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Monday, December 15, 2008

Mining change may affect fish
Changes to a federal rule governing mining in and around sensitive salmon streams and other habitats have drawn fire from Alaska environmental groups.

Big dogs: King, Mackey ready for T-200
The start of Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race is just over a month away and organizers say plans are proceeding on schedule.

Photo feature: Big lips
A backcountry skier stops to take in the view on a ridge covered by a wind lip above Turnagain Pass on Saturday.

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.

Third time a charm?
In the hope of reuniting Soldotna residents split over where to build a city cemetery, the mayor, on Wednesday, entertained a motion by the city council to form a committee to seek a "compromise site."

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.

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

19 years later, Exxon Valdez spill checks have been mailed
Nineteen years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill disrupted the livelihood of thousands of Alaskans, and fourteen years after a federal jury found Exxon Mobil Corporation liable for compensatory and punitive damages from the spill, many of the 32,000 Exxon lawsuit claimants heard last week a phrase some thought they'd never hear.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Celebrating
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

Around the Peninsula

LeeShore classes canceled

Community News
Community information sought

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.

Around the Peninsula

Car seat checkup slated

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

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.

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.

Sports Briefs

3 peninsula swimmers travel to Ketchikan

Kenai girls basketball defeats Eagle River
The Kenai Central girls basketball team defeated host Eagle River 67-17 on Saturday in the nonconference season opener for both teams.

Around the Peninsula

School board meetings slated

Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Spring semester update

Photo feature: Declaring her rights

Writer finds swimming against the tide a source of pride
I go to a school with 424 kids, each of us having our own thoughts, each of us living, exactly the same. I don't pretend to be smart, because I know nothing. I only observe.

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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