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Monday, December 11, 2006

Project to reduce vehicle-animal highway crashes collars subjects
The second phase of a wildlife mitigation and human safety project has begun with 37 animals — 32 moose and five caribou — captured and fitted with global positioning system collars.

Council OKs Angler paving
With few exceptions, Angler Drive landowners giving public testimony Wednesday night agreed with the assessment method used by the city of Kenai to determine who pays how much to pave their street.

Hospital service area considers putting excess money to use
Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area board members are considering a program to provide grants to local nonprofit healthcare organizations out of surplus funds that may become available within the hospital’s budget in healthy fiscal years.

Lowe’s land sale gets OK from city of Kenai
One of two big retailers coming to Kenai has cleared all the paper hurdles and soon is expected to begin clearing its land.

Israel found guilty of murder
A Kenai jury found Adam Israel guilty of second-degree murder Friday after nearly 10 hours of deliberation.

Palin picks Kenai police chief, other locals for transition team
Gov. Sarah Palin’s transition team that is to head up reviews of various government agencies includes several residents of the Kenai Peninsula.

Gordon Wayne Gifford
Longtime Kenai resident Gordon Wayne Gifford died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, from cancer at his home. He was 74.

Year of loss inspires determination to be ready for life and death
The New Year is sitting just over the horizon, teasingly close. Close enough to want to let out a sigh of relief and yet far enough away to hold my breath just in case something happens.

Making giving part of yearly holiday tradition
The clock is ticking.

Holiday, travel safety tips
The holiday season is upon us, and the Alaska winter along with it. The American Red Cross of Alaska offers some safety tips to prepare you and your family for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Around the Peninsula
Food bank board to meetBridge construction to be discussedBerry growers to meetPhotos with Santa availableNinilchik potluck slatedAlcohol and drug abuse council to meet

Community Events
Raising the bar for a good causeGrant available for women seeking educationWomen’s award offeredHelp wanted in exchange programsClass of ’97 plans reunionHoliday stained glass classes offeredPhone cards soughtCoping with holidays to be discussedGenealogical Society to meetImmunization clinic postponedHoliday tea to be servedPrescription drug benefits to be discussedFundraisers for cancer victim beginQuilting for a cause

Births
· Cindy and Shawn Lewis of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Austin Connor Lewis, at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Boot up and potty on this Christmas
Here we are, smack in the middle of the most intense shopping stretch of the year, and to make things even more acute, this is also the time of year when everybody feels the need to throw a party. The social obligations cut into shopping time. With only two weeks left things are undoubtedly getting a little tight for some of you out there. Are you waking up nights in a cold sweat, afraid you will find yourself stuck getting that special person a VegeMatic for their yule gift?

Around the Peninsula
Breakfast buffet availableStory time set to entertainBirders flock togetherChristmas plays set for todayPeaceful people to meetPhone cards soughtCoping with holidays to be discussedPFLAG to meetGenealogical Society to meet

Peninsula Reflections
Spruce Grove Memorial Park has more known graves than any other cemetery on the Kenai Peninsula.

Storyteller weaves cultural bond with string
Drop out of the sky into the middle of just about any culture, just about anywhere on Earth, start tying string figures, and you’ll have no problem making friends.

Peninsula People
Bushon joins Army

Baun, Monti marry in Florida
Kynde Marie Baun formerly of Kenai and Kyle Frances Monti of Juneau were married Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, in Orlando, Fla.

Christoffer, Newton marry in Kenai
Amber Christoffer and Joshua Newton were married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at the Kenai Bible Church. Pastor Vance Wonser officiated.

McGillivrays celebrate 50th anniversary
Former Kenai residents Kayo and Marsha (Lohr) McGillivray celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, with a reception at Sugar Hills Golf Club in Goodland, Kan.

Peninsula Clarion - Pets

Nikiski girls show mettle vs. Homer
Champions find ways to win.

Service sweeps Lynxloppet Invite
While rain was ravaging the ski trails on the central Kenai Peninsula, peninsula schools were getting in some racing at the Lynxloppet Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Homer girls start by defeating Dimond
The Homer girls opened their season with a huge victory over defending Class 4A state champion Dimond on Friday, edging the Lady Lynx, 51-47.

Colony beats SoHi for Skyview Invite crown
Relaxing in the stands awaiting the championship round to commence, Soldotna’s Erick Morris sat eating a banana with peanut butter smeared all over it.

Vanderford gets it done
Austin Vanderford dedicated nearly half a year to training, eagerly awaiting a chance at eclipsing consecutive sixth-place finishes at the state wrestling competition.

Rams take 2 from ‘Dawgs
Goalies are like daily commuters. They don’t like a lot of traffic.

Hakkinen finishes 79th
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 79th in a 10-kilometer World Cup sprint on Friday in Hochfilzen, Austria. Hakkinen was 3 minutes, 32.2 seconds behind winner Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway. Hakkinen had two penalties and did not qualify for Saturday’s pursuit.

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