Monday, January 11, 2010

Survey: Risky actions among youth change
Alaska's high schoolers are drinking less alcohol but instead are smoking more marijuana, according to a state report.

Police warn of counterfeit bills
The Soldotna Police Department wishes to warn the public that over recent days a growing number of counterfeit $20 bills have been passed to businesses in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Chief John Lucking said that the bills are generally of poor quality and encourages shopkeepers and clerks to carefully scrutinize any $20 bills they might receive in trade. The fake bills have brighter color than real bills, and are made of a poorer quality paper.

High school artist has an eye for images
Rachel Lee walked by that plant in that bottle, sitting unassumingly on her family's kitchen counter, for several years before deciding to take the photograph.

Famous fishing boat gets green overhaul
Under a project by SeaLand Environmental Inc., a Bradenton, Fla., company, the Time Bandit will be going green.

Enstar nears deal on natural gas storage
Enstar Natural Gas Co. is in the final stages of negotiations with a TransCanada Corp. subsidiary on an agreement to build a gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: Corner pocket
Jimmy Starkloff, Netta Watson and Janeece Kummert watch as Morgan Tucker makes her shot at the Kenai Teen Center on Saturday afternoon. The facility offers a variety of activities for youths and is upstairs from the Rec Center.

Lucy E. Nichols
Longtime Alaska resident Lucy E. Nichols died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at her home in Kasilof. She was 73.

Garry Forrest Daniels
Idaho Falls, Idaho resident Garry Forrest Daniels died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at his home with his wife and daughter at his side. He was 67.

Agnes Florence Snyder
Soldotna resident Agnes Florence Snyder died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 79.

Where do we go from here? Forum should answer that question
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council and the Kenai chapter of the Alaska Industry Support Alliance will host an economic forum this week.

Around the Peninsula

Governor to visit Kenai

Be it resolved
Who has not made at least a short list of resolutions, only to see them dissolve? We all have good intentions: get fit, quit smoking, keep my office clean, get organized and so forth. Four years ago, after years of feeling noble for the first 14 days of a new year and 50 weeks of feeling like an abject failure, I resolved to make no more resolutions. I did just fine with that one ... up until two weeks ago.

Community News
Food bank seek items

Starry, starry nights
The starry sky is now at its best with the most prominent stars being well placed high in the south: blue Rigel and red Betelgeuse in Orion, Sirius beneath it, Procyon to its left, Pollux and Castor higher up, Capella almost in the Zenith, and Aldebaran and the Pleiades completing the splendor.

Around the Peninsula

Governor to visit Kenai

Seward girls top Bulldogs: Nikiski boys earn split
Seward's 47-33 win over Nikiski Friday was more than just a good start to its Southcentral Conference schedule. The girls basketball team hasn't defeated the Bulldogs in recent memory, sweetening the victory that much more.

Kards sweep Mariners: Girls pull away early, boys pull away late in NLC victories
The Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams defeated visiting Homer on Friday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Heritage boys nip Soldotna
Host Heritage Christian defeated Soldotna's boys 54-40 in the de facto championship game of the round-robin tournament on Saturday.

Lynx sweep Stars, Kards
The Dimond Lynx threw 50 pucks on net on their way to a 5-0 victory over Kenai Central on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Barnwell, Semmens ski to wins
The Kenai Central boys and Soldotna girls won the Seward Invitational on Saturday.

More high school graduates look at Alaska colleges
JUNEAU (AP) -- For high school seniors, January means more than the beginning of a new year -- it means a push for college applications.

Donation center closing, but blood still needs to flow
There's a vital lifeline that exists in our local community -- it is the Blood Bank of Alaska -- and it is about to be severed. Sadly the Soldotna center of the Blood Bank of Alaska plans on closing its doors Saturday, followed by the Wasilla donor center on Jan. 22.

Around the District

School board to meet

KPC enrollment continues to soar
At last week's spring semester convocation, Director Gary Turner reported to staff and faculty that the upcoming semester had already broken last spring's record breaking enrollment. With another week of general registration remaining, enrollment was up 23 percent in head count and 25 percent in credit hours.

Sports Briefs

Davis takes 4th in final

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