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Monday, February 1, 2010

KCHS offers reminder of why living here is special
Every once in a while there is a need to write a letter to the paper. Here is one:

Change won't come without personal responsibility
The Declaration of Independence of 1776 clearly states that "governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." In essence this means we the people give our representatives power to run our government.

Got game?: Native Youth Olympics spotlights talent, teamwork
A bodybuilder somewhere is pumping iron, hoping to get arms as chiseled as 16-year-old Justin Pea's.

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.

Photo feature: Rough landing
A disabled plane sits stranded on the ice of Tern Lake at the junction of the Seward and Sterling highways on Saturday afternoon. Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said the plane's landing gear was disabled, but that while troopers were aware of the situation, they were not called to respond. Peters said she did not have the pilot's name. According to the Federal Aviation Administration's online registry, the plane is registered to a Bruce E. Jaffa of Moose Pass. Calls placed by the Clarion to a number listed under that name were not answered on Sunday.

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.

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.

Breathing room: Capitol complex expands in time for session
The Alaska's Legislature's spiffy new office building is nearly ready for the Legislative session with the Juneau and the Alaska public among its big beneficiaries.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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!

Around the Peninsula

Concert planned

Around the Peninsula

Immunizations available

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

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.

Getting class, after class: Kenai Central launches after-school study hall, feels growing pains
When the bell rings at the end of the day at Kenai Central High, not all the students flee the halls and classrooms.

Around the District

School board to meet

UA president to visit the Peninsula
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will be visiting the Kenai Peninsula on Feb. 2 and 3. He will be at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer on Feb. 2 and at the Kenai River Campus on Feb. 3. While at KRC he will meet with faculty, staff and students from 3-4 p.m. in the McLane Commons. Hamilton will also be addressing a joint meeting of the Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce at noon on Feb. 3 at the Kenai Merit Inn.

Trading quiet woods for chaos of gymnasium
I have always made choices dictated on my comfort zone. My own had stopped me from switching elementary schools, going to events I felt uncomfortable at and changing my daily regime. Sometime in the past year I shed that familiar comfort zone and like most teenagers went through a phase of wanting to be different. But instead of changing my hair color or changing my clothes I switched sports.

Davis finishes 13th at Winter X
Soldotna's Cory Davis finished 13th in the Snowmobile Snocross on Sunday at Winter X Games Fourteen in Aspen, Colo.

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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