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Monday, November 22, 2010

Around the Peninsula

Fair trade items for sale

Not quite a pleasure cruise: Soldotna couple passengers on stranded cruise vessel
What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation with family and friends turned into a nightmare for a local couple who were on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship that went dead in the water off the coast of Mexico last week.

Pebble study stalls: Lawmakers struggle with parameters
The proposed third-party study on the potential environmental effects of the Pebble mine continues to stall as the legislative subcommittee charged with crafting it struggles to define the appropriate parameters without a project yet on the table.

Photo feature: And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting ...
A raven calls out at sunset as Saturday's full moon rises from the horizon in Kenai.

Wild about Harry: Fans of the wizard flock to movie opening
Kenai Peninsula residents were enchanted by J.K Rowling's popular book-turned-movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," at the Orca Theater in Soldotna on its opening day Friday.

Changes bring uncertainty to Legislature
Business groups are trying to read the tealeaves, trying to determine what will be the key issues in the Legislature's organization for the 2011 session. The outlook is murky.

Photo: End of the line

Four indicted in fraud scheme
A Kenai grand jury on Friday handed down indictments to four people allegedly involved in a check forgery scheme.

Alaska can do more to help those on Medicare
Alaskans on Medicare deserve some help. A recent survey by the University of Alaska confirms what many seniors know from experience. If you're over 65, and rely on Medicare, most general practice, or "primary care" physicians won't see you. It's a problem that is most acute in Anchorage, but is starting to spread across the state. It's a problem we should fix.

Easy donation is just a click away
In addition to all the four-wheelers, snowmachines, wide-screen TVs (some in 3-D) and other toys you've spent your annual Permanent Fund Dividend on, we feel it's important that you know what else some of you did with your annual cash cow.

Healthy eating tips for a busy lifestyle
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.

Soldotna soldier awarded Bronze Star
Capt. Kyle Bushon of Soldotna was recently awarded the Bronze Star for his actions while deployed in the Karbala Province of Iraq. As a tank platoon leader, Bushon planned and executed security movements for the Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team to various infastructure projects, meetings with government and military officials, and civic events throughout the province. His platoon conducted more than 50 combat patrols, escorting the Provincial Reconstruction Team to various locations in support of their mission to help increase the capacity and competence of the Karbala Provincial Government.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Fair craft bazaar coming

Community

Births

Reflections
I am always pleased when someone comes up to me in the store and comments on my most recent column. Or even those who look at me quizzically and say "Do I know you?" then brighten and say "You're in the paper. I remember Blackjack gum, too."

Palmer skaters top Kards
WASILLA -- Sometimes skating with only four players isn't necessarily a bad thing. Palmer scored a trio of 4-on-4 goals during a 4-1 win over the Kenai Central Kardinals in the third-place game of the Curtis C. Menard II Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Menard Arena in Wasilla.

Tennis collects crown
Auston Tennis won an individual championship at 145 pounds and five of his teammates took home top-six finishes as the Soldotna High School wrestling team placed sixth at the Glen Vandergaw Invitational at Dimond High School on Friday and Saturday.

Around Campus: Spring registration at Kenai Peninsula College trends upward
The first statistics generated from general public registration for the upcoming spring semester reflect a nationwide trend that sees students shopping for college la carte. Compared to the record setting spring semester KPC saw last year, enrollment is up overall just under 25 percent. However, compared to last year, KPC is seeing a 25 percent decrease in full-time students (taking 12 or more credits) and a similar decrease in those students taking nine to eleven credits. On the flip side of that, enrollment for students taking six to eight credits is up almost 20 percent and those taking five or less credits are up 55 percent.

School Photo: Can-do at Skyview

Around the District

School board to meet

New programs take shape at Redoubt
At Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna, educators have high hopes for two new programs initiated this year.

School Photo: Sterling students tied, dyed

Life lessons: Students hit bullying
Developing healthy relationships and putting an end to bullying can be a difficult assignment.

Carver overcomes injury to make stellar debut in college
Blaine Carver's dream season nearly ended before it began.

Bears sweep Wild
The Kenai River Brown Bears needed an entire season to win 12 games last year.

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