Saturday, February 11, 2006

Reader: No science in aerial hunting
It’s no surprise the Seekins/AOC wolf killing program, already unpopular with most Alaskans, was recently judged to be illegal. Implemented by Sen. Ralph Seekins in circumvention of the voters’ will, supported by the most despised governor in Alaska’s state history, also supported by his politically appointed Fish and Game commissioner, it has already seen two convictions for illegal hunting, and an indiscriminate application by a Board of Game, whose members are all AOC and most of whom are in the business of killing wildlife.

Students shine for scholarships
The Soldotna Elks Scholarship Committee has completed the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student judging for the Soldotna Elks area.

Artist appreciates ink, work and help
I would like to thank Will Morrow for writing an excellent article on how “Art in school enhances learning” with the Artist in the Schools Program.

Columns draw interest of reader to all neighborhoods
I would like all the writers of the Neighbors columns to know that I really enjoy their new columns. The change has been good. Not everyone agrees on that, but I for one love it. I actually find myself reading all the neighborhood stories now, where I use to just skim my area.

Homestead added to National Register of Historic Places
One person’s shack is another’s historic treasure, as evident by the fact that some of the oldest antiquated cabins and dilapidated structures in Kasilof were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Weather closes Seward Highway
Avalanches and whiteout blizzard conditions closed portions of the Seward and Sterling highways Thursday, cutting the Kenai Peninsula off from Anchorage.

City council considers buying Birch Ridge Golf Course
Soldotna may not have a city cemetery yet, but residents waiting for a final resting place may one day be able to get in nine holes at a municipal golf course while they wait.

State settles Porter case for $310,000
A lawsuit filed against the state of Alaska and a state trooper who shot and killed a Casey G. Porter more than two years ago, ended with a $310,000 settlement in a closed hearing on Feb. 2.

Photo feature: Perfect perch
An eagle sits in a spruce tree ripe with cones in Kenai recently.

Curt Morris
Nikiski resident Curt Morris died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 58.

William ‘Bill’ Abe Zimmerman Sr.
Kenai resident William ‘Bill’ Abe Zimmerman Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, in Wenatchee, Wash. of a stroke. He was 69.

Bear in mind, wildlife is wild
Wildlife and Alaska are synonymous, and Alaskans are good about taking care of our wildlife.

Peninsula owls looking for clean home, in good location
Last night with the moon poking through a somewhat hazy sky, I went for a walk to stretch my legs after a hard day riding my computer around the office. It was a perfectly still night, yet warmed by the moist southern air that recently flooded Southcentral Alaska. After grabbing my gloves from the truck I headed down the driveway. In the distance I heard a fast, steady beeping tone, spawning from the mature spruce stand that dominates the area behind our property.

Getting a better king count
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is gearing up for a growth spurt in fisheries research projects this summer, including a study that is gauging the first estimates of late-run king salmon numbers in the Kasilof River.

Around the Peninsula
Prime rib dinner fund-raiser set to goBaha’i to show filmHistorical Society to meetCommunity wildfire planning meetings setSocial Security reps to visit area

Bill offers better bait for gas
In an effort to encourage further gas exploration and production in the Cook Inlet Region, Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, is pushing a bill that would make tax incentives enacted just three years ago even sweeter.

Area skiers set for regions
The Region III cross-country skiing championship will kick off today with classic races, but the field will be two teams short while road maintenance crews deal with winter conditions on the Seward Highway.

Ninilchik girls edge Dimond JV in overtime
Kendra Moerlein hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, and the Ninilchik girls basketball team defeated the Dimond JV squad 61-57 at the Ninilchik Invitational Thursday.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes Quarters lists scheduleBaha’i classes slated for SaturdaysIraq veteran to speakKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski group offers Bible studyGroup studies book of Joshua

Watch your heart — physically, emotionally, spiritually
Sadie Hawkins, “The homeliest gal in the hills,” couldn’t get a husband. The fact that Hekzebiah Hawkins, her Daddy, was the richest man in Dogwatch didn’t help a bit.

Hakkinen wants to be first U.S. biathlete ever to climb podium
An American has never won a medal in the biathlon at the Winter Olympics. As Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen, 28, gets set to compete in his third Olympics starting Saturday with the men’s 20-kilometer biathlon in Cesana San Sicario, Italy, his goal is to get America that first biathlon medal.

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