Community News and Notes

Births

Kristopher and Amanda Walker of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, MaKinzie Jade Walker, at 12:37p.m. on April 19, 2013 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, and measured 20 inches. She joins big brother, Owen, 3. Her grandparents are Kevin and Judy Walker of Kenai, and Gabrielle Esquiro of Santa Rosa, Calif. Her great-grandparents are Gene and Velda Geller of Kenai, and Wilhelmina Valenuzela of Lynden, Wash.

Annaleah Ernst, a senior at Nikiski Middle-High School, has been named one of approximately 550 semifinalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Semifinalists were selected from more than 3,900 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities. Final selection of Presidential Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will be announced in May.

Mikaila Wolf, of Kenai, was among 604 students named to the dean’s list at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande for the 2013 winter term. To qualify, students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term.

Nathan Boll, a resident of Hope, will graduate summa cum laude from the University of Montana Western in Dillon on May 11. Boll will earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

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Not so Golden Globes

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high office, entitling her to mount a high horse.

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What is the Sesquicentennial?

Sesquicentennial is a jawbreaker word, too big even for Scrabble, but it does have a noble ring to it. Its meaning is far simpler: 150th anniversary. Any anniversary worth such a big name also is worth a good party, and this time the party is for Alaska: 2017 marks 150 years since the United States purchased this Great Land from Russia. Read more

Notes from the Recycling Bin

Sorting Recyclables 101

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