Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bridges earns state's thanks
On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Services, I would like to share my sincere appreciation for the hard work and continuing commitment of the health and wellness of Alaskans shown by the dedicated staff of Bridges Community Resource Network. Your services provided through the Tobacco Preventions and Control (Community Based Grants) successfully met grant project goals for grand number: 601-10-089. Your grant program was nominated by Alison Kulas from the Public Health meeting for meeting or exceeding the Department's expectations in demonstrating successful outcomes to Alaskans. This effort exemplifies the overall aim of the Department in helping individuals and families create safe and healthy communities.

Thanks to ACS for FCS World Series support
Frontier Community Services would like to thank ACS for their generous donation toward our World Series baseball event. The ACS Children's Fund is an employee-run charity designed to help Alaska organizations that provides services or assistance to children with developmental disabilities.

A last point on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Over the last couple weeks, the Clarion has presented both sides of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" issue in its "Letters To The Editor" column.

Thanks for great ski clinic
Thank you to everyone for making a very successful Robert Johnson Ski clinic. We had amazing weather and great fun. I would like to extend a special thanks to Carly and Adam Reimer, Kent Peterson, Todd Stone, Paul Knight, Braydon Holt and Kjell Reisung. Most Importantly I would like to thank Brad, Brian, and Steve from Beemun's Bike and Ski loft for their generous support of the clinic.

Borough addresses ethics: Mayor, assembly push for better training, update code
Editor's note: The Clarion this week has been taking a look back at some of the people and issues in the news in 2010.

Photo: Sleigh ride

Coffee good for the heart: New Year's sales to benefit Stitches of Love charity
Stitches of Love will start 2011 with a little extra money. On Saturday, Kaladi Brothers Coffee will donate all of their sales to local charities. Stitches of Love will be the recipient of sales from the company's two Soldotna cafes.

Defense motion denied in child pornography case
Richard Miller, a Kenai man charged with 100 counts of felony possession of "extremely graphic" child pornography, had his motion to suppress evidence seized as the result of three search warrants denied by Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman on Thursday. Bauman subsequently set Miller's trial date for the week of April 18, 2011.

Mary Ann Macrander
Kenai resident Mary Ann Macrander died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Alaska Regional Hospital, in Anchorage, after an unexpected illness. She was 52.

Celebrate the New Year -- but please do it safely
Here's the good news: the Clarion recently reported that the rate of arrests for impaired driving dropped from 2006-2009 as compared to 2002-2005.

Refuge Notebook: Snowmobiles on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: A historical perspective
With the Christmas holidays here accompanied by a handful of early season snowfalls, Kenai Peninsula snowmobile users will be able to use the Kenai Refuge for various winter activities. Trappers, ice fisherman, hunters, and those using snowmobiles for general winter travel were thankful to have the refuge open on Dec. 1 this year. It has been 14 years since the refuge has been open to snowmobile use on Dec. 1, the first potentially available opening date. Ironically, snow conditions are more favorable in several portions of the refuge lowlands than at several higher elevations including portions of the Caribou Hills.

An Outdoor View: Up in smoke
When it comes to smoking fish, there's no substitute for lessons learned from experience.

Avid snowshoers enjoy backcountry
Sunrays glittering through iced branches, the squeaky crunch of dry snow, and the pink alpenglow of the mountains. This is the Alaska snowshoeing allows you to experience. Snowshoeing takes you into the backcountry beauty of winter Alaska without the hordes of tourists, without the fear of being slammed by a bicycle, and mostly without the fear of bears.

Around the Peninsula

Donations for Savoonga

Voices of Religion: This is your year to overcome your fears
Fear is a monster that stalks us all, bringing depression, stifling abilities, draining energy, diminishing courage and robbing life of adventure and success.

Church Briefs

'Epic Win' coming for New Year's Eve

Kardinals take 3rd: Kenai girls edge SoHi in final minute
The Kenai Central girls basketball team took third place at the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan on Thursday by defeating Soldotna 50-49.

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