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Monday, December 6, 2010

Zoning change needed in Kenai
It has come to my attention that an offer is pending on the Anchor Trailer Court situated along the Kenai Spur Highway in the downtown core area.

A rivalry that rocks: SoHi, Kenai students try to keep competition positive
If the iconic Broadway musical West Side Story had more of a peaceful ending it might have looked something like the Kenai Central and Soldotna high schools' rivalry summit held Tuesday at Kenai Peninsula College.

Wood works: Sterling carving group meets to share talents, company
Del Otter can see faces in the forest. And then he carves them out of it.

Parnell takes on 'fish wars': Governor wants competing sport, commercial divisions work together on fishery management
Gov. Sean Parnell said the budget he rolls out Dec. 15 will offer a clearer picture of his plans for revamping the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Fed money stabilizes state finances
Alaska's state government is expecting continued strong federal spending in the state over the next two years, according to the state's official revenue forecast for the coming years, released Friday.

Ending 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' study flawed
How does Sarah Wilson come up with a figure of 66,000 homosexuals in the military in her Letter to the Editor of Dec. 3? Who counted them?

Good samaritans abound
There are so many nice people in this world.

Rate structure changes would more fairly cover costs
Editor's Note: This is a response to the Thursday, Dec. 2, OP-ED piece submitted by HEA Members Forum spokesman Mike O'Meara.

State casts wide net in seeking comment
The South Central Regional Land Office understands and appreciates the local opinion and frustration that the Kasilof River and proposed Special Use Area is a "local issue." However, as the State land manager responsible for managing public land owned by all Alaskans, the regional land office's obligation is to provide an open administrative process designed to encourage public participation for all significant land use decisions on state land. The purpose of the two previous public informational meetings in Anchorage and Kasilof was to provide information to the public about the draft Kasilof River Special Use Area decision and to encourage public participation and written comments about the draft decision. These meetings certainly accomplished these goals and public turnout at the Kasilof meeting in particular was impressive.

Making the most of Palin's popularity
Time's come to get realistic about all this Sarah Palin-mania.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Resilience monthly gathering

No bones about it: Bone up on bone health
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.

The kitchen sink
I emptied a "strike anywhere" match box the other day, and it is still setting on the shelf, because I couldn't throw it away. I'm trying to find a way to use it, but we don't have a granddaughter young enough to need a doll bed, or a box for crayons for school (I don't think they use crayons any more, just felt tipped pens or colored pencils). But old habits die hard and a match box was to be snatched quickly before one of the siblings grabbed it. Even my kids loved match boxes and used them to store all sorts of treasures. Another kitchen find in my grade school days was an oatmeal box, the round kind. They made great doll cradles, and my brother always co-opted one that he used for a tunnel for the toy trucks. These days I have been known to use one to store needles and yarn for crochet projects.

Around the Peninsula

Ninilchik hosts community potluck

Community

Births

Former Peninsula resident makes the military grade
Sgt. Christopher Thomas, Alpha Company, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, was awarded the title of distinguished honor graduate at an Alaska National Guard Warrior Leader Course last month.

SoHi freshman Hegge beats Wasilla in overtime
WASILLA -- Soldotna freshman Max Hegge found a heck of a way to net the first goal of his high school career.

Warriors slip past Kardinals in OT; Moose top Stars
WASILLA -- Friday night, Wasilla head coach Bill Sturdevant watched as Soldotna freshman Max Hegge stunned the Warriors with the game-winning goal of a 2-1 overtime win over Wasilla. But on Saturday, Sturdevant had the chance to see his Warriors celebrate an overtime win.

Tennis back on top of NLC: Steffensen, Janorschke, Wyatt also grab individual championships
Auston Tennis is a two-time conference champion. Now he plans to become a state champion.

SoHi, Kenai win ski meet
The Soldotna girls and Kenai boys won the season-opening Homer Invitational on Saturday in Homer at Lookout Mountain.

Bulldogs keep crown
Trey Zimmerman, Nathan Stangel, Josh Brown, Kaden Spurgeon and Lincoln Johnson won individual titles, leading the Nikiski wrestling team to its second consecutive Denali-Kachemak Conference tournament championship Saturday in Valdez.

CIA netters make state
It took a decade, but Cook Inlet Academy is headed to the Class 1A/2A state volleyball championships.

Around the District

School board to meet

KMS assistant principal lauded
The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals has selected Vaughn Dosko, Assistant Principal of Kenai Middle School, as the Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year for 2010-11.

Around Campus: End of semester approaching at KPC
The last day of fall classes is Saturday, Dec. 11. Students can expect to see grades posted on UAOnline by Dec. 15. Spring classes are already filling fast, but registration for next semester is still open. The first day of spring classes is Jan. 10, and late registration is from Jan. 10 to 14. For more information on registration, call Student Services at 262-0330.

Blake, Bullock to wed
Anna Blake and Justin Bullock are to be wed in Oahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 14, 2010, at 5 p.m.

Jensen, Smith tie the knot
Mary Jensen and Duane Smith were married July 9, 2010, at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, in Soldotna. The church's Father Joe officiated.

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