Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow day: Winter Games delight community
The sky was clear and blue, the temperature hanging right at freezing; it was a beautiful winter day for being outdoors, and many were there as part of celebrating the 34th annual Peninsula Winter Games on Saturday.

Tourism industry optimistic for 2010
ANCHORAGE -- Visitor industry officials, still reeling from an unusually sparse tourist season in 2009, aren't smiling broadly yet, but there's an air of optimism sparked by a forecast from the U.S. Travel Association's marketing outlook forum.

Awards would be tougher to earn
Gov. Parnell is making his proposed scholarship plan tougher to qualify for, which may also make it harder to pass through the Legislature.

Bunnie Giaccarini
Former Sterling resident Bunnie Giaccarini died peacefully with her sister by her side on Wednesday, Jan.20, 2010, in Stockton, Calif., of heart failure. She was 71.

Perfect time for the Peninsula Winter Games
While Friday's warm, wet weather may have made things a little slick, Saturday proved to be a gorgeous day here on the Kenai Peninsula. We hope everyone took advantage of the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some part of the Peninsula Winter Games.

Community News
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Dough Girl strikes again
Since I started this crazy bit of ranting column, I've dis-clothesed some of the more ratty colorful attire my girlfriends and I lounge about the house in. I have spoke candidly regarding the poopies intestinal disruptions and the dire consequences of a product aptly titled, "Go Lightly."

Around the Peninsula

Concert planned

On patrol
1st Lt. Kyle Bushon of Soldotna is shown while on foot patrol in Karbala, Iraq. Bushon is a platoon leader in the 2-69 Combined Arms Battalion out of Ft. Benning, Ga. He has 16 soldiers under his command and is responsible for escorting high level U.S. State Department officials on provincial reconstruction missions, joint U.S. and Iraqi Army combat missions, and combat logistics patrols.

Helping hands
Delta Kappa Gamma members award Ruth Johnson, center, a Kenai Peninsula College student from Unalakleet a $500 scholarship to further her pursuit in becoming a teacher. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international women's educational society. Members present at the ceremony are left to right, Sarah Jones, Sara Moore, Sherril Miller, LaDawn Druce, recipient Ruth Johnson, Lana Syverson, Kelley Smith and Donna Bartman.

Wasilla takes 2 from SkyHi
The visiting Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams cruised to Northern Lights Conference victories over Skyview on Friday.

Kenai girls nip SoHi in final minute: Soldotna boys nail free throws in final period to tackle Kardinals
High-pressure situations are no problem for Morgan Wensley.

Kardinals sew up No. 3 seed: Kenai skaters close regular season by topping SoHi, Homer
When Soldotna's hockey team buried its first goal past Kenai Central net minder Kyle Dougherty early in the third period, cutting the Kardinals' lead to one, he didn't fall apart. Rather, the goal put him at ease.

Wasilla boys pull away from Homer late
The Wasilla boys basketball team pulled away from Homer in the fourth quarter for a 61-39, Northern Lights Conference victory on Saturday in Homer.

Wasilla boys pull away from Homer late
The Wasilla boys basketball team pulled away from Homer in the fourth quarter for a 61-39, Northern Lights Conference victory on Saturday in Homer.

Flaggs celebrate their 50th anniversary
Loren and Sandra Flagg celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 27 at a catered party hosted by family and attended by many friends at their home in Kenai.

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