Monday, September 20, 2010

We have an outstanding and profitable hospital
I would like to reflect on the outstanding achievements of our local hospital and medical healthcare community. These achievements take time, resources and commitment by the Board of Directors and the employees.

HEA rates headed down for now
The Homer Electric Association is proposing two rate adjustments that would overall lower average residential users' utility bills in the near term, but would include a more permanent increase.

Making the grade: District makes AYP in 29 of 31 categories
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as a whole did not make the grade in terms of "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, requirements instated by 2001's No Child Left Behind Act, according to the state's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Trail fixes under way
With winter on the way, trail refurbishing will begin on a series of Cooper Landing ski trails once white flakes coat the ground.

City Council candidates hit the campaign trail
Candidates continue to campaign as the Soldotna City Council elections approach.

Photo feature: In support
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is throwing his support behind U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign.

Authorities continue to investigate crash that killed Kenai attorney
Authorities are still investigating the Sept. 5 car accident that killed Kenai attorney Peter Mysing, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Local boys build park, beautify bluff with Eagle Scout projects
On a bluff overlooking the mouth of the Kenai River, two boys turned their dreams of becoming Eagle Scouts into realities.

Merrilyn C. Moles
Former Soldotna resident Merrilyn C. Moles died of natural causes Sept. 8, 2010. She was 91.

'No one deserves to be hungry . . .'
Ground was broken this week for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's expansion project to upgrade its facility. We're grateful to have the food bank as a resource for our community, and we're just as grateful to live in a community that's so supportive of agencies like the food bank.


Emergency preparedness kit needed

Around the Peninsula

Kenai celebrates with barbecue

Aerobic exercise improves your ability to burn fat
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.

So much fun, it hurts
Like many Alaskans, my wife and I like to take the kids for an occasional trip someplace warm, just to get away from the nasty weather for a week.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai celebrates with barbecue

Homer boys, Kenai girls take invite
The Homer boys and Kenai Central girls swimming and diving teams won the Kenai Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

Nikiski flies past Barrow
Though the opponent is to be determined, Nikiski ensured itself a first-round home playoff game with a 47-7 win over visiting Greatland Conference rival Barrow on Saturday. The Bulldogs remain unbeaten in league play and improve to 5-2 overall. The Whalers fall to 3-2 and 4-3. Nikiski will host Eielson next Saturday at noon with a conference championship on the line.

Skyview netters come back to notch defeat of Kodiak
Skyview started its volleyball match against Kodiak on Friday night showing that it is just like any other team. The host Panthers finished the Northern Lights Conference affair showing that they can be a pretty good team.

Kenai girls nab boroughs
The Kenai Central girls and Seward boys cross country teams won Kenai Peninsula Borough titles on Saturday in Seward.

Kenai edges Homer: SoHi, Skyview blow out foes from Greatland Conference
Tyler Glidden ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead Kenai Central past Northern Lights Conference foe Homer 21-16 on Saturday at Ed Hollier Field. Kenai improves to 4-0 in the league and 5-2 overall. The Mariners fall to 1-3 and 3-4.

Around the District

School board to meet

District showcases 21st century classroom tech
The educational company Discovery Education displayed some classroom technology to kids, parents and teachers with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District at the Challenger Learning Center Friday night.

Around Campus: KPC promoting UAA Seawolves hockey game on Peninsula
As a community campus of UAA, KPC is embracing the opportunity to welcome and support the UAA Seawolves hockey team to the Peninsula. UAA will play Ontario's University of Windsor Lancers at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Brown Bears win 1, lose 1 at showcase tourney
The Kenai River Brown Bears won on Friday before losing on Saturday at the North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament at Schwans Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

Sports Brief: Tustumena Run results posted
The Tustumena 5K Fun Run was held on Saturday, with Jennifer Jackson winning the women's race in 24 minutes, 33 seconds, and Lucas Thein taking the men's contest in 18:58. Race organizers said Kaladi Brothers, which provided the coffee, and the state Department of Transportation, which made provisions on parts of the course route that are under construction, were key to making the event happen. Complete results follow:

Photo feature: Night riders
Stock cars file past young fans on Friday night at the night races at Twin Cities Raceway. At top right, Dillon Pogue competes in the B-Stock class. The annual night races also were held on Saturday night. The results will appear in the Clarion when they become available.

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