Sunday, January 9, 2011

Training for the future: UAA helping Alaskans fill job market voids
The University of Alaska Anchorage is providing new workers to fill voids in several labor markets identified by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development as areas experiencing high demand, said the university's provost at a Jan. 3 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.

Eacker proceedings continued to Feb. 11
When Judge Anna Moran announced after three hours of testimony Friday that an evidentiary hearing in the ongoing Jimmy Eacker proceedings would be extended to Feb. 11, the packed courtroom in Kenai let out a collective sigh of frustration.

Time to show resolve: Young, old and in-between reflect on changing for the New Year
Bradley Phelps is an 11-year-old sixth-grader who proclaims he was "born and raised in Alaska" with the conviction of a 90-year-old homesteader. He is big in the way a mountain is, sturdy and commanding recognition, with a round face and narrow blue eyes.

Photo feature: Hang time
Gavin Goggia goes airborne while sledding with Jeffrey Beaudoin, not pictured, at Skyview High School on Saturday afternoon. Icy conditions left sledding fast and bumpy.

Faron Lavon Hindman
Longtime Sterling and former Anchorage resident, Faron Lavon Hindman, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at her son's lodge in Cooper Landing.

Lights, cameras bring opportunity
Alaska's film industry has received much notice lately thanks to two feature films that have recently finished production here. Alaskans love watching as Hollywood discovers our state. We love the economic impact, too -- including jobs, spending on hotel rooms, rental cars and other goods and services -- that comes when hundreds of people become our neighbors, if only for a short time.

Homework: Study up on budget process
In reporting the state of the borough last week, Mayor Dave Carey indicated his upcoming budget would not increase borough spending over the current fiscal year. He also indicated that some costs would increase, by about 4.5 percent.

Around the Peninsula

Kenaitze Tribe discusses health facility



Aerobic and anaerobic exercise: all systems go
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Going green
It's not easy going green.

Nikiski girls take 2: In boys action, Bulldogs fall to Cordova, ACS
Makenzie Moore wears jersey No. 32, but her favorite number this weekend was 21.

Sports Briefs

Soldotna wins mixed relay

Kards sweep Homer
The Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams made themselves right at home in Homer on Saturday.

Bears salvage 1 from Avalanche
It took the Kenai River Brown Bears 97 shots to score two goals in their first two games combined following winter break.

Hakkinen starts season
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen started his season by finishing 22nd in an IBU Cup race in Nove Mesto, Czechoslovakia, on Saturday. Hakkinen finished the 20-kilometer individual in 55 minutes, 39.9 seconds, with one missed target. He was getting a late start to his season due to illness.

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