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Sunday, September 26, 2010

'Later is not the way to go': Group raises awareness, lends support in fight against prostate cancer
Paul Fischer is happy to talk about his prostate.

Prop 2 asks voters to weigh in on strong mayor or borough manager
Sue McClure, the East Peninsula representative on the borough assembly, has always known Seward with a city manager. So why would she want to change it?

Winds cause scattered outages
The gusts of wind that rocked the Central Kenai Peninsula and the rest of the state this Friday caused some scattered power outages and Homer Electric Association is standing by to clear any other power lines the rest of the weekend.

Former Kenai player charged with felony murder
A former Kenai Central High School hockey star was arrested Thursday on felony murder charges in Menomonie, Wis. for allegedly assaulting a man who later died of his injuries.

Charges shock, sadden friends, former teammates
Jed McGlasson's arrest on alleged charges of felony murder in Wisconsin for the death of Bradley Simon, a fellow University of Wisconsin-Stout student, has come as a shock to his friends, family, former teammates and coaches.

Alan Lee Bain
Lifelong Alaskan Alan Lee Bain died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, in Homer. He was 50.

Cancer - coping and conquering
The statistics remain grim. Cancer in the United States takes about one in four lives, on average. This year more than half a million Americans are expected to die from some form of the disease.

All politics are local -- and important
There's an upcoming election, the results of which will have a very significant impact on our day to day lives here on the Kenai Peninsula.

...And this is now
Well, fall has officially begun. Summer was a little spotty (not to mention wet) this year but finally everyone is back to school and Beloit has published their Mindset of the Class of 2014 list. After reading it, I thought I would try to examine what Alaska's incoming college freshmen don't know. These kids were born about 1992. Grandchild age for some of us, children, either first or last, for others and for everyone, future decisions makers and story tellers. In 50 years, these people will be the institutional memory of this place and time: the sourdoughs, so to speak.

Community

Chestler family grows

Kids helping kids
Central Peninsula Hospital was presented with an array of gifts for hospitalized children by a special group of kids who attend the Boys and Girls Clubs of Soldotna. Group member Kayli Kitchens said they decided to use money raised through their Snack Shop at the Boys and Girls Club to help local children in need. They purchased games, blankets and toys for use by children who become inpatients at Central Peninsula Hospital. Gypsy Jolly, CPH Inpatient Nursing Director, thanked the group and added, "These presents will be very appreciated by our pediatric patients." Soldotna Boys and Girls Club Director, Kim Lee, explained that the group of children is part of the Boys and Girls "Torch Club" program. This year's national Torch Club focus was "Children Helping Children in Need," so the Torch Club's decision to purchase items for local children who are hospitalized fit nicely within their national theme.

Skyview netters top Houston
The Skyview volleyball team defeated Houston 25-6, 25-20 and 25-12 on Friday to improve to 7-1 overall this year.

SoHi rips Kenai
With quarterback AJ Hull on the sideline due to injury, Kenai Central was steamrolled 52-8 by host Soldotna in the Northern Lights Conference championship on Saturday at Justin Maile Field. SoHi was without senior running back Phil Bennett, who suffered a separated shoulder in Week 5.

Heaven, Lindquist win SoHi Pentathlon crowns
In swimming, hundredths of a second can be the difference between winning gold and not standing on the podium at all. Friday's SoHi Pentathlon was no different. Just two-hundredths of a second separated the first- and second-place girls while 17-hundredths was the difference in the boys race.

Mike's call: Goodbye peninsula, and thank you
Saturday concluded my employment at the Peninsula Clarion. I am trading in one peninsula for another -- in more than one way -- and heading south to Port Angeles, Wash. I will be living on the Olympic Peninsula and working as a copy editor for the Peninsula Daily News.

Grace, Kodiak control region
The Kodiak and Grace Christian cross country teams had big days on Saturday at the Region III cross country championships.

Nikiski, Skyview triumph in thrillers
The Nikiski football team won its first outright Greatland Conference title since 2001 on Saturday by defeating visiting Eielson 47-39.

Brown Bears drop 2 games
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of road games to the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League action. Wenatchee (5-1) and Fairbanks (4-0-2) lead the West Division. Kenai River (3-5) is in fourth place. The Wild won 4-1 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday.

Peters, Luebbe marry in Mexico
Kathleen "KT" Hayes Peters and Steve L. Luebbe of Omaha, Neb., were married on June 11, 2010 in an evening ceremony on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Father Pedro Morales officiated the ceremony.

O'Neill, Blakeley announce engagement
Annie O'Neill and Sam Blakeley of Anchorage plan to marry on Oct. 10, 2010 in an afternoon ceremony in Las Vegas.

Timblin, Raber tie the knot
Kara Timblin and Tristan Raber were married August 7, 2010, and an afternoon ceremony at Hilltop Lodge in Anchorage. Chelsea Phegley officiated.

Mendenhalls celebrate 25 years together
Michael and Wanda Mendenhall of Kenai recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

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