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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Photo appreciated
Thank you to the Peninsula Clarion for making the time to publish a photo of one of our own, Alex Rodgers, U.S. Navy Corpsman from Soldotna on Feb. 25's front page.

Gold medal game had American flavor
I watched the Gold Medal Olympic Hockey Game on Sunday. It was the USA versus Canada. What I actually watched were primarily National Hockey League professionals. The majority of them play for professional teams in the USA.

'The people' an important branch of government
It pleases me we have started to have a public dialogue concerning the second amendment and the economic fears within our great nation. I would encourage interested individuals, please read Madison's Federalist Paper 46 to understand why the Founders codified the Second Amendment. Also research the 2008 Supreme Court Heller case. Read both the majority and dissenting opinions.

Senior Olympics score a gold
Area senior centers would like to congratulate all of the seniors who participated in the week-long event of our 7th annual Senior Olympic Games, and the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. We would like to recognize and thank all of the hosts that made this event so successful including Hooligan's Saloon, Central Peninsula Mall Merchant's Association and Stenga Reality, Alaska Family Bowling Center, Nikiski Service Area Recreation Center and Pool and Ginger's Restaurant. We would also like to thank each and every volunteer, senior centers and Olympic committee for their hard work and dedication in the success of this fun and well attended event.

Parents, coaches, volunteers must set example
As a first year hockey family with a young player, we have been so appreciative of the incredible amount of volunteer effort it takes to make KPHA the success it is. Being both parents and volunteers in our community we knew to jump in and help where we could, but the outpouring of energy from the many tireless hockey volunteers and organizers is impressive.

Texting, blogging and streaming history: 3 teachers use technology to break down walls
Across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Wednesday three different high school world history classes learned about Russian absolutism simultaneously via Polycom teleconference screens and SmartBoards.

Guilty: Jury rules Eacker murdered Toni Lister
Two days before the 28th anniversary of Toni Lister's killing, the jury found Jimmy Eacker, 56, guilty of first-degree murder.

Peter Andrew Merkes
Kenai resident Pastor Peter Andrew Merkes, 69, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at home with his wife, Judi, and friends by his side.

Here's to smooth trails and dreams fulfilled
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gets under way this weekend, ceremonially in Anchorage on Saturday and for real in Willow on Sunday. Seventy-one mushers and their teams, including nine with ties to the Kenai Peninsula, will hit the 1,000-mile trail to Nome.

WOW, what a ride: Snowmachine rally raises funds for peninsula cancer patients
On any given Saturday, snowmachines carving through the Caribou Hills are a fairly typical sight, but seeing snowmachines driven by women dressed as mermaids, bunnies or a deck of cards requires a double take.

Kings of winter
Consider the 17th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, set for March 20. What is it about this event that makes it worth braving the wintry weather and spending a lot of time and money for a slim chance of catching a fish?

Hacienda Bar: a different kind of National Wildlife Refuge
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is one of the 551 federal refuges in the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System. These refuges are public land and they are supported by federal tax dollars. Historically they have often been established after extensive lobbying efforts by conservationists, hunters and fishers, as was the case of the Kenai refuge in the first half of the 20th century.

Lead dogs: Who will win the Iditarod?
As the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race gets under way this weekend, many mushing fans have put together their lists of who they think may win. But, with sled dog racing, there are no certainties.

Late jump shot lifts Kardinals
Stevie Dunlap only made one basket in the Thursday's Northern Lights Conference opener against Palmer at Skyview High School. But her bucket earned Kenai's girls a date with Colony in today's semifinals.

Kenai, SoHi boys gain semis: Kards to face Wasilla, Stars to face Colony at NLC tourney
Kenai Central boys head coach Ken Felchle didn't talk about basketball prior the Kardinals game against Palmer on Thursday at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Skyview High School. Rather, his message was about Ivy Howland.

Ninilchik, CIA to meet for both boys, girls crowns
The Ninilchik girls basketball team defeated Seldovia 35-31 on Thursday at Kenai Central High School to advance to the Peninsula Conference championship game.

Bulldogs drop 2: Nikiski girls, boys, Seward boys all miss out on state berths
The Grace Christian girls basketball team defeated Nikiski 39-34 on Thursday in the opening round of the Southcentral Conference tournament at Seward High School. The loss ended the season for the Bulldogs.

Church Briefs

Kalifonsky Christian Center to host Covenant Players

Making a great pass
I can't help it, the National Anthem brings it out of me. The Winter Olympics get my competitive juices flowing. What a thrill to watch the USA Hockey team tie the score with 24.4 seconds left in regulation. The two teams fighting over gold would have to move to overtime. It didn't take long in OT before Jarome Iginla, pinned against the boards, made a blind pass to the give-and-go streaking 22-year-old Sidney Crosby for the final game-winning goal.

Making a great pass
I can't help it, the National Anthem brings it out of me. The Winter Olympics get my competitive juices flowing. What a thrill to watch the USA Hockey team tie the score with 24.4 seconds left in regulation. The two teams fighting over gold would have to move to overtime. It didn't take long in OT before Jarome Iginla, pinned against the boards, made a blind pass to the give-and-go streaking 22-year-old Sidney Crosby for the final game-winning goal.

Church Briefs

Kalifonsky Christian Center to host Covenant Players

Flood leads team to 1st-place finish at city tournament
Tom Flood, along with tournament director, men's association manager, Hall of Fame bowler and recent 300-game award recipient Rich Edwards, and the unstoppable duo, James and Nancy Mackey, dominated the field of 21 teams at the city tournament.

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