Monday, March 3, 2008

Reader voices opinion on prescription database
I would like to see records of peoples pharmacy prescriptions kept in a national database, and there are several reasons, some pertaining to me personally.

Senate Bill needs to be killed
Senate Bill 196 cleared the Senate by a huge majority. Our lawmakers are clearly intent of extending Big Brother's reach into the private lives of Alaskans. The bill creates a central government drug database of all who use prescription medications.

'Protect Your Child' raises awareness
Missing children. Their pictures are on flyers in the mall, on the wall in post offices, and perhaps even on the side of milk cartons. And, while their parents may have been aware of the dangers of kidnapping or being separated from a child during a natural disaster, at least a few probably never thought it would ever happen to their own child.

Local Scouts go global
Several girls, ages 5 though 13, got together in Kenai on Saturday morning to learn about the ways water shapes the channels of life for people, plants and animals, not only here in Alaska, but in distant countries as well.

Cemetery ballot a no-go
The Soldotna city clerk last week rejected a ballot initiative petition to ask voters if a city cemetery should be developed on city-owned land near the west end of Redoubt Avenue.

CPH to get new equipment
Central Peninsula Hospital will spend nearly $580,000 to upgrade the facility's diagnostic capabilities through the purchase of three new ultrasound machines.

Patriotic pillows give comfort to veterans
As Soldotna Middle School's home economics teacher, Jennifer Tabor knows her way around a needle and thread. Sewing is not just part of her career, she says, it's a hobby and a talent; a talent she and others in the community are able to use to comfort wounded veterans.

Coming on line
The Kenai Police Department is looking forward to better communication between itself, the Soldotna Police Department and Alaska State Troopers this year. Approximately six years after upgrading the department's dispatch center to include digital technology, the Kenai Police Department will be able to communicate with other peninsula and state law enforcement agencies via the Alaska Land Mobile Radio (ALMR).

Ground won't be gained
Plans to annex four neighboring areas into the city of Soldotna were stopped dead in their tracks Friday by a veto of the mayor.

Photo feature: Chairman by the boards
Xander Miller, 9, takes a seat -- or two, or three, or four -- to watch the Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team battle against the Texas Tornado on Friday night at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Huckabee to Texas: Don't count me out just yet
AMARILLO, Texas Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, trailing in delegates by a 4-to-1 margin, pleaded with Texas Republicans not to count him out in his White House bid.

Alta Lynn Wetzel
Longtime Kenai resident Alta Lynn (Walker) Wetzel died at home with her family caregivers by her side after a long illness on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. She was 79.

Chris William 'Billy' Bear
Chris William "Billy" Bear died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 in Kingman, Ariz. of natural causes. He was 59.

Ninilchik Community News
Whitney Leman, daughter of Dan and Jamie Leman is in her senior year at Eastern Oregon University. She is a media arts major and a member of the Lady Mountaineers basketball team. In 2007 she was named the Outstanding Player of the Year and won the school's Lund Champions of Character Scholarship Award. Whitney has the single game assist record holder and broke the record last year with 14 assists. Jamie told me that because of an injury she received during a practice at the beginning of the season, Whitney travels with the team as an injured player.

Winter sky goes out with a bang
As usual, winter ends with a bang because the brightest stars in the prettiest constellations are most prominent in the sky. The view in the diagram is south in early March between 9 and 10 p.m., or late in March around 8 p.m.

Soldotna Community News
Julie Beatty from the Alzheimer's Resource Agency of Alaska will hold a six-week free savvy caregiver class from 10 a.m. to noonMondays beginning March 24 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The savvy caregiver is an education course developed for caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Three main topics will be knowledge and information about dementia, skills for caregiving and positive self-care strategies to encourage caregivers. Registration is required and respite services are available. For more information, call 262-1280 or e-mail caregiver@alaska.net

Who says civics can't be fun?
In this day and age of the Internet, teleconferences and e-mail alerts, it is easier than ever to keep fully informed and up-to-date on what's going on in the Alaska Legislature.

Kenai Community News
Am I the only person in Alaska who hasn't been to Hawaii or Arizona? Most of you have the sense to travel somewhere warm during the Alaska winters. I, on the other hand, travel to somewhere equally as cold and wintry. If my obituary isn't in this issue of the Clarion, you will know I made it safely to Wyoming with my hero and the Intrepid Ireta.

'The people made the job'
Kenneth Slater spent 27 years working the Swanson River oil field, but if you ask him about his career, what he'll tell you about is people.

Sterling Community News
Chris Thorne got an unexpected surprise at the Feb. 18 Kenai Peninsula School District's Board of Education meeting. She thought she was there to watch the Sterling Elementary School kids give a presentation to the board. In reality, she was there to receive a Golden Apple Award for her dedication to the school and for her countless hours of volunteer work.

