Monday, February 25, 2008

Love INC hopes to break cycle
They don't have a dormitory; no old hotel or unused apartment building. For now, they don't have a plot of land.

City not live yet
Lights; camera; inaction could best describe the status of an idea to broadcast meetings of the Kenai City Council.

Cause for celebration
Since the Kenai Animal Shelter opened, the staff has had a goal to work themselves out of their jobs by educating the public about responsible pet ownership. And, while the day that their services are no longer needed is still a long way off, the shelter staff did get measurably closer to this goal in 2007.

Shelter hoping for hometown help
Jamie Riley is a dog's best friend, and not just to her own pets, but to those without homes too.

Challenger Center throws an interstellar star party
Ever wondered what color Saturn's rings are or why Sirius is nicknamed the "Dog Star?" Want to learn why some stars are red while others are blue or yellow? The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is inviting the curious to bend an eye to a telescope and gaze into a sky pockmarked with stars.

Crime deterrence morphs into tax relief
An Alaska House measure introduced last year to allow municipalities to exempt police officers from property taxes if they moved into high crime neighborhoods has become an omnibus bill for assorted tax relief proposals.

Photo feature: Point and shoot
Stacie Leighton uses her cell phone to make photos on the Cook Inlet beach in Kenai on Saturday afternoon, where warm weather was taking its toll on the tall accumulation of ice. Forecasters are calling for cooler temperatures today.

Brent Lee 'Cookie' Cook
Soldotna resident Brent Lee "Cookie" Cook died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at his home after a lengthy battle with diabetes. He was 42.

Preparing for the worst: CERT training can benefit everyone in case of disaster
A massive earthquake strikes the Kenai Peninsula at approximately 10 a.m. Feb. 9. Geologists say the epicenter of the earthquake is approximately half a mile east of the Pacific Rim Institute of Safety Management (PRISM) in Kenai. The quake ignited a small fire, caused extensive damage inside the PRISM building and resulted in the deaths of four people.

Potential harm outweighs potential benefits of database
The Clarion this week posed the question of whether the state's proposed prescription drug database, in which would be entered every prescription filled in the state, constituted a useful tool for physicians and pharmacists, or an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy.

Sterling Community News
I love the concept of leap year, the thought that we all have an extra day once every four years.

Kenai Community News
Hark, is that spring I smell in the air? Or is it just the boot liners drying by the front door that I smell? With all the warm weather we've had after that frigid early February, it's no wonder that I see girls in their bare legs and flipflops already.

Letters are a morale booster
Hardly a day passes without someone asking Army Spc. Cequisa Wells the same question.

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check slated Swim lessons offered in Kenai Steak dinner fundraiser in Sterling Child identification project slated Rotary raffle offers hope Excellent teachers sought Counseling association to meet

Ninilchik Community News
Since the beach ices up during the winter, access to our home in Happy Valley is difficult, so we don't have many drop-in visitors this time of year. However, when my son, Caleb, was taking ashes out one evening last week, he heard heavy footsteps approaching in the darkness. When he turned around, two foreboding shadows made his heart leap. A mama moose and her offspring had invited themselves over for a meal of alder and willow branches in our front yard.

Pickin' on the peninsula
Alaska may not be the bluegrass state, but the music has a thriving following here on the peninsula.

Soldotna Community News
Good Monday! Whew! I'm not sure whether to wear my boots or ice skates when I go outside. So, be safe out there and buckle up. Icy conditions or not, it might just save your life.

How to submit information
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?

Girl power
Girl Scout Junior Troop No. 235 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School has completed its Food Power Badge. One of the requirements was to write a letter to the school's Principal Ms. Stavola regarding the lunch menu. Troop members are front row left to right, Kendra, Jayden, Jennaka and Amanda. Back row, left to right, Lavender, Megan, Rachel, Ms. Stavola, Hanna, Savannah and Amber. Other members not shown are Dakota and Kierstyn.

Kasilof Community News
Josh Denna has signed a football scholarship to play at Valley City State University in North Dakota. Josh, a senior at Soldotna High School. His mother is Laura Lahndt, his grandmother is Joan Lahndt and his great-grandmother was Enid McLane, the matriarch of Kasilof education.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. I hope you are enjoying warmer weather. Please watch for slippery side roads, parking lots and driveways around town.

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check slated Swim lessons offered in Kenai Open gym today Steak dinner fundraiser in Sterling World travelers needed Rotary raffle offers hope Foster care, adoption meeting set Autism to be discussed

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
I don't really know if men are from Mars, I think they are from Home Depot.

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Jeannie Fanning of Kenai sent in this photo of her three girls -- Becca, Dayzee and Ellii. "They are my most precious perfect girls," she said. The photo was taken by Traci Knutson of Soldotna.

Colony hoops sweep SoHi
It was a classic blooper moment, but it was illustrative nonetheless.

SoHi's Mucha nabs 6th at state
Watch out Anchorage.

Knights take showdown
The Colony boys basketball team ran away from host Kenai Central on Saturday in a matchup of division leaders in the Northern Lights Conference.

Wildcats take 2 from Brown Bears
Some people say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

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