Sunday, March 19, 2006

Kenai boat ramp will get overhaul before dipnet season begins
In order to beat a dipnet fishery deadline, the Kenai City Council on Wednesday rushed through an ordinance to appropriate an additional $135,000 for city boat launch ramp improvements.

Irish for a day
Each year, St. Patrick’s Day brings with it a peninsulawide swelling of shamrock pride, and the winds chilling the already frosty 20 degree temperatures Friday failed to fizzle the area’s buoyant mood.

Borough on road to standardization
Come July 1, 2007, borough residents who decline to post street numbers on their properties will effectively release the Kenai Peninsula Borough from any liability for damages due to delayed responses by ambulance or fire services.

Alaska meat still game
Although the rapid spread of the infamous bird flu throughout other parts of the world has prompted Alaska biologists to reiterate warnings to hunters about the careful handling of animal carcasses, they say local wildlife populations carry few diseases dangerous to humans.

Homer named Alaska’s sexiest town
Homer has been named one of the 50 sexiest towns in America.

Jeanetta Payment
Kenai resident Jeanetta Payment died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 66. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

LaVonne Morgan
Longtime Soldotna and Sterling area resident LaVonne Morgan died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 86. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Edwin G. 'Ed' Rofkar
Longtime Alaskan and Ninilchik resident Edwin G. “Ed” Rofkar died in his sleep Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at his home in Ninilchik from complications of a stroke several years before. He was 82.

Pebble planning requires caution
The state has a golden opportunity to make a wise decision.

Tired of taxing litigation: Taxpayers should not foot bill for ACLU lawyers’ hefty fees
One and a half million is a lot of dollars — a lot of taxpayer dollars I would just as soon see spent on something other than attorneys’ fees.

Green, Grilley announce engagement
Jessica Ann Green of Boron, Calif., and Daniel Wayne Grilley, formerly of Soldotna, plan to be married, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at Wildhorse Golf Club in Davis, Calif.

For bright stars, look to the south
Since the winter sky appears now in all its splendor, I just included the most interesting and beautiful part of it in the graphic — all those bright stars in the south — instead of the entire sky as I usually do.

Ogren, Ellis marry in cathedral
Erica Ogren and Eric Ellis of Spokane Valley, Wash., were married in an evening ceremony Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, in St. Aloysius Cathedral in Spokane, Wash. Father Ono officiated.

Speaking of history
Soldotna” does not come from Russian. The language from which the River City pulls its moniker was spoken for more than 1,000 years before a single Russian boot crunched peninsula snow: Dena’ina.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life meeting set SoHi girls softball winding up Berry growers set to sprout Performance, auction to benefit boy

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Happy returns
The Ninilchik girls basketball program has a very successful past, but the future is looking pretty good as well.

Bulldogs hungry for state title
One might think, heading into the state tournament, the Nikiski High School basketball team would be easing up in practice just a bit.

Homer, Seward girls keep state streaks going
Both the Homer and Seward girls basketball teams will be returning to the state tournament this year.

Many ulus stay here on peninsula
The success of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games is measurable in a number of ways, one of them being the impressive performances of Kenai Peninsula athletes competing in the event. Of the 42 athletes from the peninsula competing for Team Alaska, 32 had a gold, silver or bronze ulu hanging around their necks at the end of the week.

Eagles seek repeat
Although the Cook Inlet Academy boys basketball team went undefeated last season en route to a Class 2A state title, that crown did not come easily.

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