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Friday, March 19, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Foraker, Alaska chamber partner to provide insurance to small businesses
A small group health insurance program being offered to nonprofit organizations by Premera Blue Cross through the Foraker Group has now been expanded to include members of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, which are mostly for-profit firms.

Annual season kick off sends anglers on hunt for kings and cash in Homer
The 17th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Derby is a bit of a misnomer this year, the event will be held on the first day of spring.

Follow the guidelines, get yourself checked
In an letter to the editor on March 15, a comment was made that the stand of the American Cancer Society (ACS) on prostate cancer 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." I was troubled by this, so I did a little research. On the ACS Web site link "Detailed Guide - Prostate Cancer; Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early," I learned that most prostate cancer is slow growing, but not all.

Follow the guidelines, get yourself checked
In an letter to the editor on March 15, a comment was made that the stand of the American Cancer Society (ACS) on prostate cancer 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." I was troubled by this, so I did a little research. On the ACS Web site link "Detailed Guide - Prostate Cancer; Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early," I learned that most prostate cancer is slow growing, but not all.

Militia needed in times of national crisis
Mr. Nelson raises an excellent question, why do we need the militia (letter to the editor, March 12)? Since the birth of the nation people occasionally become frightened of government behavior.

Borough oil and gas assessment values up
Despite news about expected downgrades in local resource production, the Kenai Peninsula Borough's preliminary oil and gas assessments climbed from 2009 to 2010.

Don Young pitches volcano monitoring
Two days and a year after the first explosion in 2009 at the summit of Mount Redoubt, Rep. Don Young introduced legislation on Wednesday to establish a National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System.

Fill a niche: Sterling woman proves it's never too late to chase a dream
At 60 years of age, Denniece, "Miss Dee Dee," Lofgren, and her husband, William, are living the pioneers' dream in Alaska in a somewhat less than usual kind of way.

Thefts, chase keep Soldotna police busy
Thefts and a high-speed chase kept the Soldotna Police Department busy recently.

Shed burned, house saved
Ja-Net Raines was headed for her early morning shift at Lowe's when she spotted a fire near mile marker 16.8 of Funny River Road Wednesday morning.

For a good cause: Volunteers ready to go bald
Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking Jr. has put a price on his head. Five thousand dollars to be exact.

Photo feature: The other great race
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker addresses the Kenai members of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance at its luncheon Tuesday afternoon. Citing the declining oil throughput of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Walker champions a state controlled all-Alaska gasline from the North Slope to Valdez for energy and the economy. Walker is an Anchorage attorney, project manager/general counsel for the non-profit Alaska Gasline Port Authority and a lifelong Alaskan. "I'm not looking for a job," he told the Alliance. "It's time we have an option that doesn't involve politics as usual."

Photo feature: Erin go bragh
Anna DeVolld passes out candy Wednesday afternoon to other children at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Soldotna. The parade followed the Kenai Spur Highway through the center of town.

Capital budget could grow: Debate more amiable than last year
Legislators are expecting this year's capital budget, the one-time spending on big-ticket items, to be beefier than last year's, as the state hopes to fend off a recession that has not hit Alaska nearly as hard as elsewhere.

CEO: Wait for plan before protesting the mine
If you're going to protest, wait until there's at least a plan to protest, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively said Tuesday in a presentation on the proposed Pebble Mine at a Rotary Club of Juneau meeting.

Mariposa Ashford
Soldotna infant Mariposa Ashford was stillborn Monday, March 15, 2010 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

UA's academic change of command
We say welcome and good luck to Pat Gamble as the new president of the University of Alaska system.

'Crossing the Finish Line': Task force would help Alaska students finish their education
There is a disconnect in our education system. Other countries are steadily pulling further ahead of us in terms of having an educated population. By the year 2025, it's estimated that 50 percent of all jobs in this country will require a college degree. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, America and Germany are the only two OECD countries where the younger generation is actually less educated than the older generation.

Hypothermia: Stay warm, stay dry, stay alive
Last month a friend responded to a snowmachine accident north of Seward. As he and other members of the search-and rescue-team made their way on snowmachines to the injured rider, the weather deteriorated to blizzard conditions. The rescue team made it to the injured party and determined that the victim had a back injury and was unable to ride out of the mountains on a sled. A helicopter was requested to medevac the victim out, but due to poor weather conditions, no aircraft was able to fly. Unprepared, the rescue team, victim and his friends settled in for an unexpected cold and wet night out in the mountains.

Photo feature: Iditarod finish

Going native
In 1978, when I moved to Sterling from Anchorage, I sold my lawnmower and swore I'd never have another.

Around the Peninsula

Prostate cancer support meeting today

Around the Peninsula

Community Dialogue: High Impact Projects

CIA boys cruise into semifinals: Ninilchik boys succumb to intense pressure of Point Hope
Point Hope scored 52 first-half points en route to a 73-42 dismantling of Ninilchik in the first round of the boys Class 2A state basketball tournament on Thursday at the Sullivan Arena.

Hard work makes for happy return
After graduating five seniors from last year's Soldotna boys basketball team -- the 2009 state champion runners-up -- earning back-to-back state berths was, well, unlikely.

Playoff preview: Bears host Wild in final home games of regular season
The Kenai River Brown Bears will play their last two home games of the regular season today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

CIA, Ninilchik girls reach semifinals
Amie Smithwick drained a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter to give Cook Inlet Academy a two-point lead over Point Hope in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Sullivan Arena. The Eagles wouldn't trail for the rest of the game.

Knights topple Stars in overtime: SoHi plays more than 32 minutes in all 3 tilts
Matt Johnson needs a new pre-game speech.

Ready to rock: Kenai band hopes to revive local music scene
When people think of the central Kenai Peninsula, "mecca of rock" doesn't typically come to mind. Outdoor adventure? Yes. Fishing? Of course. But it's no early-90s Seattle during the grunge explosion.

Damon continues to thrill
'Green Zone'

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Art Briefs

Youth art show seeks entries

Church Briefs

Events continue at Saint Luke's

12-year-old Yamada rolls his first-ever 700 series
Congratulations first goes to Donna Rumley. Donna was inducted into the Soldotna-Kenai Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the opening ceremonies of the 50th Annual Women's State Championship Tournament, which is being held at Alaskalanes.

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