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Monday, January 25, 2010

Wanted
As of Sunday, law enforcement is still seeking the arrest of Eric Allen Graham, 35, of Kenai, on four outstanding warrants on charges of burglary, misconduct controlled substance, criminal mischief and assault. Related family member, Ricardo Diaz Jr,, 47, of California, is also wanted on a charge of misconduct controlled substance second degree with a bail amount of $75,000. Both wanted subjects may be together.

Chief of staff steps down: Carey 'regretfully' accepts Chumley's resignation
Hugh Chumley, the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor's chief of staff, has resigned, becoming the second senior official in a week to quit Mayor Dave Carey's administration.

King wins T-200
Denali Park musher Jeff King never stopped looking over his shoulder during this year's Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, though his nearest competitors were nowhere in sight.

Off to the races: Getting to the start line half the challenge of T-200
No musher wants to go backward.

Economic rebound predicted this year
Alaska's economy should begin to see improvement later this year, top economic watchers told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

Tax tweaks worth $550 million to industry
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing to boost the state's tax credits for oil and natural gas producers by up to $550 million, an initiative that will bring the contentious oil tax issue to the front burner for state legislators.

Juneau's famous black wolf's absence a mystery
JUNEAU -- Plenty of catastrophes can befall a wolf: icy stream crossings, a nasty spat with a bear, a fall in a crevasse, even other wolves.

Robert Bud Johnson
Robert Bud Johnson died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 in Redford, Texas. He was 50.

Jay J. Hite
Sammamish, Wash. resident Jay J. Hite died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 in Bellevue, Wash. He was 50.

Getting back to all the state's business
We heard something refreshing in Gov. Sean Parnell's State of the State address last week.

Senator sets ambitious agenda
I marked my first year as a senator on January 6. With an international recession, two wars and a growing national debt, the past year has been one of the busiest in congressional history.

Community News
Hazardous waste disposal dates set

Around the Peninsula

NPRSA board meeting set

Soldotna Community Schools
The following is a list of classes with the Soldotna Community Schools. Classes run from Monday through Saturday. For more information, call Carmen Triana at 262-3151, Ext. 24.

January gmail house cleaning
Now that January has rolled around, it's once again time to clean out some stuff from the old g-mail inbox and answer highly screened questions that have been gathering cyber dust for a few months.

Around the Peninsula

Community school classes announced

SkyHi boys, Homer girls win Invite: Soldotna's Harbison, Seward's Allison Barnwell win six-kilometer races
Seven Skyview cross-country skiers finished in the top 25 to give the boys team a win at the Skyview Invite on Friday at Tsalteshi Trails.

Seldovia girls topple Bulldogs
It doesn't matter how many students you've got in school when one of them is a freshman like Sarah Geagel.

Kenai girls take tourney
Kenai Central's girls basketball team cruised to a 52-28 win over Cordova to claim the Cordova Tip Off tournament championship on Saturday. Kenai went 3-0 in the round-robin tourney.

Lego wizards
The Nikiski "Narwhals" Lego League team participated in a statewide Lego League Robotics tournament at Dimond High School in Anchorage on Jan. 16. With 49 teams from around the state participating, the Nikiski team of students from both Nikiski North Star Elementary and Nikiski Middle/High School were awarded second place in overall teamwork. Coach Brian Bailey said, "Numerous judges mentioned they'd heard great things about the Nikiski team from other judges, and came to meet and specifically talk to them in person about their team and Lego League experience." Teamwork is one of four main areas emphasized at Lego League tournaments. The teamwork awards recognize those teams that show excellent problem-solving, responsibility in team members' goals, gracious professionalism, confidence and enthusiasm. The Nikiski Narwhals team included Nikiski Middle/High students -- Hannah Halliday, Laura Hufford, Brady Malston & Nikiski North Star students -- Sam Tauriainen, Ireland Gillies, Ross Halliday, Hannalyn Ohlsen and Autumn Walters and coach Brian Bailey.

KPC health fair scheduled
The student health clinic at the Kenai River Campus is sponsoring the fourth annual public health fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in the McLane Commons.

What cancer cannot do -- break my family
Cancer. My mind, then 12-years-old, could not comprehend the disease. I understood by the look on Mom's face that I should be scared, but exactly why I wasn't sure. I cried that night from fear of the unknown -- not from fear of her dying.

Around the District

School board to meet

Avalanche sweep Brown Bears
The Alaska Avalanche of Wasilla scored two goals less than two minutes apart midway through the first period en route to a 5-1 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears in North American Hockey League action Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. With an 8-3 win Friday, the third-place NAHL West Division Avs (19-12-6) swept the two-game series with the fourth-place Brown Bears (10-28-2).

Sports Briefs

Nikiski boys varsity tops ACS

Hamilton, Cooper marry
AnnDee Hamilton and Adam Cooper were married Aug. 5, 2009, in a garden ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii.

Hutchinson, Struck to marry
Samanth Hutchinson of Soldotna and Craig Struck of North Bend, Ore., plan to marry June 25, 2011, at the home of Harvey and Nita Douthit, in Soldotna.

Waldrip, Moore tie the knot
Ashley Waldrip of Soldotna and Patrick Moore of Palmer were married in an afternoon ceremony Aug. 22, 2009, at the home of the groom's parents. Father of the groom Joseph Moore officiated.

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