Businesses team up to pamper pooches
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What do you get the dog that has everything?
Patriot's Pen judges appreciates
A sincere thank you to the people who served as Judges for our recent Patriot's Pen Essay Program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary. Anna Watson, Paul and Joyce Fischer and Paul Stevenson read and evaluated essays written by 14 local junior high school students from four area schools based upon theme knowledge, theme development and clarity of ideas. It was not an easy task and their efforts to serve as Judges is greatly appreciated.
HEA says thanks for successful energy fair
The board, management and employees of Homer Electric Association would like to thank the vendors, knowledgeable speakers, interested participants, and community-minded donors for making this year's HEA Energy and Conservation Fair a success! The fairs, hosted in Kenai and in Homer, brought together over 800 participants and vendors in a mutual interest of learning more about conservation related products and services.
Snowmobile safety event was great
On Saturday, Nov. 6, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held our annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School. This year, 91 children and parents or caregivers attended the event. Full-faced shield helmets were fitted and sold for $30 upon completing the safety training stations.
Time to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The Senate's repeal rejection in September and the Pentagon's newly released study has assured that the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has been a hot button topic in recent weeks. With every day that passes, it's become more and more evident that the repeal of DADT is an idea whose time has come.
Thanks to arts fair
My heartfelt thanks goes out to Gloria Humble and all the fine folks at this years Peninsula Arts & Crafts Fair. I also want to thank the welcoming committee made up of kindred spirits, gifted crafters and discriminating shoppers. I was overwhelmed by your generosity, which contributed greatly to making my weekend so successful. Lastly, congratulations to Leigh High, of Kenai, the winner of our vintage necklace give-away. Wow!
Pay freeze doesn't seem fair
Are we serfs? The president said he will ask for a pay freeze for all federal employees. But not including Congress or their aides. Are they not federal employees? This year Congress voted not to give retirees a 5-percent increase on their Social Security payments but voted a 10-percent increase on their pay.
Seniors say 'thanks'
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank Credit Union 1 and staff or their very wonderful and generous donation that will be well utilized in the center's programs and services. Your generosity and support is truly appreciated.
Council gets input on kennel code
Some concerned citizens attended the City of Kenai's council meeting Wednesday night to testify on the city's proposed ordinance on dog kennel licensing within the community.
Refuge opens to snowmachines
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now open to snowmachines.
Store receives unwelcome adornment
'Tis the season for peace and good will -- not vandalism.
McGlasson to stand trial: Court finds probable cause for felony murder charge
A former Kenai resident and star hockey player was bound over for trial on felony murder charges at a preliminary hearing in Menomonie, Wis., Tuesday.
Interior to process Shell permit
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell's application to drill an exploration well in the company's Beaufort Sea federal offshore leases next summer will be processed.
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Kathleen Gibbons died at her home in Fairbanks of natural causes Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. She was 54.
Voices of the Peninsula: Speak up now on HEA rate proposal
How much will my electric bill go up? That's what most people are wondering as the Regulatory Commission of Alaska considers approval of Homer Electric Association's new rate plan. Using numbers from the RCA notice in the newspapers, some HEA members calculated potential rate increases of 17 to 20 percent.
Who is Joe Miller fighting for?
As Joe Miller continues to press his suit against the state Division of Elections, we can't help but wonder, who is it that he is fighting for?
Perils of Polly: Speeding to the top of the world
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.
Refuge Notebook: Christmas break: A great time to think about a summer job
Are you a college student ready to work hard outdoors, don't mind getting your hands dirty and looking for work this summer? The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has a few challenging, yet rewarding, job opportunities for summer 2011. The deadlines for applications range from January to March, so Christmas Break is a great time to get the application packet ready.
An Outdoor View: A little mercury with your fish?
ANACORTES, WASHINGTON -- While visiting relatives in the Evergreen State, I got to wondering whether it's safe to eat the fish caught here. The answer is yes and no.
The Phantom of Sohi: School players to perform this weekend
The Soldotna High School drama department is presenting the play, "The Phantom of the Opera," this weekend at the high school auditorium.
Voices of Religion: The gifts of the first Christmas: joy and peace
One week ago was Black Friday when herds of wild shoppers swept majestically across the plains, denuding stores of all that was nutritious and needful. Last Monday was Cyber Monday, when the herds crossed into virtual reality to seek a few extra crumbs. According to PCWorld, Nov. 30, 2010, it is estimated we spent $45 billion at retail stores Friday, up 6 percent over last year, and we likely hit $1 billion on Cyber Monday, an increase of 20 percent. For those still deciding, the two hottest technology gifts for this year look to be Microsoft's Kinect, the motion controller for the Xbox 360, and the iPad.
Area wrestlers chase state berths
Now is the time to peak.
Skiers set to glide: Sporadic weather leads to tough training conditions
With sporadic snowfall and stretches of high wind across the Kenai Peninsula the past two weeks, training conditions were less than ideal for area cross-country skiing teams as they prepared for the 2010-11 ski season.
Sports Brief: Brown Bears to hold fundraiser
The Kenai River Brown Bears don't play another game in the North American Hockey League until Dec. 10, but they will be on the ice today to face a team in a league of its own.
Senior is state's best: Smithwick collects Gatorade Football Player of the Year
After leading the Soldotna High School football team to a small-schools state championship in October, Robbie Smithwick can add another item to his growing list of accomplishments.
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