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Monday, March 20, 2006

Seniors deserve Olympic-size praise
I would like to congratulate the medal winners and participants of the third annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympic Games.

Generosity makes Sterling a great place to live
Local individuals, businesses and organizations continue to show their support for Sterling Community Club’s activities.

Platinum ulu should be awarded
Now that the Games are over and all the ulus have been awarded, we know who the winners are; but, do we know who the heroes are? The ones that deserve the platinum ulu (the hero award that comes from the heart)? Could it be those young men and women mentioned below?

Program a success because of others
On behalf of the Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula board of directors, I would like to thank all of our sponsors in the last year and years previous.

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

Kenai council decides who has right to appeal
After some debate and testimony from a half dozen residents Wednesday night, the Kenai City Council decided who has the legal right to appeal final zoning rulings made by the Board of Adjustments.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gravel plan needs work
There still is much work to be done before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be ready to adopt revised regulations governing the operations of gravel pits.

Jack-up rig coming to inlet
This summer, a jack-up oil rig will be in Cook Inlet.

State tries to foil fraud
Many see Alaska as a great place to retire, and Alaskans of all ages enjoy the quiet of the state’s small rural communities. These are two of the factors that have made the state popular for scam artists, and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development has streamlined fraud monitoring procedures to deal with the problem.

Kasilof Mercantile sale worries residents; new owners pledge to keep same service
After a dozen years in the business of providing her community with just about anything people might need, Mary Lambe has sold Kasilof Mercantile to a couple from Georgia.

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.

Keith A. Ragains
Longtime Nikiski resident Keith A. Ragains died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 66.

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.

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.

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

State must focus on oil tax: Changing oil, gas tax structure most important issue since oil found on Slope
The most important issue to face our state since oil was discovered on the North Slope is now before the legislature in the form of the governor’s Production Profits Tax (PPT) bills, HB 488 and SB 305.

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.

Births
· Nicole Marie Dukowitz and Justin Bradley Allen of Anchorage announce the birth of their son, Brawley Elijah Allen, at 2:23 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. 2006, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

Peninsula People
Coursen keeps tabs Durham inducted Lousberg studied abroad Blohm recruits for U.S. Army Soldotna Elks table tennis results

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Berry growers set to sprout Relay for Life meeting set Youth court called to order Alliance to meet Genealogy meeting planned Chicken dinner fundraiser slated Swim lessons available Autism to be discussed Fair fundraiser slated

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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