Monday, February 14, 2000

Monique Gifford and Todd Jackson

Community Calendar
Today 6:30 a.m.

Community Schools
This listing of Soldotna Community School classes beginning this week serves as a reminder for preregistered participants. Most classes require preregistration and prepayment.

Around the Peninsula
Public budget hearings planned today

Peninsula People
Community News

Sprague to challenge in District 8
Another hat is in the ring for Soldotna's seat in the Alaska Legislature.

Magazine helps couple find true love in Alaska
Some couples meet in a bar, others over the Internet, but one Soldotna couple found love through a magazine.

Borough gets $2 million for beetle hazards
The Kenai Peninsula Borough soon could be using $2 million from Congress to clear beetle-killed trees around public buildings, cut firebreaks and help homeowners dispose of slash.

Setnetters, sport fishers take another hit
East side setnetters lose fishing time, northern district setnetters lose gear, and sport fishers face lower bag limits under rules passed Friday to conserve Cook Inlet coho salmon.

Resource manager agrees to give Kenai Area Plan second look
The state's top resource manager has agreed to a request from Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley to reconsider his approval of the Kenai Area Plan.

Travelers show little fear of flying after fatal crash
Airplane inspections not withstanding, peninsula travelers are still taking to the sky.

Transport services due to start this spring
Public transportation should reach the central Kenai Peninsula before this year's salmon and tourists arrive.

DNR warns of avalanche hazards near Anchorage
According to an Alaska Department of Natural Resources media release, Chugach State Park, the Hatcher Pass area and Hatcher Pass Road have been fully reopened to public use, but the danger of park users triggering slides in certain areas remains.

Senators push permanent fund amendment
The chair and vice-chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee were in Kenai Friday to talk about a proposed constitutional amendment to modify how the Alaska Permanent Fund may be altered.

Friends, fans show Boyce the way home
"Has the musher been found?" was all the e-mail said, referring to Rod Boyce of Two Rivers, who became lost while competing in the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race two weeks ago.

Donald W. French Kyle Jake Fidler

Bad weather, avalanches not over yet
The last week or so I've heard many people express relief that the latest burst of bad weather is behind us. Who can blame them? The last 30 days has been characterized by horrendous snows, howling winds and a near-biblical plague of avalanches.

Privatizing snow removal would save money
Sen. Jerry Ward

Two-year budget cycle makes good sense -- and cents
The biennial budget process that Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, has proposed should be central to any long-range financial plan for Alaska.

Can healthy brown bear population still be at risk?
During the 1998 Alaska Fish and Game wolf transfer scam (trap and move Forty Mile wolves to the Kenai Peninsula), I strongly pointed out in public meetings and letters to

Colony claims regions
The Soldotna Stars came within a 10 minutes of winning the Region III hockey championship Saturday night. Despite losing 1-0 to Colony, the tournament's top seed, the Stars will play in next weekend's state championship tournament.

Local teams win on road
The Mariners outpaced the Kardinals in a Region III/4A game in Homer.

Stars, Knights advance in semifinals
For the Stars, there's next week.

Kenai girls thump Mariners, stay perfect in region
The Kenai girls basketball team, ranked seventh in the latest prep poll, kept on rolling with a 48-32 Region III/4A victory over host Homer Saturday night.

Lambe, SoHi boys enjoy breakthroughs
A skier and a team made some monumental firsts look easy Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Championships ski meet at Tsalteshi Trails.

Nikiski beats Seward on second chances
The Nikiski girls basketball team made up for a poor shooting night with a good rebounding night.

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