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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

KCHS Juniors shadow their futures
For nearly twenty years the Kenai Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the faculty of Kenai Central High School (KCHS) to provide an opportunity for juniors to take a day out of the classroom and have a glimpse at what their future career might look like. For some like Dr. Jerry Hu D.D.S. who practices family dentistry in Soldotna and proudly proclaims in his ads "Raised in Alaska-Serving Alaskans!" it was the day he decided dentistry would be his future. For others like Wally Ward it was the day he decided he really wasn't interested in becoming a doctor and pursued an education in chemical engineering and today works on the Peninsula for Marathon Oil Co.

Father & Son Davis team take 3rd in 2011 Iron Dog
It's the World's longest, toughest snowmobile race over the planets most extreme conditions, and the man who has won the internationally famous "Iron Dog" more times than any other sled racer in history lives and works right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Since its inception in 1984 Scott Davis, of Davis Block Co. in Soldotna, has claimed the title of "Iron Dog Champion" seven times. He has run in all but two of the 27 Iron Dog races and this year set another historical Iron Dog mark being the first father and son team to finish the grueling test of man and machine. "I didn't really know what to expect from Cory. We didn't get a chance to ride a lot together, his forte has been snow cross and free style and has had very little time on this chassis, but we knew it would be fun and that it was just snow and a snowmobile and I knew he'd figure out. We had a pretty conservative pace but we were right in there and were happy to finish third overall," said Scott.

KeyBank's Alaska Team earns nationwide "District of the Year!"
Despite a challenging economy, KeyBank's Alaska District has been named the 2010 District of the Year among KeyBank's 21 districts nationwide. According to Soldotna branch manager Lisa Roberts, the award recognizes the highest ranking district based on overall financial performance, service to clients and commitment to community, "We have been in the top 5% nationally twice so we are very excited to have been number one in 2010," said Roberts in an interview with the Dispatch. In a news release Brian Nerland, president of KeyBank's Alaska District said, "Our bankers work as a team to provide strong financial solutions and advice, and we are grateful to those Alaskan consumers, businesses, non-profits and public entities that have rewarded us with their business."

Gusher honors inductees to Oiler's Hall of Fame
The Oilers Gusher came back with a bang last year and the beginning of the Oiler's Hall of Fame, something that was long overdue for baseball lovers in the land of the midnight sun. "There are many community members, players, and coaches who have contributed to the success of the Peninsula Oilers. Through contributions of time, money, playing abilities, baseball knowledge, patience, and sense of humor, the Oilers have become one of the finest summer baseball programs in the nation. Because of these reasons in 2010, the Oilers Board of Directors instituted the Oiler's Hall of Fame as a way to show their appreciation to those individuals and new members will be elected every year," said Shawn Maltby, Oiler general manager.

Rolling in the dough

Just Loafing Around

Kenai Middle School thanks city
Kenai Middle School and their Shinny Hockey Club would like to thank Rick Koch, Bob Frates, Dave Essert and the City of Kenai for their continued support and use of the skating rink. Each year during the dark of winter, Kenai Middle School offers many unique club opportunities to their students. For six Fridays during third quarter, students are able to choose from a menu of club offerings. The menu includes the following: hockey, rock wall climbing, arts/crafts, robotics, dodge ball and many other interesting offerings.

She Can Ski organizers say thanks
The Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to thank all the participants of the Seventh Annual She Can Ski event. This year's race started with beautiful weather, festive participants and perfect trail conditions and ended with smiles, a good ski and some great prizes. We would like to thank everyone who took time on a busy day to ski, and to those creative folks who came up with some great costumes. We would also like to thank our wonderful crew of volunteers who help out every year to make this such a fun event. Proceeds from this race will benefit LeeShore, providing services for victims of domestic violence in our community; and the Tsalteshi Trails Association.

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!

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

Assembly continues Seward flood protection effort
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took action at its meeting last week to help with flood protection efforts near Seward at its Tuesday meeting.

Repeat offender charged: Police obtain arrest warrant for Jan. 8 DUI crash
Kenneth Whitehead, the man referenced in a February Peninsula Clarion report on repeat DUI offenders, has been charged in the Jan. 8 car accident that injured a Sterling man and killed his dog.

HEA rates to jump in April
Homer Electric Association customers around the Kenai Peninsula will most likely see an increase on their April bills.

Bagley to vie for borough mayor's seat
Current Soldotna City Council member and former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley announced Tuesday that he will put his name on the ballot for the borough's top seat again.

Attempted murder suspect turns herself in to troopers
An Anchor Point woman charged with the attempted murder of her girlfriend turned herself in to Alaska State Troopers Monday.

Photo: Steam cleaning

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.

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.

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.

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.

Timothy Wayne Linngren
Longtime Kenai resident, Timothy Wayne Linngren, 53, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home in Kenai after a long battle with cancer.

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

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

Thelma Jean Stahly
Kenai resident Thelma Jean Stahly died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Paradise, Calif. She was 84.

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Around the Peninsula

Fish and Game holds black bear baiting clinics

Pet Photo: Best Friend

Sports Briefs

Carly Davis wins in Hayward

Sports Briefs

NLC awards announced

Brown Bears clinch despite OT loss
Not even an overtime loss could dampen the mood Tuesday in the Kenai River Brown Bears' locker room.

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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