Monday, March 24, 2008

Photo feature: Small reprieve
While last week's warm temperatures had him sweating, the cooler temperatures recently have ensured this 12-foot tall snowman along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Kasilof will be around a little longer.

Guide rules change
While fishing Cook Inlet with a guide, whether going for feeder kings or dragging the bottom for halibut, it's not uncommon for a guide to drop an extra line in the water. This practices comes to an end this fishing season.

Kenai property owners get earful
Sharply rising property assessments in Kenai brought three dozen citizens and a smattering of local government officials to a town hall meeting on Thursday, hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor.

Easter events open to all
While there are several religious institutions devoting services and special functions to the Easter holiday, the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will hold festivities for those not affiliated with a place of worship.

Car seat checkups set for weekend
Vehicle accidents are the No. 1 nationwide killer of children ages 3 to 14 and are responsible for the deaths of more children annually than all childhood diseases combined, according to

Taking the plunge
Mark Confer and Joanne Wainwright ascended the stairs step-by-step, hand-in-hand.

Schools find innovative way to fundraise
Since 2002, Redoubt Elementary has received nearly $3,500 from the Box Tops for Education program.

Fire ends in tragic story
About a week after a fire broke out in the living room of his Kenai trailer and killed his wife, two boys and stepdaughter, Frank Hunt Sr. wants the community to know what happened.

Robert E. Harford
Homer resident Robert E. Harford "Wasilla Gorilla" died Saturday, March 8, 2008, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his family by his side. He was 70.

Linda Joyce Bell
Former Kenai resident Linda Joyce Bell died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at Hospice House in Kennewick, Wash., following an extended illness. She was 55.

John L. Smallwood
Longtime Soldotna resident John L. Smallwood died Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 66.

Privacy versus need to know
Where's the line?

Ninilchik Community News
I think it is a blessing to live in a community that provides so many opportunities to keep our environment safe and our bodies healthy. I see that many families are taking advantage of our Alaska spring weather to snowmachine in the Caribou Hills, as well as getting in as much sledding down Anderson Hill before the snow melts.

Soldotna Community News
Happy Monday Soldotna. "Looks like spring is on its way, looks like spring is on its way." I will keep chanting this until I need to mow my grass. If you already are full speed ahead on your spring cleaning, take a moment to consider recycling some of your trash.

Around the Peninsula
CPHC board to meet T-200 meeting slated CIRCAC to meet FASD training offered Child screening available Little League registration continues Community health fair set KPC seeks council members Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues SoHi Class of '88 seeks information

Kasilof Community News
Alaska State Parks is planning to invest $300,000 in Johnson Lake State Recreational Area, a site that sees almost 24,000 annual visitors. The money is for deferred maintenance and will be used in 2009 for the following priorities: Replace and relocate the well; install a toilet between the boat launch and the day use area; upgrade campground loop to include 15 "back-ins," each with a gravel campsite, picnic table, fire pit and tent pad; erect a centrally located entrance station-orientation kiosk; develop road alignment and parking for efficient circulation and day-use; and repair picnic tables and fire pits as necessary.

Around the Peninsula
Pingpong continues Tuneful singers sought Caregiver meetings set After-grad, after-prom planning planned Spring bazaar offered Book sale planned Counseling group to meet in April Public radio fundraiser slated

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. I am so excited that we are officially in spring, although most of the peninsula does not look like it.

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
At a recent after-school science exhibit/event, I saw Zander's mom. I know she has a real name and I'm ashamed to say that although her name is forever on the tip of my tongue, I can't ever quite recall it.

Sterling Community News
This is always the time of year I start pulling out seed packets and wistfully thinking of all the daffodils and crocus I use to grow in Michigan. Spring is a long time coming this far north, but at least the anticipation is fun.

Roman Catholics receive priests they can call their own
Many churchgoers on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula have an extra measure of joy on this, the most joyous day of the church calendar year.

Kenai Community News
Editor's note: Joan is out of the area. Kenai community members may submit news to for inclusion the Kenai Neighbors section.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Dianne Maythorne of Seward said she has 27 dogs "and a (very) recreational sled dog kennel." She sent us this picture of her two nonmushing dogs, Knik and Tenzing, as they are kicking back in the house.

Positive ending
The Kenai River Brown Bears ended their first season in the North American Hockey League on Saturday on a positive note, defeating the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-3 in a shootout at the Big Dipper Ice Arena before just under 2,000 fans.

Kenai corrals 5th place
Finishing tied for seventh would have been acceptable.

SoHi grad Liebner takes CCAK race
Andy Liebner still owns Tsalteshi Trails.

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