Saturday, February 25, 2006

Murder trial starts, then stops
After several fits and starts, the murder trial of 23-year-old Adam Israel of Soldotna did not proceed as planned.

Borough doesn’t need to worry about Games loan
Arctic Winter Games officials say they have reworked their budget, solved anticipated cash flow difficulties and no longer need a $500,000 loan from the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Mining industry heats up
Alaska is a state steeped in mining history, and tales of a gold mining past figure prominently into the state’s cultural awareness. However, the mining industry is poised to become an even larger player in Alaska’s economic future, said Bob Hoekzema, the Alaska Miners Association’s research assistant.

Soldotna pipes freezing more than other areas
A few weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures and a shortage of snowfall may be making residents of Soldotna overconfident.

Qualifications proposal irks members
A last-minute proposal to create qualification standards for Alaska Department of Fish and Game advisory committees irked committee members in Kenai on Wednesday night.

Photo feature: Have a seat
Liam Andrews and Kirsten Giles make themselves comfortable in the commons area at Soldotna High School during the halftime of a recent basketball game.

Lester L. Creary
Longtime Soldotna resident Lester L. Creary died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in Soldotna. He was 62.

James V. ‘Jim’ Arness
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident James V. “Jim” Arness died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Erma Lee ‘Jackie’ Folsom
Nikiski resident Erma Lee “Jackie” Folsom died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, from cancer, surrounded by her family at her home. She was 67.

Oil tax rate change similar to card game
Trying to determine a fair oil tax plan between the governor, the oil companies and the Legislature is a lot like a game of Alaska Hold ’Em.

Mush: Peninsula pups hit the trail
Three young pups from Kenai Peninsula are in the final stages of preparing to test themselves and their dog teams during the 2006 Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race being held this weekend.

Hidden Lake hazards — an ice fishing adventure
I am going to tell a story on myself in the hopes that it may educate others and maybe save someone from going in the drink.

Around the Peninsula
Arts guild to host openingMartial arts class availableTrappers meeting setSolar classes set to shineTropical stories plannedPesticide training planned

Kenai boys hold sixth at state ski meet
Skiers from the Kenai Peninsula had a good day to kick off the state cross-country skiing championships Thursday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs
Ninilchik splits with Bristol Bay

Releasing sin; receiving the spirit within — God
Statistics in sports show that failure is part of the game. Even baseball hitters who are having a good season are making more outs than hits. A winning or undefeated record is difficult to come by.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableBaha’i classes setKenai Aglow meeting slatedPancake dinner gets cookingSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski Bible study continuesGroup studies book of JoshuaPrayer workshop slated

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