Sunday, October 14, 2007

ACES hearings to begin Friday
The House Special Committee on Oil and Gas will begin hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's proposal to review and rewrite the Petroleum Production Tax, the subject of a special session of the legislature scheduled to begin Thursday.

Motors take center stage at advisory committee
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee recommended changes to a proposal that would make it illegal for dipnet fishermen to fish from a boat that doesn't carry a four-stroke or direct fuel injected two-stroke motor on the Kenai River by the year 2010. If the Board of Fish listens to the advisory committee, dipnetters will not be able to fish from a vessel powered by a two-stroke motor starting next year.

Crash course
Friday's snowfall gave Kenai Peninsula motorists a crash course in driving in inclement weather. But even as flakes fluttered to the ground and vehicles rolled over or skidded off roads, very few accidents resulted in injuries.

Dubious distinction
Alaska has the undesired distinctions of leading the nation, on a per-capita basis, in the number of women killed by their intimate partner and being the number-one state in sexual abuse of children cases.

Borough employment nears record for 2007
Solid employment figures for August continued what as been a near record year in the Kenai Peninsula Borough economy, according to the latest data compiled by the borough economist Jeanne Camp.

Maxine Marcella Penner
Sterling resident Maxine Marcella Penner, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital following heart surgery three weeks before. She was 87.

Wayne A. Thomason
Former Soldotna resident Wayne A. Thomason of Clarkston, Wash., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 in Spokane, Wash. He was 76.

Jerry Earl Rogerss Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident Jerry Earl Rogerss Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 72.

Troy Eugene Pabst
Kenai resident, Mr. Troy Eugene Pabst died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 at his house in Kenai. He was 46.

Letter inspires reflection: Appreciate friendship it's a lesson worth taking to heart
I was inspired to write this column by a letter to the editor. Richard Hahn wanted to share some of his life lessons with the rest of us, and it certainly got me thinking. He said the key to life, basically, is friendship, that is the relationships you have with everyone in your life.

Too many families live in fear
The statistics are sobering: Alaska leads the nation, on a per-capita basis, in the number of women killed by their intimate partner.

A View Askew
Lately I have been fantasizing about cosmetic surgery. Before you look too closely at my photo (you know, her nose does look a little funny), let me clarify that I am considering surgery to correct my vision, not anything genetics or an inability to turn down ice cream have stuck me with.

Planning is everything for frightening fun
The Halloween shopping season is already halfway through, and retailers warn that the best costumes tend to go fast. Fanatics hit stores in early September, pouncing on their garb weeks in advance.

Around the Peninsula
Women bowlers to meet Drug abuse council to meet CPHC board meeting set Hospice training, events set Counseling group seeks members Mine toxins to be discussed Community dance set for fun

Wrestling with the language
Imagine yourself lost in the streets of Tokyo. It's raining. You're cold, wet, hungry. You're trying to find your way back to a hotel that's clear across town while being jostled by droves of men, women and children; people with a better sense of where they're going than you. You catch one by the arm.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Life is "ruff" for Django. Is this photo, she takes a break from playing with her family Gregg and Amanda Motonaga of Soldotna after a flight to a glacier lake.

Home sweet home
AMARILLO, Texas Getting groomed by a monkey is a compliment.

Skyview spikers hold off Warriors
WASILLA At times during Friday's volleyball match against the Skyview Panthers, Wasilla looked unstoppable.

SoHi netters drop 2 matches
Soldotna had a rough trip to the Valley.

Bulldogs dot all-conference squads
The Nikiski football team finished second last in the Greatland Football Conference with a 2-4 record, but coaches showed they had a lot of respect for the Bulldogs in all-conference voting released on Saturday.

Nikiski netters keep Seward on the run
Once the host Nikiski volleyball team had Seward on the run on Friday night, the Bulldogs never gave the Seahawks a chance to even slow down to a jog.

Wrestling season starts with Takedown Tourney
The wrestling season kicked off with the Homer Oktoberwrest Takedown Tournament on Saturday at Homer High School.

Kodiak boys, girls take Palmer Invite championship
The Kodiak girls and boys swimming and diving teams continued a solid season on Friday and Saturday by winning the 2007 Palmer Invitational.

Soldotna completes a perfect 10
It was an unusual scene for sure.

Time to unpack last year's championship gear
Before the start of the 2007 season, a few of Soldotna's players took it upon themselves to have all the returning members from last year's state title squad stow away their prized championship sweatshirts and rings.

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