Monday, January 28, 2008

Race benefits trails, shelter
Women with better things to do than watch husbands and other football fanatics swill beer and inhale nachos while glued to the tube this Super Bowl Sunday can load skies into the car and head to Tsalteshi Trails.

Two Rivers musher leads early in T-200 dog race
Decisions, decisions.

Borough, SPH sign new pact
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly signed off Tuesday on a new sublease and operating agreement with South Peninsula Hospital Inc.

Borough takes steps toward energy efficiency
In an effort to reduce spending on fuel and cut energy waste, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to commit the municipality to developing an Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

School district offers construction training
The state of Alaska has provided the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District with a grant to give high school students a chance to learn basic construction skills.

Soldotna looks into annexation
Public Works Director Steve Bonebreak brought more chairs into the Soldotna City Council chambers Wednesday as residents from in and around the city stood in the doorway and crowded the city hall foyer to speak.

Comeback king strikes again
Winning the 2007 Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog races in succession instantly transformed former Kasilof resident Lance Mackey into a national celebrity.

Public comment sought in Beluga harvest issue
With the conservation status of the Cook Inlet beluga whale hanging in the balance, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) seeks public input as it deliberates the future of the beluga whale federal subsistence harvest.

Rod Miessner
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Rod Miessner died Jan. 19, 2008, at the Providence Assisted Living Home in Anchorage. He was 56.

John Corydon Brockel
Longtime Soldotna resident John Corydon Brockel died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Seattle. He was 44.

Catherine Isabell Gibbs
Homer resident Catherine Isabell Gibbs died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, in Anchorage at Providence Alaska Medical Central surrounded by her family and friends. She was 88.

Alexander Jack Brown
Lifelong Alaskan and Soldotna resident Alexander Jack Brown died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 13.

Rescue could resolve the dilemma of finding a new puppy
There are signs everywhere. They direct us to food, shelter, fuel, family and friends. Without them we would be lost.

Council's choice on cemetery spot questioned
The Soldotna City Council on Wednesday night voted to move forward with plans to build a city cemetery. It's a decision that's been a long time coming.

Bunco falls into the plan for fun for local players
"Did you bring your ear plugs?" one woman asked as the game was about to begin.

Bunco's dirty, rotten secret
Just look at all those smiling faces in the story to the right of this column. See how happy those ladies look? Having the time of their lives, they are. They are beyond giddy, they are positively euphoric. Those smiling, friendly faces belie the truly pernicious nature of the situation: those are buncoholics getting their monthly fix.

Ketchikan girls, boys sweep Bulldogs
Laci Effenberger collected a game-high 24 points and Alexis Edwardson added 17 in propelling visiting Ketchikan past Nikiski, 69-37, in non-conference girls basketball action on Saturday.

SoHi boys knock off top-ranked Ketchikan
Chris Hanson didn't think twice.

Brown Bears drop 2 on road to Roadrunners
The Kenai River Brown Bears lost 5-2 on Friday and 10-2 on Saturday to the Topeka Roadrunners in North American Hockey League play in Topeka, Kan.

Kenai girls edge SkyHi
According to Kenai Central girls basketball coach Ken Felchle, a team will lose nine times out of 10 when it plays not to lose.

Hutchison sweeps Nikiski
The Hutchison hockey team notched 4-1 and 8-2 Greatland Hockey Conference victories on Friday and Saturday at Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink in Nikiski.

Kenai, Homer split
The Kenai Central and Homer basketball teams split a pair of Northern Lights Confernce games on Saturday in Homer.

Stars survive scare from Kards
Soldotna was in for a quality night's sleep on Saturday after edging Kenai, 3-1, in a thrilling, hard-hitting North Star Conference regular-season finale.

Nature can't stop skiers
Mother Nature tried to stop high school skiers from having a relay race on the Kenai Peninsula on Saturday. She failed.

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