Saturday, March 18, 2006

Charter school space at issue for school board
The Kenai Peninsula school board is expected to get a first look Monday at proposed changes to the borough school district’s policy governing charter schools.

Creating a lasting heritage
Central Peninsula General Hospital is ready to purchase Heritage Place, a 60-bed nursing facility in Soldotna not far from the hospital, and Tuesday proposed a time line that would culminate in a borough ordinance authorizing a deal by mid-May.

Teen charged with assault after man, truck found in ditch
Alaska State Troopers arrested a 17-year-old man Tuesday suspected of severely assaulting a 25-year-old Soldotna man found in a vehicle in a ditch last week in Sterling.

Troopers, police plan to work extra on St. Patrick’s Day
Alaska State Troopers and the Kenai Police Department are beefing up their patrols for St. Patrick’s Day, one of the biggest drinking days of the year.

Native man sues Safeway over hair ultimatum
A Kenaitze Tribe member who was fired from a job at Safeway for not cutting his hair has filed a lawsuit alleging the supermarket wrongfully terminated him.

Congratulations on a race well run
As sporting events go, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a particularly grueling one — not only because it’s a 1,100-mile endurance race through challenging terrain and brutal weather conditions, but also because when the race is over, a musher’s work is not done.

King me: Fishing tourney heralds season
Want to say goodbye to winter, fill your freezer and maybe pad your wallet in the process?

Climate change: Warmer winters, nights a mixed blessing
Climatologists tell us that the Earth is warming up. We see lots of evidence of this warming in Alaska with melting permafrost, retreating glaciers, and a shrinking polar ice pack.

Snow sculpting team places 3rd in national competition
Shovel it, plow it and truck it out of sight if you want to.

Ice carvers face slick competition
Area artists are returning from Fairbanks this week after an icy reception at a worldwide art competition in Fairbanks. At the World Ice Art Championships the competition is stiff, and not just because they’re working in sub-zero temperatures.

Around the Peninsula
School hosts open houseCommunity dance plannedYouth court called to orderPancake breakfast fundraiser set to flipGirls conference slated

Faith, freedom from personal addictions
The woman before me in a checkout line was returning a carton of cigarettes.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableBaha’i classes continueCommunity concert setKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyGroup studies book of JoshuaCross art exhibit set

The Next Level
Hakkinen takes 65th in sprintKenai’s Baldwin competes at NCAA Division III track meet

Oilers add a pair of players for 2006 season
Junior left-handed hitting outfielder D.J. Hollingsworth of the University of California, Riverside will be patrolling the outfield for the 2006 Oilers. Hollingsworth spent the last two years at Chabot College where he was named Coast Conference Player of the Year and a preseason All-American. Hollingsworth is from Tracy, Calif., and is majoring in business.

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