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Monday, March 22, 2010

Assessment doesn't smell right
Thank you Mayor Dave Carey, in keeping your campaign promise, given at my brother's house in Nikiski, you said, "I promise to bum, beg, borrow, or steal every dime I can from the government."

Cutting down on light pollution neighborly thing to do
Hooray for Les Palmer for bringing to our attention the terrible light trespass of yard lights. Like Les, we love the beauty of a clear, dark evening and beholding the marvelous, magnificent night sky. That is a rarity however, as the glaring glow of our neighbor's yard light, reflected from high above his reflective white house, blasts our property with mercury vapor light, illuminating all of our buildings, property and home, creating an eerie green light that illuminates our closed bedroom lights and preventing us from observing our celestial magnificence.

Nikiski senior center enjoys lunch
The Nikiski Senior Citizens would like to thank the Cook Inlet Lions for the delicious St. Patrick's Day lunch they prepared on Saturday, March 13. Many thanks to Richard, Heidi, Garrett and Jackson Dominick, Matt Yamaoka, Linda, KataLynn, Chris and Leanne Payton, Tonda Sutton, Raeliana Feik, Wes Piladn, Shayne Pope and Bob Harrison. As usual, the meal was wonderful and enjoyed by all.

Swimming to Nome: Nikiski pool Idita-Swim program encourages fitness
While dog mushers were heading toward the finish line in Nome, two swimmers in the Nikiski Pool's Idita-Swim program were paddling their way there as well -- with laps in the pool representing the miles of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Nikiski cabin burns, no injuries
A Nikiski cabin caught fire this morning. One man and four children were asleep at the time of the blaze. The Nikiski Fire Department says no one was hurt, but no livable space remains. Firefighters believe a heater on the home's back deck ignited the flames.

Peninsula resident tapped for fishery management council
When Jim Hubbard of Seward got a call from the state capitol a couple weeks ago asking if he would consider a position on the North Pacific Fishery Management council he was flabbergasted.

Kenai considers town hall meeting
After several weeks of discussion and public testimony on energy policies last fall, the Kenai City Council is planning to sponsor a $15,000 town hall meeting to brainstorm ideas on building a sustainable community.

Wolf encounters rare, caution still urged
The deadly wolf attack on a Chignik Bay woman earlier this month might have been rare, but, wildlife biologists warned that staying vigilant in the outdoors around any wildlife remains a good habit.

State's prisoner profile report released: Numbers help prison administrators anticipate needs of inmate population
When you're in the people business, like Spring Creek Correctional Center Superintendent Craig Turnbull says he is, it's nice to know exactly whom you're dealing with.

Photo feature: Bald is beautiful
Darnell Hasty, right, jokes with her son Edward Britton about their now mutually bald heads after Hasty had her locks cut during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fund-raiser for childhood cancer Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center. According to co-chair Marcia Jacobs, the event raised nearly $40,000.

Homer woman taken in by 'grandparent scam'
It isn't new -- consumeraffairs.com lists the grandparent scam as one of the top 10 scams for 2006 -- but it's still effective. Just ask Jolee Ellis of Homer.

Providence survey targets Peninsula on health care
As Providence Alaska Medical Center has done in other communities around the state, last week it conducted a two-day survey of residents in the central and southern Kenai Peninsula.

Inside track: Legislators focus on energy, education, tax laws
JUNEAU -- The countdown to April 18 is under way in the state Legislature. That's the 90th day, when lawmakers must adjourn and all bills not yet approved will hit the dumpster.

Offer made for LNG facility: State co-op, ANGDA explore options for natural gas
A natural gas supply cooperative backed by the state gas development authority has offered to purchase the liquefied natural gas plant near Kenai that ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and Marathon Oil Co. currently own.

Stepped-up drilling needed to keep gas flowing in Cook Inlet
An oil and gas consulting firm working with Southcentral Alaska utilities estimates that investments of $1.9 billion to $2.8 billion will be needed to drill enough wells to keep sufficient natural gas flowing from gas fields in the Cook Inlet region to supply current utility demand for space heating and electrical generation.

Elsie T. Seaman
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Elsie T. Seaman died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at her son's home in Kenai. She was 90.

