Monday, December 18, 2006

Smoking letter gets additional support
I am writing to applaud Jennifer Sather for her recent comments on secondhand smoke (Clarion, Dec. 8). I believe she is right when it comes down to the knowledge/education department for some parents who still smoke in the presence of their children.

Beliefs shouldn’t stop us from celebrating
My brother Frankie was quite little for the first five to seven years of his life. In 1959, he was the smallest in his kindergarten class, so he was selected as one of the main characters for the Christmas play. I was 7 years old and remember even today how beautiful the stage was. The manger, children dressed as little animals and the taller children were the three wise men with jeweled boxes in hand. There were angels and, of course, in the center stood Mary and Joseph.

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.

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: Special delivery
Dylan Wannamaker eyes the door to his family’s home while carrying the family’s Christmas tree to the house.

Chuitna project could be economic boon to Kenai Peninsula
The Chuitna Coal Mine project would mean hundreds of jobs and millions in capital investment, and with Kenai as the work force embarkation point, many mining employees could choose to live on the Kenai Peninsula, said Bill Popp, borough Mayor John Williams’ liaison to the energy industry.

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.

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.

Coal — energy of the future?
As declining oil and gas resources in Alaska and across the globe come under increasing market pressure, developers are eyeing the profit potential of the Beluga coal field deposits.

Mayor commends officer for heroism
Smoke and flames were already coming from the house on Riverview Avenue when Soldotna Police Officer Aaron Renken first responded to the report of a fire early this month.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Peninsula People
4-H shinesGladden graduates ITTWaltemyer graduates collegeMadden named to dean’s list

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.

• Serena and Shawn Houser •Tiffani Hooper and Jared Swanson

Peninsula Reflections
Morris Porter, coming into the Kenai River from commercial fishing, needed a ride into town. There were no taxies around and no way to notify anyone.

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

Franco, Jackson marry in EcuadorFranzmann, Walsh marry in Anchorage

Around the Peninsula
Alcohol and drug abuse council to meetKVCC hosts open houseWatershed open house setKids’ winter reading program continuesYouth New Year’s party slatedIndian education committee to meet

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Area skiers compete at Besh Cup
The second Besh Cup race of the season was held on Sunday at Hillside Trails in Anchorage. The format was a mass start using classic technique.

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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