Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Roadside clearing upsets homeowners
DOT of Alaska has exposed the homeowners of Ninilchik to the elements of this cold winter and without any notice to any of us so we could plant trees or put up fences. The state has hired a company to not only cut but grind up all the branches and trees so none of us can use the remains of the trees for fuel that we have planted and nurtured for the last 20 years. We are the state of Alaska and the people that take care of the right of way work for us. So how can we be left in the cold by our state? And to grind up a moose salad next to the road so they get hit and left in the ditch! If that's not wanton waste when so many people need food.

Is primary just a state-funded poll?
Bills are being born in Juneau to allow voter intent. Even though only the person placing the vote can really ever know this, and its not likely we'll see an election like this again in our life time.

Questioning truth in the media
It is extremely alarming to me that the people who run the T.V. stations, the radio, the magazines and the newspapers of the United States will not and cannot publish the truth about anything.

Missing woman indicted in shooting
A Kenai grand jury last Friday indicted an Anchor Point woman for first-degree attempted murder.

The bird's the thing: Local, visiting birders share their stories, strategies at inaugural winter festival
Most people wouldn't spend $3,600 to briefly visit with a friend or family member, and a hardcore birder probably wouldn't either. What they would do is plunk down that cash to see a single bird -- to check a certain avian critter off of their "life list," a compilation of species they have personally sighted during their lifetime.

End-users among Pebble foes
Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series looking into the rhetoric and the realities of both sides of the Pebble mine debate. Part 1 ran in the Jan. 30 issue.

Afraid of pipe dreams: Lawmakers consider asking for confidential briefing
Alaska legislators say they're frustrated with lack of progress by TransCanada Corp. in securing shipping contracts for a planned $40 billion-plus Alaska natural gas pipeline, and some are arguing for terminating the state's contract with the pipeline company, under which Alaska is paying a $500 million subsidy to the project.

Yes, She Can: Central Peninsula women turn out in costume for the annual ski event held on Super Bowl Sunday
As the last classic skier from a pack of hippies, pigs and other creatures took off up the hill behind Skyview High School late Sunday morning, peppy music blasted from nearby speakers and a voice behind her cried out, "That's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it."

Charter captains battle regs
Monday night, the wind was howling and snow was falling, but Capt. Steve Smith of Captain Steve's Fishing Lodge was thinking about catching halibut.

Citizenship comes with hard work
"I hereby declare"

Around the Peninsula

Choirs stampede Kenai High

Around the Peninsula

Bingo coming to Nikiski Senior Center

At Kaleidoscope, everything teaches
At Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences, lines between learning disciplines are blurred in order to bring integrated education into focus. A science project diagramming the solar system involves writing, math and artwork. A project to record data on sunrise and sunset times also had students listening to Edvard Grieg's "Morning" song, then observing and writing poems about the colors, sights, sounds and feelings evoked in watching a sunrise.

Skyview High School Honor Roll: Second Quarter 2011
4.021 -- 4.00 GPA

Verbatim: I've got my ticket, but where am I going?
It feels like I just walked in to the airport and bought a one-way ticket.

Kenai Central High School: 1st semester honor roll
4.0 -- 9th grade: Kendra Cissell; Jodi Cook; Justice English; Ariana Gabriel; Makayla George; Bradley Hamilton; Derek Hansen; Matthew Hinkle; Hanah Hoff; Josephine Jones; Kathryn Knackstedt; Nathan Narlock; Haiden Perkins; Lydia Power; Alyson Quartly; Raquelle Reynolds; Havan Shaginoff; Caitlin Steinbeck; Courtney Stroh; Trevor Wagoner; Shelby Weber. 10th Grade: Freya Chay; Addison Cheek; Austin Daly; Jacob Gilman; Lee Kempf; Kaitlyn Louthan; Makenzi Magiera; Collin Morse; Ericka Reynolds; Daniel Schaeffer; Robert Spalding; Brandi Wagoner; Joy Wannamaker; Madison Westover. 11th grade: Evan Atchley; Amberlyn Bundy; Devon Carter; Haley Coffman; Olivia Fair; Eve Ferguson; Kierra Isham; Taylor Ostrander; Olivia Pfeifer; Bo Reilly; Noelle Schmitter-Schrier. 12th Grade: Kendra Ashwell; Shaynee DeVito; Esther Hamilton; Michelle Klaben; Natalie Kurzendoerfer; Kai Risung; James Watkins; Lincoln Wensley.

Nikiski Middle-High School: 1st semester honor roll
4.0 Honor Roll -- Seventh-grade: Nathan Carstens, Evangeline Cox, Marguerite Cox, Laural Dunham, Ross Halliday, Luke Johnson, Bryce Leighton, Autumn Walters, Haley Wik. Eighth-grade: Marilyn Davis, Jade Elsey, Laura Hufford, Brady Malston, Katelyn Sexton. Ninth-graders: Seth Carstens, Alyssa Darch, Savannah Freeman, Hannah Tauriainen. Tenth-graders: Lacy Elsey, Ashley Epperheimer, Annaleah Ernst, Lincoln Johnson, Makenzie Moore, Brittany Sexton. Eleventh-graders: Colton Anderson, Alynne Dixon, Cydney Spurgeon, Kaden Spurgeon. Twelfth-graders: Ari Bennett, Mandee Jackson, Kathyrn Love, Angie Parrish, Sebastian Strickland, Eli Ward

Around the District

School board to meet

Teamwork, one Lego brick at a time
Congratulations to the Nikiski North Star Elementary School "Bionic Bunch" Lego League team for earning 2nd place in overall teamwork in a statewide Lego League Robotics tournament at Dimond High School in Anchorage, on Jan. 15. More than 40 teams from around the state participated. The teamwork awards recognize those teams that show excellent problem-solving, responsibility in team members goals, gracious professionalism, confidence and enthusiasm. The "Bionic Bunch" are Nikiski students Braden Ellis, Skylynne McCaughey, Abigayle Tuttle, Lochlan Quiner and Andrew Pennison. Their coach, Nikiski teacher Brian Bailey.

Around Campus: KPC announces Valentine's Day Open House
Kenai River Campus Learning Center announces Valentine's Day Open House

Sports Brief: NSC all-conference team released
The North Star all-conference team was released at the end of the NSC tournament on Saturday in Palmer. The team is as follows:

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