Monday, March 30, 2009

Fundraiser a cut above
The organizers of this year's St. Baldrick's event to raise money for childhood cancer research would like to recognize and thank the entire community for its generous support of this most important cause. Without you, we would not have been able to send approximately $30,000 to childhood cancer researchers so that someday cures can be found. The organizers wish to especially thank Marcus Yamada and family; Ericka Reynolds and family, Dalton Lohrke and family, all of our shavees, all of our barbers, all of our volunteers and all of our donors, including the Kenai firefighters, Soldotna firefighters, Nikiski firefighters, Soldotna Police Department, the Great Fools of Fire, Central Emergency Services, Central Peninsula Hospital, Wayne Johnson, Chevron, the Kenai River Brown Bears, Soldotna Rotary, the Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce, Phormations, Tammy's Flowers, Wells Fargo, Mike Bloeser, Sterling Seniors, Ed Tussy, Dave LaForest, Dan Nelson, Big John's, Merrill Sikorski, Redoubt Reporter, Peninsula Clarion, KTVA Channel 11 News, Ron DeLaney, The Fitness Place, South Central Title, Sweeney's, Sedona Florist, Gallery Lodge, Candy Boquet, BP, McDonald's, Grand Burrito, Veronica's Coffee, TJ Seggys, the Kenai Watershed Forum, Marathon Oil Co., Soldotna Safeway, Wildtree, Anchorage Daily News, Angie Brennan and Soldotna Sports Center.

Sponsors earn lots of thanks
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association (KPHA) would like to thank all of the sponsors for the 2008-09 hockey season. The many donations made over the past year helped support the teams of KPHA by assisting with the purchase of uniforms and gear, buying ice for practices and games, paying for referees, tournament registration fees and supplying scholarships for youth who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to play hockey.

Olson, Chenault, Wagoner town hall meeting lets public voice concerns
From an in-state gas line to a bypass in Cooper Landing, Obama's stimulus package to a bike path in Soldotna; a wide variety of topics were discussed at Saturday's town hall meeting with Alaska Legislature representatives Kurt Olson, Mike Chenault and Tom Wagoner.

Cemetery site possible: Committee may have final resting place for residents
Soldotna might have a place to bury its dead before the snow flies next winter.

Ripped: Body builders show off buff physiques
After months of feeding the pythons it was time to let them out for the world to see during the 2009 Alaska Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Natural Bodybuilding Championships in Kenai on Saturday. Numerous local bodybuilders -- both first-timers and experienced competitors -- took part in the event.

Night lights: Kasilof resident sees unexplained show
Kasilof has no shortage of unusual characters and strange happenings, but earlier this month some odd lights in the night sky were not just reported, but also photographed by a local woman.

Volcano grounds air traffic
No one is flying too high these days thanks to the billowing clouds of volcanic ash released by Mount Redoubt.

Redoubt watch: Shaking it up
Mount Redoubt is dancing to a different beat these days, and it's hard for scientists to tell when it will bust another move.

PacRim lease moves forward
Twenty-two years after the Kenai Peninsula Borough first entered into a lease-option contract concerning Ladd Landing, PacRim Coal LLP will exercise that option.

Redoubt not done
Mount Redoubt may have sat dormant for nearly 20 years, but it more than made up for lost time over the weekend.

First class: Kasilof postmaster retires after more than 2 decades of service
Frequent customers of the Kasilof Post Office would no doubt recognize the familiar and always smiling face of Postmaster Carol Joyce, but the days of seeing her behind the counter will soon be gone.

Stove owners take precautions
As Kenai Peninsula residents don masks and have spare air filters ready for the engines of their cars due to Mount Redoubt's eruptions, the owners of air-intake heating systems and stoves -- such as Monitors, Toyos, and others -- may want to take precautions to protect these devices.

Howard T. Davis
Longtime Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident Howard T. Davis, Jr., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at home with his family by his side. He was 68.

Danielle (Adams) Gordon
Former Soldotna resident Danielle (Adams) Gordon died Monday, March 16, 2009, after an extended illness at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage. She was 31.

Peter LeMay
Kasilof resident Peter LeMay died Friday, March 20, 2009, after a short battle with cancer. He was 67.

State's wilderness at risk: Wildlife deserves better than a special-interest holocaust
Alaska is a dream whose grandeur is in the grip of special interests who increasingly favor exploitation over preservation. The regions of Alaska under state control are no less than irreplaceable links in America's last great intact ecosystems. We entrust the health of this world treasure to a cabal of state agencies, including the governor, Legislature, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and the Board of Game (BOG).

Same old song and dance: Son's interest in music -- surprise! -- different than dad's
My iPod has been commandeered.

Plenty to do, but no time for big issues?
We're pressed for time, the Legis- lature tells us. We can't get to everything in a 90-day session.

Around the Peninsula

Public Health plans 1-day closure

Crime of the Week: Crime Stoppers
The Kenai Police Department received a report of a felony theft March 27. Unknown suspect(s) removed a 2001 120 cc kid's model Polaris snowmobile from a residential yard on Watergate in the VIP subdivision. The snowmobile was valued at greater than $1000.

Around the Peninsula

Post office sets new hours

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Something old, something new
As our home enters its adolescence, my husband and I can no longer ignore the facts: it is about time we shore up that squeaky joist and address those less than attractive signs of shabbiness that deferred maintenance and a steady stream of children, cats and dogs have imparted onto our dwelling. For starters there is fading paint on every paintable surface, then there's the bathroom linoleum scarred by a teenage girl's curling iron (thank god she didn't burn the house down), and let's see ... both tub faucets leak, all the doors creak, the tile needs caulking, the toilet seals need replaced ...

Keener part of history: Former Kardinal helps George Fox to crown
Lindsay Keener was a major part of perfection.

Best in state: SoHi's Johnson tabbed 4A boys coach of year, players honored
Growing up in Minnesota, Matthew Johnson never got a chance to play in the high school state basketball championships.

Around the District

School board meetings slated

Writer: Parenting 101 -- listen more, read less
Parents? Can't live with them, can't rent a rated R move without them.

Job, career fair planned
The annual Job and Career Fair, billed as the biggest recruitment event on the Peninsula, will take place March 31 and April 1 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Play ball: Adult baseball team trying to take field
During the course of giving back to baseball, central peninsula residents Chris DesOrmeaux and Chance Tallman decided they weren't done playing baseball.

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