Monday, January 14, 2008

Blood donations needed now
The waiting room of the Blood Bank of Alaska's Soldotna location was empty. On the wall above a set of water coolers was a poster reading, "In Alaska, fewer than 5 percent of eligible donors give blood."

Helping to pick up the pieces
Carmen Hatfield wasn't home when her Beaver Loop house caught fire just three days after Christmas. Hatfield and a girlfriend were looking at new sleds for her 8-year-old son, Jadon; she returned to a burning house.

Soldotna seeks to grow
The first ordinance introduced by Soldotna in the new year and set for public hearings could lead to enlarging the city by nearly 1,400 acres.

Course not a gimme
Soldotna's first shot toward having a city-owned golf course landed nowhere near the middle of the fairway Wednesday.

Borough OKs dual office holding
If sitting assembly members can actually manage to get themselves elected to a local city council while still holding their borough offices, more power to 'em, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said Tuesday.

Assembly discusses climate change
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is now committed to developing a climate change impact plan, following adoption of a resolution at last Tuesday's assembly meeting.

Comics choices revealed
We gave you a chance to make some changes in the daily comics page and offered you nine choices. We exposed you to "Bizarro," "The Lockhorns" and "Pardon My Planet" as replacements for "Rubes." And to replace "B.C." and "For Better or For Worse" we showed you "Zits," "Baby Blues," "Mutts," "Between Friends," "Arctic Circle" and "Rhymes With Orange."

Pebble awaiting OK of $100M budget
ANCHORAGE Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. is taking a winter hiatus from core drilling but plans to resume drilling in February, anticipating an overall budget of approximately $100 million for the 2008 season.

Hospital plans class in clinical aromatherapy
The staff at Central Peninsula Hospital have a nose for sniffing out means and methods to best treat their patients and will soon offer a series of courses for those on the scent of a certification in clinical aromatherapy.

David John Chapman
Sterling resident David John Chapman died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 due to injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 43.

Lula Mae Snow
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Lula Mae Snow died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 78.

Gary Guy Coma
Shelton, Wash., resident Gary Guy Coma died, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the University of Washington hospital. He was 61.

I'll leave my lights on for you
Although it is something many of us do every day and think little about, driving in Alaska during the winter is tough. No further proof is needed than the news footage that is invariably shown when a rare snowstorm hits the South and cars pile up in the ditches.

Taking up a challenge
U.S. Representative Don Young threw down a gauntlet during his recent visit to Kenai, not to his opponents in the upcoming election, but to us, we the people of the state of Alaska.

'Family tradition' takes skier to Olympics
"Scoop" Kimball cornered him at the pharmacy.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Public health center plans 1-day closure

Postcards from the edge
I have been getting some serious static lately from some malcontents grumbling that I've been lax in publishing more columns dealing with e-mails from readers of Unhinged Alaska.

Semmens, Mucha take Klassic
As of Friday, Trent Semmens wasn't planning on partaking in the Kenai Klassic.

Brown Bears drop 2 to Tornado
After a three-week break, the visiting Brown Bears dropped a pair of games against the Texas Tornado, a 2-0 blanking on Friday and a 5-1 decision on Saturday.

Kenai girls, Eagle River boys win games in final minute
Both Kenai Central boys coach Jim Beeson and Eagle River boys coach Craig Harrison ran simulated end-of-game situations in practice last week.

SoHi girls finish 7th at Lady T-Bird Classic
The Soldotna girls grabbed seventh place at the 23rd annual East High Lady T-Bird Classic on Saturday by defeating Kodiak 43-29.

Delta hockey sweeps Nikiski
Nikiski lost a pair of Greatland Hockey Conference games to visiting Delta Junction on Friday and Saturday at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink.

Nikiski girls retain crown
They say defense wins championships.

Hakkinen finishes 17th in sprint
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, with a 10-for-10 performance on the shooting range, finished 17th in the 10-kilometer World Cup sprint on Saturday in Ruhpolding, Germany.

Hakkinen takes 16th in pursuit
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 16th in a 12.5-kilometer World Cup pursuit on Sunday in Ruhpolding, Germany.

Mida, Derleth plan to marry
Robin Ann Mida and David Derleth of Eagle River were engaged Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007.

Flensburg, Nelson marry in Nikiski
Miranda Britt Flensburg and Luke Andrew Nelson of Nikiski were married Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at the Nikiski Chevron Recreation Area. Longtime friend of the groom, Lucas Hulien of Kenai, officiated.

Whitakers celebrate 50th anniversary
Roger and Gloria Whitaker of Soldotna were married Jan. 11, 1958, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Bullingtons celebrate 50th anniversary
William Franklin and Maxine Davis Bullington were married Jan. 11, 1958, at the McKinley Tower in Anchorage. Bill flipped his car over on the way to the ceremony.

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