Monday, November 29, 2010

Rural Alaskans rank port, harbor projects
For the first time in at least two decades, funding requests for new and improved ports and harbors in rural Alaska will be collected onto one unified list of needed appropriations.

Envision Soldotna gets final touches
The City of Soldotna is in the home stretch of finalizing its comprehensive plan, dubbed Envision Soldotna 2030.

Pipeline coordinator discusses project
What would have to happen to make the Alaska natural gas pipeline a reality?

Family traditions new and old ring in the holidays
Somewhere in the central Kenai Peninsula there are folks settling down for their long winter's nap -- but it wasn't evident this weekend as shopping, a craft fair and Christmas Comes to Kenai events had just about every creature stirring.

Commissioner's resignation riles education board
The election of Gov. Sean Parnell to his own term in office resulted in a widespread call for resignations of top administration staff that's so extensive, he's even demanding resignations from people who don't work for him.

State to accept federal education dollars
The state of Alaska will accept $23.5 million in federal Education Jobs Fund money aimed at preventing teacher layoffs, despite a lack of budget-driven layoffs.

Photo: Shop 'til you drop

Borough's Homer office still closed
The chair behind Gwen Watkins' desk is empty and a sign on the door of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's annex office on Pioneer Avenue says "closed." Borough personnel say closure of the office, which happened earlier this month, is temporary, and a replacement is being sought for Watkins.

Dwayn Mullan
Longtime Soldotna resident, Dwayn Mullan, 42, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 at his home in Soldotna.

Karl C. Ellis
Kasilof resident Karl C. Ellis died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 86.

Put Pebble in perspective
We can all imagine how hard it is to plan for something in the future when you don't have a good idea of what you're planning for. That's the dilemma facing the legislative subcommittee charged with crafting a plan to study potential environmental impacts of the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska.

Have glowing skin for all seasons
Our skin is always changing. Fueled by age, lifestyle factors, and our environment, the rate of change varies from person to person; but the one thing that remains constant, is that it never stays the same.

Around the Peninsula

Soldotna Rotary raffles quilt

Around the Peninsula

Cardiac support group to meet

Turkey troubles
What is it about turkeys that cause so much chaos around the holidays?

Midnight Sun to hold tryouts
Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club is holding tryouts at Kenai Central High School on Dec. 13 and 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 for players in grades 8 to 12. Practices are held Monday and Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 at KCHS beginning in January. Tournaments take place once or twice per month from January through early April. Cost is $275 for the season. For further information, contact Bruce King at or 262-9501.

Verbatim: Modern love: High school dating protocol has changed
My mother seems to have difficulty understanding the current terms used by the teenagers of today to describe relationships. I feel that many suffer from this lack of understanding the current terminology. So, this is a crash course in today's teen relationship terminology.

Muslim exchange students get taste of Alaska life in Homer
HOMER (AP) -- For four foreign exchange students visiting Homer this year, arriving in Alaska brought the usual cultural shock -- a far off, cold land dramatically different from their homelands in the tropics. Typical of other exchange students, they dealt with the usual challenges of adapting to climate, a new language and different customs. They also face a challenge other exchange students might not have had: Overcoming prejudice about their faith.

Around the District

School board to meet

Mountain View home to diverse student population
As the largest elementary school in the district, Mountain View Elementary School boasts a total enrollment of 456 students, and that number has been on a steady increase since the school combined with Sears Elementary in 2008. The school is one of only two elementary schools to employ an Assistant Principal.

Adding Araya to the list
In last week's Sunday edition, we printed a story about the success of Blaine Carver, a 2010 Soldotna High School graduate who is playing soccer at Seattle Pacific University.

Bears split with Ice Dogs: After scoring 10 goals Friday, Kenai River gets none Saturday
What a difference a night made.

Lindow, Tieaskie engaged
Sharon Lindow and William Tieaskie, both of Soldotna, announced their engagement to be married Dec. 30, 2010, in Maui. William proposed to Sharon July 28, on Cannery Road Beach. The future bride is the daughter of Erik and Rita Lindow, of Kenai. She completed massage school in 2009 at Blue Cliff Schools of Massage, in Fayetteville, Ark., and is currently attending Kenai Peninsula College. She works at The Fitness Place, in Soldotna. The future groom is the son of Tim and Cheryl Tieaskie, of Hot Springs, Ark.; and Glen and Lisa Burkhart, of Soldotna. He works as a commercial fisherman. The couple met in high school at Cook Inlet Academy, in Soldotna. Will and Sharon will host an open house at the groom's mother's home on K-Beach Road, Jan. 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. Please Contact Sharon or Lisa for directions.

Parson, Duarte to wed
Brittany Parson and Joe Duarte will wed Dec. 4, 2010, on the shores of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, at sunset.

Choat, Niichel wed in Mexico
Melody Choat and Joseph Niichel were married Oct. 10, 2010, in Cozumel, Mexico.

Perkowitz, Hall announce nuptuals
Jody Marie Hall, of Sterling; and Joseph Robert Perkowitz, of Elizabeth, Colo., plan to wed July 9, 2011, at the home of the bride's parents, Jody is the daughter of John and Tina Hall, of Sterling. The bride-to-be is a self-employed housekeeper and a bullcook for Inlet Drilling. Robert is the son of Christopher and Lynette Perkowitz, of Elizabeth. The future groom is a field operator for BP Alaska. The couple met at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club at a swing dance 3 1/2 years ago. During a well thought out birthday gift for Jody on July 8, 2010, Joe proposed on the mountain at Alyeska Resort, Girdwood.

Brewer, Pilatti wed
Lauren Brewer and Brandon Pilatti were married Aug. 21, 2010, at the Alaska West Air float plane grounds, Island Lake, Nikiski, were they grew up as neighbors. Officiating was Brandon's uncle, Russell Harrison.

Lazenby, Foster marry in Texas
Kristen Lazenby and Brandon Foster were wed May 30, 2010, at Villa di Felicita in Tyler, Texas. The Rev. Dennis Rivers performed the ceremony.

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