Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, January 29, 2001

Soldotna man receives training

Travis Hiner, a 2000 graduate of Skyview High School, completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., on Oct. 6.


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His goal in enlisting in the Army was to display the desire, dedication and motivation to succeed and to earn the right to become a member of the Army Rangers.

After basic training, he went through a three-week Airborne school, where he made jumps from both C130 and C141 aircraft during the day and at night.

In November he volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, an 18-day training course designed to challenge recruits both mentally and physically.

Most recently, Hiner has been assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Infantry, at Fort Lewis, Wash.

He is the son of Tim and Kim Hiner of Soldotna.

Medical student trains in area

Heidi Lowrey, a University of Washington medical student from Honolulu, will receive training in rural medicine in the Kenai and Soldotna areas for six months starting today.

She will participate in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE).

The preceptors at the area WRITE site are Dr. Katy Sheridan and Dr. Kristen Mitchell.

Students named to honor lists

Seth Byron McCord has been named to the dean's list at Montana State University. He also was named as a nominee for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

He is a 1998 graduate of Soldotna High School and is the son of Margie and Byron McCord.

Emily Rhyner was named to the dean's list at the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., for outstanding scholarship during the fall semester.

She is a 1998 graduate of Kenai Central High School and is the daughter of Thomas and Mary Rhyner of Kenai.

Jennifer Marie Garnett of Soldotna was named to the fall semester president list for Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Cassie Smith of Soldotna was named to the fall quarter dean's list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Rachel Ross of Kenai was named to the fall quarter dean's list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Lauren Radcliff of Homer was named to the fall quarter dean's list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Alison Reemtsma was named to the fall 2000 dean's list at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

She is the daughter of Phil and Eileen Reemtsma of Kenai.

New pioneer officers installed

Igloo 33 and Auxiliary 16 Pioneers of Alaska held their installation of officers Jan. 13 at the Kenai Elks Lodge. Delmar Schmidt, past grand president, officiated.

The new Igloo officers are:

President - Jim Carew

Vice President - Shelby Johnson

Secretary - John Osborne

Treasurer - Ray Nickelson

Chaplin - Earl Jones

Historian - Bob Carew

Sgt. at Arms - Bob Harrison

The new Auxiliary officers are:

President - Nadine Gabbett

First Vice President - Karen Morris

Second Vice President - Melody Douglas

Secretary - Audrey Johnson

Treasurer - Patty Herrick

Chaplin - Dorothy Lentz

Historian - Marian Nickelson

Sgt. at Arms - Laura Knackstedt

New members elected

Soldotna Historical Society held elections at the January meeting. The new members are Colleen Fassler, Alice Hopkins and Dick Reger. Re-elected officials are Jim Fisher, Richard Brown and Joanne Odom.

Ping pong tourney results

The results of the Soldotna Elks Club weekly ping pong tournament are:

First place: Wayne Brooks and Joe Szczezny

Second place: Skip Dove and Andy Szczezny

Third place: Gary Brumley and Gregg Wolverton

The tournament, held every Wednesday night at the Elks Club in Soldotna, is open to anyone who'd like to play. There is a $5 entry fee, and partners are drawn at random before play begins. For more information, call Ray Debardelaben at 262-7415.

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