

Will pot bill go up in smoke?
If ever there was a piece of legislation that everyone could get behind, House Bill 149 is it —well, almost.

Voting down IFQs not without cost: Guideline harvest program would restrict halibut fishing opportunities
While Mr. (Robert) Penny is spreading accolades around to those who supported the political decision to restudy the Charter Halibut IFQ Program (in a Jan. 2 opinion column), he carefully evaded telling you, the public, the actual impact it will have beginning with the 2006 season. Because the IFQ was set aside for reconsideration, which will take from three to four years to come to a conclusion, you, Mr. and Mrs. Public, are now under the Guideline Harvest Program or GHL.

Maligned flight was no ordinary display of piloting skills
Things aren’t always what they appear to be.

Community Schools
Self defense Competitive volleyball Developing capable young people Rod building Digital camera basics

Community News
Kid’s craft fair set Registration for lip synch begins Peninsula Fair quilters square off

Around the Peninsula
Foster care, adoption orientation slated SoHi after-grad meeting set Used book sale scheduled Special education rights to be discussed Kids’ craft fair set

Gladden, Keith cruise on to marriage
Krystal Gladden and Joseph Keith of Nikiski plan to be married Tuesday, Aug. 1 while on a cruise with their families.

Heros of the Week
Mother grateful for volunteers Couple thankful for snow ‘angels’

From Ice comes Art

Peninsula People
Area students make dean’s list Scholarship winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Soccer tourney registration begins Social Security reps to visit area Long-term, estate planning seminar slated Soldotna High jazzes up desserts CPGH board meeting scheduled

My best friend
  Jan Johnson’s granddaughter was staying with her in Kasilof for a weekend and her 8-week-old puppy, Darby, was trying his best to make friends with her. Caitlin, 5, of Soldotna, had not been around dogs much, but apparently warmed up very quickly.

Skyview takes own Invite
With the Northern Lights Conference tournament just a week away, the Skyview High School wrestling team made sure it got in plenty of matches this weekend, hosting seven other teams for a day of dual meets at the Skyview Invitational Saturday.

Nikiski girls topple Kards
There were no blowouts Friday night at Nikiski High School as the Bulldogs met nonconference rival Kenai Central.

Kenai hockey suffers losses to Palmer, Colony
PALMER — It’s shaping up to be the most interesting final stretch hockey teams in the North Star Conference have seen in years.

Bartlett boys down Skyview cagers
The Skyview High School boys basketball team dropped a nonconference game to Bartlett Saturday in Soldotna.

Sports Briefs
Barrow cagers top CIA East hockey team tops Homer

Glennallen hockey sweeps Bulldogs
The Nikiski Bulldogs hockey team endured two frustrating games this weekend at Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink in Nikiski.

Cold stalls K-300
Mushers may be used to facing wily weather head on, but not even Iditarod veterans were willing to risk the lives and limbs of their dog teams by running into winds chilling the mercury to minus 60 degrees at the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel.

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Hakkinen takes 15th in World Cup Area skiers compete in Besh Cup

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