Arnett named new director

Posted: Monday, December 11, 2000

The board of directors for the Women's Resource and Crisis Center recently named Heather Arnett as the new executive director.

Pingpong results

The results for the Wednesday night tournament at the Soldotna Elks were:

First place -- Rob Coreson and Ray DeBardeleben;

Second place -- Gary Brumley and Dan Mortenson;

Third place -- Joe and Ande Szczesny

For more information about upcoming tournaments, call 262-7415.

SeaLife Center contest results

The Alaska SeaLife Center gingerbread house contest winners are:

n First place -- Karen Otter of Sterling;

n Second place -- Karla Scharfermeyer of Seward;

n Third place -- Tony Christopher of Seward;

n People's choice -- Tavia Casados of Seward

n Kerry Ellen and Robert Warren Nelson of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Katlian Marie Nelson, at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 1/4 inches. He grandparents are Pat and Mary Joe McElroy of Kasilof and Beaver and Jessie Nelson of Homer.

n Kele Kaona and Ryan Hathaway, of Kenai, announce the birth of their daughter, Malia Rose Keounona Kapuuaala Hathaway at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

She weighted 9 pounds, 13 1/2 ounces and measured 21 inches. Her grandparents are Edward and Ginger Kaona of Kenai, Ted and Paulette Hathaway of Susanville, Calif., and Kathy Hayes of Carmicheal, Calif.

Postal Service urges resident to send early

With a high volume of cards, letters and packages expected during the holiday season, the United States Postal Service is advising customers to mail early.

Nationally, Postal Service customers will bring 20 billion mail pieces to post offices during the holiday season, which ends Dec. 31. Customers can help speed post office transactions, officials say, by providing clerks with full information on packages, such as requirements for insurance, delivery confirmation and desired time for package arrival.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

n Research murres relocated to California

The common murre telemetry project that began in May 1999 concluded successfully at the end of October.

The pacific murres were transported to the Oiled Wildlife Care Facility in Santa Cruz, Calif. All the birds arrived safely, and they were comfortable in their new pool and eating the day after their arrival. Ten of these birds will be reassigned to a new research project. The remaining birds will be retired from research activities and relocated to new homes.

n Cecil sees the dentist

Cecil, the center's 17-year-old male harbor seal, underwent major dental surgery this week. Cecil has had a problem with periodontal infections since his arrival at the center in 1998. Despite regular brushing and medicated mouth rinses, his teeth and gums continue to deteriorate. Center Animal Care coordinator Dr. Pam Tuomi said she felt that oral surgery was the appropriate way to deal with Cecil's dental problems.

While under general anesthesia, several of his teeth were extracted due to abscesses, exposed roots and broken crowns. Tartar and periodontal pockets were cleaned on his remaining teeth. Cecil is on antibiotics and recovering. He will spend the next few days in an off-exhibit holding pool for close observation and continued treatment for a few days. He should be returning to the harbor seal habitat soon.

n Arctic entry for bird habitat

There is a new entrance into the sea bird habitat at the center. It looks like an arctic entry, but it is not to keep the habitat warm. The red-legged kittiwakes love to fly, and being in the new sea bird habitat, they are exploring their surroundings. So, to keep them safe and in the habitat, a second door has been installed.

A permanent door will be installed at a later date.

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