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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mackey wins 4th consecutive Iditarod
Lance Mackey crosses the finish line in Nome, Alaska claiming a 4th consecutive victory in the 1,100 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Playground planners appreciate support
Soldotna Community Playground would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Credit Union 1 for its generous support of Soldotna's new community playground.

Fundraiser helps food bank
Thank You Stanley Ford, Stanley Chrysler, Carquest and residents. What a great community we have with so many residents and businesses that go that extra mile to help support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and its many clients who would otherwise have a hard time putting food on their table. Again, we applaud you!

She Can Ski a great event
The Tsalteshi Trails Association would like to thank all the participants of the Sixth 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 work out, and some great prizes. We would like to thank all of you who took the time on a busy day to ski and to those creative folks who came up with some great costumes. Proceeds of this race will benefit Tsalteshi Trails and LeeShore, providing services for victims of domestic violence in our community. We would like to thank the following businesses for their support: Brad Carver at Beemuns, who is always willing to support the ski community, Katie Bowers of MaryKay cosmetics, who called without even being asked and provided some lovely gifts, Safeway for their continued support, Liz at North Country Fair, and Sweeny's. We thank you for your generosity. We also thank Bill Holt and his team of groomers for the great trail conditions.

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.

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.

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."

Legislators limit others' trips
The House of Representatives wants to rein in state spending by cracking down on travel, but it may be a case of "do as I say, not as I do."

Advisers consider making Kenai fishing hole a drift area
The advisory board overseeing the Kenai River is considering whether to recommend preserving a popular stretch of the lower river for drift fishing, or dragging.

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.

Photo feature: Quoth the Ravens
A pair of ravens touch beaks while taking a break from Dumpster-diving in Kenai on Tuesday morning.

Studies say lack of sleep due to hour loss may be dangerous
When Kimberly McMilin got to work around 5 a.m., which kind of felt like 4 a.m., she could tell it was the Monday after the daylight-saving time change.

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.

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.

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

'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 T. Oberts, 88
Alaskan pioneer Leo T. Oberts, 88, died of natural causes on Saturday, March 13, at the Harbor Lights Assisted Living Center in Soldotna, Alaska.

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

Around the Peninsula

Little League Clinics switch nights

Best Friends
Grandma and the granddogs, Elaine Cessnum with her 'Snorkie'-- half schanazzer, half york terrier, and Schanazzers 'Junior' and 'Heidi' belonging to Brad, Melisa Frates and grandson Jared. Lots of fun and joy.

Stars knock off Lynx in double overtime
Evan Withrow surely invaded the dreams of the Dimond boys basketball team on Monday night.

Lance Mackey wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Lance Mackey crosses the finish line in Nome on Tuesday afternoon to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race one more time. Mackey becomes the only musher in the 38-year history of the Iditarod to win four consecutive races. Mackey was cheered by fans bundled up against subzero temperatures to welcome the 39-year-old throat cancer survivor as his team coasted up the main street of this old Gold Rush town. For winning, Mackey gets a new Dodge truck and $50,400.

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