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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Job shadows learn more, thanks to community's help
The 15th annual Job Shadow Day took place in Kenai on Feb. 24. The efforts of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Kenai Central High School, Peninsula Job Center, Kenai Rotary and all the community volunteers are the reason for the programs continued success. From our local business professionals who took time out of their day to spend with the students in their workplace, to the food and venue sponsors and the coordinators that make it all happen, this occasion would not be possible without their support.

Turnout earns great praise
What a great turnout we had at the third annual Kenai Peninsula College Health Fair. A big thank-you to the community, staff, students and volunteers who made this such a success. We had more than 25 health and wellness exhibitors, including Alaska Family Services, Arctic Chiropractic, Central Peninsula Hospital Clinical Forensic Services, Dena'ina Health Clinic, Donate Life Alaska, Energy Enhancements, Frontier Community Services, Geneva Woods Healthcare, Healthful Living Products, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Independent Living Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Koob Chiropractic, Leeshore Center, Love Your Kidneys, Natural Health Options, Nature's Remedies, Paul Perry and the Kenai Peninsula College EMT and paramedic students, Peninsula Athletic Club, Peninsula Health Center, Peninsula Smokefree Partnership, Planned Parenthood, Social Security Administration, Synergy Systems and Watkins Products.

Tournament skates to success
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association recently hosted the Peninsula Winter Games Hockey Tournament from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 at the Soldotna Sports Center and Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Statewide fire fatalities climb: Proper use, maintenance of smoke detectors urged
It's no surprise that the winter months in Alaska bring with them an increase in fires, however, just two months into 2009, the Last Frontier is headed for a record-setting year for fire-related fatalities.

Kenai snuffs out smoking ban: City council votes against introducing smoke-free ordinance
After hearing about three hours of testimony both for and against a proposed ban on smoking in all public places, Kenai lawmakers killed the ordinance Wednesday and quickly set a work session to consider expanding the city ban on smoking in restaurants.

S-U-P-E-R-B: Nikiski youth wins state spelling bee
Dylan Jackson may be a soft-spoken sixth-grader, but that's not stopping the Nikiski youth from going to Washington, D.C., this spring to compete in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Dora Ann (Mair) Nelson
Longtime Alaskan Dora Ann (Mair) Nelson died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at her home with her family by her side after battling breast cancer. She was 54.

A little bit goes a long way in tourism
Despite the gloomy economic news bombarding us at every turn, those in Alaska's tourism industry aren't writing off the upcoming visitor season.

Adapting to climate change on the peninsula: Why bother?
After an unusually cold winter on the Kenai with a long period of minus 30 F weather over the holidays, it's sometimes hard to believe that global climate change is real.

At the game board meeting
Last weekend, while sitting in on the public testimony part of the Alaska Board of Game meeting in Anchorage, I noted that nothing has changed since the last one I attended, several years ago. The hunters and trappers still want more opportunities for hunting and trapping, and the "antis" still want less hunting and trapping.

Is Lance a three-time charmer?: Deep field will challenge defending champion
As the 2009 Iditarod Sled Dog Race gets under way this weekend, many mushing fans around the state, and even Outside, have put together their lists of who they think may win. As an Outdoors reporter and a musher myself, I thought my own list, along with those of the Matthew Carroll, the Clarion's sports reporter, and Jon Little, a professional musher and mushing journalist, may help fill in the blanks for anyone that hasn't compiled their own Top 10 list.

Around the Peninsula

Health care celebration slated

Seward boys win
Robert Perea scored a game-high 23 points and Dylan Beck added 12 in leading third-seeded Seward to a 63-40 win over Nikiski on Thursday in the first round of the Southcentral Conference tournament at Grace Christian School.

CIA girls, boys advance to title game
Amie Smithwick netted a game-high 25 points and Kelsie Leaf added 20 in propelling Cook Inlet Academy to a 74-46 win over Bristol Bay in the semifinals of the Peninsula Conference tournament on Thursday at Lumen Christi High School.

Kardinals nip Bears: Kenai girls overcome halftime deficit to win
Trailing by six at halftime following a 4-for-20 performance from the field, the Kenai Central girls came back and topped Kodiak, 30-29, in the first round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Kodiak High School on Thursday.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another
Every now and then I like to take a vacation from six feet.

Church Briefs

Potluck, study planned

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