Monday, December 3, 2007

Students send thanks
Mrs. Hagen's fifth-graders at Aurora Borealis Charter School would like to thank Kevin Harding and Dr. Henry Krull for visiting the classroom. While studying the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations, Mr. Harding shared information about his trip to South America. Then during the skeletal unit in science, Dr. Krull shared pictures and hardware he uses while working on bones.

Farm bill needed to help hungry residents
As most Americans prepared for Thanksgiving, 35 million Americans, including over 83,000 individuals in Alaska, struggled to put food on their tables and food bank inventories nationwide were scarce.

Reader: Israel has right to exist
It seems to me that enough time has passed and that now the United States should stand with a sure foot. To make sure that Israel stays a state of her own in the Middle East it is the only democracy! If it falls, we all fall.

Photo feature: Sunrise over Kenai
A winter sun rises as the Kenai River wends its way to Cook Inlet on Sunday. Today the sun rose at approximately 9:48 a.m. and will set at 4:01 p.m. giving us six hours and 13 minutes of daylight. On Dec. 22, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, will occur.

BKEEP abuzz over colony disorder
When they've exhausted their honey supply for the season, most Alaska beekeepers opt for a clean slate, starting new hives in the spring, but not Steven Albers. Rather than purchase one of the 600 or 700 packages of insects brought into the state each year, his honeybees brave the cold.

Assembly considers boat motor resolution
A joint borough-city resolution to be considered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its Tuesday meeting asks the Alaska Board of Fisheries to adopt regulations to reduce hydrocarbon discharge at the mouth of the Kenai River.

Teen helps youth remain drug-free
How does a high school senior juggle being student body president, a member of the basketball and swim teams and youth adviser for D.A.R.E. Alaska all the while maintaining a good grade in AP Language Arts? The answer, very carefully.

Senior exemption on tap
Senior citizens could be absent from the borough for as long as six months and remain eligible for the senior property tax exemption under amendments proposed by Borough Mayor John Williams and Assemblyman Paul Fischer.

School board to hear about survey
For the third time in as many years, the Community Action Coalition will present the ins and outs of its planned student survey to the school board which meets today.

Ski hill needs fixing
If it's broken, fix it.

John Robert Ace Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident John Robert Ace Sr. died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Providence Wesley Care Center in Seward. He was 88.

Louise J. Rhodes
Longtime Kenai resident Louise J. Rhodes died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 97.

Clarice M. Dale
Longtime Soldotna resident Clarice M. Dale died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 83.

John Robert Ace Sr.
Longtime Kenai resident John Robert Ace Sr. died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 at Providence Wesley Care Center in Seward. He was 88.

Arthur Edwin 'Ed' Scott
Anchorage resident Arthur Edwin "Ed" Scott died Sunday, Nov. 25, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 65.

Margaret Ann King
Former Alaska resident Margaret Ann King of Denton, Texas, died Nov. 27, 2007 after a long illness. She was 81.

Investing in the peninsula's economic returns
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assem-bly recently considered an amendment to a subdivision road ordinance that would have imposed higher construction standards for roadways crossing salmon streams.

'We wanted our son back': Bringing home runaway means digging in, checking every lead
My son waved, said he would see me later and then walked out of my life.

Sterling Community News
Pastor Jim Pearson from Sterling Lutheran Church called to let me know there would be a benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Senior Center. The church will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit Kent Aslett's ongoing missionary work in Nicaragua.

Kenai Community News
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! What's your favorite part of this happy season? Shopping? Baking? Communicating with family and friends of Christmases past? I hope some of you said giving because if ever there was a time of year that lends itself to that noble activity, it's now.

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meet KCHS Christmas concert set AWG hockey tryouts slated Poetry reading planned Health care to be discussed College council meeting scheduled

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

Winter sky provides brilliant views
The recurring spectacle starts between 7 and 8 p.m. every day in December. That's when a brilliant winter sky starts rising in the east: along with Orion's Betelgeuse and Rigel, its belt and sword, Canis Major's Sirius and Canis Minor's Procyon, Gemini's Castor and Pollux, Cancer's Praesepe cluster, Auriga's Capella, Taurus' Aldebaran, Hyades and Pleiades clusters, the planet Mars glows reddish among them.

