Sunday, December 16, 2007

Great Aluminum Can Roundup in full swing
When last year's Great Aluminum Can Roundup came to a close, Kenai Peninsula kids accumulated a total of 4,428 pounds of aluminum. At approximately 21 cents a pound, these kids turned more than two tons of soda cans into $929.88, money that went back the kids.

KRSMA forms committees to tackle Kenai River issues
The Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board formed several separate committees in order to come up with a comprehensive plan for the Kenai River on issues ranging from land and recreational use to permitting, legislation and habitat conservation, but Richard Hahn said more had to be done to manage the river.

Borough responds to ACT motions
The Kenai Peninsula Borough attorney's office filed papers Thursday seeking a summary judgment from the Kenai Superior Court that the borough assembly acted within the law earlier this year when it voted to increase the sales tax rate to 3 percent effective Jan. 1.

Pilots to see ABCs in order
Pilots tooling around Soldotna Municipal Airport next summer will find order has been restored to the taxiway designation system, thanks to action taken last week by the city council.

Photo feature: Remembrance
Firefighters from numerous Southcentral Alaska departments march down Kobuk Street in a processional honoring Central Emergency Services firefighter Cameron Carter on Saturday afternoon. Carter was one of four victims of a LifeGuard helicopter crash in Prince William Sound earlier this month. At right, Mikala and Michelle Smith were among the many mourners who lined the route, which went from CES Station 1 to Soldotna Bible Chapel on Marydale Avenue. A memorial service for the four people lost in the crash, pilot Lance Brabham of Soldotna, flight nurse John Stumpff of Sterling, Carter, who worked for LifeGuard when not on duty with CES, and patient Gaye McDowell of Cordova, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today in the Denali Conference Center at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Charles Dennis Martin
Longtime Ninilchik resident Charles Dennis Martin died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 at his home in Ninilchik. He was 54.

Clarion changes are something to laugh about
With as much bad news as there is in the world today war, shootings, global warming, earthquakes, etc. it's truly important to make time find things that make us laugh.

Christmas will be different: Quiet conversations just as good for those returning home
I suspect Christmas will be different for hundreds of Alaskans this year very different.

Around the Peninsula
SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Raffle fundraiser continues Counseling association seeks members CPHC board to meet KCHS hockey memorabilia sought Women's basketball league forming T-200 poster contest begins

Unhinged Alaska
Dear Santa,

Warming Words
Long nights and cold temperatures outside make winter an ideal time to stay inside and curl up with a good book.

Pet Photo: Best Friend
Noel, a 3-year old Pomeranian who belongs to David Henson and family in Soldotna, was given to David's daughter Mariah as a gift for Christmas in 2004. "The picture was taken over Thanksgiving weekend when we were putting up Christmas Decorations and our son, Chet, decided to put her in the sleigh that normally holds a holiday stuffed animal. She is our precious princess. So dainty, in fact, she wipes her feet on the map when she comes in from outside."

Baker earns state crown
Soldotna's Les Baker thought it was impossible.

Kardinals take Tip-Off crown
Only three games are in the books, but Kenai Central boys basketball head coach Jim Beeson knows one thing about his team.

Ninilchik senior Austin Vanderford and Seward senior Brandon O'Brikis earned championships at the Class 1-2-3A state wrestling championships on Saturday at Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka.

SoHi girls cruise to Challenge title
The Soldotna girls basketball team has yet to play a game in the Northern Lights Conference this season, but the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview showed the Southern Division of the league already has some catching up to do.

Sports Brief
The Ninilchik girls basketball team opened their season by defeating Galena 39-37 on Saturday at Lumen Christi in Anchorage.

Still going
The girls teams in the Peninsula Conference will no longer have to worry about Lemans on the basketball floor. They still have to worry about a Leman on the sideline.

Soldotna skaters jet past Houston
The Soldotna hockey team received a hat trick in the third period from Anton Olson to defeat Houston in nonconference action at the Soldotna Sports Center on Friday.

Skiers finally get a meet
After a frustrating early season of little snow, the Kenai Peninsula's ski teams finally got a meet done on Saturday in the Homer "Last Chance" Nordic Ski Meet at the hayfields at Lookout Mountain.

Sitka boys take 3rd
The Sitka boys basketball team grabbed a 19-10 lead on Skyview after the first quarter and never looked back on Saturday in claiming a 76-51 victory in the third-place game at the Soldotna Tipoff Tournament.

Hakkinen continues to struggle with shooting
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen took 71st in a World Cup 10-kilometer sprint on Saturday at Pokljuka, Slovenia. Hakkinen continued to struggle with his shooting, accumulating five penalties.

Russell and Dyanna Hicks celebrate 50 years
Russell and Dyanna (Heer) Hicks of Anchorage were married 50 years ago on Dec. 12, 1957. They were married at Ocean View Church in Anchorage.

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