Friday, February 12, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Support helps family get back on its feet
I was injured in an at-work accident with a pretty serious injury and lost my career, my wife and I have six children. We had lost our healthy style of living our home everything, and I had fallen deep into addiction, due to some poor choices I had made.

Support helps HEA distribute CFLs
The board, management and employees of Homer Electric Association would like to thank the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, the Homer Food Pantry, the Homer, Soldotna and Kenai Salvation Army stores, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Seldovia Village Tribe, Port Graham Village Council, and the Nanwalek IRA for participating in our first Kick inCan drive to replace 7,000 incandescent light bulbs with 7,000 energy saving CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs). Preliminary results indicate that together we touched 1,400 families on the peninsula. The comments and feedback we received indicated this project was a huge success.

Condolences to family of 'Deadliest Catch' captain
The captain of the Cornelia Marie, Phil Harris, passed away (Tuesday) after a massive stroke on Jan. 29. Go to to view comments on the entire story. He was one of the "Deadliest Catch" stars I really enjoyed -- heck of a guy. Much love to the family, so very sorry for your huge loss. Take care of each other.

Sterling Head Start, Community Club benefit from support
Sterling Head Start, and Sterling Community Club would like to thank our community for the tremendous support that was shown for our annual fundraiser on Jan. 30. Chef Michael Even and his wife Jeaninne donated their time and made a superb chicken and rib dinner. The Skyview Volleyball Team did a grand job serving the meal. We also want to thank the entertainers, our MC Vonnie Pierce, Charlie Pierce with Enstar for running the music, Graham Hanliln for his help with the show, Barb Blakely for doing the auction, the Sterling Senior Center, Alaska Wedding Brokers for the use of their beautiful wedding gowns, and the Head Start staff and parents for all the effort put into making the evening a success.

Web site offers more news on the Alaska Legislature
For this legislative session, the Peninsula Clarion has banded with its other sister newspapers to create

Man gets 6 years in homicide trial: Thayr Watson, 24, pleads guilty in grocery store overdose death
After pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Jan. 14, a 24-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

Skyview, SoHi to become more dependent
The roles of Skyview and Soldotna High School are expected to change starting next year.

Wind power the topic in Soldotna: City council discusses proposed guidelines for constructing wind energy systems
Private wind turbines may soon be permitted in Soldotna.

Mayor announces new acting chief of staff
Duane Bannock, the manager of the Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Program, will assume the duties as the mayor's acting chief of staff. "I'm honored to have this opportunity and support the administration," Bannock said.

Time to listen to your heart: New group promotes cardiac health, community support
February is American Heart Month, and while many are thinking about their lovelorn hearts this time of year, two local women are hoping to remind people that there are diseases far more dangerous than Cupid's arrows.

Flu suspected in woman's death
Terry Shepherd, the director of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, died Wednesday, board vice president Mike Allen said in a statement released today.

Democrats say oil tax is not curtailing investments
The gloves are coming off in a looming legislative fight over changes to Alaska's oil and gas production taxes.

Juneau School Board OKs voluntary drug testing policy
The Juneau School Board approved a voluntary drug testing policy for high school students at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Photo feature: Going with the floes
A couple watches Thursday's setting sun from ice floes on the Cook Inlet beach in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for a mix of snow and rain today.

Photo feature: Wind swept
Ty Schemanski kite-skis in the wind on the Kenai River flats, alongside Bridge Access Road, on Wednesday afternoon. He said it was his third time skiing with the kite. "It was painfully obvious from how much time the kite was on the ground," Schemanski joked. "It's an excellent workout. It's one of the reasons I'm doing it," he said.

Parnell says state will see $2.2 billion budget surplus this year
Gov. Sean Parnell had a pleasant surprise for legislators in Juneau Feb. 2: A $2.2 billion state budget surplus.

Raymond E. 'Ray' Petersen
Soldotna resident Raymond E. "Ray" Petersen died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.

