Sunday, February 26, 2006

Sen. Murkowski: Opening ANWR remains a priority
Success may have eluded Alaska’s congressional delegation in their attempts last year to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, but no one is giving up the fight, Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd Wednesday.

Panel discusses tugboat position
Advocates for requiring assist tugs for tankers in Cook Inlet questioned the opinions of pilots, tugboat operators and Tesoro representatives during a panel discussion addressing the recent grounding of a Tesoro-leased oil tanker on a Nikiski beach.

Teen Web site getting too much attention
When baby boomers were teenagers, many wrote about their lives in secret diaries. A prying parent had to snoop and invade a child’s privacy to get the hot dirt.

Finish makes Olympic history
The rifle was willing but the legs were not.

Hungry for business
As an area known for summer tourism — at least during the salmon season — it comes as little surprise that the central Kenai Peninsula offers more variety for restaurant-goers than communities of a similar size in the Lower 48. Alaskans’ love of seafood probably helps, too.

Richard W. Fields
Kenai resident Richard W. Fields died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 88.

Robert McCurdy
Longtime Alaska and Kasilof resident Robert McCurdy died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 50.

James V. Arness
Longtime North Kenai resident James V. Arness died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Parents can minimize kids risks on Internet
Almost anything can be risky or dangerous. Highway accidents occur every day, but they don't stop most people from driving. Pedestrians get hit by cars and slip on ice, but that doesn’t stop people from walking.

Second ‘Quest’ for victory just as sweet for Kasilof musher
Congratulations to Kasilof musher Lance Mackey and his dog team on this, his second — and consecutive — win in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

My best friend
  Mars the Gordon setter and his lady friend Tuliana the collie pause to take in the scenery while on a stroll near the beach in Nikiski. Mars is part of the Sue and Clay Sullivan family and Tuliana is part of the Tony Carra family, both of Soldotna.

Stars boys, girls defeat Kardinals
The Soldotna High School basketball teams celebrated their senior night with a pair of Northern Lights Conference wins over Kenai Central Saturday at Soldotna.

Nikiski girls wrap up No. 1 seed
The Nikiski girls basketball team clinched the first seed in the upcoming Southcentral Conference tournament with wins Saturday against Grace Christian and Friday against Heritage Christian at Nikiski High School.

Cook Inlet Academy girls topple Dillingham
The Cook Inlet Academy girls posted a 37-28 nonconference victory against the visiting Dillingham Wolverines Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy. Dillingham, a Class 3A school, was finishing a weekend trip that also included games against Ninilchik on Friday.

Strong finish
The Kenai Central High School boys cross-country skiing team finished off the state championship meet in fine fashion, placing a pair of skiers in the top 20 in Friday’s freestyle race and finishing fifth in Saturday’s relay at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

SoHi cagers sweep Skyview
The Soldotna High School basketball teams spoiled Skyview’s senior night festivities Friday, sweeping a pair of Northern Lights Conference games at Skyview High School.

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