Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pulling Prizes: Local brewery's award is part of a growing recognition for the Peninsula's craft beer
Some things just get better with age. That was proven true for the proprietors of Soldotna's St. Elias Brewery at the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine festival in Anchorage this month.

Photo Feature: Unidentified flying object?

Borough seeks new HR director: Time for a change, says Carey
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's human resources director was terminated last week after borough Mayor Dave Carey decided to go in a different direction.

George Frederick Larion
Longtime Soldotna resident George Frederick "Fred" Larion, 46, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in a snowmachine/car accident off Funny River Road.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Masters swim team hits the pool

Around the Peninsula

Soldotna Historical Society meets

Pet Photo: Mr. Mom

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.

Around the District

School board to meet

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 Brief: Seward girls top Grace
The Seward girls basketball team defeated visiting Grace Christian 34-27 on Monday in Southcentral Conference action. Chelsey Clarke pumped in 10 points for Seward, while Meg Berry chipped in with eight. For the Grizzlies, Mackenzie Fredrickson had nine points.

Sports Briefs

Nikiski swept in Barrow

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.

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

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