Sunday, September 16, 2007

Boards to cap public comment
With wolves, grizzlies and moose roaming Alaska's mountains and forests, and 50-plus-pound salmon swimming its rivers, it isn't surprising when proposals to manage the state's wildlife captures worldwide attention, but the result can be detrimental.

SPH talks move ahead
Closed-door negotiations on a new sublease and operating agreement begun earlier this month continued Wednesday as officials with South Peninsula Hospital Inc. and Kenai Peninsula Borough met in Soldotna.

Sun in the rain
A sunflower blooms in the rain as motorists dodge puddles on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna recently. Forecasters are calling for clear skies and plenty of sunshine today.

Forum draws light turnout
Borough assembly candidate Ed Oberts told a handful of Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers members, if elected, he would roll back sales tax to 2 percent, because a higher sales tax affects young families unfairly.

Assembly has big to-do list
Several ordinances covering issues from state reimbursement for flood response to investing interest income in a project to build living quarters at the Funny River fire station are all up for public hearing at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly's once-annual meeting in Homer on Tuesday.

Fred Thomas Bowers
Longtime Soldotna resident Fred Thomas Bowers died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 at his home with his wife and daughter Brenda at his bedside. He was 87.

Keep up the good work
The good news keeps on coming for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Flip-flops and homeland security: Who knew that wearing flimsy footwear was our patriotic duty?
The question came innocently enough.

Morgan, Szymaniak united in bluff ceremony
Julie Morgan and Scott Szymaniak of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, July 21, 2007, on the bluff at the Senior Plaza at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Bernard Szymaniak, father of the groom, officiated.

Lasting legacy
Mae Ciechanski never said much about herself during her lifetime. She was a private person and fiercely guarded her personal life.

Around the Peninsula
Walk/run set for Kasilof Parenting class available Women invited to take and break Tutors sought Life guard class available Breastfeeding classes offered Girls Scout roundup planned Lifeguard training available Bowling leagues forming Scouting events slated Hospice seeks volunteers

Of Moose and Men
I remember the arrival of wireless communication. The early phones were quite the novelty, drawing curious looks from those less technically advanced. Aside from being roughly the size and weight of a brick, calling those original cell phones advanced communication devices was a bit of a stretch since the clarity of the calls was normally suspect. For the first few years of their existence every other sentence uttered into a cell phone was, "What? I can't hear you. You're breaking up."

Pet photo: Best Friends
Chong is a one-person dog. Her owner, Crystal Choate of Kenai, got her about three months ago and when she comes to Paul Morrison's apartment in Kenai, she has to investigate every nook and cranny. However, she did not quite understand the doll, Morrison said. "She has gone under the chair and around it and stood up on the side to look at her," said Morrison, who is Choate's dad. "The other day, she jumped up onto the dolls lap and Crystal told her to sit, which she did, while we got the camera out."

Bears triumph in opener
Prior to the opening game in franchise history, members of the Kenai River Brown Bears were joking around, placing bets on who would score the team's first goal.

SkyHi boys win borough running title
Blue skies and fast times marked the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District cross country championship Saturday in Homer, as teams from Seward and Skyview battled for the top two spots.

Soldotna volleyball cruises past Kenai
Once the Soldotna volleyball team got its ball control back, the Stars got control of the match back.

Kardinals trample Mariners
Week in and week out, Bill Chimphalee continues to impress most everyone who watches him.

Skyview dominates
Conrad Cobb and Brad Lapp scored two touchdowns apiece and Skyview held visiting Ketchikan to minus-91 yards rushing in blanking the Kings, 53-0, on homecoming Saturday afternoon.

Marey, Dudley win Pentathlon
The 2007 Soldotna Pentathlon broke from tradition in one way but returned to tradition in other ways Friday at Soldotna High School.

Sports Briefs
CIA soccer takes two games CIA runners participate in Su Valley Invite

Kodiak still seeing Stars
Yep, that was Soldotna's football team Saturday staring at a deficit for the first time.

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