Monday, December 19, 2005

Community support scores big with Kardinals
It is time to put an end to another successful football season for the Kenai Kardinals. The players, coaches, parents and the administration at Kenai Central High School take this opportunity to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in making this season rewarding and enjoyable for the kids.

Community support on the ball
Over the first weekend of December, Cook Inlet Academy hosted the Borealis Conference Volleyball Tournament. Teams from 10 different schools came and played an excellent tournament.

Photo feature: Festive Presentation

Senators gear up for new session
A fairer distribution of funds for schools, paying off the looming public employee retirement debt and restoring state aid to municipalities will all be on the table when the Legislature convenes Jan. 9, say Alaska Senate members representing the Kenai Peninsula.

‘Hero packs’ send positive message
For the men and women who find themselves serving as soldiers in Iraq, their deployment was likely not a surprise since it was, and is, a real possibility for anyone who enlists.

A home for the holidays

Action urged on dangerous road
Three people have died and numerous others have been injured over the past six years along a dangerous 12-mile section of the Sterling Highway south of Anchor Point, according to information from the Homer Police Department, and residents of the lower Kenai Peninsula want it rebuilt.

Plan includes area projects
Gov. Frank Murkowski’s 2007 state capital spending plan announced Thursday includes roughly $17.5 million for projects on the Kenai Peninsula.

Surplus, capital spending could produce debate
Legislatures serving other states can only dream of the dilemma facing Alaska’s lawmakers: How to spend a $1 billion surplus that sustained elevated petroleum prices have delivered into their hands.

Backseat pilot enjoys the ride
Donald Poimboeuf loves to fly. He loved it long before he crash-landed his first ultralight aircraft in Spokane, Wash., more than 20 years ago.

Jackie E. McCain
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Jackie E. McCain died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

Evelyn Hilma Bouckhout
Former Soldotna resident Evelyn Hilma Bouckhout died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at home in Chipley, Fla. She was 83.

Esther Sophia Larsen
Medicine Lake, Mont., resident Esther Sophia Larsen died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood, Mont., where she was a resident for four years. She was 102.

Gracia Mae Sarisky
Longtime Soldotna resident Gracia Mae Sarisky died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, from lung cancer at Our House on the Lake Assisted Living Home in Nikiski surrounded by family and caregivers. She was 76.

Scott Freestone
Soldotna resident Scott Freestone died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Nicholson’s Assisted Living in Kenai. He was 44.

Kenai library expansion shouldn’t be shelved
Kenai has enjoyed another great holiday celebration weekend. Santa arrived, the parade was great and the fireworks spectacular. We even got a good load of snow for the first Salvation Army benefit snowmachine classic. The only thing missing for me was the library wasn’t open.

Christmas is Christmas
When I was little, Christmastime was a wondrous and fascinating time. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of waking up Christmas morning to a new blanket, gingerbread men decorations, twinkling lights, Santa’s footprints on the carpet and jingling bells outside the window.

Photo feature: Super support

Peninsula People
Fowler riding tall Bowlin, Moerlein honored Whiteside clears the bar

Around the Peninsula
Seniors host Christmas program, party Library plans 3-day closure Masonic to install officers Community group seeking members Search for pet photos continues

Jodi and Matthew Lundell of North Carolina announce the birth of their son, Christopher Ryan Lundell, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at Fort Bragg, N.C. He weighed 9 pounds and measured 21 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Storytellers to entertain Christmas play staged Christmas dinner set Remembrance celebration slated U.S.O. performance set to entertain Fundraiser gala to get toes tapping

Community News
Soldotna Elks table tennis results 4-H club set to mush LeeShore community classes set Games, crafts items sought Master gardeners take root Women’s Opportunity award: Holiday lighting winners announced

Grief and the holidays
For many people, the holiday season is a special time of the year marked by festive celebrations and gathering with family and friends. Its a time to look ahead with excitement to the approaching New Year.

Davis, Klynstra plan wedding in Fairbanks
Kathleen Davis and Josh Klynstra of Fairbanks announce their plans to marry Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Fairbanks.

Shortridge, Boudreaux to wed Dec. 30
Kynda Shortridge of Austin, Ky., and Mikah Boudreaux of Woodstock, Ga., plan to be married Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, in Glasgow, Ky.

Call of the Wild
On any given cold winter day or night, inside or outside, you might find them there.

Photo feature: My best friend
  My best friend The Lindow family of Kenai have a dwarf Polish rabbit, Mr. Bun Bun, who loves to ride on their shoulders in the car, explores grassy lawns on his leash, snuggles up for afternoon naps and scares up the chickens. His favorite foods are leaf lettuce, Kix cereal and a blueberry yogurt chip at bedtime.

Sports Briefs
Homer wrestlers compete in Sitka Skyview, Nikiski drop road games

Soldotna sweeps Skyview
The Soldotna Stars and Skyview Panthers boys and girls basketball teams clashed Saturday night at Soldotna High School.

Kenai Central boys get down, dirty
Small ball won out Friday night at Kenai Central High School.

Homer girls nab second
The Homer girls finished second and the Homer boys finished third at the Grace Christian Classic in Anchorage.

Nikiski tops Wolverines
While Friday night’s lopsided score might indicate otherwise, both the Ninilchik and Nikiski girls high school basketball teams showed themselves to be the teams to watch as this year’s season unfolds.

Kenai, Soldotna defeat Homer
The Soldotna High School hockey team started fast Saturday to defeat the visiting Homer Mariners 6-2 in a North Star Conference game at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Senior Activities
Kenai Soldotna Sterling

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Sports Brief
Alumni basketball game set for Dec. 27 Hockey Alumni Game set for Friday Besh Cup races held at Bartlett

Skiers compete in Besh Cup races
Skiers from the area and around the state of Alaska competed in the second day of Besh Cup racing Sunday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The races are used to select Alaska representatives to the Junior Olympics and to the Arctic Winter Games.

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