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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Advocacy center celebrates Champions for Children
Central Peninsula Children's Advocacy Center celebrated Champions for Children on Jan. 8 at the Kenai Visitor Center. The event brought together families and professionals to honor the voices of children and the community champions who protect them.

Reason for Sarah's departure
Crank up the propaganda machine boys, Sarah is ACED out and singin' our song now. We're gettin our money back!

Return of purse appreciated
A big thank you to the family with the baby who returned my purse Jan. 22 at the Bears Den Restaurant. I tried to get your name so I could personally thank you, but no one at the restaurant knew it.

Parents responsible for children's well being
Parents, feed your children.

Public invited to school district budget process
Are taxpayers getting their money's worth from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District? Helping answer that question, Dave Jones, assistant superintendent for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, offered an evening of "Budget 101" at Mariner Theater last month, giving the public a look at the district's budget process.

Cold case murder trial under way: Kenai jury hears opening arguments in case of 1982 Seward death
Jurors of the James Eacker murder trial will need to decide how to interpret a blood stain found on Eacker's pants before they can determine if he killed Toni Lister in 1982.

Photo feature: Sun spots
Soldotna High School sophomore Tyler Marcuson casts a long shadow as he makes his way to his sixth-period class Wednesday afternoon. The central Kenai Peninsula is getting more than five minutes of sunlight each day, for a total of more than eight hours of light per day.

King of the free world, in all ways
It's been three weeks since a catastrophic earthquake devastated Haiti. So far, Americans have donated more than $644 million for relief efforts, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. government has sent more than $130 million in aid, including about 12,000 military personnel, 265 government medical people, military ships, helicopters and cargo planes, and is managing operations.

UAS to offer ice climbing class
Imagine yourself climbing a waterfall that has completely frozen over. It's cold, wet and slippery, yet you have confidence that neither the toe-hold nor the ice axes holding you up will break away from the ice that stretches upward in front of you and cascades downward below you.

New technology revolutionizes snowmachining
Cory Cronquist started up the snowmachine on the Team CC showroom floor in one quick pull.

Women set to ski for a cause
While many will be reaching for the remote this Sunday to take in the Super Bowl, the LeeShore Center and Tsalteshi Trails Association are hoping women will reach for their skis and poles before the game to raise money for a good cause.

Uncle Joseph taught me ...
While parents are supposed to love and nurture their children, the role of the uncle is to toughen up the kids of their kin, and I take my role as uncle very seriously, particularly when teaching my niece and nephew about the outdoors.

Refuge Notebook: Winter walks: lessons learned in sand and snow
Growing up in Florida, my idea of the perfect winter stroll included sugar sand between my toes, a light breeze in my hair and temperatures in the mid-50s. A weekend afternoon often included exploring some park boardwalk, where the fiddler crabs ran between muddy holes and egrets fished in the nearby wetlands. Mangroves were the familiar local tree and I never thought about needing more than flip flops to wear on my walk. A jacket, however, was essential, because those 50-degree winter temperatures were cold!

Around the Peninsula

Fashion show fundraiser set

Kardinals cruise past Mariners
Four different players had multigoal games as Kenai Central cruised to a 9-1 win over Homer in the first round of the North Star Conference tournament on Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Soldotna's girls get past Bartlett
Soldotna's girls notched a 49-42 win over Bartlett in the second round of the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout Maroon Tournament at Dimond High School on Thursday.

Special teams propel Stars
Soldotna put on a special teams tutorial in its 3-0 win over Colony in the opening game of the North Star Conference tournament at the Soldotna Sports Center on Thursday.

Fighting terrorism on our knees
Arrests in London of doctors and others charged with terrorist activities stress again the ever present dangers of our time. No matter how long it has been since the 911 tragedy, we're periodically reminded that those who planned those barbarous acts haven't given up their design for the destruction and dominance of those who love freedom.

Church Briefs

Building to be dedicated

She Can Ski set for Sunday
Tsalteshi Trails annual Ski for Women takes place Sunday. The event is for women of all ages and abilities. The event is low-stress and high-entertainment, and costumes are optional.

Avs use power play to top Bears
The Alaska Avalanche of Wasilla netted three power-play goals to lift them to a 4-3 win over the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears on Thursday in North American Hockey League action.

Bowler's Corner : CPH wins scholarship fundraiser tournament
Editor's note: All totals are with handicap unless noted.

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