Sunday, April 10, 2011

Just for sport: Store opening draws a crowd
Randy Leach wanted one of the 300 $25 gift cards being given away at the Sportsman's Warehouse grand opening Saturday morning. And he wasn't about to let 300 other people -- let alone one other person -- stand in his way.

Critical habitat designation for belugas draws criticism
The federal decision announced Friday to designate more than 3,016 square miles of Cook Inlet as critical habitat for beluga whales has local pro-industry policymakers worried about the cost and effects of the decision.

Ice Dogs bump Brown Bears from playoffs
The Kenai River Brown Bears' pursuit of an elusive first playoff victory will continue for at least another season.

Custodian OK'd, but bail not reduced for Eacker
A Kenai judge approved a third-party custodian for alleged murderer Jimmy Eacker at a bail hearing Friday, but maintained the $250,000 cash performance bond.

Senate defends slow pace
State senate leaders are defending their decision to put Gov. Sean Parnell's oil tax reform bill on the slow track, which means certain delay until the 2012 legislative session.

Alaska's oil tax: Measuring risk and reward
Does Alaska need Big Oil?

Eye on the ball: Coordination of mind, body
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Game on
The Alaska Ambush women's hockey team was started this year by Shannon Murray and Heidi Hanson. The squad participated in the Alaska Fools on Ice 2011 Anchorage Tourmament April 1-3 and earned third place in the beginner division. Pictured are, top row, Jeannie Blakely, Tricia Hegge, Adrienne Hallett, Lauri Kempf, Sandra Moeglein, Tracy Silta, Maureen Mokracek, bottom row, Judy Abrahams, Karen Martinelli, Marcy True and Brooke Ames.

Who's your Friend?
I am a member of several organizations around town, and a few others on a wider scale. I come from the generation before TV when belonging was the entertainment: join a group or a club so you have something to do and somewhere to go. My parents belonged to the Grange, the Moose, a neighborhood club and probably others I can't remember. They were 4-H leaders when we were growing up and Mom was a Den Mother for my brother's cub scouts. As a kid I belonged to Job's Daughters, 4-H, Girl's League and various young people's church groups through the years. I also participated in band and drill team at school and every other group I could find. We got together for parties, caroling during the holidays, good works, meetings, and just about any excuse we could muster that the parents didn't see through. There was no Sponge Bob so we went to a friend's house to play cards or board games or maybe just to help out with some big chore. It was our means of getting to socialize and also getting out of the house.

4-H shooting sports club right on target
The foundation of the 4-H Program is the club. A club consists of young people whose families see value in teaching the basic elements that 4-H stands for: belonging, mastery of skills, generosity and independence (leadership). While members are indeed necessary for a successful club, the heart of a club is the leader! A leader is a person who gives time and talent to guide and teach. While there are many active and energetic clubs on the Peninsula, the Young Guns 4-H Club is a prime example.

Around the Peninsula

Kasilof Historical Society presents 'Fannie Quigley'


Normans welcome daughter

Spalding, Bak win high jump crowns
Kenai Central's Tyler Spalding and Skyview's Thit Bak won individual championships in the high jump event at the Big "C" Relays at The Dome in Anchorage on Friday.

Dogs finish sweep of Bears
The Kenai River Brown Bears' pursuit of an elusive first playoff victory will continue for at least another season.

Kenai River eyes future: After winning season, coach anxious to improve on success
Minutes after the Kenai River Brown Bears saw their season end in the first round of the 2011 North American Hockey League playoffs, coach Oliver David was looking ahead to next year.

Soldotna holds Hoop Fest
Six middle school teams competed in a round-robin format at the 3-on-3 2011 Peninsula Hoop Fest at Soldotna High School on Saturday.

Oilers land 3 returners
The Peninsula Oilers recently announced that three players -- Taylor Garrison, Mike Miller and Patrick Wisdom -- are returning from the 2010 season.

CIA's Forsi runs track for Biola
Cook Inlet Academy graduate Brooke Forsi is in her third year of running track for Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

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