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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dog shootings, deaths worry neighborhood
Donna Stocks has fond memories of Precious, an Australian shepherd-Labrador mix that was her loyal companion for the past 15 years.

Small town to big time
On tonight’s episode of the NBC drama “Crossing Jordan,” boxer Tommy “The Kid” Riley finds himself caught up in events surrounding a murder.

Moore: Waiting for state agencies is irresponsible
Kenai’s vice mayor told the city council Wednesday, to wait for other agencies to take measures to remove aromatic hydrocarbons from the Kenai River “is irresponsible.”

Property caps being watched by mayors
The Peninsula Conference of Mayors meeting Thursday morning in Soldotna raised concerns about a bill now before the Alaska Legislature that would limit future increases on assessed property values to just two percent annually.

A whole lot of nothing gets accomplished
There’s nothing wrong with people disagreeing on an issue. However, when that issue is something so simple as determining a meeting date, it’s not hard to understand how last week’s Southcentral Alaska Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Kenai Subsistence Subcommittee meeting went so far off the mark.

Wal-Mart, the Soldotna bridge and a great conspiracy
No one likes a good conspiracy theory better than I do, except of course for folks in Kasilof ... and folks in Nikiski ... and in Sterling. You get the picture.

Stars for your valentine
Early February is the best time this year to view Mercury. You can bracket observations through the 12th. Here’s how to find Mercury: start during dusk, about 20 to 30 minutes after sunset (about 5:40 p.m. during this time frame); find bright Venus close to the horizon in the general direction of where the sun just set, i.e. southwest; from there Mercury is a little closer to the horizon. Don’t wait too long during the evening because both Mercury and Venus get ever closer to the horizon and are harder to see. They set at 7:20 and 8 p.m., respectively. After dusk, find the Great of Square Pegasus above Venus and Cygnus further west; perhaps the cute constellation of Delphinus still shows up.

Smelling like roses, or pushing up daisies?
I am, on occasion, accused of being a not very upbeat, not very sentimental and, in general, not very nice person.

Around the Peninsula
Marriage, family enrichment offeredBirders flock togetherAfter school clubs offeredSwim lessons make a splashPFLAG to meetNew Rotary club formsWhat’s in a name?

Looking for love on the Kenai? Try coffee, church, computers
There are some choice sayings about dating in Alaska.

Game refuge could impact Pebble
Sen. Gary Stevens said this week his bill to create a huge state game refuge around and to the north and west of Iliamna Lake and name it after former Gov. Jay Hammond was not meant to impede Northern Dynasty Mines’ proposed Pebble Project.

Rams, Nikiski split
The Nikiski boys basketball team has won just one game this year, but on Friday the Bulldogs showed they have plenty of fight left against visiting Susitna Valley.

Kardinals complete comeback vs. Lathrop
After allowing a pair of second-period goals by Lathrop on Friday morning, the Kardinals’ locker room was quiet between periods.

Stars notch NLC sweep of Mariners
The key ingredient to Homer’s victory over Soldotna earlier this season was offensive rebounding, according to Stars’ coach Mark Tuter.

Ninilchik girls cruise to title at their own tournament
The Ninilchik girls basketball team clinched first place at their own round-robin tournament by defeating Noorvik 65-20 on Saturday at Ninilchik. The Wolverines finished the tournament 3-0.

SoHi’s Mucha cruises to Region III crown
In hopes of fostering fond memories of this season, Homer coach Ida Martin worked tirelessly on sequined handbands for her entire team to wear during competitions.

Kardinals take down Warriors at state
WASILLA — Coming into Saturday’s fourth-place game at the state high school hockey championships at the Wasilla Sports Complex, the Wasilla Warriors were looking to get some revenge.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen, U.S. men finish ninth

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