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Friday, December 10, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

Support for teens appreciated
Hospice of the Central Peninsula recently completed a six-week TAG (Teen Age Grief) group with twelve Soldotna High School students who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Teen Age Grief, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides grief education and support to bereaved teens.

Who runs government, us or the banks?
Vermont's U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has forced the hand of the private Federal Reserve banking system. The private bank was forced to disclose some of their financial dealings.

Go, Sarah, go
Regarding your editorial last Sunday ("Making the most of Palin's popularity," Dec. 5, 2010), apparently you think Sarah Palin was a good governor, otherwise you would not be upset over her departure, calling her a half-governor.

North Star United Methodist says 'thanks'
North Star United Methodist Church thanks all those who helped get the Thanksgiving food boxes distributed to needy families in Nikiski.

Warming may help Southeast produce power
Climate change may be causing problems elsewhere, but it may provide some big benefits to Southeast Alaska, according to a new study looking at the region's hydroelectric potential.

Kasilof SUA plan panned: Group petitions state to slow process
A group of concerned Kasilof residents have banded together to ask the state to slow down its process for the plan to create a special use area near the mouth of the Kasilof River.

Transfer station to go to voters?
Kenai Peninsula voters might have the chance to decide if they want to pay for a solid waste transfer station in Homer in the next election.

Photo feature: Slowly sinking in the west ...
With Thursday's crescent moon off her left shoulder and the setting sun to her right, Charity Green makes a photo from the boardwalk alongside Bridge Access Road. There's less than six hours of daylight reaching the central Kenai Peninsula now as the winter solstice approaches later this month.

Home sweet home: Group develops efficient homes for rural Alaska
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- With high fuel prices and harsh winter climes, constructing energy-efficient housing in rural Alaska communities can be a difficult task that is compounded by the prohibitively high costs.

OT OK for PERS: Measure to exclude overtime pay from benefit calculations voted down
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a resolution that would have asked the Alaska Legislature to exclude overtime wage rates in the calculation of benefits for the Public Employees Retirement System, or PERS, at its meeting Tuesday.

Photo feature: Revved up
A snowmachine rider makes tracks alongside the Sterling Highway in Sterling recently. Ample snow and fair temperatures are making winter recreation easier.

Colleen Nylund
Former Kenai resident Colleen Nylund passed away Nov. 1, 2010, in Shelton, Wash.

Lenora A. Pepin
A celebration of life will be held for Lenora A. Pepin at the Soldotna United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to come celebrate Lenora's life. For more information, contact Jennifer Pepin at 907-244-4569 or email: jhopkins@alaska.net.

Gary L. Effenbeck
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Gary L. Effenbeck, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at his home in Soldotna.

Kathryn Marie Utrup
Kathryn Marie Utrup died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Sedona, Ariz. She was 84.

Earmark ban is not the answer
Last week, the Senate rejected a proposal that would impose a three-year moratorium on earmarks in both appropriations and authorization bills. Although it failed to pass in this "lame-duck" session -- eight Republicans and 48 Democrats voted in opposition -- there's little doubt that the issue will resurface once the new Congress convenes in 2011.

A pay raise for the governor?
The Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission is taking another look at whether the state's governor and lieutenant governor should get a raise.

Perils of Polly: Around the world and back again
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.

Snow: More complicated than you thought
It is finally the season to store the riding lawnmower and start up the snowmachine. With the opening of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to snowmachining on Dec. 1, it is evident that we have accumulated enough snow to start our winter fun. Whether you are out snowmachining, dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or building a snowman with your kids, we all realize that snow plays an important part in our outdoor activities this time of year. But what is snow and how does it affect plants and wildlife?

Please pass the stress
Every year about this time, the well-meaning media offer us helpful tips on how to reduce holiday stress. Well, I have news. We don't want tips. What we want is more stress.

Around the Peninsula

Nikiski senior center bingo night

Around the Peninsula

Santa comes to KPC

Tennis, Wyatt lead 4A charge: Soldotna, Homer wrestlers head to state ranked No. 1 in weight classes
Hope Steffensen trotted to the center of the mat, headgear fastened, and shook her opponent's hand. Then the referee grabbed her arm and lifted it toward the rafters.

Nikiski ready to host state: Bulldogs look for extra push from home mats
The athletes won't sport ruby red slippers, and Toto the little black dog certainly won't be in the building, but the Nikiski wrestling team is about to channel its inner "The Wizard of Oz."

CIA netters reach semis
The Cook Inlet Academy volleyball team came from behind to defeat Tri-Valley 25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 25-22 and 15-11 in the opening round of the Class 1/2A state volleyball championships at Dimond High School on Thursday.

Same old song and dance?
"Burlesque"

Homer's Nutcracker tradition leaps forward: Ballet closes this weekend with a mix of emotions
At the end of this season's annual Nutcracker Ballet this weekend, expect a few tears with bouquets of roses at the last curtain call.

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Overcome those holiday temptations
Robert Ozment opened his book, "but God can," warning his readers about the universal danger of temptation, writing:

Church Briefs

'Epic Win' coming for New Year's Eve

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