Sunday, April 16, 2006

Borough may curtail service areas’ free accounting ride
Service areas within the Kenai Peninsula Borough would begin paying for administrative and accounting services provided by the central government under a plan proposed by Mayor John Williams.

City approves money for new Soldotna visitors center
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce was out in force to talk about a new visitors center and the need for bigger restrooms.

Assembly to vote on prescription discount program
Borough residents, regardless of age or economic status, would be eligible to participate in a prescription drug discount card program, if a resolution sponsored by assembly member Pete Sprague becomes law.

Moose vs. motorists
Editor’s note: This is the first of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Monday’s story will focus on property damage resulting from moose collisions.

Lupe R. Miller
Soldotna resident Lupe R. Miller died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 56.

Richard ‘Dick’ Turnbull
Nikiski resident Richard “Dick” Turnbull died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at his home on Daniels Lake. He was 58.

Borough playing by the rules with Heritage Place
Heritage Place is in trouble.

Crazed cat, slick foot add up to educational experience
Some of you know my husband, Mark, and I have four golden retrievers we compete with, but few know we also have a cat.

Seniors shouldn’t let Medicare sign-up deadline pass them by
The final days leading up to May 15 will almost certainly be chaotic at Medicare offices. That’s the deadline for seniors to enroll in the new prescription drug benefit without paying a penalty of higher premiums. Phone lines will be jammed and Web sites will be clogged. The organizations now helping seniors sign up will be overwhelmed by the last-minute rush to enroll.

Pipeline should be built now
It was widely reported April 4, that Gov. Frank Murkowski had endorsed sequential construction of Canadian and Alaska natural gas pipelines, with the Canadian line being built first. Alaska must not play second fiddle in deciding what is best for Alaska and should not be forced to wager on a mere second-place finish in the race to enter the Lower 48 natural gas market.

Unfortunate moose find their way from pavement to plates in Alaska's road kill salvage program
Flossie Morey snapped on a pair of latex gloves as she prepared to massage a medley of vegetables into a bowl of ground meat. Chopped red and green peppers, carrot, garlic and onion all spilled into the bowel as she tipped a plastic food processor cup over the meat.

Dahlen, Gladden announce engagement
Shanda Dahlen and Roy Gladden of Nikiski announce their plans to marry Sunday, June 18, 2006.

Planning to marry? Couples should talk about finances before saying ‘I do’
Advice abounds in bridal magazines and on television talk shows about the perfect wedding dress, the most romantic wedding settings and how you can find quality, affordable wedding services.

Bryson, Cruzen plan Girdwood wedding
Karin Bryson and Rob Cruzen of San Francisco, Calif., plan to be married Saturday, July 1, 2006 in Girdwood.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life meeting plannedSterling community group to meetCoalition meeting setFood Safety class plannedComputer recycling day slatedGirl Scout leader appreciation set

My best friends
Hottie, a 13-year-old shih tzu belonging to Gretchen Alexander of Kenai, was ready for Christmas.

Kenai boys track takes Wasilla Invite
The Kenai Central High School boys track and field team flexed some muscle at the Wasilla High School Invitational this weekend, tying Colony for first place in the team standings of the two-day meet.

Homer girls tie Grace, Mariners boys lose
The Homer girls and boys soccer teams played Grace Christian on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Maltby named Oilers general manager
Growing up in Vero Beach, Fla., spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Shawn Maltby couldn’t help but fall in love with baseball.

David Newby returns for third season
Outfielder David Newby has agreed to return for a third season with the Oilers. Prior to joining the Oilers in 2004 Newby played for the American Legion Twins and starred in several sports at Soldotna High School. David now attends Division I University of Texas at Arlington and to date has appeared in sixteen games. Newby has been slowed due to injuries but is expected to make a complete recovery in time for the Oilers’ 2006 season.

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