Monday, March 21, 2011

Giving billions to oil is bad business
To the average person, thinking about politicians and attorneys doesn't normally conjure up analogous comparisons to mom, apple pie and Old Glory. More so, the comparison to terms such as, slimy, sneaky, and dishonesty seem to immediately come to mind. That's not to say that all politicians and lawyers fall into these categories or that everyone thinks this way. Some people have had pleasant experiences with individuals in one or the other or both professions. However, because the media jumps at the chance to expose these individuals when they have done something sociably unacceptable, such as break the law, enter into extra marital affairs, and violate ethics laws, I believe many who read the periodicals tend to look at these persons with a wary eye.

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.

Lady Liberty: Nikiski woman has a blast despite occasional dousing
You've probably seen Suzanne Strickland before. You might not recognize her name, but if you've driven through Soldotna on the Sterling Highway over the past couple months during the right times, you've definitely caught a glimpse of the 24-year-old. It would be impossible to miss her.

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.

Banks gain as loans improve
Alaska-based banks put a lot of bad loans to bed in 2010 to boost their bottom lines.

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.

Moving forward: UA board OKs new facilities in Soldotna, Anchorage
With the University of Alaska board of regents authorizing additional planning and traffic analysis on the Seawolf Sports Arena in Anchorage Feb. 18, it's easy to overlook another project that, while smaller, is important to staff and students at a Kenai River college.

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

Darrel (Monte) Casper
Former Soldotna resident Darrel (Monte) Casper died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Mesquite, Nev. He was 68.

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

Japan's tragedy tests us
For a half hour earlier this month, Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet feared the worst. At 11:30 p.m. March 10, our new tsunami sirens sounded and, for the first time, it was not a test. A system installed with all sorts of bugs and glitches did what it was supposed to: It warned us of impending danger.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Get ready for Soldotna Safety Day

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Ninilchik Senior Center events next week

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

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.

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.

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.

Sports Brief: Davis back at head of pack
Soldotna's Carly Davis has regained the Pro Am Women Super Stock season points title in the International Series of Champions AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series.

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