Monday, April 13, 2009

Putting the hammer down: Sterling woman to be featured on 'Ice Road Truckers'
Winter driving can be challenging, but no where near as much so as for truckers driving big rigs carrying loads of more than 88,000 pounds on some of the iciest highways in Alaska.

Senior assisted living planned: City of Kenai issues conditional permit for facility in VIP subdivision
Much needed senior assisted living facilities are soon to be added in the city of Kenai.

Kenai land use hearings slated: Planners to discuss Limited Commercial, MAPS proposal
Kenai planners set public hearings for April 22 to consider zoning changes for property across from the high school recently rezoned to allow small businesses into the area.

Body of missing snowmachiner located
For the third time in slightly more than a month, an Alaskan has died while taking part in outdoor recreation, only this time it was in the Caribou Hills.

Eruptive activity on Redoubt continues
The eruption of Redoubt continued Sunday according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Sterling Highway wreck sends 5 to hospital: 4 people ejected from vehicle; driver suspected of falling asleep at the wheel
A woman and her four children were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital Friday after the vehicle they were riding in flipped over, ejecting four of the occupants, near Mile 70 of the Sterling Highway.

Checks headed to HEA members
Homer Electric Association is refunding $2 million in capital credits to its members.

Rash of thefts plague Sterling
Alaska State Troopers are seeking more information on three separate burglaries that occurred in Sterling.

Lava dome builds on Redoubt
Mount Redoubt gives off puffs of steam and ash on Saturday. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Mount Redoubt remains at aviation color code orange and alert level "watch" as of Saturday evening.

Photo feature: Mother knows best
A moose shows her male calf how to make the most of a willow tree in Kenai on Wednesday. With the days growing longer, it won't be long until some fresh green eats are available.

Charlie Diamond
Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Charlie Diamond died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a bout with cancer. He was 77.

Trina Eilene Mahan
Soldotna resident Trina Eilene Mahan died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at home. She was 35.

Margaret Marie 'Marge' Kraus
Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Margaret Marie "Marge" Kraus died Wednesday, April 1, 2009 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 72.

Naomi Frances 'Fran' Pease
Longtime Kenai resident Naomi Frances "Fran" Pease died Monday, March 30, 2009 at Wesley Care Center in Seward. She was 83.

An open letter to journalists
It's time to take the high ground.

Around the Peninsula

Youth bereavement camp offered

Around the Peninsula

Renewable energy forums slated

Hublers attend space camp
Jon Andrew McBride, a retired U.S. Naval Officer and former U.S. Astronaut, center is shown with Kenai Middle School Students, Anessia Anne and Cristina Lee Hubler, and their parents, Rebecca Ann and William James, in March during spring break at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. McBride was the lead chase pilot for the maiden voyage of space shuttle Colombia and Pilot of the STS 41-G that launched aboard the Orbiter Challenger in 1984. The Hublers attended in recognition of International Brain Awareness Week and Expanding Girls Horizons in Science and Engineering Month. The trip also included a Celebration of Life at Walt Disney World Resort.

Points for pennies saved
Delving through my life trying to find someplace where I can "cut back" to save a dollar here and there has certainly alerted me to areas where I over-indulge ... but it hasn't give me many clues to what I can do without. We keep our thermostat at 68 degrees anyway; I only wash full loads of laundry and we turn off the lights when we aren't in the room but these economic times are making it very apparent we need to conserve more.

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School board meetings slated

Kenai Peninsula College

Service appreciation event slated

Put down the phone, pick up a conversation
Texting; my feelings are divided on whether the subject has enhanced or hindered my personal relationships with people.

Photo feature: Looks like spring
Over 600 donated flowers flooded into Kenai Middle School on April 2, bringing color and life to KMS Science Teacher Allan Miller's seventh-grade biology class.

Kenai River's season over: Fairbanks sweeps Brown Bears out of NAHL playoffs
With less than 10 seconds remaining on a period-opening power play Friday night in a North American Hockey League first-round playoff game against Kenai River, Fairbanks goaltender Joseph Phillippi repeatedly slammed his stick on the ice, signaling to the rest of the Ice Dogs that their man advantage was coming to a close.

Sports Briefs

Hutchison takes 5th

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