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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Chambers set schedules

Popular Iditarod musher Dee Dee Jonrowe wins Tusty 200
After placing third in last year's Tustumena 200 and being the last to start this year's T-200, the always-popular Dee Dee Jonrowe of Willow, Alaska claimed her first Tusty 200 Championship after 19 hours and 7 minutes on the trail. Just 8 minutes back from Jonrowe was Cim Smyth, a past T-200 champion musher from Big Lake, Alaska who actually was gaining ground at the end of the race despite the warm temperatures.

35th Peninsula Winter Games super success
Unlike summer outdoor festivals and activities, the Peninsula Winter Games (PWG) has never depended upon the weather to have a great turn out. The recent event hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce proved this fact once again. Thirty five years ago the games were created by Sterling missionary Al York for Alaskan families who live here year round to experience the fun of outdoor winter activities on the Peninsula. Since that time, the event has experienced everything from clear -20F degree days to temperatures registering 40F above zero and rain showers, but what has remained constant at each at the PWG are the trills, spills, and super smiles on the faces of the kids having fun. "It's always been and will always be about the kids," says Michelle Glaves, executive director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, which now coordinates the PWG. "It was a great day that included the Native Youth Olympics Friday through Sunday that brought kids from all over the state to participate, then Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center we had over 3,000 people turn out. For lunch the kids consumed over 1,100 corn dogs. Then for dinner Carol Martin and John Torgerson barbequed up a hundred twenty-some pounds of locally grown organic beef from the Diamond M Ranch donated by Matti's Farm, to go along with the spaghetti which was simply fabulous," she said.

Soldotna Police start new Drug Drop-Off program
To better help protect the community, the Soldotna Police Department has initiated a program which allows Soldotna area residents to bring unused prescription drugs to the police station for safe disposal. "Sometime patients suffer drug reactions which make it impossible for them to use an entire prescription, or maybe they just don't need as many pills as they received." says Soldotna Chief of Police John Lucking. "Keeping the drugs creates a danger to children in the home, especially if the drugs are narcotics, but disposing of them improperly can also create a serious environmental problem. We are encouraging people to bring the drugs to the police station so that we can be sure that they are disposed of properly."

St. Elias's "Moose Juice" named #1 in Alaska
Things really do get better with age, just ask Zack Henry the owner of the Soldotna-based St. Elias Brewing Company. Last year Henry crafted a barley wine he called "Moose Juice" and entered it into the Great Alaskan Beer & Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage. Now in its 16th year, the annual competition drew over 200 brews from 50 regional brewers. This level of competition makes the 2nd Place overall placement and "Best Alaskan Entry" recognition even more rewarding according to Henry. "Our entry was a barley wine we made about two years ago and put in some oak bourbon barrels that we had obtained. We aged it for a year in those barrels and then entered it in last year's competition, and it didn't even make it into the second round of judging. We decided to hold off five gallons and re-enter it in this year's festival and ended up taking 2nd overall and #1 in Alaska." Henry said.

Bake Someone Happy with Chocolate

By the numbers: Chocolate for your Valentine

Oppose Board of Game's community hunt programs
On March 4, in Wasilla, the Board of Game (BOG) will begin deliberating on proposed hunting regulations.

Too much to ask a kiss before paying?
The Mustang Ranch in Nevada is a well known establishment whose services are best left unaddressed in this article. However, later on I will get back to this establishment.

Photo: Going deep

Suspension of state gas tax questioned
Gov. Sean Parnell wants to give Alaskans a break at the gas pump, but Alaska's U.S. congressional delegation and some legislators are blasting the plan as bad for Alaska and likely to be expensive for Alaskans.

Alaska LNG plant closing
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corp. plan to shut down the Kenai liquefied natural gas plant in Alaska after more than 40 years in operation.

Carey looking for places to cut budget: Borough mayor says funds are needed for Homer solid waste transfer site
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is hoping for a big return on his trip to Juneau this week to lobby the state legislature for money for borough projects -- more than $12 million to be exact.

Nikiski LNG plant to close: ConocoPhillips, Marathon to cease exports, mothball facility
Employees at the Liquified Natural Gas plant in Nikiski were notified on Wednesday that the plant will be shutting down later this spring.

AGIA opponents say they're not out to kill pipeline project
Sponsors of a bill which would change the terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act's attempt to develop a natural gas pipeline denied they were trying to undermine the state's multi-year, $500 million attempt to get approval for a natural gas pipeline.

Fugitive arraigned on porn charges
After evading authorities for nearly a year, a Soldotna man was arraigned in Superior Court Tuesday on charges of felony possession of child pornography.

Randy Neuschwander
Sterling resident Randy Ray Neuschwander, 57, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna.

Sandra Lynn Johnson
Longtime Sterling resident Sandra Lynn (Minnamon) Johnson died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at home with family by her side after a 2-year battle with cervical cancer. She was 45.

Patrick T. McCabe
Longtime Soldotna resident,Patrick T. McCabe, 61, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at his home in Soldotna with his family by his side.

Economic recovery must be top priority
Just a month into the New Year, Alaskans are taking stock of well-intentioned resolutions to drop a few pounds, spend more quality time with family or even land that record whopper salmon.

Around the Peninsula

Homer Electric schedules power outage

Around the Peninsula

Deadline for Teacher nominations looms

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Art Brief: F Magazine accepting submissions
F Magazine announces its first annual statewide writing competition. This competition is open to all genres and styles; it's all about showing off the fantastic talent this state has to offer.

Poet's Corner

I Want to Dance on the Moons

Sports Brief: Kenai hosts Valentine Invitational
The Peninsula Piranhas Swim Team hosted the Valentine Invitational on Saturday. The winners of the event follow:

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