Monday, February 4, 2008

Unemployment rates on the rise
The unemployment rate within the Kenai Peninsula Borough reached 8.1 percent during November as the expected seasonal slowdown took effect, according to the latest borough data.

Boating changes OK'd; DNR proposes phaseout extension
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday approved regulations that would change motor and boating requirements within the Kenai River Special Management Area, but a new proposal from the Department of Natural Resources may give boaters an extra three years to acquire cleaner-burning motors.

Peninsula ready for Super Tuesday
Many voters from both parties are still unsure of who to back for president, but with a lot of candidates to pick from and Alaska joining mre than 20 other states that are holding caucuses on the same day, local Democrat and Republican party representatives are eager to see how Tuesday's caucuses and preferential voting sessions will pan out.

HEA looks to capture the wind
Giant white three-bladed wind turbines may not be showing up on the Homer Spit or the Kenai bluffs anytime soon, but engineers are scouring the Kenai Peninsula for the best place to site a wind farm.

Roads, dogs on agenda
Competing ordinances aiming to impose higher roads standards on subdivision developers will get another round of public hearings at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Education funding up for debate
Companion bills now before the Alaska House and Senate would boost the current base student allocation and raise the district cost factor for Kenai Peninsula Borough schools each year for the next five years.

Fishermen push for Farm Bill benefits
JUNEAU Just this once, wild-harvest fishermen in Alaska and nationwide want to be lumped in with fish farmers.

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Dawn 'Cheryl' Featherstone
Longtime Nikiski resident Dawn "Cheryl" Featherstone died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at her home in Nikiski. She was 65.

Carolyn Rae Bradford
Longtime Soldotna resident Carolyn Rae Bradford died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Peninsula Reflections
On Aug. 5, 1977, John Nepple was landing his twin engine Beech Bonanza, licensed with Butler Aviation, at the Kasilof Airport. Earlier he and Kearlee Wright, 18, had flown to Tyonek to pick up salmon. Wright was along to learn to fly. The salmon were bound for Per Osmar's Icy Seas processing plant in Kasilof. The flight was coming in to Kasilof about 10 p.m.

Kenai Community News
Bunny Swan Gease has been doing her artistic magic again this year, and samples of her whimsical art depicting Alaska type activities is evident in various businesses locally. Check out the windows at the Kenai Airport and at Three Bears among other places. Bunny's work is becoming as much of a winter tradition as the ice carvings have become. If you haven't driven around to check out those ice carvings yet, don't delay. They melted pretty early last year.

Ninilchik Community News
Congratulations to our two local junior Tustumena sled dog race mushers Merissa Osmar of Clam Gulch and Rebekah Ruzicka of Anchor Point who competed in the dogsled race held in Kasilof on Jan 26. The Junior-T is a 50-mile round trip race in the Caribou Hills for mushers under 18.

Soldotna Community News
Good Monday! Hope you all have a Super Tuesday when you get out and vote.

Peninsula, Arctic Winter Games
On Jan. 19, 64 elementary/ middle school students participated in the Peninsula Winter Games soccer tournament sponsored by the Soldotna Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. The results are:

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers all a buzz Resiliency classes continue High school mass choir set Counseling association reschedules meeting College financial information available Scholarship offered SEA hosts dinner, dance Women to take a break March of Dimes walk planned

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Information on Kenai Peninsula sought
German looking for postcards

Sterling Community News
It looks like we will have several opportunities to be entertained, as well as have a nice dinner here in Sterling in the next few weeks.

Kasilof Community News
Congratulations to Carol Twait of Cohoe, who retired in December. Carol was a registered nurse (RN) who worked for over 15 years at Heritage Place, a long-term health care facility in Soldotna. Carol also taught certified nursing assistant (CNA) classes. Her husband, Roger, retired a year earlier from a maintenance position at the Soldotna Sports Center. Roger and Carol have three daughters and a son, all of whom live Outside. They currently are visiting children in Arizona.

Around the Peninsula
High school mass choir set

South boys come from behind to beat Kenai
After trailing after each of the first three quarters, South came back to defeat Kenai Central 69-64 on Saturday in a nonconference basketball game.

Sports Brief
Jill Garnet and Maria Hoe Raitto won races at the Ty Clark/Claude Bradford Memorial Race on Saturday.

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