Jesse L. Smith
Mineral Wells, Texas, resident Jesse L. Smith, 91, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in Mineral Wells.

Raymond E. 'Ray' Petersen
Soldotna resident Raymond E. "Ray" Petersen died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.

Just a party, or a movement?
So, what are we to make of the gathering last week called the Tea Party Convention in Nashville?

No whining from the back seat in this event
After years of figuratively back seat driving my wife while she is on her dog sled, I finally get the chance to literally do it this weekend, and I can thank four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King for the opportunity.

Woo in the woods
I've noticed that the snowshoe hares in my neighborhood must've been romantically interacting a bit last year. They're everywhere.

Get out and enjoy 'Winter Family Fun Day'
There is still plenty of winter left for those who like to get out and enjoy the cold weather season, and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a whole day of activities planned for their "Winter Family Fun Day" on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ermine: Bundles of boundless energy
We have been fortunate this winter to have an ermine periodically come by our house. I first saw its tracks in the snow on our porch and around our woodshed in late November but did not actually see it until Christmas day. Early that morning after preparing giblets for our turkey dressing, I hung the remains of a turkey neck from a string on a nearby tree limb so that chickadees could feed on the remaining tissue lodged amongst the vertebrae. Then just before we sat down to eat our Christmas dinner we saw the ermine repeatedly leaping from a tree limb to reach the turkey neck; it was a constant blur of activity. We didn't see it again until New Year's Eve when I photographed it and saw it several more times later, most recently on Jan. 20.

Around the Peninsula

Adult volleyball registration open

Around the Peninsula

Haiti fundraiser today

State bound: Kenai Central meets West Anchorage today at Class 4A state hockey tourney
While Kenai Central knows it's entering an uphill battle at the Class 4A state hockey tournament, stealing a game from the larger Anchorage schools is not an impossibility.

West dashes Kenai's upset hopes: Eagles score 4 goals in 3rd period to down Kards at state hockey tournament
ANCHORAGE -- For nearly two periods Thursday afternoon, the Kenai Central Kardinals played the role of plucky underdog perfectly, giving the West Eagles much more than they bargained for in the opening round of the Class 4A state hockey tournament.

Seldovia girls topple Homer
The Seldovia girls opened the Homer Winter Carnival tournament by topping Homer 44-37 on Thursday.

No love lost on this film
'From Paris with Love'

Art Briefs

Call for submissions

Borough mass choir, Renee Henderson appreciated
Elvis Costello said "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." I certainly understand those words as I try to give voice to my profound gratitude to a woman who has enhanced my community, my family, and my life --Renee C. Henderson, choir director of Kenai Central High School.

A Time Soon
February is here; it's the time for hearts and flowers.

What's Happening

Best Bets

Grace for a moment, strength for a day
Sitting among a seasoned group of sermon makers to examine a young minister for ordination was not a new experience for me. I had no way of knowing, however, that this one under pressure would shock me with his answer to an important question and send me home wiser than when I came.

Church Briefs

Focus on marriage

Bears fight illness before facing Avs
The Kenai River Brown Bears' main concern for their two-game home series with the Alaska Avalanche of Wasilla is having a full roster.

Hakkinen resumes medal quest: Kasilof biathlete tries be 1st American to nab Olympic biathlon hardware
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen, 32, will resume a medal chase that has consumed nearly half of his life when he competes at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Give biathlon a shot

'She Can Ski' results released
The "She Can Ski" event, sponsored by the LeeShore Center and Tsalteshi Trails Association, was held at Tsalteshi Trails on Sunday. The results are as follows:

Daigle wins scholarship tournament
Peninsula Strikers bowler Shalynda Daigle began the tournament with "Back-to-back-Jacks" on her way to an opening game of 192. Nine games and seven frames later, Shalynda closed out the day just as strong with a strike, 9-spare and strike on her way to an Alaska Youth Scholarship Tournament title.

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