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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Photo feature: Devoted to the welfare of those in their care
Elizabeth Chatham, right, looks at a candle Friday evening while waiting to take the Florence Nightingale Pledge with 10 other Kenai Peninsula College students at the conclusion of a pinning ceremony marking their graduation from the University of Alaska Anchorage applied associates of science registered nursing program. Nightingale helped pioneer nursing during her candlelit work in the Crimean War of the 1850s. KPC, in conjunction with other schools in the UAA system, will launch another 2-year nursing program in January.

Soldotna mulls new animal control ordinance
The Soldotna City Council is moving forward with a plan to scrap the town's 20-year-old animal control ordinance and replace it with an updated version more relevant to the community today.

Public service recognized: Former assembly, council member receives AML award
Hal Smalley said the Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award had Pete Sprague's name written all over it.

Two firms race to get jack-up rigs to inlet
Two independent companies are in a race to get a jack-up rig to Cook Inlet this summer. The winner qualifies for 80 percent to 100 percent of the first three wells being paid for by the state, with a limit of $25 million for the first well.

Wanda Virginia Day Sontag
Valdez pioneer, Wanda Virginia Day Sontag, died Dec. 1, 2010, at her family home in Anchorage. She was 95 years old.

Ben O. Keenan
Former Soldotna resident Ben O. Keenan passed away Monday Dec. 6, 2010, in Sun City Center, Fla., following a brief illness. He was 81.

Solving Cook Inlet fish wars no easy task
Gov. Sean Parnell announced recently that the budget he will roll out Wednesday will offer a clearer picture of his vision for revamping the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Around the Peninsula

Teen MOPS meets

Gift giving made healthy
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.

Great roll
On Nov. 20-21, the Central Peninsula was able to send 12 athletes to Anchorage for the State Special Olympics bowling tournament held at the Polar Bowl center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. These special representatives of the area have been practicing at the Alaska Lanes Family Bowling Center for the past three months along with 22 other special athletes. The Central Peninsula Team won 18 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 4 bronze medals. The Central Peninsula Special Olympics bowling team again won the state's highly coveted Special Olympics bowling trophy, which will be displayed at Alaska Lanes over the next 12 months.

Baling wire and Band-Aids: a perfect holiday
I love the holidays. For me, the Christmas holiday is just another excuse to get out the power tools and undertake more do-it-yourself projects.

Community

Births

Kenai skaters drop games to West, Chugiak
Max Osgood was simply oh-so-good.

Kenai boys take out ACS
The Kenai Central boys basketball team received 20 points from AJ Hull in a nonconference victory over host Anchorage Christian Schools on Saturday.

Eagles take 5th place at state
The Cook Inlet Academy volleyball team took fifth place on Saturday at the Class 1-2A state volleyball tournament at Dimond High School.

Breakthrough crowns: Martishev, Spurgeon collect Class 1-2-3A championships
Voznesenka's Joe Martishev pointed to the rafters and ran toward his coach, giving him a sweaty bearhug.

Mucha leads area skiers at Lynx Loppet
Soldotna's Bree Mucha led area skiers at the Lynx Loppet at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

Kenai River drops 2 to Fairbanks
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of North American Hockey League games in Fairbanks on Friday and Saturday, losing in overtime on Friday and in regulation on Saturday.

Edwards, Friedberg wed
Erika Edwards and Michael Friedberg were married Oct. 2, 2010, in Louisville, Ky. with Dr. Keith Auerbach, uncle of the groom, officiating.

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