Sunday, December 3, 2006

Soldotna man dead, woman critically hurt in house blaze
A house fire in Soldotna on Friday claimed the life of an 80-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran and left his 50-year-old friend and would-be rescuer barely clinging to hers.

Moose’s fancy footwork nearly tramples dog team
For many, mushing dogs after work is a relaxing pastime, but a dog driver from Soldotna had an evening run this past week that was anything but leisurely.

Man accused of murdering mother heard asking to be killed on police officer’s tape
Soldotna police officer David Bower found a woman on the floor bleeding and gasping for breath, and a young man standing nearby screaming as the officer entered their home in response to a 911 report of a stabbing, he told a Kenai jury in the murder trial of 24-year-old Adam Israel on Friday.

Diane M. Eide
Former Alaska resident Diane M. Eide died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 40.

Mae F. Ciechanski
Longtime Kenai and Soldotna resident Mae F. Ciechanski died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at Harbor Lights Assisted Living in Soldotna. She was 92.

Kenai council makes good call on PERS
Kenai City Council members proved they can put what’s best for the city ahead of themselves in voting to exclude themselves from the Public Employee Retirement System.

‘Chwistmas wights’ help brighten hope for the season
There’s a logical explanation for everything, but there are times when the workings of the human mind, particularly that of a 5-year-old, defies logic.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai history buffs to meetChristmas concert todayClub to sell See’s candyFishermen’s fund members to meetSupport for cancer victim soughtCookies available to orderShuttle launch celebration setHoliday decorating contest beginsWomen may register for basketball league

Smith, Norden marry in Colorado
Cassie Elizabeth Smith of Soldotna and Matthew Edward Norden of Canon City, Colo., were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at Columbine Point Outdoor Chapel at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. Longtime family friend Pastor Charles Kinyon of Milliken, Colo. officiated.

Constellations make holiday skies sparkle
Last month’s Mercury transit was a great success, owing mostly to clear skies and it happening in the middle of an Alaska winter day. About 100 people showed up to look through my telescopes and at projected images of our sun, showing a beautiful sunspot and of course the transiting Mercury moving across our sun’s surface. Thanks also go to my students who helped set up, specifically Mike Stacy, and to Scott Moon who shot and published a nice transit photo. Enough self-accolades.

Fridge funk strikes again
The turkey, the pie, the leftovers, the funky fridge stench. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. I’ve been lucky to have my parents visit me over the holidays for the past few years. The only thing better than being in your childhood home for the holidays is having the family come to yours. It helps even out all those years of lawn mowing and dish washing duties you were subjected to as a kid.

Winter in Alaska a great time for stargazing
Few places in the country lend themselves to backyard astronomy as well as Alaska.

Kenai wrestlers get past Homer
Kenai wrestling coach Dave Boyle walked to the scorer’s table, indecision written on his face.

McGlasson tests fans’ supply of hats
Kenai students may want to start buying extra hats now.

Chugiak skaters cruise past SoHi
Chugiak didn’t focus on any specific Soldotna player on Friday night, rather choosing to employ a team defense in defending SoHi.

Skyview’s Romig also wears crown at Skyview Invitational
When informed she had won the girls race, Kailey Mucha’s face lit up.

ACS keeps Kachemak supremacy
The Anchorage Christian Schools wrestling team won its fourth straight Kachemak Conference tournament on Saturday at Seward High School.

Hakkinen finishes 65th in sprint race
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 65th on Saturday in a World Cup 10-kilometer sprint race in Ostersund, Sweden.

Area broadcaster nabs an award
Daniel Gensel, the sports director for KSRM Radio Group, earned the 2006 Goldie Award for Live Sports Event: Division II at the Alaska Broadcasters Association 2006 Convention held at the Anchorage Hilton on Nov. 17.

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