Monday, January 31, 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.

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.

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.

DeeDee takes the T: Jonrowe adds Tustumena 200 championship to resume
Old dogs and new dogs alike had their day at the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog race this weekend.

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

Cook Inlet salmon forecast is sunny
State fisheries biologists are predicting a respectable Cook Inlet sockeye salmon run and subsequent harvest this coming summer.

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

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

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

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

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

Around the Peninsula

Nutrition classes beginning

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.

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.

Around the District

School board to meet

Mountain View students ski for success
Kellie Davidson's class at Mountain View Elementary in Kenai has the ticket -- the ski ticket, that is.

Excitement, trepidation as plans made to study abroad
You see them in the hallways. In the classroom. They're from distant lands, and may or may not have a weird accent. They're foreign exchange students, and up until last year, I only just thought of what it would be like to step into their cultured shoes, and go on exchange myself. The thought has now turned into a reality.

Ninilchik School celebrating 100 years
The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary for Ninilchik School. One of the strongest traditions throughout its rich history is commitment to academic excellence, by the school and the entire community.

Around Campus: Call for Meritorious Service Award nominations
The Meritorious Service Awards Committee is looking to the community to provide nominations for the Meritorious Service Awards. The award recipients are individuals who have demonstrated: evidence of significant services publicly, academically, voluntarily or philanthropically; services to UAA or one of the community campuses, or to an Alaska community (i.e., health, arts, sciences, engineering, etc.); longevity of commitment and/or service; and/or diversity -- culturally and/or discipline.

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.

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.

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