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Tuesday, March 1, 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."

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.

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.

Begich hooks chairmanship
"Bashful" is likely the last word his U.S. Senate colleagues would use to describe Mark Begich.

Photo: Game time

Photo: Robot lessons

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.

Fish reg debate on in Anchorage
After a week of emotional -- and sometimes contentious -- public and committee testimony, the Alaska Board of Fisheries began its deliberations on Upper Cook Inlet finfish proposals at Anchorage's Egan Center Monday.

Escopeta jack-up rig leaves Gulf for Cook Inlet
Escopeta Oil and Gas President Danny Davis says he plans to load the Blake 151 jack-up rig onto the Kang Sheng Kou heavy-lift vessel at Freeport, La., on March 8 and be on the way to Cook Inlet shortly thereafter.

Leininger memorial
Memorial services for Robert William Leininger, who died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at his home in Soldotna, will be held Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1904 Wyatt Way in Kenai. Gathering begins at 5:30 p.m., with the service beginning at 6 p.m. A potluck will follow.

Scott Brian Hagen
Sterling resident, Scott Brian Hagen, 55, passed away Feb. 22, 2011. He died peacefully in his sleep.

Around the Peninsula

Help the food bank raise funds

Around the Peninsula

Keep the kids busy with art for spring break

Pet Photo: Purr-fect pet

Around the District

School board to meet

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.

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.

Sports Brief: Ninilchik, Nikolaevsk split
The Ninilchik boys and Nikolaevsk girls wrapped up regular-season play in the Peninsula Conference on Monday with victories at Ninilchik.

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