Saturday, September 2, 2006

Moose hunter kills brown bear
After a day of moose hunting and no moose, Marcel Bijak was ready to call it a day. As he followed the Upper Russian Lake Trail through the brush and spruce trees, however, he unexpectedly met with a four-legged beast, but it was not the antlered beast he had been seeking.

Suspicious fire just the beginning of legal drama
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles involving a possible arson fire in Sterling, questionable business practices by a home builder and the alleged swindling of millions of dollars in property from an elderly Sterling couple.Flames were shooting 100 feet high and black smoke was everywhere when firefighters arrived on the scene of a business fire in Sterling on Aug. 7.

Eleanor Hazel Mertzweiller
Longtime Happy Valley resident Eleanor Hazel Mertzweiller died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at her home. She was 84.

Low tides offer high adventure
The last low tide cycle of the summer is just around the bend, and many a beachcomber may be eying up that clam shovel. But if your freezer is stocked with razor clams and you’re looking for a new way to exploit the next low tide, you may want to dig up a sea kayak instead of a pile of sand.

October marathon will be first in Kenai history
Tristan Saito doesn’t have fond memories of the running involved in the marathon he ran a few years ago.

Leaf miners tiny sculptors in Kenai Peninsula forests
People describe the damage insects do to their trees in many different ways — devastating, horrible, beautiful, intriguing, interesting or striking. Many of the same words can be used to describe a painting, print or a sculpture.

Around the Peninsula
CES holds annual fundraiserCommunity coalition meeting setRec center has ways for kids to burn energyGala auction fundraiser slatedGirl Scout roundup slatedLibrary issues toy warning

SoHi snares Wolves
The Soldotna High School volleyball team defeated Sitka in three games Thursday in what head coach Pako Whannell hoped would be a good tune-up for today’s match with crosstown rival Skyview.

Nikiski looks to rebound against a tough Eielson squad
Week four of the high school football season finds Soldotna and Nikiski hosting conference games while Kenai, Homer and Seward face nonconference small-schools opponents.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensClothes availableAwana classes set to beginNikiski Aglow begins Bible classesBible classes slatedWomen’s Bible class plannedSchool supplies soughtKids’ night out slated Fall Bible planned

Fix personal problems by first facing them
The long-distance call from a minister facing a problem in his church was different from most I’ve received.

Thomas returns to coach Oilers
The Peninsula Oilers, fresh off their first Alaska Baseball League title since 2000, recently announced the hiring of Aric Thomas to take over head coaching duties for the 2007 season.

Classic was a classic
Let me say, before I begin, I apologize for the length of this week’s article. I will be long-winded, but for such a good reason!

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