Sunday, December 17, 2006

Attempt to postpone horsepower plan drowns
A last-minute attempt to stall a proposal to increase horsepower and remove carbureted two-stroke motors on the Kenai River failed Thursday after the proposal’s proponents urged park advisors to continue to support the proposed changes.

Soldotna skate park crasher gets 2 months in jail
The Kenai man accused of crashing his vehicle into the Soldotna Skateboard Park in May pleaded “no contest” to lesser charges on Friday and will be spending about two months behind bars.

Photo Feature: Brilliant performance
The aurora borealis dances above trees in Soldotna early Friday night during a show that lasted much of the night and was witnessed across the northern and central states.

Nikiski man saves house from fire
Quick thinking saved a Nikiski house from being consumed in flames Tuesday when its owner kept the flames sealed behind a bedroom door, said Fred Swen, Nikiski Fire Department Chief.

Phillip “Aaron” LaFleur Jr.
Lifelong Alaskan resident Phillip “Aaron” LaFleur Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at home. He was 26.

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Suzanne Dodson
Soldotna resident Sandra “Sandy” Suzanne Dodson died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Fern Ridge TLC Assisted Living near Homer. She was 64.

Harry Nicholas Strauss
Longtime Soldotna resident Harry Nicholas Strauss died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, of natural causes at home. He was 72.

Magic place becomes inspirational, but only once a year
While not necessarily fond of the cold temperatures without snow as we had earlier this season, with each flake that now falls gently to the earth, my spirit soars ever higher.

Legislators’ misconduct tramples trust
As the now-kitsch saying goes, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.”

Franco, Jackson marry in EcuadorFranzmann, Walsh marry in Anchorage

Not all ice is created equal
When winter sets in, most of Alaska’s greenery and wildlife bows out and solidifying water takes center stage, creating an endless source of glittery spectacles to bedazzle and sometimes bewilder observers brave enough to endure winter’s sharp bite.

Fudging a little
Christmas was my dad’s favorite time of year. My first memories of the holiday are that it lasted all month, and sometimes into the new year. We’d put up the tree early in December and wait until after New Year’s to take it down. I’m sure it made my mom crazy, because in the old days we went out to cut a “real” tree, and it must have shed needles for at least three weeks.

Around the Peninsula
Christmas service todayYouth program setChristmas play set to entertainPhotos with Santa availableNinilchik potluck slatedKids crafts offeredBoys and Girls club open for holidaysSanta comes to SoldotnaSwimming classes available

My best friend
Lucky the kitten lives up to her name. Owner Catherine Perry of Clam Gulch notes that she was born away from her littermates and had an inexperienced mother. Her littermates died and Lucky was almost buried, too, expect for a tiny twitch of her ear. She was bottle-fed her first week of life and now is thriving, to the point where she’s always going full tilt.

Soldotna squad wins skiing relay at Skyview High School
A relay team from Soldotna won a classic relay race hosted by Skyview High School on Friday at Tsalteshi Trails.

SoHi goes 2-1 at Joe Floyd
The Soldotna boys finished the Joe Floyd Tournament in Kodiak with a 2-1 record on Saturday to take second place behind East.

Kards coach Felchle has long-awaited debut
For Kenai coach Ken Felchle, Friday night was more than two years in the making.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen has best result of seasonDaigle, Buffington win at West

Nikiski girls blow past young Wolves squad
The Nikiski girls basketball team is laying the foundation for its season. Eagle River is laying the foundation for its program.

Ninilchik girls own Classic
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team has to be wondering what could have been if they had more depth on their bench.

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