Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The classroom is all around us
At the start of the fourth quarter of the 2009-2010 school year my family and I embarked on an 80-day road trip across the United States. I learned more while touring the country than I have in over twelve years of sitting in a classroom.

A 'no' vote for Joe Miller
I'm getting tired of "Sniveling Joe Miller."

Quilters come through again
The Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers has done it again! On an annual basis, the LeeShore Center is the beneficiary of beautiful handmade quilts the Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers work hard on all year round. The quilts are given to children residing in our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities. This year the Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers donated 113 quilts, in addition to pillow cases and car seat quilts.

Inlet oil rig plans change: Buccaneer drops tax-exempt financing plan for jack-up rig
Buccaneer Alaska LLC, a subsidiary of Buccaneer Australia, has backed away from a plan to use $60 million in tax-free financing extended through the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to purchase a jack-up rig for Cook Inlet exploration wells.

'Merry Christmas,' 'Happy Holidays,' or both?
There's not much debate in Kenai about whether it is the holiday season or Christmas time.

Dog days of winter: Skiers, skijorers enjoy day on the trail
A small but excited contingent of cross-country skiers and skijorers took to Tsalteshi Trails Saturday as part of the second annual Tustumena 200 Winter Solstice Cross-Country Ski Event. Thirteen skiers and a dozen skijorers came from around Southcentral Alaska to compete in 5-kilometer ski and 5- and 10-kilometer skijor events to support the T-200 race organization and the Tsalteshi Trails Association.

Homer nonprofit lends support for parents, tots
HOMER (AP) -- Ask Monica Romano Turner and Andrea Macauly how Homer Children's Services Birth 2 Three benefited their families and the two women have ready answers.

Making their case: Skyview Mock Trial team headed for national competition
After soundly defeating the competition at the state championships in Anchorage earlier this month, Skyview High School's Mock Trial team is gearing up for a trip to Phoenix, Ariz., in May to hopefully extend its winning streak at nationals.

State on a growth spurt: Population to approach 900,000 in next 25 years
Alaska's total population is expected to jump nearly 25 percent over the next quarter century, with the biggest area of growth projected to be in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys, according to state economists.

Dorothy Roberta Harris
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna area resident Dorothy Roberta "Robbie" Harris died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at her home. She was 75.

David Woodburn Henley
David Woodburn Henley, 90, died Dec. 6, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz. No services are planned for Alaska. A complete obituary will be published at a later date.

Around the Peninsula

Elementary basketball camp starts today

Around the Peninsula

Holiday closure at Ninilchik Senior Center

Photo feature: Head of household
Mario Tyler is a pure bred Yorkie and is the animal of Sydney and Jen Tyler. Kenai

Sports Briefs

Homer hockey swept by Juneau

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