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Monday, January 17, 2011

What's in a name?
The Peninsula Clarion poll recently posed a question asking readers if they thought the tone and substance of American political debate had deteriorated in recent years.

Thanks to all for LeeShore Soiree
What a way to kick off 2011 in our community! The LeeShore Center and Peninsula Artists in Motion (PAM) would like to sincerely thank all those who recently contributed to the success of our New Year's Eve Soiree.

Having a ball with the governor
Chuck Davis watches as Gov. Sean Parnell shakes hands with his grandson Cy Updike during the Kenai Peninsula Inaugural Gala at the Peninsula Center Mall on Saturday night. Updike was surprised by the fist bump and hand slapping that followed but said he was having a good time and enjoyed meeting the governor.

Legislature to deal with hot issues this session
The Legislature meets in Juneau Thursday for what is likely to be a lively and challenging 90 days. Two hot issues at the top of the heap are coastal zone management and possible changes in the state's oil and gas production tax.

Chilly charity: Central peninsula residents take a swim to support local youth organizations
The tense minutes leading up to the first Central Peninsula Polar Plunge on Saturday afternoon were filled primarily with the excited chatter of curious inquiry: "Are you jumping?" one attendee would ask another. This question was, more often than not, met with an emphatic and definite, "Hell no!"

APOC workshops to explain changes
JUNEAU -- The Alaska Public Offices Commission is taking measures to help the public understand proposed changes for regulations on select financial disclosure.

District makes budget pitch: Instead of set figure, school board asks for percentage
To lessen the blow of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's budget request to the borough for the 2011-2012 academic year, the district's board of education passed a resolution asking for a minimum funding level at its meeting Monday night.

Police apprehend robbery suspect
Denise Rust arrived for her scheduled shift at the Soldotna Subway at 10:30 on Wednesday morning, just as both managers were leaving for the day. Rust, 18, hardly had time to settle into the workday before a customer strolled through the door minutes later.

Difficult discussion: Rate drops, but suicide remains a serious issue
Despite the dark shadow of suicide continuing to loom over the state of Alaska like a menacing storm, the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council's annual report reveals a tiny ray of optimism shining through the clouds, especially for the Kenai Peninsula.

Buccaneer to drill wells near Kenai
Buccaneer Alaska, one of the oil companies trying to bring a jack-up oil rig to Cook Inlet, has plans to drill onshore for gas near the city of Kenai as early as February.

Larry Rodgers
Former Kenai resident Larry Rodgers passed away at his home in Henderson, Nev., Dec. 21, 2010. He was 45.

Plan vs. panic
A little more than a year ago, most of us in Southcentral Alaska seemed to be teetering on mild panic about where our next cubic foot of natural gas was coming from.

Around the Peninsula

Relay for Life kick-off party coming

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Peninsula College closed today

Sharing their knowledge
The Kenai Peninsula Safari Club International recently sponsored an educational moose hunt. The Teens on Target group of eight young ladies were selected for the hunt. The hunt took place in late November. Most of the girls had no experience hunting a big game animal. They were taught how to identify the sex of a moose, skinning, anatomy, and processing the meat. While processing the moose, the girls also received a wild game cooking lesson in Elaina Spraker's kitchen.

Community

Births

Same time next year ...
There was a time in my life, not too many years ago, that if you had even suggested I wouldn't want to go out on New Year's Eve, I'd have laughed and said "No way!" But on that Friday night a couple of weeks ago I was snuggled up on the couch with a cup of Russian tea watching the ball drop in Times Square. It was all I could do to keep my eyes open until it reached bottom and I could wish Hubby a Happy New Year then hit the sack.

Keep lunchboxes interesting and healthy
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.

Kardinals, Stars top Bartlett
Opportunity kept knocking. Kenai Central senior forward Morgan Cunningham kept answering.

All in the family: Bree Mucha matches sister at Skyview Invite
On a crisp weekend atop slick trails, Bree Mucha kept the Skyview Invitational cross-country skiing title in the family.

Kenai Central girls get past Palmer
The Kenai Central girls basketball team beat the Palmer Moose 33-31 Friday night in a game in which the Kardinals fought from behind until taking the lead with two minutes remaining.

Hot shooting lifts SoHi boys past Colony
During Soldotna's final possession of the third quarter, Soldotna junior Evan Withrow was blanketed by a Colony defender. But despite the solid defensive pressure, Withrow buried a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Houston girls, boys claim Tip Off crowns at Nikiski
Houston had no problem at the 22nd Annual Era Aviation Tip Off Tournament at Nikiski High School.

Around Campus: Kenai Peninsula College growth continues
In last week's column, it was incorrectly reported that the current semester's enrollment was KPC's thirteenth record breaking semester; it is the ninth consecutive record semester. As of the first day of classes, KPC had 14,009 credit hours, which is the first time the college broke the 14,000 mark. Last fall the college broke 13,000 credit hours for the first time. It is projected that by the end of this semester, KPC will tally about 14,400 credits and almost 2,500 students.

Around the District

School board to meet

Hakkinen takes 27th in pursuit
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen took 27th in an IBU-Cup race on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany. Hakkinen finished the 12.5-kilometer race in 39 minutes, 46.5 seconds, with three misses on the range. The winner finished in 35 minutes, 36.5 seconds.

Brown Bears split with Wild
The front end of the Kenai River Brown Bears' nine-game road trip turned into a birthday bash.

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