Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008

Since the beach ices up during the winter, access to our home in Happy Valley is difficult, so we don't have many drop-in visitors this time of year. However, when my son, Caleb, was taking ashes out one evening last week, he heard heavy footsteps approaching in the darkness. When he turned around, two foreboding shadows made his heart leap. A mama moose and her offspring had invited themselves over for a meal of alder and willow branches in our front yard.

This duo has been hanging out for over a week now even bedding down at night a few yards from our house. These visits, as well as seeing seals and sea otters playfully floating by on the ice floe have caused a bit of distraction from our daily home-school routine, but we will never take for granted the joys and wonders of living here.

\There will be a Fish and Game Advisory meeting this evening at 7 at the Ninilchik School. Voting for federal subsistence proposals is on the agenda.

There will be an EMS-1 training offered at Ninilchik Emergency Services building Thursday. For more information, call Mike Chihuly at 567-3374 or Gina Wiste at 252-2196.

Twelve young people from the Ninilchik area from grades three through 11 participated in the Kenai Peninsula districtwide 4-H Public Presentation and Educational Display contests held at the Borough Building in Soldotna recently.

Willie and Marilyn Morris of Happy Valley went to observe the competition and provide moral support to the kids.

"I was so impressed with their ability to speak and perform under stress," Marilyn said. "I wish that I could be a kid all over again and get the 4-H experience of learning by doing and gain public speaking skills while I was young."

Participants were Sarah Cobb, Mattie Cobb, Caleb Daniels, Joanna Daniels, Naomi Hess, Hannah Kelson, Esther Knox, Kody Knox, Misty Knox, Krystal Robuck, David Pherson and Carla Pherson. Videos tapings of the presentation finalists will be sent to Juneau for the statewide competition.

Argent Kvasnikoff, son of Jack and Marla Kvasnikoff and graduate of Ninilchik School, was elected Capilano College International Student Liaison in February. Argent is a freshman at Capilano in Vancouver, Canada, studying linguistics and first nations studies. As a liaison he works with students from around the world, assisting them with interpretive needs, host family placement, legal referrals and coordinates twice monthly events to give international students opportunities for touring the local area and meeting with other area students. Marla said Argent credits his fluency in several languages and his volunteer hours with the student committee for his election as the liaison and is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and interact with so many people from around the globe.

If you know a young person you would like spotlighted in this column, don't hesitate to send me an e-mail or give me a call.

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