Sunday, February 19, 2006

Games volunteers fall in line
The massive swath of volunteers who arrived by the thousands to Kenai Central High School on Saturday greeted long lines with patience as their official indoctrination into the 2006 Arctic Winter Games began.

Processors hope for a good sign
A bill headed for Gov. Frank Murkowski’s signature would extend a product development tax credit to salmon processors, including companies on the Kenai Peninsula.

Making the highway a hit
Scenic Byway workshops in Cooper Landing and Anchor Point elicited ideas for improvements along those stretches of the Sterling Highway. Following are some of those ideas:

Board wants study into lower fish numbers
Recently elected members peppered the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Kenai-Soldotna Advisory Committee meeting with new faces Wednesday, and some suggested the committee use advertisements or editorials to reintroduce the committee to the public and eliminate any doubts about its commitment to represent the public’s interest.

Juneau report has no remedies for school board
Two Kenai Peninsula School Board members did not return from Juneau last week with a definitive answer to the school district’s budget woes, but are expected to tell the board Monday night that legislators are listening.

Scenic road work under way
Portions of the Sterling Highway have earned designation as an Alaska Scenic Byway, and groups of residents along the route are working to complete plans needed to apply for a national designation, a status that could open doors to a variety of federal enhancement grants.

Andrew ‘Andy’ Donald Reid
Soldotna resident Andrew “Andy” Donald Reid died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, of a long illness in his home. He was 31.

Jump onboard Scenic Byway bandwagon
Face it — we live in a tourism hot spot. As the local visitor industry loves to point out, the Kenai Peninsula has it all — wildlife, history, recreation, world-class fishing and, of course, scenery.

A well-trained addict: Six years later, the connection remains strong
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since I became an addict.

Kenai postal workers give stamp of approval to new supervisor from Puerto Rico
With dismal gray skies overhead, slick ice underfoot and the temperature hovering around freezing, it’s hard to imagine someone giving up the azure skies, white sand beaches and tropical jungles of Puerto Rico to move to Alaska for warmth.

Perry and Bonnie (Moore) Hawkins of Soldotna will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday, March 1, 2006, in Illinois. The couple was married March 1, 1956.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life meeting set Martial arts class available Used book sale planned Sen. Murkowski to speak at dinner Fish and Game meeting set Childbirth classes slated Dinner, dance slated AWG seeks crutch donations

My best friend
  Niner is a good friend to owners MJ and Patty Hert of Nikiski. He loves visiting friends, taking walks and going swimming and for rides.

My best friend
  Joe and Edie Handsaker’s granddaughter, Lilly Gomez, loves carrying her buddy Gonzo around. The Handsakers live in Kenai.

Soldotna girls roll by Grace Christian
The Soldotna girls basketball team showed it is getting healthy again Friday in a nonconference game against Grace Christian.

Nikiski girls stay unbeaten in conference
The Nikiski girls remained undefeated in the Southcentral Conference while improving to 8-0 and 15-3 overall with a 57-33 win against Anchorage Christian Schools Saturday at ACS.

Sports Brief
Skyview’s Kendra Merkes and Kenai Central’s Trent Semmens were the winners of 1-kilometer sprint races held Saturday at Skyview High School.

Skyview girls win 2 straight, Kodiak boys claim wins over Panthers
The Skyview girls and the Kodiak boys both picked up Northern Lights Conference wins Friday and nonconference wins Saturday at Skyview High School.

CIA hoops teams sweep Sea Otters
The Cook Inlet Academy Eagles basketball teams swept the visiting Seldovia Sea Otters in Peninsula Conference action Friday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Oilers Corner
Chuck Rider, a 2005 stalwart out of the bullpen for the Oilers, has agreed to return for a second season. The 6-foot-1 Mesa State College junior appeared in 14 games, all of which were in relief, and recorded one save. Rider is a graduate of Anchorage’s Service High School where he was an all-conference third baseman as well as an all-conference pitcher. Rider is majoring in education.

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