Sunday, October 16, 2005

End of road work nears
Workers are slowly getting the Kenai Spur Highway repaving project lined out, while the Sterling Highway bridge project is becoming a bit of a drain. The good news? Both projects are expected to be completed on schedule.

Runoffs are routine in borough
When John Torgerson and John Williams meet in the municipal runoff election Oct. 25, the two mayoral candidates will be walking a well-beaten path.

Not all splurge with annual checks
With pump prices fast approaching $3 a gallon at many gas stations, reports that heating oil and natural gas may cost 60 percent more than last year's price, and the federal government announcing Friday that inflation is at a 25-year high, Alaskans are seeing their fair share of economic hardship.

Dividends plump up peninsula bank accounts
It's not quite Christmas, but it is time to spend some money on the Kenai Peninsula. With $845.76 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks distributed last week to qualified Alaskans who receive theirs by direct deposit, some Kenai Peninsula retailers are keeping their fingers crossed hoping those checks will boost their business.

School board looking to fill seats
Newly elected members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will be sworn into office Monday evening at the board's regular meeting.

Vera Alberta Hibbert
Vera Alberta Hibbert died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, in Wasilla with her family at her side. She was 87.

Runoff only works if voters get involved
Runoff elections make a lot of sense — but only when the voters show up to the polls in force. Because of a requirement that the winner in a Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral election receive at least 50 percent of the vote, borough voters on Oct. 25 will go to the polls for the second time in less than a month.

Voices of the Clarion: A time for reflection
One of the things I like most about the future is the unknown. Each day is better than a gift — it's a surprise gift. Something unexpected. I look at life this way to balance the monotony of dirty laundry.

Maggie's mission
It all happened so fast. Maggie Winston woke up at about 8 o'clock the morning of her twins' first birthday with a severe pain between her shoulder blades. At first, she just thought she needed a visit to the chiropractor.

Weddings
Garrison, Nussbaum announce engagement Pizzuto, Playle marry in Nikiski Smith, Chavez marry in Hawaii Hermansens celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Around the Peninsula
CPHC board meeting set CICADA to elect officers Masters swim program planned Social Security reps to visit area Peninsula women's group to meet Domestic violence workshop set

Dog flu could reach Alaska
While many people nervously watch the news for the latest details on the deadly "bird flu" sweeping across Asia, many pet owners also are watching the spread of a "dog flu" across the U.S.

My best friend
Snitzer enjoys the comforts of home with owners Charlie and Dorothy Diamond of Soldotna.

Johnson wins fourth straight at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The alternator failed, the battery had to be switched mid-race and the entire electrical system was on the fritz. Add all that to a constant fear of having a tire explode at any second and even the most veteran driver would be rattled.

Kenai Central takes fourth straight state crown
The first 6 minutes, 31 seconds of Saturday's Alaska School Activities Association small-schools state championship football game belonged to the Eielson Ravens.

SoHi netters split with Kodiak, ACS
Good was not good enough for the host Soldotna volleyball team Friday night in a Northern Lights Conference match against Kodiak.

Sorenstam seizes control at Samsung World Championship
PALM DESERT, Calif. — Annika Sorenstam seized control early Saturday amid meltdowns by Michelle Wie and Grace Park, then pulled away with four birdies on the last five holes for a 6-under 66 and a four-shot lead in the Samsung World Championship.

Kards pick up NLC awards
Kenai Central dominated the major awards in postseason Northern Lights Conference balloting announced Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Team Alaska looking for hoops players

Kenai volleyball gets pair of wins
The Kenai Central volleyball team made rather poor hosts of themselves Saturday morning, dispatching the visiting Kodiak Bears in a three-game Northern Lights Conference match that took all of 50 minutes.

Clemens gets Astros a win
HOUSTON — Missing his most overpowering stuff, 43-year-old Roger Clemens gritted his teeth and pushed his hometown Houston Astros closer to their first World Series.

Variety spells victory for Kenai
Finally, the Kardinals are allowing themselves to smile. After the quiet intensity and stoic demeanor following their Northern Lights Conference title-clinching win over Soldotna in the final game of the regular season and their semifinal victory over Nikiski last week, the Kardinals cut loose following their 42-10 win over Eielson for the Alaska School Activities Association small-schools football championship.

White Sox take 3-1 lead on Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Freddy Garcia made it three in a row for the Chicago White Sox.

Notre Dame's upset bid against USC falls just short
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tested like never before, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Southern California showed they have a championship jaw to go along with all that talent.

Collier dies at 28
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28.

Rangers use second period to stop Thrashers
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to win for the second straight game and the New York Rangers blistered Atlanta rookie Adam Berkhoel for three second-period goals in a 5-1 victory Saturday night over the Thrashers.

Hull ends long, prolific NHL career
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brett Hull choked back emotion and thanked ''everyone who ever touched my life in the game,'' announcing his retirement Saturday from a career that left him the third-leading goal scorer in NHL history.

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