Monday, November 19, 2007

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Winter wonderland
A willow branch near the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge hangs heavy with hoar frost and freshly fallen snow Saturday. Forecasters are predicting more cloudy weather and a chance of snow.

Teens destroy preschool
Two teens went on a rampage after breaking into the Ben Franklin Academy in Kenai Sunday afternoon.

Woman feeds soul with words
There's no shortage of aspiring writers on the Kenai Peninsula looking to get their work published, but one local woman has found her niche in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series of books.

Fisherman's day goes from bad to worse
A Homer fisherman's trip went from bad to worse earlier this month when his disabled vessel was rescued in heavy seas and then he was arrested on a bail violation after the Coast Guard towed him to Seward.

State offers 'Mining 101'
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources made an effort to make large mine permitting more transparent to the general public Nov. 13, with the first of three statewide November workshops.

Road standards revisited
An ordinance proposing stiffer requirements for subdivision developers gets still another public hearing before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday in Soldotna.

Safety first
Snowmachines can be fun to ride and explore the backcountry on, but they're definitely not toys.

Grave Issues
Now that a Soldotna city cemetery may be coming to their neighborhood, a number of Mooring by the River Subdivision homeowners rose up Wednesday night in protest.

Cities seek comp plan help
Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough to match $25,000 the city has appropriated for updating Soldotna's comprehensive plan.

Lawrence Allen 'Larry' Yocom
Longtime Soldotna resident Lawrence Allen "Larry" Yocom died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, after fighting a nearly three-year battle with cancer. He was 64.

No, we haven't got it backward: Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the Kenai Peninsula's backcountry
IANEK PENINSULA, ALASKA Snow came to the backcountry here this week, marking the start of frequent hiking, snowshoeing and skiing into backcountry cabins.

Let's hope the Legislature keeps moving forward
We are pleased to see that our state lawmakers were able to work together this week to pass new oil tax legislation.

Ninilchik Community News
We have so much to be thankful for. We have been blessed with a free country and a wonderful place to live. Newcomers often comment on how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place that is so abundant with natural resources.

Peninsula Reflections
I don't know when they began to call Alaska the Last Frontier, but I think that the name lost meaning when the Alaska Highway was built.

Soldotna Community News
Thanksgiving is a time of reminiscing and remembering blessings we have. On that note, I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to my column. It's great to hear what's going on in our community and in the lives of individuals as well. This week I thought it would be enjoyable to share some Thanksgiving memories. Many of you said, "Oh, we don't do anything special, it's just the traditional dinner!" It's interesting though, how families, communities, and countries are strengthened and bond through what seem like menial traditions, which are actually part of an important fabric that bind us together.

Land of Plenty
When Steve Scott ventures into the woods in search of wild mushrooms, he's amazed at the abundance he finds.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Trolling for new boots
I'm off on a trip to Mars, and I'll rest assured that while I'm gone, my upholstery will be safe from unicorns.

Sterling Community News
It seems that winter is here to stay. I could hear the cheers from the snow fans, including my ski-crazy daughters, when the white stuff started to stick. I know that the Sterling area is a great tourist destination in the summer, but I think the tourists miss the best of the area when they leave before the snow flies. I hope all you locals get a chance to enjoy the winter fun Sterling has to offer skiing, snowmachining, snowshoeing and eventually some ice fishing.

Around the Peninsula
Peaceful people to meet Public health plans 1-day closure Fair trade bazaar planned Skyview prepares for graduation Counseling association seeks members Women's basketball league forming Habitat applications offered See's candy fundraiser continues Senior center events announced

Kasilof Community News
Except for Tustumena, lake water in Kasilof has put on its winter coat and will be hibernating many months. With the water sleeping its summer range becomes flat and skateable. Caution, however, merits a minimum ice thickness of six inches for skating and eight inches for parties.

Optimistic outlook
Left to right, Barbara Ruckman, Barbara Jewell and Sharon Geeslin are shown in this Oct. 29 photo attending Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula ROAR at the Kenai River Raven. Members and their guests were served wine and appetizers. Geeslin introduced guests to the Soroptimist's mission and also familiarized them with service projects the group has done for the peninsula. For more information on the local chapter, call 260-5451.

Around the Peninsula
Library holds story time KMS seeks volunteers Peaceful people to meet Frankenstein comes to SoHi School district committee members needed

If you build it ....
Representatives from the Workforce Development Center at Kenai Central High School, from left, Walt Ward, career and technical education coordinator, Mike Boyle and Steve Schoessler, instructors, are recognized by Alaska Division of Forestry's Sharon Roesch for directing 13 students in a construction academy project to build a 20-by-20 building for forestry last summer. The building has been moved to the peninsula fairgrounds in Ninilchik where foresters will use it during the annual fair. Ward said it also could be used as a south peninsula headquarters in the event of a wildfire such as last summer's Caribou Hills fire.

Kenai Community News
Do you remember the song "Over the river and through the wood to grandmother's house we go. Hurrah for fun, is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!" Well, my kids learned the one that went: "A turkey sat on a backyard fence and he sang this sad, sad tune..."

Holidays not always a wonderful time of the year
The winter holidays are generally perceived as "the most wonderful time of the year." But for those who are facing new grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness. And even for those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss- not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Sisters Hannah, left, and Sheba were lucky to be adopted by Allen and Susan Dowell of Kenai six years ago. Their owners took them to school and they learned agility. The Dowells encourage others to go to the shelter and adopt a best friend. "They need a good home like ours have," Susan said.

South edges Soldotna
When Mike McGrath plays a better game between the pipes, Soldotna coach Kyle Howell wants to be there to see it.

Kenai falls to Eagle River, South
Kenai coach Nate Kiel didn't know too much about Eagle River entering the Kardinals' contest with the Wolves on Friday night.

Bowled over
Tasha Waterbury was living in the state of Washington, competing on a middle-school bowling team and just about ready to join a high school varsity bowling team as one of the school's top two bowlers when there was a change in plans.

Homer wins End of Road Shootout
Robert Lewis broke a 2-2 tie when he scored in overtime in leading Homer to the End of the Road Shootout title with a 3-2 victory over Delta Junction on Saturday in Homer.

Skyview takes 4th at King of the Mountain
Skyview placed fourth, Seward took fifth and Kenai claimed eighth at the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament at Seward High School on Saturday.

Machado to return to Oilers coaching staff
The Peninsula Oilers announced that former Kenai Central standout Dennis Machado will return for his second season as the pitching coach for the Oilers.

Arbelovsky, Queen wed in Soldotna
Stephanie Lee Arbelovsky and James Jacob Queen of Anchorage were married in an afternoon ceremony Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Lee Moore officiated.

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