Monday, March 15, 2010

Men most certainly should be screened for prostate cancer
In your March 4 paper was an article bannered: "Should men be tested for prostate cancer?" The article had a shortened version of some questions and answers about the American Cancer Society revised guidelines for prostate screening. Basically what these revised guidelines say is that what men don't know won't hurt them. And besides if they did know they would just be confused about what to do about it.

Fire teachers! Close schools! Get re-elected! Solve problems?
Wow! Did you see it? Kansas City considers closing 50 percent of public schools ... students flee to private and "charter schools." New superintendent says "95 percent of diplomas not worth paper they are printed on." A Rhode Island high school fires entire staff ..." only 7 percent of students pass minimum standards test."

Hospital governance model works for Peninsula
The Clarion's recent article concerning the opinion of Mr.Orlikoff and associates (March 10) reminded me of Carpet Baggers Unlimitted nonsense. The long history of our hospitals in Soldotna and Homer was nurtured by the dedicated pioneer physicians who loved this area and hardy Alaskan spirit. Mr. Orlikoff suggests we are antiquated here and should join the mind set that has infiltrated the Lower 48.

Prepared or preposterous?: Government the issue at 'Freedom Rally'
The "Freedom Rally" held in Kenai last week was no tea party.

Dipnet deal: Groups sign pact to stop watershed degradation
The Kenai Watershed Forum achieved a near impossible feat for this area late last month. It got a group of fishermen to agree.

Well yields 'zone of interest': Sunrise deposit on refuge shows promise
Marathon Oil Co. has encountered "a zone of interest" in an exploration well on the Kenai Peninsula, company officials said.

Improvements planned on Juneau trail
Planned improvements at one of the area's most popular trails mean hikers will no longer show up to the Peterson Lake cabin looking like they've been in a rugby match.

Photo feature: Going down
A skier prepares to enjoy a hard-earned descent on a mountain above Summit Lake in Summit Pass on Saturday.

Leaders talk gas tax changes: Senate bill would lower tax rate, House democrats opposed
An effort to make a structural change in the state's oil and gas production tax law is gathering momentum in the state Senate and could become a pivotal issue as the 2010 legislative session enters its final weeks.

'Caveman' gets city key: Homer welcomes guy from Geico ads
At first glance, the guy hanging around the F/V Time Bandit Thursday afternoon with the shaggy hair, bushy beard, red turtleneck sweater and down vest might look like your average crab fisherman. There's something a bit odd about him, though. Maybe it's the heavy brow, the wide nose and the hairy hands. If he looks a bit Neanderthal, well, that's because he is.

Leo Thomas Oberts
Longtime homesteader and Kenai resident Leo Thomas Oberts died Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Harbor Lights Assisted Living Center in Soldotna. He was 88.

Edward V. 'Ed' Segura
Kenai resident Edward V. "Ed" Segura died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 76.

Mickey Jack Endsley
Longtime Nikiski resident Mickey Jack Endsley died Thursday, March 11, 2010 with his family by his side. He was 67.

In Nikiski, life's finally a beach
In a court ruling this week, public access to a Cook Inlet beach via Nikishka Beach Road was ordered to be restored. It's been a long time in coming, but we hope that the decision is so thorough as to leave little room for any further denial of the public's rights of access.

Subsistence: An Alaskan priority
According to Alaska law, subsistence is the priority use of fish and game throughout most of the state.

Helping hands
Sixth-grade Kenai Middle School students, left to right, Kat Payton (striped blanket), Raeliana Feik (baseball blanket), Karen Stroh, The LeeShore emergency shelter manager, and Sydney Tyler (blue blanket with guitars) are shown presenting blankets they made to Stroh. The girls and their mentor, Christina Bertmaring of the U.S. Coast Guard, not shown, decided to do a project that would be of some benefit to the community. When families go to the shelter, each family member is given a blanket to keep. The girls decided to make blankets that would be more masculine and therefore be more appropriate and appealing for the teen boys. The girls and Bertmaring meet during lunch time on Mondays. They have been meeting for a couple of months.

Community News
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

And at her age
I had a surprise on Valentine's Day that I could not have anticipated in a hundred years: I had an emergency appendectomy. But not before the doctor, who may have graduated high school about the same time as my youngest kid, said "Are you sure you even HAVE your appendix? People YOUR AGE usually don't get appendicitis."

Around the Peninsula

Miracles to be discussed

Seuss celebrated
Parents and staff are shown helping students with their Seuss creations as Soldotna Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a huge gala after school for parents and students recently. Title 1 reading teacher Katrina Cannava spearheaded the event which featured making Oobleck, creating hats a la Cat in the Hat, reading Dr. Seuss books, enjoying a Seuss birthday cake and making butter.

Ninilchik boys not just happy to be there
A goal that was eight years in the making took a few days to get over. Now the Ninilchik boys basketball team is ready to get down to business at the Class 2A state basketball tournament in Anchorage.

Back again: Ninilchik girls look to add to 8 state titles
Because it draws teams to Anchorage from Bush communities all over Alaska, the Class 2A state tournament is known for first-round mystery opponents.

CIA girls depending on state experience
Eight of Cook Inlet Academy's girls returned to the basketball team this season. Having earned a berth to the Class 2A state tournament for four years in a row, most of the team is prepared for the atmosphere.

Great season can get better for Eagles
The Cook Inlet Academy boys season goal was to win the Peninsula Conference title. Anything after that would be icing on the cake, head coach Justin Franchino said.

Championship rematch: Stars face Lynx in 1st round of Class 4A tourney
Revenge is a dish best served on the scoreboard. Well, at least for the Soldotna boys, it is.

Skiers finish up at Junior Olympics
Kenai's Central's Kailey Mucha, Cook Inlet Academy graduate Lars Arneson, and Soldotna's Bree Mucha and Maranda Merkes finished up competition at the Junior Olympics skiing meet at Presque Isle, Maine, on Friday and Saturday. The meet is for the best junior skiers in the nation.

Brown Bears drop 2 games to Blizzard
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of games to the Alexandria (Minn.) Blizzard on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League play at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Atchison, Newton wed
Jessica L. Atchison and Jordan Andrew Newton were married in an afternoon ceremony on Aug. 28, 2009, at the Kenai River Red Lodge. Kaarlo Wik officiated.

Breakfield, Hart announce nuptials
Amy Breakfield and Daniel Hart were married in an afternoon ceremony Dec. 16, 2009, in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

Holland, Santiago tie the knot
Desiree Holland and John Santiago were married in an afternoon ceremony Jan. 22, 2010, at Valley of Fire State Park, in Las Vegas. Pastor Jason Ham officiated.

Smith, Pitaro to marry
Former Seward resident Misty Dawn Fredrickson Smith and Michael J. Pitaro Jr. of Bedford, N.H., plan to marry in Juneau at the Shrine of St. Therese on March 21.

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