Monday, December 13, 2010

A big thank you to Marathon
On Nov. 23, 2010, Marathon Oil provided the Kenai Peninsula Area seniors to an early Thanksgiving Dinner. This has been an annual event that started many years ago beginning with UnoCal, continuing with Agrium and now Marathon Oil. I would like to thank Marathon Alaska Production, LLC, Kenai Gas Field volunteers and their manager, Carri Lockhart, for carrying on the tradition to our seniors.

Christmas Comes to Kenai a great success
The magical festivities of Christmas Comes to Kenai 'Just Believe' 2010 were proof of the pride we have in our community and the success you can achieve when we all network our recourses together.

Who's being helped by tax breaks?
Wonder why Congress doesn't want to eliminate the tax break for those making over $200,000 or even $1 million?

Diverse candidates tapped for leadership spots
The new leadership team at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is taking shape, and it appears that the commissioner job will be interim head Cora Campbell's for the asking.

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.

HEA rates may bump up slightly next year
Homer Electric Association customers may see a slight increase on their bills after the new year.

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.

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.

Good food, great people: Fireweed Diner serves up hot lunch with side order of caring
When Valarie Casey serves up soup or a casserole at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Fireweed Diner, she also serves up some compliments.

City planner has Soldotna thinking ahead
Stephanie Queen always knew she would come back. Despite her forays into academia at Cornell University and a research stint in Istanbul, Turkey, Queen couldn't resist the tug of her home in small-town Alaska, where she has worked as Soldotna's city planner for almost three years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community

Births

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.

Around the Peninsula

Come contra dance

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

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.

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.

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.

Around Campus: Future schedules now available
Over the past few years the team responsible for putting KPC course schedules together has accelerated the process with the goal being ahead one year in advance of the current semester. With each passing semester, progress has been made and now the drafts for both the upcoming 2011 summer and fall schedules are posted online at the KPC website, in a searchable format. This improvement will make it easier for students to look ahead and plan more effective course sequencing to earn their degree in the shortest time period possible.

Verbatim: Should commitment be questioned before it's made?
I walked into class on the first day of my junior year with the expectations of having hard classes. What I didn't expect was the attitude of my teachers. In my first four classes, all of my teachers started with, "This (class) should be the most important thing to you, and if you're not ready to commit, you need to get out now."

Plugged in at Seward Middle School
Seward Middle School has a new leader with Principal Jason Bickling, and a fresh new approach to every aspect of their learning community.

Around the District

School board to meet

Sports Brief: Masters swimmers compete in Anchorage
Six swimmers from the area competed at the Short Course Masters Swimming Meet held Saturday at the pool at Bartlett High School. The swimmers were from the local group, TOWS (Top of the World Swimming), which trains at Skyview on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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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