Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fire destroys Strawberry Road barn
A barn owned by Kenai residents Shawn and Connie Taplin caught fire and burned almost entirely to the ground early Friday morning. Nobody was injured, and all of the animals normally kept in the barn on Strawberry Road either escaped or were outside when the fire occurred.

Mayor: health care costs may increase
Despite the U.S. House of Representatives repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Wednesday, public administrators are still calculating -- and accounting for -- the impact the health care reform law will have on local government funds.

Photo feature: Lean on me
Carly Reimer offers a steady back for support Friday to Soldotna High School cross-country skier Kristin Hynne in the exchange zone between the classic and freestyle races at the Kenai Klassic cross-country ski meet at the Kenai Golf Course. See story.

Legislative session opens with oil tax talks
The state Legislature opened its 2011 session in Juneau Jan. 18 and state legislators got right down to business in briefings by state agencies and the budget.

Russell Lee Wiseman
Soldotna resident Russell Lee Wiseman died Jan. 16, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, of lung cancer complications. He was 81.

Shirley Ann Chavez
Soldotna resident Shirley Ann Chavez, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at her home.

Let's get real 'maximum benefit' from royalty oil
It's good news the Governor and legislature are re-evaluating how the state is taxing oil. Alaska must balance its equitable share with market realities; after all, no business is going to invest when their costs are too high. It's time to extend that conversation to the pricing of royalty oil.

When times are tough, caring people are ready to help
Tough times need not become desperate times.



Around the Peninsula

Wrestlers host fishing derby

Chillin' with my Bro
My buddy Turk called me this week complaining about the incessant cold and asked for advice.

On fire: Fellman's goal tops Colony in overtime
Gloves off, stick resting on the ice, Matt Fellman dropped to his knees and hovered over the gear, rubbing his palms together.

Merkes, Holt take Kenai Klassic titles
Skiers had reason to wax hysterically during the Kenai Klassic at the Kenai Nordic Trails on Friday.

Rebound: Kards stop Colony after losing to Wasilla
The Wasilla hockey team needed less than a minute to turn a one-goal deficit into a Northstar Conference victory on the road.

CIA girls cruise past conference foe Lumen Christi
The host Cook Inlet Academy basketball team ran past Peninsula Conference foe Lumen Christi on Friday 51-11.

CIA boys top Unalaska at buzzer
The Cook Inlet Academy boys recovered from a 46-42 deficit with 22 seconds left to defeat Unalaska 47-46 on Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Kards sweep SkyHi
A strong defensive effort against an undermanned opponent got the Kenai Central girls basketball team back on track after a pair of tough losses.

Bears grab crucial points
The Kenai River Brown Bears have yet to clinch anything, but if they continue to amass points at the clip they did over the past five games they will be in the playoffs when the regular season ends.

Teel, Ranguette wed in Hawaii
Jessica Teel and Brian Ranguette were married Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at Puako, Hawaii, on the big island. Gary Teel, the bride's father, officiated.

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