Sunday, April 3, 2011

Friday water main break snarls traffic in Soldotna
A broken water main on the north side of the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna caused a partial road closure and lack of water for some area residents Friday morning.

High achiever:Motivation leads KCHS grad to state commissioner's job
Becky Hultberg was always one of those super kids. You know, the scarily motivated, hyper-involved, "Why can't you be more like Becky?" kind of teenager that all the parents adore and the slackers deride.

Photo: Snow country
Paul Clever, Dave Sipos, Cathy Petersen and Jake Sipos use snowshoes to climb Center Ridge in Turnagain Pass last weekend. While the snow is going fast in the lower country, there is still a lot of white stuff in the mountains.

Soldotna un-paves paradise: New parking rules allow businesses to grow, beautify
When Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing relocated to the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kobuk Street in 2005, owners Brian, Scott, and Paul Miller had big plans for their new building.

Callen Jay Ross
Nikiski resident Callen Jay Ross died suddenly March 26, 2011, from a heart attack at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 53.

Patricia Jo 'Pat' Humecky
Longtime Soldotna resident, Patricia Jo "Pat" Humecky, 76, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with her family by her side.

Michael James Henry
Kenai resident, Michael James Henry, 61, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital with his loving wife by his side.

Barron Butler
Longtime Kenai resident, Barron Butler, 82, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital from natural causes.

Fishermen call for solutions
I don't catch many king salmon at my set net site on the west side of Kodiak where my family and I spend summers. That's just the way it is. We haul in abundant pinks, sockeyes and silvers, preserve them in ice and hope for a good price. I'm deeply concerned, however, that my fellow fishermen won't be catching many kings this year either, because returns have been extremely low to river systems in the central and western Gulf of Alaska.

Harnessing the inlet's tides makes sense
The announcement last week that Homer Electric Association is joining forces with Ocean Renewable Power Company is encouraging news.



Shrew-ed moves
OK, first of all, I wish to apologize to our Unhinged Alaska readers who have G-mailed me because they were upset about the lack of protection they've assumed that I've not been giving Little Bear, especially, when she's roaming around outside making personal tinkle pronouncements.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Chamber presents Make Alaska Competitive Coalition

Meals on Wheels delivers for seniors
Kenai Senior Center is a member of the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). MOWAA's mission is to end senior hunger by the year 2020. Their slogan is, "So no senior goes hungry." This is the rally cry of the "March for Meals" campaign. This campaign is to support public awareness, encourage volunteer recruitment, and to build local financial support. This month is designated to build visibility of the Senior Nutrition Programs in our community and nationwide.

Guess what you just ate: watch for additives
From milk to meat, today's supermarkets are filled with processed foods chock full of additives. Additives are used to extend the foods' shelf life, delay spoilage, preserve flavor, enhance taste, and make the food more visually appealing. The demand for longer shelf life is both for consumer's convenience, and to keep foods fresh while they're being transported and stored before consumption.

Track teams off, running
Kenai Central senior Tyler Spalding is the only 2010 individual state track champion from the Kenai Peninsula who didn't graduate after the 2010 meet.

Against the wall: Ice Dogs take 2-0 lead on Brown Bears
Oliver David said his team needed to play its best to have any chance at winning in the playoffs.

SoHi grad throwing farther
Air Force junior Paige Blackburn, who graduated from Soldotna in 2009, tallied a distance of 160 feet, 4 inches, to win the discus event last weekend at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

Ice Dogs take 1-0 lead on Bears
A little under six minutes. That's all it took for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to take control in a 5-1 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears in the opening game of the North American Hockey League playoffs Friday at Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

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