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Monday, February 20, 2006

Beetle mitigation, Games help on borough agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering coming to the rescue of Arctic Winter Games with a $500,000 appropriation of borough funds to the Games 2006 Host Society to cover immediate expenses of putting on the Games that start next month.

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.

Eavesdropping provides ‘security,’ but at what cost?
Regarding What others say (Clarion Feb. 16). There are no simple answers to complex questions. However, the author’s opinion simplifies the call monitoring issue rather naively and with a rather paranoid disposition.

Reader: Article gave wrong impression of PERS system
Editor’s note: While it is true a person vests in the PERS plan with five years of service, employees who entered service on or after July 1, 1996, must accrue a minimum of 10 years of credited service to have system-paid retirement medical coverage at age 60.

Volunteers, donations made for cool event
After reading the long list of volunteers that contributed to the success of the Peninsula Winter Games, we in this community are fortunate to have a wealth of individual and businesses that form the core of a great community.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai in mood to improve
Residents and visitors will soon see some civic improvements that add to their Kenai experience come rain or come shine.

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.

Gravel battle grinds along
An ordinance that would require the Kenai Peninsula Borough to investigate all complaints about gravel pit operations is scheduled for the second of two public hearings at the Tuesday borough assembly meeting at 7 p.m.

Augustine ain’t no saint
Although sometimes holy by popular reference, behaviorally and officially Augustine Volcano is no saint.

No Iditarod champions without vet checkups
With Iditarod a little more than two weeks away, mushers are finalizing their race strategies. While they each have their own individual game planes, nearly all agree that quality dog care is critical to their success.

Ruth Tauriainen
North Kenai resident Ruth Tauriainen died Friday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. She was 57.

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.

Wordsmiths

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

Work of heart
Work of Heart is a column devoted to spotlighting certain nonprofit organizations, the heart of area communities.

Anniversary
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.

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.

Bouncing success

Skiing for ‘fun’ds

Around the Peninsula
Blood drive set to draw Wrestling club seeks members Nikiski senior housing meeting slated CPGH labyrinth available Cold climate building workshop set Tropical stories planned

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.

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.

Sports Brief
The Seward and Nome girls as boys basketball teams split games Friday and Saturday in Nome.

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.

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.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Homer Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

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.

Sports Briefs
Kasilof’s Lance Mackey continued to lead the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Sunday evening.

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