Sunday, October 21, 2007

Other groups try to pick up for Red Cross
The closure of a local office of the American Red Cross from the Kenai Peninsula is generating mixed responses from the community's charities.

Close call prompts library policy
The Kenai Community Library cannot give an espresso and a kitten to every unattended child as some coffee shops jokingly warn, but measures need to be taken to assure parents watch their kids, according to the library director.

Food Bank shares a better way to eat
With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's on the way, so too are candy, pies, cookies and eggnog, but an upcoming series of nutritional classes may offer some still sweet, but healthier alternatives to eat during the holiday season.

More Guard troops return to peninsula
Scarcely one dry eye could be found at the Kenai Municipal Airport Friday afternoon as Army National Guardsman Pfc. Wilson House came home following a 15-month deployment to Kuwait.

BP, others to help Agrium workers
BP Alaska and other companies are making positions available to Agrium USA employees soon to be laid off as the Nikiski fertilizer production plant is mothballed.

Experts share concerns over effects from mines
In order to break the ice with her audience, Carol Ann Woody's first slide showed her with a 49-inch northern pike cradled in her arms. She had a big grin on her face as she told the audience how she happened to grab onto the enormous fish, but when she touched on what happens when zinc mixes with copper, she said the audience wouldn't want to eat that pike.

Howard Lee Hedges
Surrounded by family and friends, Homer resident and much-loved local musician Howard Lee Hedges died Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer shortly after a wheelchair accident. He was 52.

Eileen M. Stroble
Former Sterling resident Eileen M. Stroble of Cool, Calif., died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 in Fair Oaks, Calif. She was 97.

Bears in Katmai preserve caught in the cross-fire
Is fair-chase hunting fair if there is

One year to remember: 12 reasons why it's worth spending time in Alaska
Nearly one year has passed since I made the fateful move to this interesting state.

Tripping out
From the American Heritage Dictionary: "vacation n. A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest and relaxation ..."

Taking aim together
The bow and arrow. Paleolithic hunters used them to hunt for food. Soldiers in the Middle Ages used them to kill their enemies. Modern athletes use them for Olympic sport. And on weekends in North Kenai, a few folks use them for recreation.

Around the Peninsula
Public comment sought on park Book sale fundraiser slated Sports gear swap scheduled Reading council seeks members VFW holds scholarship contest Domestic violence workshop planned

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Elijah and Grace Kensinger of Tennessee love to ride their grandparents' dog Stormy when they come to visit in the summer. Stormy belongs to Rick and Sheryl Main of Kenai.

Sports Briefs
Juneau-Douglas wins state football title SoHi volleyball finishes tied for 5th

Split's gone
The great split is no more.

Colony's B team edges Skyview for 3rd
Eddie Buffington glanced up at the scoreboard as Skyview huddled in a circle.

Homer girls, Soldotna boys swim to Peninsula Invite titles
The Homer girls and the Soldotna boys captured titles at the Peninsula Invite on Saturday at Seward High School.

Vail, Smith marry in Kenai
Ashleigh Marie Vail of Soldotna and Matthew Adrian Smith of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Eric Hansen, friend of the groom officiated.

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