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Monday, February 28, 2011

Hospital change requires trust
I went to my first Health Care Task Force public meeting Tuesday (Feb. 22). There was a great turnout. We heard from a speaker who discussed the concerns of decreasing reimbursement to hospitals, from government, and other changes in the non-profit market.

Iron Dog tougher than serving in Afghanistan?
KTUU published an article Thursday attributing the following statement to Sarah Palin concerning those who ride in the Iron Dog: "I think these guys are the toughest men on the planet."

Oil producers, state talk money
North Slope oil producing companies painted a grim picture for the industry's future in Alaska unless the state revamps an aggressive oil and gas production tax that keeps 80 percent or more of the profit from new investments to the government, several companies told state legislators in hearings.

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.

Fund managers minimize risk
Representatives of the Alaska Permanent Fund appeared before the Alaska Legislature on Friday, explaining their investment strategies and defending their earnings returns.

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.

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: Robot lessons

Bill of health: Borough discussing cost of health care reform on Tuesday
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be deciding how to deal financially with the federally mandated changes to its health care plan at its meeting Tuesday night.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Keep the kids busy with art for spring break

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

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski Senior Center plans bingo, brunch

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!"

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.

Community

Births

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Campus: Regents approve Career and Technical Center
The University of Alaska Board of Regents formally project approved to KPC's Kenai River Campus Career and Technical Center on Feb. 18. The $14.5 million project was part of Proposition B that was approved by voters in the statewide election last November.

Around the District

School board to meet

Pushing the limits: Ninilchik students learn problem solving with robots
While the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District espouses goals to teach all students 21st century skills, Ninilchik teacher David Patat's class at the Challenger Learning Center last week looked like something straight out of the future.

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