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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010

Body found in Kenai River identified

A body discovered in the Kenai River on Monday is believed to be that of Robert Smithwick.

Kenai Police Sgt. Scott McBride said that family members identified him by an inscription on a ring found on the body.

The medical officer's office in Anchorage has yet to corroborate the identification. McBride said that the scientific inquiry will take six to eight weeks.

Smithwick, 41, of Soldotna, disappeared into the Kenai River July 21.

Nikiski fire station open house on tap

An open house is planned for the new Nikiski Fire Station No. 2. An open ceremony begins at 11 a.m., with introductions by Chief James Baisden and speakers including Gov. Sean Parnell, Rep. Mike Chenault, Borough Mayor Dave Carey, Borough Assemblyman Gary Superman, and Nikiski Fire Service Area Board Chairman Mark Cialek. A ribbon cutting will take place at 11:45, and a barbecue and tours are planned from noon to 3 p.m.

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