Sunday, March 16, 2008

Change in Board of Fish makeup sought
A bill that would change the makeup of the Board of Fisheries received mixed response from Alaska fishermen on Tuesday.

Feds can help fund business energy costs
Alaska businesses outside urban Anchorage with an earnest interest in trimming their fuel bills can recoup 25 percent of their related expenditures through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ultra-low sulfur fuel linked to heater issues
A mysterious black gunk has been clogging fuel screens on Monitor and Toyo heaters on the lower Kenai Peninsula. Boiler systems also have been affected. Since last fall, numerous customers from Ninilchik south have been complaining loudly, as at 2 a.m. when their heater shuts down.

4 killed in Kenai fire
A mother and her three children were killed Saturday when their Kenai home was engulfed in flames.

St. Patrick's Day festivities planned
Regardless of how much snow is still on the ground, the peninsula is gearing up to go green on Monday as part of celebrating a day when everyone is Irish for 24 hours: St. Patrick's Day.

Jared Dale Hein
Kenai resident, Jared Dale Hein died unexpectedly, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 26.

Louise D. Hapeman
Kasilof resident Margaret Louise Dutton Hapeman died Thursday, March 13, 2008. She was 79.

Terry Robert Green
Former Alaska resident Terry Robert Green of Sanford, N.C., died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 44.

Alta Lynn Wetzel
Kenai resident Alta Lynn (Walker) Wetzel died at home peacefully with family at her bedside on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 in Kenai. She was 79.

Time to think about our future needs
Let's face it, we're not getting any younger.

Feeling the thrill of victory: Nothing like kicking to the finish behind a great dog team
While Lance Mackey and Jeff King dueled it out in the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last week, another exciting yet under-reported sled dog saga was unfolding just north of Fairbanks at the same time.

Going all in for televised poker
Did you ever walk into a laundromat and see a bunch of people just sitting around, sorta staring into the dryers, watching the clothes spin round and round? And you sit down and watch with them after you load your own washer?

Bagging a milestone
They might not know your name, but there's a lot they do know about you: your favorite snacks, your favorite cut of meat, what makes your family happy or sad, if you're in good health or if someone in the family is sick, when you're planning a party or expecting company, even your date of birth.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Cedar, a 9-year-old husky-Lab mix, was adopted by the Knotek family of Moose Pass in 1999. The family went to buy a new car and came home with a new car and new dog, according to owner Erin Knotek. Cedar's friend in the background is 3-year-old Bella, a border collie mix.

Kards peak at right time
When the Kenai Central boys basketball team took the floor for most of the season, an offensive explosion was guaranteed. The big question was always which team would catch fire.

CIA faces stern test in 1st round
The Cook Inlet Academy girls will not have to face one of the best players in the state in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament on Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. The Eagles will still have to face one of the best teams in the state when they take on defending state champion Yakutat.

Getting there is half the battle for Otters
Forget about the games.

Still alive
Don't ever count coach Dan Leman and his Ninilchik Wolverines out.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen finishes 35th in pursuit Team Alaska wins Junior Olympics

Brown Bears finish strong
After denying 23 third-period shots and preserving a 4-2 Brown Bears' victory over Alexandria on Saturday night in the 30th and final home game of the season at the Soldotna Sports Center, Kenai River goaltender Matt Wichorek stood tall in net as the buzzer sounded and his teammates gathered around him in celebration.

Mike Flanagan turned his back to the ice, faced the crowd and unfurled his arms with a quizzical look plastered upon his face.

Clark, Sulzer plan a Washington wedding
Former Soldotna resident Angie Clark and Stephen Sulzer of the San Juan Islands, Wash., plan to marry Monday, June 30, 2008, at Orcas Island, Wash.

Egger, Karsten announce engagement
Brooke Egger of Nashville, Tenn., and Troy Karsten of Knoxville, Tenn., plan to marry Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Nashville.

Bury, Ghormley plan nuptials
Stephanie Bury and Todd Ghormley of Rapid City, S.D., plan to marry Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Rapid City. A reception for Alaska family and friends will be held at College Heights Baptist Church in Soldotna on July 12.

Wright, Bieber marry
Sara Elaine Mary Lucille Wright and Scott William Bieber of Soldotna were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Planning the perfect bridal shower
Before she actually "gets hitched," there are a slew of parties for the bride an engagement party, a bachelorette party, and of course, the bridal shower for the bride, her female relatives and friends. Traditionally, it's up to the maid or matron of honor to plan the shower, although bridesmaids or the bride's mother often lend a hand. Planning the event can be stressful, but here are some easy steps to help you get the party planned, started and finished with style.

Penner, Johnson plan to marry
Annie Penner and Blaine Johnson of Sterling plan to marry in the summer of 2009.

Lewis, Vance marry in Las Vegas
Stephanie Lewis and Tyson Vance of Lakewood, Colo., were married Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, in Las Vegas.

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