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Monday, January 24, 2011

Political problems caused by oxygen deprivation
I don't believe the cause of the problem lays with Sarah Palin in the Arizona shooting. She is being used as a scapegoat.

Alaska's First Lady makes a request
Volunteerism and community service are vital and admirable components of each and every community. If you know an Alaskan who deserves to be honored for community service, I encourage you to nominate him or her for a First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Award.

Kasilof Library thrives on public support
The Kasilof Public Library board would like to thank our patrons for their generous support during our recent fundraising effort. The library is located in Tustumena Elementary School. We are open four afternoons a week and have several computers available for public use. State grants and community donations allow us to expand our book collections and internet connection.

Bad wagering all around
At a point earlier in life someone taught me the finer points of playing poker. I never played well, but an analogy I hear now and then reminds me of that teaching: Don't bet on the come! That means if you don't have a good hand then drop and wait for one, don't pour more good money after bad hoping the next unseen cards will give you a winner.

Judge allows lawsuit: Seward coal facility faces Clean Water Act suit
A Clean Water Act lawsuit alleging violations by the Seward Coal Loading Facility was allowed to go forward Jan. 10 by federal district Judge Timothy Burgess.

Mayor: health care costs may increase
Despite the U.S. House of Representatives repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Wednesday, public administrators are still calculating -- and accounting for -- the impact the health care reform law will have on local government funds.

Fire destroys Strawberry Road barn
A barn owned by Kenai residents Shawn and Connie Taplin caught fire and burned almost entirely to the ground early Friday morning. Nobody was injured, and all of the animals normally kept in the barn on Strawberry Road either escaped or were outside when the fire occurred.

Photo feature: Lean on me
Carly Reimer offers a steady back for support Friday to Soldotna High School cross-country skier Kristin Hynne in the exchange zone between the classic and freestyle races at the Kenai Klassic cross-country ski meet at the Kenai Golf Course. See story.

Trophy Time: Hunting award for Kenai man is nine years in the making
Gene Darby needs to build a new table for his latest trophy. And, no it's not for another taxidermied mount of an exotic big game animal, even though he has plenty of those.

Legislative session opens with oil tax talks
The state Legislature opened its 2011 session in Juneau Jan. 18 and state legislators got right down to business in briefings by state agencies and the budget.

Russell Lee Wiseman
Soldotna resident Russell Lee Wiseman died Jan. 16, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, of lung cancer complications. He was 81.

Shirley Ann Chavez
Soldotna resident Shirley Ann Chavez, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at her home.

Let's get real 'maximum benefit' from royalty oil
It's good news the Governor and legislature are re-evaluating how the state is taxing oil. Alaska must balance its equitable share with market realities; after all, no business is going to invest when their costs are too high. It's time to extend that conversation to the pricing of royalty oil.

When times are tough, caring people are ready to help
Tough times need not become desperate times.

Around the Peninsula

Masters swim team hits the pool

Chillin' with my Bro
My buddy Turk called me this week complaining about the incessant cold and asked for advice.

Around the Peninsula

Wrestlers host fishing derby

Community

Births

Merkes, Holt take Kenai Klassic titles
Skiers had reason to wax hysterically during the Kenai Klassic at the Kenai Nordic Trails on Friday.

On fire: Fellman's goal tops Colony in overtime
Gloves off, stick resting on the ice, Matt Fellman dropped to his knees and hovered over the gear, rubbing his palms together.

Rebound: Kards stop Colony after losing to Wasilla
The Wasilla hockey team needed less than a minute to turn a one-goal deficit into a Northstar Conference victory on the road.

CIA boys top Unalaska at buzzer
The Cook Inlet Academy boys recovered from a 46-42 deficit with 22 seconds left to defeat Unalaska 47-46 on Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy.

CIA girls cruise past conference foe Lumen Christi
The host Cook Inlet Academy basketball team ran past Peninsula Conference foe Lumen Christi on Friday 51-11.

Kards sweep SkyHi
A strong defensive effort against an undermanned opponent got the Kenai Central girls basketball team back on track after a pair of tough losses.

Around the District

School board to meet

Around Campus: KPC Student Health Clinic Health Fair scheduled
The Student Health Clinic at the Kenai River Campus is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Public Health Fair from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Kenai River Campus.

Verbatim: Meeting expectations is different than being successful
The instant someone is labeled a "smart kid," a thousand expectations appear. "Smart kids" take honors and AP classes. "Smart kids" have 4.0s. "Smart kids" score well on tests. Then senior year rolls around, and the "smart kids" get in to good colleges.

Sports Briefs

Nikiski swept in Barrow

Gebhardt wins Kuskokwim 300
Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt won the Kuskokwim 300 on Sunday by one minute over Mike Williams Jr. of Akiak.

Bears grab crucial points
The Kenai River Brown Bears have yet to clinch anything, but if they continue to amass points at the clip they did over the past five games they will be in the playoffs when the regular season ends.

Special teams doom Bears in Canada
A disastrous performance by Kenai River on special teams led to a 6-1 loss to Dawson Creek (British Columbia) on Sunday in Canada.

Teel, Ranguette wed in Hawaii
Jessica Teel and Brian Ranguette were married Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at Puako, Hawaii, on the big island. Gary Teel, the bride's father, officiated.

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