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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Medical alert system aids in emergencies, but isn’t completely flawless
Breathing only with great difficulty, his blood pressure dropping and having passed out twice, Joseph Langevin gave the electronic medical alarm button he’d worn since 1999 its first push ever in an emergency.

Earlier daylight-saving time causes problems for computers
The “infernal” equinox hasn’t happened yet and already they want us springing forward. What’s up with that?

John Herbert ‘Jack’ Lounsbury
Former Soldotna resident John Herbert “Jack” Lounsbury of Salem, Ore., died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at home. He was 78.

Kids need opportunities to learn skills in and out of classroom
Many schools on the peninsula have started leadership classes over the past few years. Learning leadership skills certainly is an important part of an education, but creating a class for it makes me wonder what mechanism for teaching leadership has disappeared over the past decade.

Charters glad to toss 1-fish rule overboard
To folks in Washington, D.C., it may not seem like there’s much difference between halibut charter clients on Alaska fishing trips being allowed to catch one fish a day or two.

Waning sights leaves stargazer feeling creative
The stars of winter aren’t quite gone yet. But the days are getting noticeably longer. I consider Leo to be the constellation that heralds spring as it becomes very prominent in March, then moves quickly across the sky over the next weeks and by the time it’s out of sight it’s almost summer.

Global warming debate, tempers heating up
I was in a local coffee shop the other day quietly perusing the morning newspaper when a rather heated argument broke out among three people who had just sat down at an adjacent table.

Around the Peninsula
DVD-based Bible study offeredMontessori open house setKenaitze Head Start plans eventsEighth-grade parent night setBeekeepers all abuzzRecycling group to meetSubsistence proposals to be discussedIndian education parent meeting setBike raffle begins

Slow down to see good side of morning traffic jam
Last Friday morning, my 20-minute commute to work took an hour. There was an accident miles down the road, but by the time I finally reached that intersection, all trace of it had been taken away.

Teaching hula about more than just dance
Meet Patti McKenna, aka Alaka’I Hula.

Stars celebrate senior night by topping crosstown rivals
It’s unfortunate that Tony Besse’s first lengthy stint on the bench this season occurred on senior night.

Nikiski girls hold Grace to 9 points
The No. 1-ranked Nikiski girls basketball team finished the regular season by defeating host Grace Christian 40-9 on Saturday.

Kenai’s boys top Soldotna
One Nate kept Kenai in the game and the other propelled the Kardinals to victory.

Hakkinen takes 18th in World Cup
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen hit all 10 of his targets to finish 18th in a 10-kilometer World Cup sprint in Lahti, Finland, on Saturday.

Hayes, Rich plan March wedding
Christine Hayes of Soldotna and Michael Rich of Salem, Ore., plan to marry Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Salem Heights Church in Salem.

Arbelovsky, Queen announce engagement
Stephanie Lee Arbelovsky of Kenai and James Jacob Queen of Nikiski plan to be married Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, in Kenai.

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