Tuesday, March 8, 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!

Job Shadow was a great day
One hundred twenty-five juniors from Kenai Central High School, 63 community organizations and businesses, six phone operators, seven drivers, four orientation speakers, four luncheon speakers, one luncheon organizer, four high school teachers, two counselors, one principal, two secretaries, two job center assistants, one board president, eight board members, 10 committee members, one mayor of Kenai, 150 volunteer hours, two months of student preparation, and countless overtime hours = 1 Job Shadow Day!

Murkowski speaks to lawmakers on oil, fuels
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski warned state legislators that declining oil production presents a grave threat to the state's economy.

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?

Photo: Sunday Sledding

What's in the water?
We like to know what is in our food so we can adjust the rest of our intake and exercise accordingly, and we like to know how much money is coming into our bank accounts so we can spend with that balance in mind. And much like an individual, the city of Soldotna is concerned with what's coming in and what's going out, especially when it comes to its water system.

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.

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.

Right investment climate can help stem decline
The biggest obstacle facing Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal to ease state petroleum taxes to encourage new development is legislators' uncertainty whether the change will result in substantial new investment. Will it be enough to flatten the decline in oil production moving through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System?

Photo: Sunshine diet

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

Betty Jean Renecker
Former Nikiski resident Betty Jean Renecker died of cancer Friday, March 4, 2011, at Summitview Health Care Center, in Yakima, Wash. She was 84.

Esther Irene Phillips
Big Lake resident, Esther Irene Phillips, 85, died March 4, 2011, at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer.

Doug Marshall
Doug Marshall, 63, of San Carlos, Mexico, and Sturgis, S.D., passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.

Mike Kellie
A memorial account has been set up for those who would like to make a contribution in memory of Nikiski resident Mike Kellie. The account is in Elizabeth Kellie's name at First National Bank of Alaska. Account number is 70608088.

Around the Peninsula

Moving day for Kenai library

Around the Peninsula

Fish and Game holds black bear baiting clinics

Pet Photo: Best Friend

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.

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.

Sports Briefs

Carly Davis wins in Hayward

Bears set to continue push to playoffs
With a spot in the North American Hockey League playoffs all but clinched, the Kenai River Brown Bears take the ice tonight at the Soldotna Sports Center with a chance to improve their playoff positioning.

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