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Sunday, December 4, 2005

Bridge pounding stops — briefly
Piling driving for the center support of the Kenai River bridge being built in Soldotna was expected to be finished this weekend, giving area residents a reprieve from constant pounding they’ve been hearing the past few months.

Concert offers a taste of opera
A miracle will happen on stage today at 3 p.m. when the Kenai Central High School Choir Winter Concert will feature “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Residents talk about Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart gets people talking.

Iditarod sign-ups include 7 from peninsula
Whether it be to experience the adventure of crossing Alaska by dog sled, to cash in on the $750,107 total purse or for the bragging rights of making it all the way to Nome, nearly 100 mushers have signed up for 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Photo feature: Not ‘board’ yet
Matt Heminger looks for air after finding a little snow to snowboard on at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for snow to fall here and there throughout the week, but the good news is temperatures are expected to rise.

Roxanne Michelle Herndon
Roxanne Michelle Herndon died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, in Ninilchik. She was 25.

Common sense urged in using fed funds in area
This holiday season isn’t just kids making wish lists and checking them twice. State politicians are getting into the spirit on behalf of Alaska’s transportation system.

Around the Peninsula
Bee keepers all a buzz about meetingSterling byway workshop scheduledSwimmers ready to make a splashSoHi after-grad meeting slatedReading carnival canceled

Hunting for the stars of December
In December, the dominating constellation is Orion, the Hunter. It is many people’s favorite because of its brilliance.

Young and old divulge secret desires
A wiggly line of Kenai Peninsula residents recently formed outside the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Parents tried their best to keep their little ones calm and warm in the frigid weather, but all it took was one glimpse of the man in the red suit, and all havoc broke loose.

My best friend
Cathy Robbins’ dog Buddy in Soldotna is a keeshond, a breed that lives to have fun and loves to hike. The dogs were bred to be guard dogs for barges in the canals of Holland. They were used as an alert of approaching barges and used to rid the barges of rats. The breed was established in the 1600s and was originally named as an honor to Emperor Kyes. When Kyes fell out of grace, keeshonds became unpopular and were turned loose. Gypsies adopted them and turned them into circus dogs. Today keeshonds are considered a companion dog because they easily adapt to living in confined quarters and they are happy as long as they are with their owner.

South skates past Kenai Central
South defeated Kenai Central 6-4 Saturday in a nonconference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Kenai boys, Homer girls ski to wins
The Kenai Central High School boys and the Homer girls took the team titles at the Homer Invitational Saturday at McNeil Canyon in Homer.

Homer, SoHi gather mat time
Soldotna High School hosted Homer for a wrestling meet Friday, and while team scores weren’t kept, each coach was able to get a match for every eligible wrestler.

Sports Briefs
Midnight Sun season set to start

South cruises past Soldotna
Just how different life is for peninsula schools and their enrollment of hundreds and Anchorage schools and their enrollements of more than a thousand was apparent after South’s 8-1 nonconference victory over Soldotna at the Soldotna Sports Center on Friday.

Area wrestlers punch tickets to state
Behind five individual champions, Anchorage Christian Schools won the Kachemak Conference wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

Ninilchik nabs spot at state
The Ninilchik School high school volleyball team will be making its third straight trip to the 1-2-3A West state tournament, but the Wolverines are a little disappointed in the way in which they got there.

Oilers keep adding to roster
Andy Preston from Garden City Community College joins the Peninsula Oilers for the 2006 season. After the 2005 season Preston, who stands 6-foot-4, was named second-team All-Jayhawk Conference at first base and to the National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American list. Preston, a sophomore, is studying secondary education-mathematics and lists Hutchinson, Kan., as his hometown.

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