Saturday, March 5, 2011

Big thanks to Kaladi Brothers
On Jan. 1, 2011, the employees of both Kaladi Brothers Coffee Shops in Soldotna worked strictly for tips and also donated all of the proceeds from that day's sales to Stitches of Love Quilters. The donation added up to a total of $1,230.

Thanks for help on SkillsUSA
The Kenai Peninsula regional SkillsUSA recently hosted its 8th annual meet at Soldotna High School, Skyview High School and the Kenai Peninsula College welding shop. SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization that focuses on leadership, technical, vocational and employability skills. Students from Homer, Skyview, Kenai and Soldotna competed in events varying from public speaking to floriculture to welding. "The 2011 CTSO conference provided students with valuable resources that will help them in entering the career field that they choose, while also providing the friendly competition between students and schools in their respective events." Wesley Matthews, Skyview.

Photo: Glidin' and groovin'

Hands off: Fish board won't touch personal-use fisheries
The Alaska Board of Fisheries kept things status quo so far for the Kenai Peninsula's personal-use fisheries at its meeting in Anchorage Thursday.

Interior cancels Cook Inlet lease sale
The U.S. Department of the Interior canceled a scheduled lease sale that would have opened up more plots in the Cook Inlet for oil development.

Watershed forum, Kenai team up: City to be pass-through recipient for non-profit organization
Kenai's City Council agreed that the city will become a pass-through grant recipient for the Kenai Watershed Forum at its meeting Wednesday evening.

Job shadow day: Nurturing our future
Unless you were actually participating directly, you may not have been aware of one of Kenai's more massive events earlier this week.

Refuge Notebook: Just another day at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Last summer, I and the rest of the staff at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were located in a portable trailer while our main building was being renovated. A woman walked in holding a cup with Glad wrap over the top with a hole poked in it. She saw me behind the desk and handed the cup to me. Looking down I saw a very large yellow spider staring up at me. I took a huge gulp and asked, "How can I help you?"

Perils of Polly: Cats and dogs? Here, it's raining frogs
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

An Outdoor View: On keeping on
I'm an optimist by nature, but I'm also a realist. The optimist in me says the human race will somehow find a way to sustain a high quality of life on earth for hundreds of years into the future. The realist says that, the way we're going, we'll be killing each other over scraps in the next century, if not sooner.

Wildlife refuge features films
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Weekend Wildlife Movies for March are:

Around the Peninsula

Ash Wednesday Service

Christian amnesia: forgetting yesterday by freaking out today
Swaying with the crest of each wave, no land in sight and a light blinking from the left lapel of an emergency flotation device Bourne's lifeless body conforms to the sea's shaping hands. Upon being saved from eminent death, Jason Bourne cannot recall previous events that led to his present situation. Most of you might recognize this scene as the opening frame to the first "Bourne Identity" movie. The condition that Jason Bourne suffers from is amnesia a condition all too familiar with Christians today.

Church Briefs

Overheard: Conversations by the Cross

ACS girls take down Bulldogs: Seward girls reach championship game
Suddenly, the path to the Class 3A state tournament isn't so clear for the Nikiski girls basketball team.

Seward reaches title tilt: Nikiski boys rally, fall to Grizzlies
For eight minutes, it felt like a whole new season for the Nikiski boys basketball team.

CIA girls, boys reach title games
The Cook Inlet Academy boys and girls basketball teams earned victories over host Bristol Bay on Thursday to advance to their respective championship games at the Peninsula Conference tournament.

North sweeps South in NLC tourney
The Northern Division swept the Southern Division at the first day of play at the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Homer on Thursday.

Bears can tighten grip on playoff spot
The Kenai River Brown Bears begin their final push to make the North American Hockey League playoffs with games against the Fresno (Calif.) Monsters today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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