Saturday, February 4, 2006

Reader: Decision could bring sunshine
Democrats have convinced the liberal Alaska Supreme Court to make a decision that seemingly grants health care benefits to people in homosexual relationships, even though common law marriages are not recognized in Alaska. Although the ramifications could be disastrous, there may be sunshine coming.

Health fair supporters are a shot in the arm
On behalf of the Central Peninsula General Hospital I would like to thank the following for making the 2006 health fair a huge success:

Soldier’s mother angered by remark
My heart rejoiced when Alaska Troops arrived back on American soil, but with sadness, I know that my son who is attached to the Kansas National Guard is still in Iraq.

Cook Inlet shipwrecks date to 1871
The Thursday morning grounding of the Seabulk Pride oil tanker north of the Tesoro loading dock in Nikiski is just the most recent in a long list of Cook Inlet mishaps dating back as far as 1871.

Tesoro ship runs aground in Nikiski
An oil tanker leased by Tesoro was struck by an ice floe, broke loose of its moorings and grounded on the beach one-half mile north of the Kenai Pipeline Company dock in Nikiski at 5:25 a.m. Thursday.

Koch fills top Kenai position
It’s official. The city of Kenai has a new city manager.

Saturday event will honor troops past and present
Seven Alaska National Guard troops who served in Iraq over the past year are set to receive a warm welcome at the Kenai Armory on Saturday.

Women set to ski for a good cause
Domestic violence is all too often ignored so a local fundraiser aims to bring to light this problem, and they’re doing it on a day purported to be one of the highest for violence against women - Super Bowl Sunday.

Tanker tugged free from shoreline
An oil tanker leased by Tesoro was struck by an ice floe, broke loose of its moorings and grounded on the beach one-half mile north of the Kenai Pipeline Company dock in Nikiski at 5:25 a.m. Thursday.

Stephen J. Strain
Anchorage resident Stephen J. Strain died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at the corner of 20th and Lake Otis in a car accident. He was 35.

Billy Brown Wise
Anchorage resident Billy Brown Wise died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006, at her home. She was 75.

Tanker response quick, but safety issues still linger
What a jolt it was to wake up to the news that a tanker had run aground in Nikiski on Thursday morning. We’re sure many people immediately flashed back to images of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

Edwards flexes ’but skills on TV
A former Soldotna High School teacher sported his Alaska fishing skills Thursday and will again Sunday on “Cabela’s Outfitter Journal,” an outdoor television program.

Wildfire protection is a responsibility for everyone
For the past year or so I’ve been participating in Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) meetings around the Kenai Peninsula. My role at these meetings is that of a federal land and fire management agency consultant or advisor.

Around the Peninsula
Public schools to be discussedMushroom society meeting slatedMiners set to dig in

Kenai, SoHi skaters open with victories
The Kenai Central High School hockey team got up early and kept the pressure on, bumping Skyview from the North Star Conference tournament with an 8-3 win Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

SoHi girls get past Kardinals
Both the girls and boys basketball games came down to the final seconds Thursday in Northern Lights Conference action between host Kenai Central and rival Soldotna.

Hutchisons could make history
The biggest wrestling meet of the year kicks off today, and there could be big things in store as the state’s top 4A wrestlers meet at Chugiak High School for the state championship tournament.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes Quarters lists scheduleBaha’i classes slatedMatrix Church moves to mallSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski group offers Bible studyLeadership strategist to speakGroup studies book of Joshua

Is a world without AIDS even possible?
Some of the most moving stories of suffering ever told relate to the plight of both adults and children affected by the AIDS epidemic.

Oilers gain infielder, lose assistant coach
Matt Clark, a freshman third baseman from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has joined the 2006 Oilers. After Clark’s senior year at Etiwanda High School he was named as one of Team One’s top 10 third base prospects in America. The 6-foot-5 Clark also was named as one of the nation’s top 100 prospects at the Perfect Game National Showcase. Clark, son of former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Terry Clark, is from Fontana, Calif., and has not selected his college course of study.

Sports Briefs
KPHA squad plays three in Fairbanks

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