Monday, December 4, 2006

Recreational fishermen could miss the boat
As a 40-year resident of the Kenai Peninsula and a recreational fisher, I feel compelled to write this letter regarding the upcoming boat motor restrictions for the Kenai River.

Seward Highway crash closes road; 2 taken to hospital after Kenai wreck
Slick roads contributed to three motor vehicle accidents over the weekend, one of which proved fatal.

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.

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.

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.

Forests open for Christmas tree cutting
With the Thanksgiving leftovers finally gone and the next holiday coming closer with each passing day, many are turning their attention to finding that perfect Christmas tree.

Members search for ways to improve life for central peninsula kids, teens
A deafening silence filled the room when Community Action Coalition Project Director Dale Gillilan asked community leaders: “If we were to focus on one problem, what would it be?”

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.

Ruth A. Pollard
Longtime Kasilof resident Ruth A. Pollard died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at her home in Kasilof. She was 83.

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

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.

Horsepower change requires more thorough study
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has recently released proposed regulation changes that would raise the horsepower on the Kenai River from 35 to 50 and eliminate 2-stroke motors by 2008. The first Boat Wake Study confirmed that by going from 35 to 50hp, on the Willie Predator, it would reduce the wake by 12 percent. The 12 percent was based on an average of all loads, however, and the benefits of more horsepower would be reduced under increased loading. The fact is that this particular boat was a poor choice for the Kenai given its weight, semi-v hull design and the 35hp restriction.

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

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.

Accident victim grateful for help
On Nov. 16, I was in a vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula
Support for cancer victim soughtLibrary commission to meetCraft fair, flea market plannedBreakfast fundraiser set to dishImmunization clinic postponedCES collects for holiday food driveKids’ winter reading program launchedSoccer coaches soughtWriters’ night needs authors

Peninsula People
4-H shinesPfaffe, Bird singColton joins ArmyRainwater joins Air ForceEarley granted fellowship

· Pam and Joel Burns of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Annie Rose Burns, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Community News
Library receives grantLibrary plans ‘lucky’ eventsGroup offers help to those in needWomen’s education grant availableRaising the bar for a good cause

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

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.

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

Sports Briefs
SoHi skaters top Homer Kenny Lake wins Borealis Tournament

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

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.

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

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