Sunday, December 14, 2008

Alaska still top fishing state: Salmon fisheries provide most jobs
Alaska continues to hold its own as the nation's No. 1 fishing state, with salmon fisheries providing the most jobs. However, employment in the crab fishery has dropped substantially in part because that fishery was privatized, state economists say.

Another rate hike on tap for HEA members
Make it three in a row.

Tappan, Evans picked to fill HEA board vacancies
Tim Evans, of Sterling, and Bill Tappan, of Soldotna, were named to Homer Electric Association's board of directors at its meeting on Tuesday.

Feature photo: Puppy love
The Penrod family's English bulldog puppy Uga keeps Rachel Beckmann entertained at a Skyview High School basketball game Saturday afternoon. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Don C. Bradford
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Don C. Bradford died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 at home near Soldotna. He was 89.

Robert Clifford Berg Sr.
Former Soldotna resident Robert Clifford Berg Sr. died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at home in Wasilla of a heart attack. He was 63.

Good insulation: Alaska's economy has a high R-factor
Up here in the Last Frontier, we know a thing or two about insulation. Whether it's our boots, our attic or the car battery, we've found ways to keep the cold at bay.

'Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more': Holiday season helps writer find perspective the hard way
I get more than a little nuts when I look at our retirement fund going south on vacation without me. It would not be so bad if I had any inkling at all it was going to head back my way -- at least by the time that I want to retire.

Snow day: Boot up, suit up and enjoy the season
With winter here, the perpetual sunlight of summer has been replaced with grayness. Though the days are shorter, darker and certainly colder, now is the time that the outdoor activity possibilities are endless. So as Christmas break approaches, get up, get out and enjoy what the Kenai Peninsula winter has to offer.

Of Moose and Men: Seek the season's spirit
Sitting smack in the middle of the holiday season -- that stretch of time between Thanksgiving and New Year -- is a good time for a reality check. We all suffer from a completely unrealistic vision of what should be experienced this time of year. We are all victims of deceptive advertising. We all have been brainwashed.

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Around the Peninsula

LeeShore classes canceled

On Oct. 16, Representative Kurt Olson presented the Kenai Community Library Director Mary Jo Joiner with an original 49 star flag of the United States, commemorating 50 years of statehood. Photo by Julie Niederhauser

Strong finish: Geagel takes 2nd
Like their Class 4A counterparts, local wrestlers competing in the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling tournament had a difficult time at Bartlett High School on Saturday.

Skyview girls top Seward
The Skyview girls basketball team held back a furious comeback by Seward on Saturday to pick up a 41-33 victory in nonconference basketball action at Skyview.

SoHi skiers cruise: Girls take 2nd at Lynx Loppet
The Soldotna skiing team posted a solid showing on Friday and Saturday at the Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Kenai's Osbekoff wrestles to 3rd
Chris Osbekoff wanted to quit.

Sports Briefs

3 peninsula swimmers travel to Ketchikan

Brown Bears drop 2 in Fairbanks: Kenai River earns Saturday point
The Kenai River Brown Bears lost a pair of games to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday in Fairbanks in North American Hockey League action.

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