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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Splitting hairs
Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen was one more made shot away from a bronze medal and two more away from a gold medal Saturday in the men’s 20-kilometer biathlon at the Turin Olympics.

Trip down memory gravel strip
At a local history presentation in Kasilof on Thursday night, almost as much of the history presented walked in on its own two feet as was displayed in the slide show.

Mayors agree to lend help
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams and his counterparts from the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough signed a mutual-aid agreement Wednesday in Anchorage, each promising their municipality’s help to the others in case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Curt Duane Morris
Longtime Nikiski resident Curt Duane Morris died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, of a rare lung and heart disease at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 58.

Helen F. Chenault
Nikiski resident Helen F. Chenault died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, in Bullhead City, Ariz., from emphysema. She was 68.

Prepare for crash while peninsula economy is strong
With last year’s dreary news that Cook Inlet natural gas reserves are dwindling, Agrium may close and dropping enrollment could cause even more teachers to be laid off, it’s easy to take a glass-half-empty view of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy.

Learning to love being ignored: Left-leaning Hollywood may not be such a bad thing for conservatives
So “Brokeback Mountain” just finished a one-week run at the Kambe Theater in Kenai, a week after replacing “Syriana.” With two Oscar hopefuls exiting — replaced by no less a picture than “Curious George” — the time seems right for a bit of movie talk.

Love on the Kenai
Fixup scheme gone awry leads to love Woman whips up recipe for romance Sand dune sets scene for fledgling relationship Central peninsula home to ‘twitter-paited’ love Letters from sea lead to marriage on beach Activities, love for kids, God keep couple happy Husband digs up creative proposal Mexico a special place Pen pals turn into marriage partners Wife offers poetic recollection of marriage

Learning to Love
Joe Reinhardt and his girlfriend Kelly Simpson were visiting Seattle and enjoying an uncommon 11 days of rain-free weather. One evening, they decided to ride to the top of the city’s Space Needle. Joe was ready to propose to Kelly, but hadn’t planned on proposing that night. As they looked out over the city lights, the thought crossed his mind and stuck. High atop a lovely city during a lovely vacation would be a great time to propose, he thought.

Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps to visit area Senior housing committee to meet Byway corridor workshops set Nikiski seniors board meeting planned

My best friend
Simba loves moose when they visit and always lets her owner, Carole Medina of Kenai, know if they are in the yard.

Ninilchik girls win their own tournament
The Ninilchik girls high school basketball team defeated Yakutat 43-40 to win the Ninilchik Invitational Tournament Saturday. The Wolverines completed the tournament with a 3-0 record.

Battling the elements
The weather was a problem even before the Region III Cross Country Skiing Championships got under way Friday in Homer. And it didn’t get much better for the racers once they got there.

Sports Brief
Team Alaska has announced the teams for boys and girls basketball and for biathlon to compete in the upcoming Arctic Winter Games.

Kasilof’s Mackey ready to defend his crown at Yukon Quest
Lance Mackey, 2005 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race champion, left the starting chute on the Chena River in Fairbanks on Saturday in an attempt to defend his title in the 23rd running of the Quest — billed as the toughest sled dog race in the world.

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