Sunday, November 14, 2010

Skyview High School says thanks to lots of help
Hosting the Region III Volleyball Tournament is a huge job and by all reports, we succeeded in providing an outstanding experience for those who played in or attended the tournament. We were able to be warm, hospitable and excellent because we are blessed with a very supportive community. We are grateful to all the sponsors and helpers listed below.

Swimmers thank local businesses
The Kenai Central High School Swim/Dive Team Booster Club would like to send out a gracious and sincere thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who made donations to the team this season. Your generous contributions were greatly appreciated, and once again, the local area stepped forward when asked, to help out high school sports. We thank you for assisting us in a very memorable and successful season.

Photo feature: Seeing stars
Challenger Learning Center president and CEO Emeritus Larry Porter is a silhouette against the surface of the Magic Planet, a rotating spherical projection unit the center unveiled to the public Friday night during a center "Star Party." The device is a learning tool the center can use to illustrate everything from global weather patterns to planetary astronomy. The question most people asked after seeing the unit in action was, "Where can I get one?"

City makes wish list: Well house upgrades, library, Birch Street signal top Soldotna's capital priorities
The City of Soldotna has its sights set on 10 capital improvement projects that are legislative priorities for fiscal year 2012, and its eyes on federal and state sources for the funding.

John Joseph Tri
Kasilof resident John Joseph Tri passed away at his parents' home in Kasilof Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, after battling small cell cancer for 14 months. He was 37.

Betty Jane Orth
Longtime Soldotna resident Betty Jane Orth passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital with her family by her side. She was 83.

Paul and Pamela Trissel
Memorial services are planned for Wasilla residents Pastor Paul J. Trissel and Pamela A. Trissel, who died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in a vehicle collision in Nikiski.

Here's hoping the turkeys stay on the truck
We are excited to have heard last week of plans from Buccaneer Alaska LLC to bring a jack-up drilling rig to Cook Inlet by next summer.

Community

Births

Snow problem
Just a bit over a week ago I checked the weather forecast and noted that the experts had decided we were in for some white stuff. No problem. We were way overdue for a small dump so I wasn't worried. My studs were on rims and all I had to do was drop by the shop for a quick NASCAR-type change out and I'd be rolling.

Around the Peninsula

New home for Soldotna Toastmasters

Shooting the basketball, increasing your range
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Kenai sweeps
The Kenai Central hockey team went on the road to Anchorage to record a pair of nonconference victories on Friday and Saturday.

Sports Briefs

Nikiski takes 4th at ACS

Invite ends in 3-way tie: SoHi nips SkyHi in dual
Even before it was dark, the Stars shined Saturday.

Parity hits prep hockey : With Homer's improvement, close games should be norm
If early scores are any indication, there will be plenty of close high school hockey games on the central Kenai Peninsula this season.

Brown Bears shut out Avalanche
The Kenai River Brown Bears topped the Alaska Avalanche of Palmer 5-0 on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center to stop a two-game losing streak.

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