Monday, April 11, 2011

Seems some Brown Bear fans misbehaved in Fairbanks
The Brown Bears recent playoff games in Fairbanks surprised the Fairbanks fans with a sizeable group of Kenai fans in the stands at the Big Dipper.

Bills to advance Watana dam should be passed
It is important to all of us that the legislature passes HB103 and SB42. These bills would authorize the establishment of a state agency that would take the critical next steps in advancing the Watana hydro-electric project through the FERC permitting process. In a world of never ending increases in carbon based energy prices, Watana would represent a permanent fund of energy cost savings for Alaskans for decades to come.

Oil prices help fill state coffers
The state of Alaska will receive $3.43 billion in additional revenues due to the recent run-up in crude oil prices, Gov. Sean Parnell announced April 6.

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.

Story Time: College students participate in regional oratory competition
Five college students mustered their courage and found their voices Saturday afternoon when they shared personal anecdotes, family folklore and other stories at the regional Alaska Native Oratory Society competition at Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus.

Railroad's income declines slightly
The Alaska Railroad Corp. saw a slight decrease in net income last year compared to 2009, according to an annual financial report released April 1.

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.

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.

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.

Kenai takes stand: City council weighs in on water, retirement regulations
Kenai's City Council on Wednesday took a stance on state and federal regulations that could affect the city.

Julie 'Jewels' Wall
Soldotna resident, Julie "Jewels" Wall, 53, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Providence Hospital, in Anchorage, due to sudden heart complications.

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

Let's create legacy of respect, honor
R-E-S-P-E-C-T. As Aretha Franklin sang her soul hit in 1967, those letters were a call to action. Respect African Americans. Respect women. Respect yourself.


Normans welcome daughter

Around the Peninsula

Kenai genealogical group meets

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Kasilof Historical Society presents 'Fannie Quigley'

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.

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.

Around Campus: Upcoming summer semester enrollments continue to swell
Just when it looks like the increasing summer semester enrollment will level off, it climbs again making the upcoming summer semester off the charts. KPC's 2011 summer semester has 83 more students enrolled taking 541 more credit hours than the summer 2010 semester did when registration closed--and last year broke all previous records. Registration for the summer semester opened March 5 and the first day of classes will be May 16.

Around the District

Cook Inlet Academy

KCHS singers attend national conventions

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.

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.

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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