Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What will it take to get dog ordinance?
This dog ordinance had not one thing to do with leash laws, vaccinations or owners responsibility. It had to do with the folks of this borough being able to walk down a road or any other property other than personal property with out being attacked.

Many make SEA season a success
The annual Soldotna Equestrian Association's Awards Event and Fundraiser was as huge success, as was our 2007 season.

Reader: Enough is enough
What we know.

Cause for celebration
Since the Kenai Animal Shelter opened, the staff has had a goal to work themselves out of their jobs by educating the public about responsible pet ownership. And, while the day that their services are no longer needed is still a long way off, the shelter staff did get measurably closer to this goal in 2007.

Challenger Center throws an interstellar star party
Ever wondered what color Saturn's rings are or why Sirius is nicknamed the "Dog Star?" Want to learn why some stars are red while others are blue or yellow? The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is inviting the curious to bend an eye to a telescope and gaze into a sky pockmarked with stars.

Moose mitigation plan begins
For many Alaskans, winter driving means keeping a wary eye out for moose as they make their way onto highways where the walking is easier than wading through the deep powder of remote locations. However, the Alaska Moose Federation is working to make winter driving safer for humans and ungulates.

Calmer council meeting expected
With one of two highly contentious issues being all but resolved since the last meeting, the Soldotna City Council chamber Wednesday will likely not be filled to standing room only, as it was two weeks ago.

City not live yet
Lights; camera; inaction could best describe the status of an idea to broadcast meetings of the Kenai City Council.

DOT workers back on track after wet weather, avalanches
Maintenance workers with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities filled in their last pothole Friday after last week's warm spell spawned avalanches and dumped rain on Southcentral Alaska. Avalanche control work along the Seward and Sterling highways is finished as well and after several days of sporadic closures the roads are back to normal.

District revises budget
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in the process of revising its revenue projection for the 2008-09 school year's budget.

Operating budget on tap
State lawmakers began parsing the details of Gov. Sarah Palin's Fiscal Year 2009 Operating Budget this week with public hearings before the House Finance Committee.

Soldotna Community News
Good Monday! Whew! I'm not sure whether to wear my boots or ice skates when I go outside. So, be safe out there and buckle up. Icy conditions or not, it might just save your life.

Ninilchik Community News
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.

Girl power
Girl Scout Junior Troop No. 235 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School has completed its Food Power Badge. One of the requirements was to write a letter to the school's Principal Ms. Stavola regarding the lunch menu. Troop members are front row left to right, Kendra, Jayden, Jennaka and Amanda. Back row, left to right, Lavender, Megan, Rachel, Ms. Stavola, Hanna, Savannah and Amber. Other members not shown are Dakota and Kierstyn.

How to submit information
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth?

Sterling Community News
I love the concept of leap year, the thought that we all have an extra day once every four years.

Kenai Community News
Hark, is that spring I smell in the air? Or is it just the boot liners drying by the front door that I smell? With all the warm weather we've had after that frigid early February, it's no wonder that I see girls in their bare legs and flipflops already.

Letters are a morale booster
Hardly a day passes without someone asking Army Spc. Cequisa Wells the same question.

Kasilof Community News
Josh Denna has signed a football scholarship to play at Valley City State University in North Dakota. Josh, a senior at Soldotna High School. His mother is Laura Lahndt, his grandmother is Joan Lahndt and his great-grandmother was Enid McLane, the matriarch of Kasilof education.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors. I hope you are enjoying warmer weather. Please watch for slippery side roads, parking lots and driveways around town.

Around the Peninsula
Counseling board meeting set Gas pipeline presentation canceled Book sale a real page turner Dinner, auction fundraiser set King and I production continues Star party planned Potatoes to be discussed CIRCAC to meet

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check slated Swim lessons offered in Kenai Open gym today Steak dinner fundraiser in Sterling World travelers needed Rotary raffle offers hope Foster care, adoption meeting set Autism to be discussed

Sports Brief
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team picked up a victory over the Soldotna junior varsity on Monday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Skills for life
Kenai Peninsula Borough High School students were building more than sawhorses, flower arrangements and a good alfredo sauce at the 16th annual Career and Technical Student Organizations conference Friday at Kenai Peninsula College. They were building character, as well.

Around the District
School board meetings slated School Web pages available Scholarships offered Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Bibliophiles battle it out
Nikiski Middle School took home top honors at the state competition of the Battle of the Books.

Thinking about college? Class offers survival skills: Kenai Peninsula College
In an effort to assist students succeed, Kenai Peninsula College will offer survival skills for college students as a short course in April. The course is so vital for people new to or recently returning to college, tuition and fees are being waived for the one-credit course and there is no text book to buy.

War: A case of people misunderstanding people?
On New Year's Eve I was given a book from my friend. He'd been reading it and we'd talked about it a lot. It was a very philosophical book.

Brown Bears must act now to make playoffs
The time is now if the Kenai River Brown Bears want to make a late-season push to make the North American Hockey League playoffs.

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