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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Eacker granted new trial: Judge rules prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence
A Kenai judge has granted a retrial for alleged murderer Jimmy Eacker, ruling the state withheld exculpatory DNA evidence during the 2010 trial.

Legislature opens hearings on oil tax
Alaska legislators began hearings in Juneau Feb. 7 on legislation proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell to reduce the state's oil and gas production tax.

Chills, thrills and spills

Gary Loyd Bloom
Kenai resident Gary Loyd Bloom died Sunday Jan. 2, 2011, in Bolivar, Mo., after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 73.

Phyllis Montgomery
Former Kenai resident Phyllis Montgomery died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Palm Bay, Fla., after a battle with cancer. She was 81.

Opportunities are passing us by
Last week's news that Conoco Phillips and Marathon will be shutting down LNG exports from Cook Inlet is a staggering blow for the Peninsula and for Alaska -- and raises crucial questions for our future.

Time to apply a strong hand with the EPA
If ever a federal agency was a candidate for demonetization, it's probably the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Teachers of Excellence deadline approaching

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Mamma said ...
I think I've mentioned that I am pretty apolitical. The first time I voted I was eager to be connected with a political party. I was 21 and a couple of months (yes, I had to be 21 to vote). The candidate stood for everything my very young persona understood. And he won.

When getting fit, don't forget about Fido
If getting more exercise was on your New Year's Resolution list again this year, ensure your success by including your canine companion. Your dog is not only a great motivator, but exercise provides mental and physical benefits for both of you.

Homer, SoHi win boroughs
Shortly after skiing his best race of the season, Andre Lovett had a flashback.

Homer boys claim Ninilchik Invite crown
The Homer boys and the Northway girls won the Ninilchik Invitational on Saturday.

Warriors nab a pair from Kardinals
For the first 16 minutes, it was tough to decipher which team was undefeated in conference play.

Wasilla takes 2 from SoHi
Forget about winning. The Soldotna High School boys basketball team had trouble scoring.

Ice Dogs sweep Bears
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of games on the road against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday at the Bigger Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

Thorntons celebrate 60 years together
David and Mary Thornton recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple married on Jan. 19, 1951 in Coleman, Texas, and moved to Kenai in 1963 to make Alaska their home. Their family has grown over the years to include three children, Teresa Elmore, Candace Berman and David N. Thornton, and their families, all of Kenai, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Their family said that on this Valentine's Day they would like to celebrate with them the love these sweethearts, Nana and Dika, have shared for 60 years.

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