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Friday, December 11, 2009

State's airport business is picking up
State airport officials are cautiously optimistic that international air cargo traffic through the Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports is on an uptick after being slammed by economic recession.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Kenai library expansion another step closer to reality
Thank you, Friends of the Kenai Community Library. Because of your efforts, the library expansion has taken another huge step to becoming a reality.

'Exploder' had a long, useful life
I enjoyed the recent Verbatim article by Carol Clonan (Clarion, Dec. 7). She is truly a talented young lady. Readers should note that the "Exploder" is/was a workhorse of a vehicle. Her father (me) abused the car for many, many years before it came into Carol's possession -- driving it into ditches, towing another vehicle up the Alcan Highway, exceeding load capacities, and other things her father would never admit to.

Manslaughter trial call begins: Thayr I. Watson case may see courtroom after 1st of the new year
Thayr I. Watson, the man charged with manslaughter after another man was found dead in a Soldotna grocery store bathroom last year, is scheduled for trial on Jan. 4.

Too much noise: Soldotna cracks down on modified mufflers
Jacquelyn Canoose is sick of the "bullies." That's how she refers to drivers who have purposefully modified their mufflers to make more noise.

Photo feature: A wee bit of fun
Obadiah Moore gets an autograph he won't lose from WeeMan during a stop on a Monster Energy drink promotional tour at The Place Bar in Nikiski on Thursday night. The 4-foot-6-inch actor has appeared in both "Jackass" movies and many episodes of the MTV television show. "I love it here," WeeMan said of his Alaska stops, which will include appearances in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Photo feature: Carving out a living
Wood chips fly as Guy Lane of Alaskan Wooden Bear Cabins works on a carving at sunset alongside the Sterling Highway in Soldotna last weekend. "I carve whatever looks good in a piece of wood," Lane said.

Merry mansion: Parnell hosts holiday open house; gives Alaskans a Christmas pep talk
Gov. Sean Parnell knows this year may be particularly tough for many families given the difficult economic times, so on Tuesday he wanted to be sure to wish Alaskans a merry Christmas and happy holiday season during the annual open house at the Governor's Mansion.

Joyce Ellyn (Toothaker) Olsen
Former Cooper Landing resident, Joyce Ellyn (Toothaker) Olsen, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, in Hamilton, Mont.

Tollef Ward Thompson
Lifelong Kenai resident, Mr. Tollef Ward Thompson, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, from a fire at his home in Nikiski. A gathering for family will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at the home of Stan and Donnis Thompson. At 2 p.m. Saturday the home will be opened up for friends and guests. For directions call 776-8721. Also on Saturday an additional gathering will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the King's Inn, meeting room, 10352 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

Steven A. Knutson
Longtime Soldotna resident Mr. Steven A. Knutson, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Carolyn Rose Crane
Alaskan native and Sterling resident Carolyn Rose Crane died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Mile 76.1 Seward Highway from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 26.

John V. Cunningham II
Alaska Native and Sterling resident John V. Cunningham II died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, from injuries sustained in a car accident at Mile 76.1 Seward Highway. He was 38.

Carolyn Rose Crane
Alaskan native and Sterling resident Carolyn Rose Crane died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Mile 76.1 Seward Highway from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 26.

Stop the pain, once and for all
There are few acts more reprehensible or cowardly than when a person kicks, hits, punches or slaps another person who can't defend him or herself. Darker still is when the violence happens within what was supposed to be a secure, respectful and loving relationship.

The hills are alive!: Riders enjoy good start to season
The hills are alive with the sounds of revving engines, as snowmachiners prepare for another riding season in the Caribou Hills, due east of Ninilchik.

Drug testing -- for humans -- comes to Iditarod
As the Iditarod prepares for its 38th running, it does so on the verge of several large changes, one of which involves testing mushers for drugs and alcohol this March.

In praise of the sound
I spent a lot of time on Cook Inlet this past summer, but I never did get out on Prince William Sound.

The rain in Spain ... Drama troupe brings 'My Fair Lady' to Soldotna stage
"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain."

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