Saturday, February 12, 2011

Soldotna Hardware Ice Fishing Derby has great Kick-Off at Sport Lake…
A postcard perfect arctic afternoon greeted ice fishers at Sport Lake for the 14th Annual Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware Ice Fishing Derby Kick-Off. As campfires crackled nearby, and eagles soared overhead, staff and volunteers from Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware & Fishing set up tents, bored holes in the thick ice, prepped gear for the kids, and roasted hot dogs and cocoa for the more than 300 folks who turned out. “It’s just one of the most fun afternoons of the year! The kids love it so much and the adults really get involved with helping them get their first fish,” said Dawn Nushart of Soldotna Hardware & Fishing, who organizes the event each year. Nearby six-year-old Ayden See, dressed in a Batman ski hat, peered into the fresh cut ice hole and dipped in his line and started whispering, "Here fishy-fishy, come fishy-fishy, time for me to catch you."

Soldotna library expansion on track
With Kenai's library expansion project already well under way, Soldotna continues to push forward with efforts to increase its own special space for bookworms.

State to assist LNG workers: Plant closure will have impact on borough, service area finances
The State of Alaska announced Thursday that it will help with job training and placement efforts for Kenai Peninsula residents who are losing their jobs as a result of ConocoPhillip's decision to close the Liquified Natural Gas plant in Nikiski.

Hearing set for HEA proposal
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has set a schedule for working through Homer Electric Association's proposed rate changes.

Self-defense law change could cost state $450,000 a year
A proposed expansion of Alaska's self-defense law would cost the state an additional $450,000 a year in increased litigation costs, a top official at the Department of Law on Wednesday told a House committee holding a hearing on the bill.

Photo: Love birds?

Voices of the Peninsula: An open letter to Borough Mayor Dave Carey
I write this letter with a heavy heart. Your plan to "suspend" funding to KPC came as a shock when I learned of it Feb. 4 via your email to borough employees and assembly members. If you would have called me in advance, I could have discussed with you privately what I am now explaining to the borough population.

Start thinking outside the oil-and-gas box
OK, so the LNG plant is closing, and a whole lot sooner than most of us anticipated. We all thought that the export license extension granted last year was supposed to give us more time. It didn't.

Perils of Polly: Note to self: Always pack a flashlight
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

An Outdoor View: Reasons for fishing
Author's note: The following column first appeared in the Clarion on Jan. 5, 2001, but it's as timely now as ever.

Refuge Notebook: Refuge hosts Winter Fun Day
Winter is a challenging, yet wonderful time to be outdoors -- whether you go snowshoeing, bird watching, or ice fishing; the snowy landscape is an ever changing panorama.

Around the Peninsula

Early childhood training available

Voices of Religion: Looking deeper than happiness: Where is the joy?
So your team won last Sunday? You found extra cash stuffed in a jacket? You were contacted by an old friend and experienced a great stroll down memory lane? A debt was forgiven? You sense spring is just around the corner? You just missed sliding off the icy road? Your child said, "thank you?"

Church Briefs

Study the world's great religions

Beck signs D-I scholarship: Forward leads Brown Bears into weekend series in Fairbanks
When Doug Beck joined the North American Hockey League at the age of 17, he had a three-step plan.

Ninilchik boys rout Northway
Billy Riley scored 33 points and hit eight 3-pointers to lead the Ninilchik boys basketball team past Northway 64-22 Thursday on the second day of the 2011 Ninilchik Tournament.

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