Monday, February 27, 2006

Mushers drop out of Games
Poor winter weather conditions on the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are causing dark clouds to loom on the horizon for at least one Arctic Winter Games event.

Games volunteers learn international etiquette tips
When the international guests arrive for the Arctic Winter Games next week, it may not be a good idea to point. Even if they ask for directions.

Seniors get chance to exercise, socialize
Kenai Peninsula senior citizens had the opportunity to exercise, socialize and have fun this past week during the third annual Senior Olympic Games.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

NOAA braces for cutbacks
The Kenai Peninsula relies on fire forecasts, environmental regulation enforcement, tsunami alerts and other catastrophe prevention services heavily supported by an agency expected to suffer a 50 percent budget reduction in Alaska.

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

Joseph Andrew VanRaden
Former Kenai resident Joseph Andrew VanRaden died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-automobile accident near Palmer.

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

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

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.

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.

State’s oil tax structure must stand on its own
Completion of the natural gas pipeline contract represents a historic milestone that will provide for Alaska’s future through both increased revenues and by spurring future oil and gas development. This contract will define the economy of Alaska and shape our future for decades to come.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean’s listBiggs advancesKnight performs in concertStalnik becomes ADS scholar

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Community Events
Wrestling club seeks membersPancake dinner ready to flipSpaghetti feed fundraiser slatedPeninsula fair quilters square offCancer fundraiser slatedTropical stories plannedClothing donations soughtSafety Day presenters soughtTeam will work for uniformsHost families soughtHope resources receives grantMartial arts class availableAWG seeks crutch donations

Around the Peninsula
HEA schedules Kasilof meter upgradesSpaghetti feed fundraiser slatedPancake dinner ready to flipCold climate building workshop setDinner fundraiser primed

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.

Taxation rate will likely rise
Rates meant to modernize the way Alaska taxes oil and gas production proposed Tuesday by Gov. Frank Murkowski are unlikely to emerge from Legislative review unchanged, members of the Alaska House said Friday.

Murkowski says plan will benefit Alaskans
In his transmittal letter accompanying House Bill 488, Gov. Frank Murkowski laid out his arguments for adopting the proposed new tax regime for oil and gas production and the incentive tax credit mean to encourage further exploration and production.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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