Monday, March 7, 2011

A book in every backpack
Soldotna Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with stupendous success. Children ranging from ages 4 -- 99 tromped to school dressed for a day of rest, relaxation and a whole lot of reading!

Senators to fight new formula
There will be a different kind of March Madness going on in Washington, D.C., this month as Congressional Republicans and Democrats attempt to agree on a spending package that will keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year.

Board of Fisheries adjourns: Status quo kept in sport fisheries
As hundreds of people were watching the start of the Iditarod in downtown Anchorage Saturday, a few blocks away the Alaska Board of Fisheries finished up its decision-making on fish policy that affects thousands.

Photo: Sunday Sledding

More evidence of woolly mammoths found
Moose in the yard and bears fishing in streams don't require a leap of the imagination, but woolly mammoths on the Kenai Peninsula?

Photo: Sunny side
Sun strikes the Kenai Mountains as the Kenai River's mouth and much of the central Peninsula sit shrouded in clouds Saturday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for warmer temperatures and sunny skies over the next few days.

State, industry talk marketing
The state's tourist-dependent businesses are up in arms over legislative plans for the industry to pay for more of its own marketing.

Being there no easy feat
After two weeks holed up in Anchorage hotels to attend the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting at the Egan Center, some central Kenai Peninsula fishermen were restless.

Help or harm? City of Kenai considering sprinklers as part of new building code
Should Kenai adopt a building code that requires one- and two-family homes to have sprinklers inside them?

Tor Holmboe
Longtime Alaskan Tor Holmboe an 85-year-old Slana resident, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Michael Eugene Kellie
Nikiski resident Michael Eugene Kellie died peacefully in his sleep at home on March 2, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was 59.

Cheri Dawn Woods
Former Kenai resident Cheri Dawn Woods died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. She was 56.

Diane (Dahlen) LeGrande
Soldotna and Spokane, Wash., resident, Diane (Dahlen) LeGrande died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 in Spokane. She was 50.

Melva Karen Koch
Anchor Point resident Melva Karen Koch died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at her home near Anchor Point. She was 76.

Changes made by fish board are out of balance
Upper Cook Inlet salmon are, from a user-group allocation perspective, the most hotly contested salmon in the state. Commercial fishermen, personal-use fishermen, sport fishermen, subsistence fishermen -- all have legitimate claims to the resource.

Around the Peninsula

Church to host pancake supper

Around the Peninsula

Moving day for Kenai library

Aerobic exercise the most important exercise
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Here we go again
Remember when you were old enough to start forming your own opinions about what good music is? Remember when part of the definition was "anything Mom and Dad can't stand"?



Turning the tears around: After tough loss Friday, Seward earns state bid Saturday with 2nd place
The Seward girls basketball team walked off the court with teary eyes Friday night -- and did it again the next afternoon.

Seward nabs SC crown: Buchanan scores 29 points to nip ACS boys
With his right-hand man stuck on the bench, Andrew Buchanan dazzled like never before.

Kenai boys come up short of state berth
The Kenai Central boys basketball team nearly overcame a 20-point deficit, but fell 63-53 to Palmer in the game for third place at the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Homer on Saturday.

CIA girls win conference
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team rolled to a 52-22 win over Seldovia, earning the Peninsula Conference championship at Bristol Bay School on Friday.

Soldotna girls win 3 straight to go to state
The Soldotna girls basketball team won three consecutive games after a first-round loss at the Northern Lights Conference tournament Friday and Saturday in Homer, becoming the first NLC Southern Division squad since 2007 to earn a berth to the Class 4A state tournament.

Around the District

School board to meet

Photo: Sharing their love of reading

Around Campus: Time to apply for fall scholarships
Financial aid is the only way many students are able to attend college. The best kind of financial aid is the kind that doesn't have to be repaid. Scholarships and grants fall into this category and the Kenai River Campus Financial Aid office encourages students to apply for these types of awards before they apply for student loans.

Life skill: learning conflict resolution
Kids squabble, that's nothing new. Trying to prevent all childhood conflicts would be about as futile as trying to stop the Earth from rotating. But teaching students how to resolve conflicts can be a productive endeavor for all involved, to the point of reducing the amount of squabbles that come up, even if not eradicating them altogether.

Bears sweep Monsters
The Kenai River Brown Bears are all but in the North American Hockey League playoffs.

Misner, Clonan announce engagement
John W. Clonan Jr., and Nancianna Misner, both of Sterling plan to marry at 7 p.m. May 26, 2011, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate. The reception will be held at the couple's home in Sterling.

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