Monday, December 10, 2007

A solution for the rat problem
Rats are great fodder for writers, being just backward-spelled star. They are now getting exterminated from Rat Island. These fallen stars allegedly came ashore from a Japanese ship, grounded in 1780.

Lights a welcome sight
Regarding the bridge lights, my opinion is they are a lovely addition and blend well with the beautification program of the brick design walks, welcome rest stops with benches and the garden club's lovely floral beds.

Agrium makes a difference to seniors
We are very blessed to have a community that gives from its heart. On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Seniors, I would like to thank Agrium's leadership and staff for the many volunteer hours of service to the annual Thanksgiving dinners, the monetary donation to defer food costs, the donation of turkeys, the flower arrangements on each table used for door prizes and the donations of Agrium hats and bags.

Search, hope continues for remainder of crew
Search and rescue workers located the remains of flight nurse John Stumpff, of Sterling, amongst some debris Saturday from a LifeGuard helicopter that went missing in the Prince William Sound area Dec. 3. The search for the remainder of the wreckage as well as the three other individuals aboard the helicopter continues.

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.

Ladd Landing lease extension considered
The administration has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to approve a one-year extension on a lease option for borough land at Ladd Landing held by Texas-based investors.

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

Supporters, skeptics rally for clean water
Jack Hobson lives as he has for approximately 50 years, off the waters lakes Clark and Iliamna. Compared to bottled water, lake water is cleaner, he says. But because he lives within 17 miles of the proposed site for the Pebble gold and copper mine, he and the other members of the Nondalton tribal council are worried.

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.

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.

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."

Council, Corps to talk erosion
The Army wants to meet with Kenai city officials this week to go over design alternatives for curbing erosion along the Kenai River bluff.

Committee set to take fishing guide gripes
With more than 700 boats on the Kenai River at the same time during the July king salmon fishing season, contention between user groups is inevitable. But while the Alaska Department of Parks and Recreation fields specific complaints, a new subcommittee of the Kenai River Special Management Area board will take complaints as a way to recommend future changes to fishing regulations along the Kenai River.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Poinsettia plants part of large, colorful family
The genus euphorbia is one of the largest groups of plants, with over 2,000 species. It also contains the largest number of succulent species, as about half of the species in this genus are succulents. Whether grown in the landscape or on a windowsill, this is a fascinating group of plants that can turn a gardener into a collector.

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
Peaceful people to meet After-school church youth programs to meet Fish, game advisories to meet Women invited to brunch KWF plans open house Decorating contest begins Food bank donations sought Women voters to meet Women's basketball league forming

Peninsula Reflections
The Kasilof Boosters Club appointed George Jackinsky as manager the Kasilof Airport in 1965. At that time Kalifornsky Beach Road was not only spelled wrong (no "r"), it was routed long, traversing upstream to cross Coal Creek. In 1968 Studnek Construction won a contract (approximately $350,000) to upgrade Kalifornsky Beach Road and build a new Coal Creek crossing.

Kasilof Community News
Health for the holidays is an essential gift. As we move toward Christmas it is appropriate to remember the many neighbors who are struggling with health issues. Howard Davis of Clam Gulch has been battling lung and brain cancer. Chemotherapy is the chief weapon in his struggle.

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

Kenai Community News
Have you had a look at Leif Hansen memorial park after dark? It looks like there are lights on every single tree and bush. Thanks for brightening up our winter, whoever is responsible for all that work. I have great admiration for all of you who go to the effort and expense of decorating your houses for the holidays. It just isn't Christmas without all the cheery lights or the ringing of bells, for that matter.

Hero of the Week
Recently I had an unexpected experience of being a "guest" at our local hospital. May hat's off to whoever was responsible for the design and implementation of the expansion projects. Too often our community fails to plan for the future and lags behind in meeting the needs of its populace. Not so this time. We have a facility that we can and should be proud of.

Sterling Community News
If you have driven through Sterling lately you might have noticed activity in the building next to Alaska Wedding Brokers on the highway. I was very excited when the sign went up reading "Sterling Clinic." Health care services will be available in Sterling!

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood

Soldotna Community News
Silver Salmon here on the Kenai Peninsula aren't just known for the dinner table, they're also known for the winners' table as the Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Club. Swimmers with qualifying times are eligible for the Alaska age group competition championship meet in Fairbanks. Last year they had five eligible competitors, but this year 20 have qualified and 17 are signed to go.

Ninilchik Community News
Debra Henderson informed me that the American Legion kids community Christmas party with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be held at Carol Bock Hall at the fairgrounds at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 not Dec. 15 as I incorrectly reported.

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.

Sports Brief
The Homer girls and boys basketball teams swept a pair of nonconference basketball games against Nikiski on Saturday in Homer. It was the season opener for all four squads. The Homer girls won 57-56, while the Homer boys won 70-53.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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