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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Holiday season takes flight
If you haven’t purchased airline tickets Outside by now, you can expect to spend the Christmas holidays right here in Alaska, say travel agents scrambling to arrange last-minute flights for their customers.

Cooper Landing road redesign rolls along
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities road designers expect to begin soliciting comments by spring on four alternatives for the future of a 13-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway that follows the meandering Kenai River through Cooper Landing.

Photo feature: White work
Nick Sorrell clears snow from his driveway on Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday’s new snow put an end to the area’s icy conditions and brought life to dreams of a white Christmas.

Kenai delays land sale
Some members of the Kenai City Council again voiced opposition to a proposed sale of Kenai riverfront wetlands to The Conservation Fund, and the council once again postponed giving final approval to the transaction.

Store sales are tree-mendous
Whether used as holiday trees or Christmas trees, local businesses say they’ve been making green off of the evergreens traditionally erected and bedecked with lights at this time of year.

Winnie Lou Lawson Tirmenstein
Winnie Lou Lawson Tirmenstein died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, in Downingtown, PA. She was 47.

Edward Eugene Grant
Edward Eugene Grant died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with his wife, Verleen, by his side. He was 85.

ANWR facts get lost in the politics
You’ve got to give Uncle Ted points for tenacity, but even the Incredible Hulk couldn’t win this one.

Tesoro acts quickly to clean up spill
Oil and gas development carries with it the chance for big profits — and a big responsibility to develop such resources safely.

Northern latitude plant adaptations allow for winter survival
The unseasonably warm weather early this month was an opportune time to take a peak at the quiet world beneath the blanket of snow, as the snow unceremoniously melted away. The patches of green grass in the yard revealed plants were still alive despite the short days and previously frosty temperatures. Even with freezing temperatures for most of the winter and only a few precious months of good sunlight, plants survive and indeed thrive in Alaska. How do they do it?

Outdoor Briefs
Christmas tree cutting openNo snowmachining in refugeBoard accepts commentsProgram seeks volunteersCampaign seeks donationsRefuge sponsors hotline

Kenai Alternative High class teaches students how to dress a moose
A group of teens toiled away at a moose carcass near Bear Creek on Saturday, stopped between cuttings to warm their hands in the cow’s steaming flesh.

Around the Peninsula
All invited to Christmas concertAlumni hockey game set for tonightFood bank lists holiday closuresLibrary plans 3-day closureGirl, boy alumni to play basketballLibrary cancels used book saleRemembrance celebration setPeninsula fair seeks members

Skyview wrestles tough in Reno
At an event billed as the “toughest wrestling tournament in the United States,” several Skyview High School wrestlers proved their mettle earlier this week.

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