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Monday, February 8, 2010

Chow champ crowned: Kasilof man takes eating contest seriously
On a day when millions of Americans were gorging themselves on munchies of all sorts, a group gathered in Kasilof was taking eating to the max on Sunday.

HEA betting on natural gas for future generation
As Homer Electric Association moves forward in its proposed plan to install a steam turbine at its natural gas-fired plant in Nikiski, and perhaps invest in two gas-fired turbines in Soldotna at some point in the future, the cooperative is making a bet on natural gas.

Compliance issues continue: Borough to withhold $300,000 until tourism council completes contract terms
The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, a non-departmental entity of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, has not complied with the terms of its contract. Until the council comes into compliance, borough Mayor Dave Carey said he will withhold a $300,000 grant.

Game stealer: Theft won't dampen spirits
If you visited the Duck Inn during the National Football League Conference Championship games two weekends ago, you probably would not have bothered to enter the contest for the TV that owner Scott Rosin claimed to be raffling off.

Kenai man rescued after snowmachine accident
Rescuers spent a chilly Friday night out near Nellie-Juan Lake after weather hampered efforts to fly an injured snowmachiner out from the remote location near Seward. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the snowmachiner, 49-year-old Don Feltman of Kenai, late Saturday morning and flew him to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for treatment of suspected back and arm injuries.

Proposed Beluga habitat discussed
Public comment at last week's hearing on the proposed designation of critical habitat for Cook Inlet beluga whales was, for the most part, supportive, though the hearing itself was lightly attended.

Commission ponders future of state raises
The state's salary commission intends to raise the salary of the state's governor and top department heads sometime in the future, and may even do away with most of its own job of setting salaries.

Gene Michael McLennan
Gene Michael McLennan of Seward died Friday, Jan. 26, 2010 in Anchorage. He was 54.

Lynda Joyce Lengle
Soldotna resident Lynda Joyce Lengle died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 54.

Have a thought? Feel free to share
The Peninsula Clarion last week made a change in our policy governing online comments, part of our ongoing effort to provide the community we serve with a forum to discuss the issues of the day.

Programs offer girls' opportunity to shine
Cinderella got to be the belle of the ball with a wave of a wand from her fairy godmother, but it will take real life helpers for area junior and senior high school girls to step out in style for the upcoming prom season.

Around the Peninsula

Mass choir slated

Super Bowl
Today is the big day, the day we've been waiting for in eager anticipation for the past year: it is SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! This is the day when the two best professional football teams the country meet to lock in gridiron combat to decide who will reign as champions for a year.

Around the Peninsula

Mushroomers to meet

Around the Community
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!

Kenai punches ticket to state tourney
Kenai Central's 2-1 win over Palmer in the North Star Conference tournament semifinals earned the Kards a date with Wasilla in the championship. It punched Kenai's ticket to the state tournament, too. But it will also keep Kenai's 2009 small-schools state championship football team at bay -- at least for a week.

Kenai Central girls notch NLC victory in Homer
The Kenai Central girls basketball team picked up a 61-20 nonconference victory on Friday in Homer.

Kenai Central's Mucha nabs Besh Cup
Kenai Central's Kailey Mucha won the Besh Cup season points race on Sunday as the six-race series concluded in Fairbanks.

Lynx boys topple SoHi
Last year, it was for a state championship. This year, it was for a measuring stick.

Warriors top Kards for title
After weathering a second-period Kenai Central rally, Wasilla scored a late goal and added three more in the third to claim the North Star Conference title with a 7-1 win on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Wasilla ends Soldotna's season
Soldotna hung with North Star Conference top seed Wasilla for 20 minutes, but the Warriors showed why they're No. 1.

Kenai Peninsula College

KPC's first donor recognition installation has arrived at Kenai River Campus

Around the District

Connections home-school program

Encouragement about future goes long way for teen
My sixth grade teacher directly told me that I would fail in middle school. In eighth grade, I was told countless times that I would be shocked by how hard I would have to work during my freshmen year at Soldotna High. A few weeks ago, in the first day of a new class I have to take as a senior in high school, I was again subjected to a teacher telling me how college would be so demanding and so much harder than I ever imagined. Now, I would be disappointed if my college experience proved this statement to be wrong, as I wish to be challenged. But I have to wonder, why do teachers (and other adults) feel the need to constantly besiege us with broad generalizations about how hard the future will be? We're constantly told how we'll have to learn so much more than we ever thought; they tell us how we'll have to learn to be harder, faster or stronger if we're going to have a chance at surviving the next step in our lives

Avs sweep Brown Bears
WASILLA -- For two periods Friday, Josh Benton was an absolute wall for the Kenai River Brown Bears.

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