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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mayor: Japan needs help
In the midst of the crisis in Japan and a natural disaster not foreign to Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Borough officials are collecting donations to send to emergency responders in its sister city of Akita.

Resources scarce for fire victims: Tenants search for help following Bay Arms apartment fire
It's strange how devastating the domino effect can be sometimes, how an action as seemingly harmless as a late-night cigarette break on the balcony can snowball into 18 people losing their homes.

Kachemak Drive boat shop catches fire; no one injured
HOMER -- An ugly black haze reeking of burnt fiberglass hung over Kachemak Drive Friday morning as two companies of firefighters worked to put out a fire at a boat shop in the Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, at the east end of the bay side road. No one was injured in the fire or response.

Dennis Wayne DeLong
Anchorage resident Dennis Wayne DeLong, 76, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his home.

Thomas Reese Jones
Thomas Reese Jones, 83, died in his sleep Dec. 18, 2010.

Around the Peninsula

Get ready for Soldotna Safety Day

Wardas welcome twins
Jennifer and Matthew Wardas, of Kasilof, announce the birth of their son and daughter, Trapper James and Charlotte Willow Wardas, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 8:19 a.m., at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. They weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces; and 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and were 19 and 20 inches long, respectively. They join older brother, Johnathan Daniel, 2 1/2 years old. Their grandparents are Suzy Quick of, Hermiston, Ore.; Les Soger, of Ninilchik; and Kelly Odella, of Gheen, Minn. Great-grandparents are Gilbert and Patty Odella, of Gheen.

Sturman's anniversary is golden
Fred and Mary Ritter Sturman celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, March 28, 2011, with friends and family at Solid Rock Bible Camp, in Sterling.

Jones-Todd welcome daughter
Hannah Louise Stratton-Jones and Tim Todd announce the birth of their daughter, Zoe Eloise Stratton-Todd, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 8:01 p.m., at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Her grandparents are Connie Todd, of Kenai; Z. Tim Todd of, Seattle, Wash.; Julie Stratton, of Corvallis, Ore.; and Kenne and Karen Stratton, of Soldotna. Zoe is welcomed by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Two local grads make deans list
Two former Kenai students have made the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester at Grove City College, in Grove City, Pa. James O'Connor, a junior economics major, is a 2010 homeschooled graduate and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James O'Connor, III, of Kenai. Alex Kauffman, a freshman biology major, is a 2010 graduate of Soldotna High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kauffman, also of Kenai.

Gearing up
My name is Will, and I'm a gear hound.

Kelley-Thompson to wed
Liana Mae Kelley, of China, Maine; and James Kile Thompson, of Tekoa, Wash.; are engaged to be wed Oct. 2, 2011, in Anchorage. Liana is the daughter of Elaine and William Howell, of Sterling. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Washington State University, and works hotel sales for Expedia Inc. James is the son of Scott and Julie Paulus, of Spokane, Wash. He attends Eastern Washington University and is a commercial insurance underwriter for DIRIC. The couple met at Washington State.

Nordens welcome daughter
Matthew and Cassie Norden, of Canon City, Colo., announce the birth of their daughter, Kinley Anna Norden, at 12:33 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches. Her grandparents are Edward and Kelley Smith, of Soldotna; and Ed and Janice Norden, of Canon City.

Local American Legion members take command
Kenai resident Thomas Schanrock Sr. was named Commander of the American Legion Department of Alaska Western District at the group's convention earlier this month in Anchorage. Schanrock is a 25-year member of the George H. Plumley Memorial Post #20, in Kenai, and is also involved with the 40 & 8, VFW, Am Vets, the Moose Lodge and the Elks. Austin R. Dias, a member of the post's S.A.L. (Sons of the American Legion), was named its S.A.L. district commander. Austin is a freshman at Kenai Central High Schcool. The American Legion celebrated its 96th anniversary on Tuesday, March. 15.

Seahawks girls fall to 5th place
ANCHORAGE -- The Seward girls basketball team hadn't lost a game by more than nine points before the Class 3A state tournament.

SoHi girls drop both tourney games
ANCHORAGE -- Banged up and featuring a patchwork lineup, the Soldotna girls basketball team bowed out on the second day of the Class 4A state tournament.

O'Guinn gets off to fast start at UAA
Skyview High School graduate Ivy O'Guinn was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Seward boys nab 4th
ANCHORAGE -- When the buzzer sounded, Keenan Prochazka and Andrew Buchanan strode toward each other, slapped hands and hugged at midcourt.

Ice Dogs take 2 from Bears
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs swept the visiting Kenai River Brown Bears on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League action.

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