Monday, February 22, 2010

Art exhibit adds to school
Students at Ninilchik School recently completed and installed a permanent art exhibit, "Fish in the School," thanks to Homer artist, Lynn Marie Naden, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Ninilchik's Artist in Schools program helped all Ninilchik's K-12 students learn the process of creating colorful paper pulp sculpture. Ninilchik School would especially like to thank the many parent and community volunteers that helped make this program a success.

State Sovereignty a distant memory
More of the free press is reporting the risks of our increasing debt. In a recent Clarion article, the most optimistic experts give us until 2020, when 80 percent of the taxes collected will go toward Social Security, Medicare, other benefits and interest on the debt. For decades this Nation has not lived within its means. We have created one economic bubble after another. From President Reagan to President Obama both parties have grown the debt. We hear about future balanced budgets, they never develop.

Stop corporate personhood
Corporations are not people and they have no soul. Why we would give them rights, or "corporate personhood," when they are not held accountable for their actions, is simply ridiculous to me. People with rights and souls, are held accountable for their actions in this country. We have built in ways to do this. Corporations have no conscious and no soul. We (the supreme court) just made a huge mistake giving soulless, profit making corporations personhood. We need our government to govern people, to manage corporations, even, to keep them under control. Corporations seek our protection, and they just got it. This is absolutely ridiculous! Greed cannot run the world. It takes a conscience. Pay attention here. Stop corporate personhood now.

Missing snowmachiner found
Searchers say they have found the body of an Anchorage man who was buried by an avalanche in the Kenai Mountains more than a week ago.

River concerns remain: Study: Kenai overuse solutions remain murky
Users of the Kenai River might recognize that the resource is overused, but few are willing to use it any less, according to preliminary findings from a Department of Natural Resources-funded study unveiled last week.

Listening to the people: Retirement benefits a hot topic at legislators' town hall
Those that charge state legislators in Juneau never listen to what they have to say, got an opportunity to speak directly to Rep. Kurt Olsen, House Speaker Mike Chenault and Sen. Tom Wagoner on Saturday, during a three-hour "town hall" meeting in Soldotna.

College course passes on Dena'ina language
Kenai Peninsula College has been exponentially adding distance courses over the last few years, but an "Introduction to Dena'ina Language" course being taught at the Soldotna campus this semester should perhaps be referred to as a temporal course.

Seasonal flu yet to come: Officials encourage precautions
The death on Feb. 10 of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Director Terry Shepherd from complications of the H1N1 flu does not show a resurgence of the pandemic that first hit Alaska and Homer last June. Shepherd, 45, died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Hers is the 13th H1N1 death in Alaska and the first laboratory-confirmed H1N1 death in the state since Nov. 28.

Paul Leonard Quade
Kenai resident Paul Leonard Quade, formerly of Swisshome, Ore., died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a long three-year battle with melanoma cancer. He was 61.

Ned Raymond Encelewski
Anchorage resident Ned Raymond Encelewski died from health complications on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 81.

Lois Larane Briggs
Palmer resident Lois Larane Briggs, a longtime Alaska resident, died unexpectedly at her residence in Palmer on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. She was 58.

Sharing students a good solution -- for now
School district administrators this week shared plans to run a shuttle bus between Skyview and Soldotna high schools next year in an effort to allow students to take advantage of educational opportunities offered by each.

Commercials that stink
I was asked the other day what one of my biggest pet peeves was other than the flat-line brain scans that are running the country.

Around the Peninsula

Miracles to be discussed

Community News
Peninsula students make honor rolls

Around the Peninsula

Little League clinics continue

Nikiski girls nab senior night victory
Every time Port Lions' girls responded to a flurry of Nikiski points, the Bulldogs answered right back. At the end, it was Nikiski's final push that gave it a 50-40 win over the visiting Kings on Friday.

Mucha wins 4th straight crown: Semmens, SoHi girls also rule Region III
Kenai Central's Kailey Mucha skied to her fourth consecutive overall Region III title on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails.

Stars finish perfect on trip to Kodiak
Soldotna's cagers went 4-0 on a trip to Kodiak this weekend.

Relieving Haiti: Students help earthquake victims
World leaders are asking for record amounts of humanitarian aid for earthquake-devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and 5,000 miles away, students at several Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools have responded.

Organizing Haiti benefit a stressful, rewarding experience
The recent earthquake in Haiti had a devastating effect on millions of people all across the world. Despite government issues and feuding countries we sucked it up and partnered with many nations to help aid in the relief effort for Haiti. Such charity events were scattered throughout America, with everyone coming together for benefits that contributed their proceeds to helping, in any way they could, a country torn apart by an incredible disaster.

Around the District

School board to meet

Summer course registration opens at KPC
Web and walk-in registration for 2010 summer classes at KPC's Kenai River Campus is now open for everybody, including high school senior JumpStart students. Students who will be seniors for the 2010-11 school year are eligible to be take up to six credits at the discounted JumpStart price of $45 per credit during the summer semester. There are more than 45 classes offered, with lots of general education required courses available.

Spelling bee winners
Soldotna Middle School Spelling Bee winner Bryan Dombovy, 8th grade, and the runner-up, Taryn McCubbins, 7th grade on Jan. 21. The guest reader was Steve Atwater, district superintendent.

Sports Briefs

Hill, Powell headed to Arctic Winter Games

Davis competes in snocross
Cory Davis of Soldotna competed in the International Series of Champions, Inc., Championship Snocross Series on Friday through Sunday. Davis was at the Canadian Nationals in Sarnia, Ontario.

Freestone, Kirby to wed
Kathleen Freestone of Soldotna and Allen Lee Kirby of Anchorage plan to marry, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, in the Anchorage LDS Temple.

Morrison, Janson announce engagement
Sara Morrison of Billings, Mont., and Cory Janson of Kenai, plan to marry June 5, 2010, in Billings.

Howard, Hudson to marry
Former Soldotna resident Chelsey Howard and Christopher Hudson plan to marry April 25, 2010, in a western theme ceremony at the MD resort in Aurora, Texas.

Lazenby, Foster announce nuptials
Kristen Lazenby of Kenai and Brandon Foster of Henderson, Texas, plan to marry on May 30, 2010, at Villa di Felicita in Tyler, Texas.

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