Sunday, December 9, 2007

Nonprofit executives earn some time off
Key executives of two central Kenai Peninsula not-for-profit agencies have earned a break.

That's one odd duck
People travel for many reasons. Some travel for business. Others, to catch the biggest fish. But if you tell a handful of birders that a purple finch or McKay's bunting showed up on the Kenai Peninsula, chances are they'll grab their field glasses and flock down here faster than the fastest fisherman can bait his hook.

No-wake zones pitched for Kenai River
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is taking public comment on several proposals, at least three of which would impact portions of the Kenai River.

Helicopter wreckage located
Search and rescue crews on Saturday recovered the body of one of the crew members of the LifeGuard Alaska BK 117 helicopter missing since Monday evening.

Hospital operating deal close
Negotiations between South Peninsula Hospital Inc. and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have produced a new six-year operating agreement.

Photo feature: Hanging by a string
Mischele Taylor takes a precarious stance Saturday morning to string holiday lights outside her apartment in Kenai. "I was going to do it a couple of days ago but the porch was all froze up," she said. "So I figured I'd do it today with the decent weather."

Robert O. 'Bob' Larson
Longtime Kenai resident, Robert O. "Bob" Larson died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 after a long battle with cancer at his home in Kenai with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He was 62.

Dale Theadore Rutz
Kenai resident Dale Theadore Rutz died after a year-long illness on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 at his winter residence in Apache Junction, Ariz. He was 69.

Conquering obstacles big and small: Mountains, weave poles make 2007 a year worth reminiscing about
It's normal, if not expected, to reflect on the past 12 months this time of year.

Far-reaching inspiration found close to home
Larry Porter relates an anecdote about a friend recruiting engineers for a large oil field services company. He visited University of Alaska campuses in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and collected 30 applications. Of those 30, only one was from an American student.

Living life aloft
Kenai's Rich Mullowney is the kind of pilot you want to be flying with when Alaska's weather turns nasty, you're miles away from the next navigational aide and the mountains reach up out of nowhere to slap you out of the sky.

Around the Peninsula
Handel's 'Messiah' to be performed College council meeting scheduled Band concert, dessert auction scheduled SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Gardeners to gather Counseling association seeks members

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
"Surprise!"

The other 'claws'
What's good for the human might not be good for the pet.

Pet Photo: My Best Friend
According to Nico Castro, a 10-year-old Kenai boy, Hotdog, a mini dachshund, is the hottest dog in the world. "Hotdogs runs through the snow and jumps like a jack rabbit when we go for our walks," Nico said.

Area wrestlers take 4 NLC titles
Soldotna's Wes Mills and Les Baker, Skyview's Eddie Buffington and Homer's Tris Brymer all won conference crowns at the Northern Lights Conference wrestling tournament at Colony High School on Saturday.

Ninilchik, Nikolaevsk drop out in 4th-place semifinals
The Ninilchik and Nikolaevsk volleyball teams both lost in the fourth-place semifinals at the Class 1-2-3A West state tournament on Friday at Dimond High School in Anchorage to end their seasons.

Kenai loses to Colony, Wasilla
Even with a complete roster, Kenai Central would have its hands full with Wasilla.

Northern Division rules NLC hoops
As the NCAA Tournament has proven throughout the years, tournament basketball can be very unpredictable.

SoHi hockey knocks off Colony, Palmer
After having a controversial goal waved off Thursday night in a 2-1 loss to Wasilla, Soldotna captain Clayton Glick said he tried to let that go entering Friday's game against Colony.

Once bitten, but not shy
Doctors said no. Brandon O'Brikis said yes.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen finishes 78th in sprint Homer hockey drops pair of games Homer girls top Nikiski cagers

Pilatti, Braun wed in Nikiski
Alexis Corrine Pilatti and David Paul Braun of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Captain Cook State Recreation Area in Nikiski. Pete Piccini, stepfather of the groom, officiated.

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