Sunday, January 30, 2011

Polar Plunge says thanks to all
The 2011 Central Peninsula Polar plunge was a huge success, raising more than $8,000. Some 300 spectators came to cheer on over 50 brave souls as they took the plunge to support four youth programs here in the central Peninsula.

Oil companies never promise anything in return
ConocoPhillips' recently released annual report shows it earned $1.7 billion in Alaska profits in 2010. Over the past four years, Alaska has been one of Conoco's highest profit regions in the world -- earning them over $7.5 billion in profits for its Alaska oil production.

Tustumena Sled Dog Race hits the trail
As the minutes crawled toward start time, the intensity of yelps, whines, and barks increased exponentially. The clamor reached a fever pitch 10 minutes prior to race time while handlers struggled to control spirited sled dogs hammering against their harnesses.

Conflict minerals: Rhetoric battles reality at Pebble
Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series looking into the rhetoric and the realities of both sides of the Pebble mine debate. Part 2 will run next week.

Session length questioned
Senate President Gary Stevens Thursday said that the shorter 90-day legislative sessions adopted by voters in 2006 are not working.

Frankie Virginia Nordmeyer
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Frankie Virginia Nordmeyer, 95, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Delores Christl
Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Delores "Dolly" (Cole) Christl died Jan. 26, 2011, in Gadsden, Ala. She was 74.

Charles A. Scarlett
Former Kenai resident Charles A. Scarlett died Thursday, Jan. 27, 20011, of lung cancer and brain metastases at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 66.

Moving forward together
In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama delivered one message that we believe most Alaskans can agree on -- our elected representatives need to begin working together.

Around the Peninsula

Refuge hosts Fun Day

Is it cold enough?
Whoever is freezing cold, raise your hand. (Now put it back in your pocket -- it's cold out.)

DeVitos celebrate 50th
Kenai couple Spencer and Judith (Schnabel) DeVito celebrated 50 years of marriage Friday, Jan. 28.

Community

Births

Michael, Martin race to wins
Luke Michael and D.Anne Martin of Soldotna set course records at the 2011 Constellation Invite at Soldotna High School on Friday.

Aniak girls, boys capture Rumble titles
The Nikolaevsk girls basketball team finished 1-2 and the boys went 0-3 at the ConocoPhillips/Warrior Rumble at Nikolaevsk. The Aniak boys and girls both finished 3-0 to win championships.

Scoring outburst propels Stars: Soldotna defeats Kenai, Homer to wrap up 3rd seed in North Star Conference
Shorthanded. On the power play. At even strength.

Machado to return to lead Oilers
After leading the Peninsula Oilers to the National Baseball Congress World Series and a third-place finish in the Alaska Baseball League in his first season, Dennis Machado has made his expectations clear heading into his second year as coach.

Bears topple Fresno
The Kenai River Brown Bears closed out a nine-game road trip by splitting a pair of games against the Fresno (Calif.) Monsters on Friday and Saturday.

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