Monday, February 15, 2010

Make John Peter Zenger proud
John Peter Zenger. Ring a bell? Perhaps not.

Tracking down the pike: Fish and Game goes high tech to monitor invaders
The Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division is at war with a piscatorial enemy, sort of.

Interim chief of staff tapped: Bannock to serve as borough mayor's aide
Duane Bannock, the manager of the borough's Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Program, will assume the duties as the mayor's acting chief of staff.

Alaska's dealerships prepare for fix after huge Toyota recall
In the wake of a string of recent Toyota vehicle recalls, Alaska-based dealerships have their work cut out for them in replacing faulty accelerator pads and incompatible floor mats.

Who are the 'Faces of ACES'?: Industry's advertising campaign centers on new hires, execs
The oil industry's "Faces of ACES" advertising campaign is seeking to win oil tax reductions with assertions the law forced widespread layoffs, but the stories behind those faces say differently.

Douglas Wade Oglesbee
Douglas Wade Oglesbee died of natural causes Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in Spokane, Wash. He was 51.

Captain Shannon Dale Clark
Livingston, Montana resident Shannon Dale Clark died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, with his family was by his side after complications from cancer. He was 68.

Sad news a reminder that flu season isn't over
News this week that H1N1 influenza contributed to a Homer woman's death serves as a sobering reminder to continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones from H1N1 and season influenza.

Love never dies: Candy hearts don't tell you how to grieve
Valentine's Day is in full swing with cards and hearts, boxes of chocolate and bouquets of heavenly scented flowers -- a day for many to find a way to express the rush of emotions that come when you love another human.

Too much TV?
It's winter, such as it is, and I've been watching way too much TV. I expect that happens to most of us, especially when it's dark and slippery with not much snow. Twenty-four-seven news is about to drive me over the brink and some nights I feel like my brain has been fried because I've watched just one more cooking show or crime show or maybe even some dumb thing like "Manswers" or "1,000 Ways to Die." Why do we subject ourselves to such idiocy? Maybe because we don't know people like that, or at least we're glad it's not family.

Community Briefs

Senior Olympics kick off Tuesday

Kards exit early: South topples Kenai at state
WASILLA -- Kenai's postseason dream came to an abrupt end early Friday morning, as the Kardinals became the first team out of the Class 4A state hockey tournament thanks to an 8-0 mauling by the South Anchorage Wolverines in the 8 a.m. consolation round opener at the Menard Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla.

Kailey edges sister for crown
Kenai Central's Kailey Mucha edged out her sister, Bree, to give the Kardinals the win by 3.5 seconds at the 2010 Kenai Peninsula Borough relay on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails. Kailey, Anders Nyquist, Michelle Klaben and Travis Semmens comprised Kenai's winning relay team.

Heritage remains perfect in league: Nikiski girls top Grace Christian
When being measured, the iron rule is to stand up as straight as possible.

Soldotna boys, girls sweep Skyview
Soldotna's cagers earned a sweep over Skyview on Saturday.

Pre-K programs growing: Flush with federal cash, district schools catch kids early
If the kids in school seem to be getting a little smaller, it might be true, at least in some Kenai Peninsula Borough School District buildings.

Travel; A rewarding experience or endorsement of fears, stereotypes
I wonder how people think when someone brings up the prospect of traveling. Are they thinking of taking a fancy cruise to the Bahamas, backpacking through Europe, or flying to Japan?

Around the District

School board to meet

New art exhibit opens at KPC
KPC's art department announced the opening of a show in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery that mixes found object art with miniature essays as a collaboration of space, form and prose. The exhibit is a result of teamwork by artist Margo Klass and her writer husband, Frank Soos.

Wasilla sweeps Bears
The Alaska Avalanche of Wasilla swept the Kenai River Brown Bears in North American Hockey League action on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Carver signs to go to Seattle Pacific
Though Soldotna High School senior Blaine Carver receives recognition for draining points on the basketball court, it's his production on the soccer field that caught a college coach's attention.

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