Sunday, September 30, 2007

'Dawgs' day
Dyann Wik shows school spirit at Nikiski's homecoming football game Saturday afternoon. Her friend Natasha Nix did the artwork. For a roundup of high school action, see page C-1.

Deformed bills have experts baffled
For eight years, Colleen Handel and Caroline Van Hemert amassed more than 2,000 reports of black-capped chickadees with twisted, overgrown beaks. They've been able to determine where the largest concentrations are and how long the birds have had them. After years of study, only the cause has eluded them, and now chickadees aren't the only birds turning up with wonky beaks.

Watch out
Once again darkness has started to fall, which means it's also time for motorist to be on the look out for big, brown, ambling ungulates, particularly when driving during periods of low light.

Hospital renovation continues
Renovation of Central Peninsula Hospital's emergency department began Wednesday, part of the ongoing expansion and overhaul of the medical facility.

Sandra 'Sandy' Lynn Shell
Lifelong Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident, Mrs. Sandra "Sandy" Lynn Shell, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

John Walter Avery
Longtime Sterling resident Mr. John Walter Avery died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 of natural causes at his home in Sterling. He was 50.

Lawrence David Shell
Lifelong Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident Mr. Lawrence David Shell, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at his home in Clam Gulch. He was 57.

Make your voice heard: Remember to vote Tuesday
There's one thing you can say about Kenai Peninsula residents: they tell it like it is.

To pee or not to pee?: Giving up your civil liberties one drop at a time
What has world has come to when your job depends on your ability to pee on command? Why now? Why is that woman shouting instructions through the door and why in the heck is the cup so small?

Unhinged Alaska
I was scanning the Internet last week trying to find out the truth behind the claim that humanoids were a major cause of global warming.

'A mammogram saved my life'
Debbie Clonan sounds like she was made up, one of those medical worst-case scenarios used to scare patients into losing weight, stopping smoking or, in this case, getting a mammogram.

Around the Peninsula
Hockey referees sought Soccer coaches sought Domestic violence workshop planned Lifeguard class available Prime rib dinner fundraiser set to dish Hospice seeks volunteers Bowling leagues forming

Pet Photo: Best Friends
The Becker family of Nikiski sent in this photo of Mia. She was rescued from a pound in California several years ago, and since then has been a wonderful and affectionate companion, they said. "She had a courageous heart for such a little dog, and took defending her people and property very seriously. Her favorite thing to do after a good romp outside, much to our amusement, was to come back into the house and run laps around the living room." Sadly, Mia recently was hit and killed by a car.

Soldotna ends Kenai's season
Soldotna thumped host Kenai 44-0 on Saturday in a Northern Lights Conference game that was marred by three personal foul or unsportsmanlike penalties for Kenai, six such penalties for Soldotna, and the ejection of two of Soldotna's three leading rushers.

Seward tops Nikiski in OT thriller
The Nikiski high school football team's season ended with a heartbreaker Saturday as the visiting Seward Seahawks edged the Bulldogs 40-39 in overtime.

Seward girls take home state crown
Seward cross country coach Dan Marshall admitted next year's team is going to be different than his past four squads.

Kenai tops SkyHi in dual
At the Kenai Invitational on Sept. 22, the Skyview girls and boys swimming teams scored a total of two points. On Friday, Skyview scored 92 points in a dual meet with visiting Kenai.

Sports Briefs
Brown Bears drop a pair

Denison, Barnhart announce engagement
Kaysie Lynn Denison and Jonathan Edward Barnhart of Bozeman, Mont., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007.

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