Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ourdoors
The family dog has been called man's best friend, but at times I wonder about that label. For years I have fished with children, both in my boat and out on the ice. So when there just happens to be a day when I can sneak off all by myself, and not have to deal with children, what do I do? I took the new family dog, Aspen, a golden retriever that still happens to be a pup!

27 Red opens in Peninsula Center Mall for the whole family
The Peninsula Center Mall has a new Las Vegas style family hair salon known as 27 Red, and while that might not be your lucky number, you're sure to look like a winner after professional stylist and shop owner, Sara Bianca Sproul, has done her magic. Actually the name of the new shop has nothing to do with the Las Vegas theme of the dcor says Sara's husband Chad. "We were having a bit of a good time one night when we discovered we all have 27 bones in our hand and just about everything we accomplish is with our hands, whether it's metal art, beautiful hair styles, or brain surgery, we do it with our hands and our favorite color is red so there you have it27 Red," Chad told the Dispatch. According to Chad, 27 Red is a dream come true for he and his wife. "If anyone doubts that dreams come true, they should just stop by because this truly is my wife's dream made true. She's an amazing hair dresser who now has her very talented friends around her doing nails, hair and make-up. Business is wonderful and it's just a dream come true," he said.

Winter Fun Day lives up to billing
I would like to send out a thank you to the whole Sterling Communty for making our "Winter Fun Day" a success. We were able to cover the cost of the fireworks with the pie's that were donated and auctioned off. Thanks to those who donated those great pies. Thanks to Froggy and the Sterling Brother hood, the members of the Sterling Community Club for making the event possible, the Central Emergency services, and all who came and enjoyed this free event.

Volunteer award nomination deadline today
If you are like me, when you think back on your life you remember a special person who truly made a difference, either in your life or someone else's. He or she may have been a parent, teacher, mentor, pastor, coach, or local volunteer. Whoever they may be, they have demonstrated a spirit of service and selflessness, and have been influential in shaping our great state and the communities we live in.

Tell us something we don't know
I cannot believe consultants were hired again (for $200,000) to tell us what we already know about the Kenai River. I would have done the job for $50,000 and been more candid for less cash.

Improvement in Games appreciated
I want to thank all who make Peninsula Winter Games possible. I was not able to make it down for the Peninsula Winter Games this year but I was following it through the Peninsula Clarion.

Talks stir up district issues: SoHi, Skyview course changes spark debate
A town hall-style meeting about the future of two Soldotna-area high schools last week stirred up more than just issues facing the two affected buildings.

'We've got a ways to go': Pebble to spend $73 million; formal permitting begins in 2011
The Pebble Limited Partnership, the company wishing to develop the proposed Pebble Mine, says it plans to spend $73 million this year in studies for permitting and continued exploratory drilling.

DNA analyst can't conclude Lister bled on Eacker's pants
The defense in the Jimmy Eacker murder trial rested its case Monday, and closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning. The jury will begin deliberation as soon as closing arguments are complete.

New test evaluates career skills
Next school year, sixth, eighth and 11th graders will begin evaluations that two state departments hope will help indicate their preparedness for the work force, and for different jobs within it.

Photo feature: Riding in style
Jennifer Powell uses an alternative mode of transportation to travel to the Post Office onMonday afternoon. The warm temperatures made the ATV an enjoyable ride for Powell along the Sterling Highway.

Around the Peninsula

Little League clinics continue

Making 'Moore' time for kids
When Sara Moore, a counselor at Soldotna High School, went to a professional development conference in Anchorage this fall, she had no idea she'd be bringing home more than some added insights into her work.

Around the District

School board to meet

Recess time
Shawna Vlasak gets her students ready for recess at Mountain View Elementary School recently. The pre-kindergartners were on their way to the playground.

Social networking revolutionizing communication
Social networking, once informal and rudimentary, has now revolutionized communication. The law office I work for occasionally texts clients rather than calling them because they respond faster. The other day, Google texted me the password to my gmail account seconds after I requested it. Families I babysit for text me rather than call, my mom texts me to pick up groceries or ask what my plans are and sometimes my grandpa even texts.

Kenai Peninsula College

Beginning Fly Fishing slated

New laptops for Seldovia
Laptops were purchased with an "Energy Conservation rebate check" awarded to our school this year. The school was awarded a check for $7,971 from school year 2009-2010. Conservation starts with shutting off lights, computers and turning down the heat over the weekend.

Sports Briefs

Borough puts on middle school ski meet

Squash champions announced
The Kenai Peninsula Racquet Club hosted the 2010 Alaska State Squash Championship in Soldotna on Friday through Sunday. After forty matches, the top players are: Open -- Anchorage's Chris Reppel in first, Soldotna's Ed Schmitt in second; Open Consolation -- Fairbanks' Dave Partee in first, Palmer's Tyson Alger in second; Intermediate -- Eagle River's Brendan Costello in first, Soldotna's John Bramante in second; Intermediate Consolation -- Soldotna's Gary Schoenrock in first, Kenai's Richard Kelso in second; Novice -- Soldotna's John McDonagh in first, Palmer's Dawn Alger in second

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