Service to others
On Nov. 15 Nikiski Cub Scout Pack 654 Webelos den leader Suzanne Strickland, left to right, Max Handley, Tylor Handley and from Nikiski Boy Scout Troop 659, Gabe Strickland and Sebastian Strickland, are shown with the Thanksgiving centerpieces they created for the food baskets that the North Star United Methodist Church food pantry gives out yearly. Cub Scout Pack 654 (grades one through five) meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the North Star Methodist Church. Boy Scout Troop 659 (grades six and up) meeting schedule is available by calling Carol Strickland at 776-5683.

Ninilchik Community News
It's hard to believe that December is already upon us. Our community's calendar is bursting with Christmas programs and activities that give us no excuse for boredom.

Scratching out a new life
Before Aug. 10, 2003, Dianne MacRae, her husband, Jim, and son, Taylor, looked forward to leaving Anchorage behind for the quiet beaches of Kasilof. Climbing stairs in their three-story condominium proved too much for Jim's back, and since he commercial fished on the Kenai Peninsula, the concept of owning their own land appealed to him and his wife.

Soldotna Community News
Driving around town looking at twinkling Christmas lights brings back warm childhood memories for me. The lights are so magical at night as they reflect on the snow. We continue that tradition with our family and then return home to thaw out by drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Around the Peninsula
Cookie fundraiser continues Cribbage tourney set Gardeners to gather KWF plans open house School district committee members needed Women voters to meet Counseling association seeks members Kids reading program continues

Kasilof Community News
Happy 90th birthday to Mary Margaret Casey. Mary was born in Iowa on Dec. 9, 1917. Her dad, John Fuchs, was an illegal alien from Germany. Fuchs is German for "fox." John was a baker who had trained for that profession in several countries in Europe. He married Maggie May Bruce in Iowa and the couple had 13 children, including Mary. The Fuchs opened a bakery but had to close it during World War I when people reacted to John's heritage.

Life in the Pedestrian Lane
One down (two if you count Halloween) and two to go. Holidays, that is.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Ein is a 3-year-old Pembroke Corgi who belongs to Barb Eagle of Kenai. Ein's energy has led him through many agility (obstacle) courses. Right now he is recovering from a serious spinal injury that left his back legs paralyzed. He had back surgery and two weeks later was up and walking again. Because of agility, his vet said he is in excellent shape and possibly will be able to compete again soon.

Kardinal earns Gatorade honor
Senior running back Bill Chimphalee became the first Kenai Central player ever to receive the Gatorade Alaska Football Player of the Year, announced last week by the Gatorade Company.

Nikiski hockey splits with Monroe
The Nikiski Bulldogs should have been the ones struggling come the third period.

Ice Dogs take 2 from Kenai River
Country music blaring from one locker room.

Wolverines battle for title
Tok defeated Ninilchik 25-27, 25-22, 25-14 and 25-13 on Saturday at Ninilchik School to win the Borealis Conference volleyball tournament.

Future is now for Parker
With a handful of deserving seniors, and probably a few juniors, all possessing the traits required to win the Most Inspirational Wrestler Award at the Luke Spruill Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Kenai Central High School on Saturday, Nikiski coach Lucas Peless glossed over his own wrestler, only a sophomore, for that very reason.

Sports Brief
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished off the first weekend of the World Cup season with a 22nd-place finish in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit on Sunday in Kontiolahti, Finland.

Sports Briefs
SoHi grad selected for Aztec Bowl Hill wins Salazar award Hakkinen takes 22nd in sprint Skyview grapplers place 7th in Anchorage

Koskela's celebrate 60th anniversary
Elmer and Vera Mae (Blair) Koskela of Nikiski celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Friday. They were married Nov. 30, 1947, in Lead, S.D, in a small Finnish Lutheran Church.

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