Robert E. 'Bob' Wilson
Longtime Alaskan and Cooper Landing resident Robert E. "Bob" Wilson died Thursday, March 18, 2010 at his home in Cooper Landing. He was 83.

No need for war on wolves: Fatal wolf attack at Chignik Lake tragic, but extremely rare
The death of Candice Berner at Chignik Lake as a result of a wolf attack was a tragic event. Her family and friends deserve our deepest sympathy.

Empowering women from Alaska to Afghanistan
"The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it."

Path to success not an easy one
Congratulations are in order for a host of Kenai Peninsula athletes who saw the culmination of a season of hard work over the past few days.

Community News
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Around the Peninsula

Deaf issues to be discussed

Around the Peninsula

Awareness walk slated

Winter Olympics
Man there's just something special about being assigned to cover the Winter Olympics. Maybe one of these years one of my editors will ask me to do it.

Ninilchik girls hold off Northway in semis
With an 11-9 regular-season record, Ninilchik's girls weren't supposed to make it to the Class 2A state basketball finals. But the Wolverines weren't interested in making that prediction come true.

CIA girls capture 3rd: Eagles regain shooting touch in time to drill Northway
Practice makes perfect. Well, it breeds improvement at least.

Ninilchik boys win at buzzer: CIA boys fall to Klawock
Ninilchik freshman Jack Wheeler hit a buzzer-beater to give the Wolverines a 56-54 win over Hydaburg in Friday's fourth-place semifinals at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena to earn a date with Chevak on Saturday.

Panther power: Perfect Skagway blows out Ninilchik for Class 2A crown
Skagway's girls capped off an undefeated season with a 67-29 win over Ninilchik in Saturday's 2A state title game at the Sullivan Arena. The Panthers finished the season 29-0.

CIA boys end up in 5th: Ninilchik boys drop battle for 4th place
With three of its top four players out of the lineup, Cook Inlet Academy lost 40-33 to Tri-Valley in the boys Class 2A state tournament third-place game on Saturday at the Sullivan Arena.

Baking for Haiti
Fifth-grade students from Redoubt Elementary participated in a bake sale to raise money for Haiti's earthquake relief. These students came into school on their days off for parent/teacher conferences and volunteered at the bake sale. The students raised $665 for the relief efforts.

Kenai Central raises funds for Haiti
Mrs. Borland's Kenai Central High School government class put on a school wide dodgeball tournament Feb. 22 - 26to raise money for Haiti Relief. We were able to raise $407 from students who wanted to participate in the dodgeball tournament and donations were also accepted. We are donating the money to the American Red Cross.

High school senior scholarships offered
Kenai Peninsula College is offering six 2010/2011 full-tuition scholarships to graduating seniors from Cook Inlet Academy, Kenai Alternative High School, Kenai Central, Nikiski High, Ninilchik High, Seward High, Skyview, Soldotna High or Borough residents participating in home-school programs. Recipients of this scholarship will have full-time tuition -- up to 15 credits -- waived for the fall and spring semesters of the 2010/2011 school year. Fees and books are not included in the scholarships. Applications are available from the KPC home page and due to the Financial Aid office at the Kenai River Campus by April 9.

The stages of 'not' writing a research paper
I have recently taken on the endeavor of writing a research paper. Luckily, I survived and managed to complete it within the deadline, barely. I learned a lot of things during this process but the most important are what I now call the 5 Stages of Writing a Research Paper.

Little Peeps at the Refuge
Jack, left, and Chase Laker decorate their own moose horns with help from mom, Julie, at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Little Peeps Pre-School Environmental Education Program on Friday. Kids spent the hour long session learning about moose.

Around the District

School board to meet

Brown Bears drop 2 games to Wild: Kenai River finishes regular-season home slate
The Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild made it clear on Friday and Saturday that they have no intention of letting the Kenai River Brown Bears return to the Soldotna Sports Center this season.

Cory, Carly Davis wrap up snocross seasons
Cory Davis and Carly Davis, both of Soldotna, finished their snocross seasons at the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wisc., Friday through Sunday. The event is part of the International Series of Champions AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series.

Needs, Blanchard tie knot in Idaho
Megan Nicole Needs and Jacob Nichols Blanchard were married in an outdoor wedding at the Historical Bishops House Garden on Sept. 11, 2009 in Boise, Idaho. Nicolle Foster was the officiant.

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