Sunday, September 2, 2007

Troopers working overtime
With 54 fatalities on the roads so far this year, Alaska State Troopers are stepping up law enforcement across the state this Labor Day weekend. Troopers are watching out for drunk drivers, people driving without seat belts and individuals driving erratically in order to prevent further fatalities this weekend.

Poached bear claws draw investigation
Law enforcement officers from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are on the hunt for someone who illegally harvested parts of a brown bear that was killed by a vehicle east of Sterling, near Watson Lake, on Tuesday.

Photo feature: Kitty walk
Dedra Ming walks with her dog Kitty while Amanda Blum navigates an undersized bike down Lawton Drive in Kenai on Saturday afternoon. The Labor Day weekend kicked off with pleasant weather. Forecasters are calling for rain to hold off until after the holiday weekend.

Analyst lays out peninsula patterns
Saying educated people live outside the Kenai Peninsula Borough's cities drew a few laughs from Kenai area business leaders Wednesday.

More needed for fire station project
Kasilof's new fire station cost more to build than originally anticipated, leaving not quite enough from 2005 bond proceeds to complete construction of living quarters at the Funny River Station.

When it comes to health care costs, every little bit helps
The Kenai Peninsula Borough recently announced its participation in a discount prescription drug program offered through the National Association of Counties, or NACo, of which the borough is a member.

Just a knee-jerk reaction?: Trying to determine if the Army knows its left from its right
One of those odd little news stories that show up on the Internet got my attention early last week, possibly because it involved an exotic Australian animal hopping about in the Bavarian Alps, or perhaps because I could relate to some of the circumstances in the tale.

Katie Burck of Kenai and Kevin Stafford of Washington were married in an afternoon, garden ceremony Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Gig Harbor, Wash., at Rosedale Gardens.

Answering the calls
In the world of a police dispatcher, quiet is a word you never want to hear. To utter the q-word is to bring down a never-ending deluge of 911 calls, radio signals and walk-ins, turning the once quiet dispatch center into a hive of activity.

Amber JoAnna Hall and Isaac Wayne Chatham of Soldotna have announced their plans to marry May 24, 2008.

Earl and Alice Mundell of Soldotna were married Aug. 31, 1947, in Denver. The couple lived in Colorado until 1970, when they moved to Alaska.

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
One of my favorite fantasies involves changing my name, my hair color and walking out of the house (preferably while the toast is burning) while I escape all forms of domesticity. In this fantasy I travel lightly: 1) a platinum credit card; and 2) a pair of non-sensible shoes. From there my visions of freedom aren't so clear but, fame, cabana boys with firm buns and dreamy accents, drinks with little umbrellas, leisurely sporting activities, solitude as well as society and shopping are somehow involved.

Luanne Millett Gray and Richard George Auclair of Fairbanks were married Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, on the banks of the Kenai River at River Quest. Joe Hardy officiated.

Pet Photo
Jake belongs to Tim and Jo Veit of Sterling. Jake is a cancer survivor. He's grown back a beautiful, fluffy fur coat since taking chemotherapy in the past year.

Kodiak edges SkyHi
The host Kodiak football team held on for a 17-12 victory over Skyview on Saturday and now has the inside track on one of the two playoff berths in the Northern Lights Conference.

Kards take flight against Nikiski
Kenai Central senior Bill Chimphalee and Nikiski's junior combination of Wiley Bennett and Evan Holloway turned out plenty of highlights on offense.

O'Guinn takes Colony Invite
Skyview sophomore Ivy O'Guinn won the girls varsity race on Saturday at the Colony Cross Country Invitational with a time of 19 minutes, 55 seconds.

SoHi spikers start fast
Three matches into the season, Soldotna is passing its tests with aplomb.

Sports Briefs
Lamoreaux, Stull take Mariner Triathlon

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