Sunday, February 27, 2011

Emotions high over Kasilof SUA: Consensus hard to come by regarding habitat at river's mouth
The level of tension in the tiny Tustemena Elementary School room started at a slow simmer. Concerned citizens once again seized the opportunity to pontificate on the proposed Kasilof River Special Use Area to Department of Natural Resources officials, and as each person stood to speak their peace, they only added fuel to the fire.

Photo: Who was that masked man?
Nikiski High School basketball player Angie Parish, center, shares a moment with her two biggest fans -- mother Donita and father Bill -- during senior night festivities after her game Friday. See game coverage in today's Sports section, Page B-1.

Hope land sale on track: Borough sorting out high bidders
It's been a little more than a month since the bid deadline for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Hope land sale and residents of the small hamlet off the Seward Highway are still waiting to hear about the town's newest landowners.

John Handley
Nikiski resident John Handley died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, from acute myelogenous leukemia. He was 44.

Robert William Leininger
Soldotna resident, Robert William Leininger, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at his home in Soldotna.

Taking out the trash
When borough Mayor Dave Carey began presenting some ideas on paying for the needed solid waste transfer facility in Homer earlier this month, we were at first a little puzzled why proposing some sort of voter-approved bond wasn't on his list.

Key Coalition rallies
The Key Coalition of Alaska, Kenai Chapter held its annual rally on the corner of the Spur Highway and Bridge Access, in conjunction with other rallies were being held in Juneau, Anchorage, Homer, Mat-Su, Fairbanks and other smaller communities throughout our state. The Key Coalition is a statewide organization formed over 24 years ago to help lobby and inform lawmakers and others of the importance of services for people who experience a disability. The platforms this year that are important to people are: For our State to recognize and continue to reduce the waitlist; To support the rates that agencies are paid to conduct business, which has been overlooked for many years; Support to families and people that experience Autism and help with early interventions to help out families; To reduce the waitlist for babies that are a part of the Infant Learning Program.

Kenai Youth Court members visit Juneau
New youth court begins March 1

Meet and eat
One time during Thanksgiving dinner I whispered to my plate, "This is going to be quick. You will not feel a thing." And right before the fork full of stuffing entered my mouth I hollered, "In my belly!"

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski Senior Center plans bingo, brunch

Community

Births

Nikiski girls take care of Cordova
The shots kept clanking off the rim. Lee Moore's rallying cry kept growing louder.

Skiers battle weather: State meet threw a bit of everything at competitors
After getting off to a slow start on Thursday, Kenai Peninsula skiers came back with some solid performances Friday and Saturday at the state ski meet in Fairbanks.

Wasilla cagers blow past Homer, Skyview
WASILLA -- In recent seasons, Homer and Skyview -- Wasilla's opponents during the final two days of the regular season -- have typically owned the bottom two spots in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division.

Kardinals sweep Soldotna
Shadowed by her parents and holding a single red rose, senior Raquel Young stood at midcourt and hugged her teammates one by one.

Still the same: ASAA solidifies football's NLC
The Northern Lights Conference will remain a six-school league in football well into the future thanks to a recent vote by the state activities association.

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