A long way from home
Master Sgt. Anthony Liberty of Kenai, structures supervisor of the 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, frames an interior wall at the training range used by U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Liberty is one of 36 Alaska Air National Guard members deployed to Camp Morena, a remote facility near the California-Mexico border, for a two-week training deployment in support of Operation Jump Start.

4-H high achievers
Shown above are first place 4-H public presentation winners, front row left to right, Misty Knox, Anna Marie Motis and Sarah Cobb. Back row, left to right, Trace Braxling, Carla Pherson, David Pherson and Cody Warfield. Not pictured Krystal Robuk. The group were part of an all-day public presentations and educational displays contest held Feb. 16 at the Borough Building in Soldotna. The winning public presentations will be judged in the statewide contest. Other winners were: junior division, illustrated talk Anna Marie Motis first place and Cody Knox second place; junior division, demonstration Kassidy Foust, blue ribbon; intermediate division demonstration Trace Braxling, first place and Joanna Daniels second place; intermediate division illustrated talk Carla Pherson first place and Mattie Cobb second place; senior division speech Sarah Cobb first place and Kayleen Hansen second place; senior division illustrated talk David Pherson first place and Mariesha Derkevorkian second place; team demonstrations Misty Knox and Krystal Robuck, first place and Jenna Hansen and Rebekka Krogseng and Kayleen Hansen, second place; and power point Cody Warfield, first place. Other people presenting were Vicky Glick, Caleb Daniels, Mary Hauptman, Ben Miller, Christian Carrico, Nathan Carrico, Stephen Kitson, Esther Knox, Emily Werner, Haily Ames, Trinity Ames, Cody Meyer, Naomi Hess, Makayla Derkevorkian, Kassidy Foust, Brianna Sipes, Candice Britton, Jesse Kitson, Hannah Kelson. Cloverbuds: Anthony Kitson, Brennan Werner, Aaron Motis, Greg Miller, Joseph Schwartz, Brynne Curry and Leah Johnson. Educational Display contest JML junior, Makayla Derkevorkian, first place, Taylor Shelden, second place and Samantha Morse, third place; JML intermediate Stephen Kitson, first place, Mary Hauptman, second place and Mickey Squires, third place; JML senior Kayleen Hansen, first place, Maya Johnson, second place and Nathan Carrico, third place; general junior Anna Marie Motis, first place, Kody Knox, second place and Naomi Hess, third place; general intermediate, Trace Braxling, first place, Courtney Stroh, second place and Joanna Daniels, third place; general senior Mariesha Derkevorkian, first place, Caleb Daniels, second place and D.Anne Martin, third place. Participating Cloverbuds were Anthony Kitson, Keira Stroh, Aaron Motis, Anna Shelden, Leah Johnson, Brenna Werner and Brynne Curry. Other participants were Jesse Kitson, Jenna Hansen, Cody Myer, Hannah Kelson, Krystal Robuck and Misty Knox, Emily Werner, Brianna Sipes, Carla Pherson, Mattie Cobb, Esther Knox, Michaela Bower, Rebekah Krogseng, Christian Carrico, Ben Miller, Scott Habermann, Keir Johnson, David Pherson, Riley Johnson and Vicky Glick.

Kasilof Community News
Scoot over nonagenarians! Make room for Marge Madden. You are invited to a party for her from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Senior Citizen Center.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Beepkeepers to meet Ping pong continues Community talent show planned Tuneful singers sought After-prom, after-grad meetings slated Potatoes to be discussed Excellent teachers sought Counseling association to meet Autism to be discussed Cancer fundraiser a cut abve Caregiver meetings offered T-200 meeting set Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel Community resource directory available Social Security reps to visit peninsula SoHi Class of '88 seeks information

Cat owner sees double
AMARILLO, Texas We were taught in college journalism classes to approach things with a somewhat cynical and skeptical attitude. It's a healthy attitude in covering public officials, government legislation and tips on two-faced kittens.

Pet Photo: Best Friend
"We got Presto from the Seward Animal Shelter in January," said Beth Berrien-Clark of Seward. "Presto is almost 3 months old and is a great cat with huge purring capabilities! He loves to pounce as well as snuggle. He was a great choice for our family." Presto climbed into a box of single serving chips recently and slept in it for quite some time, she said. "He likes feeling closed in, even though it's see-through plastic."

Foldagers choose a college
The answer was obvious.

Kards sweep 2 from SkyHi
Skyview had a banner hanging in its gym to signify senior night on Friday.

March Madness begins quickly
Careful the description you give, for choosing upset or dream sequence just wouldn't be correct.

ACS girls finish with perfect conference record
The Anchorage Christian Schools girls basketball team completed an undefeated regular season in the Southcentral Conference on Saturday with a 48-28 victory over Seward in Anchorage.

Brown Bears lose 7th straight
Mired in a seven-game home losing streak, the latest a 2-1 setback to visiting Fairbanks on Sunday afternoon at the Soldotna Sports Center, Kenai River's primary objective over the final six games is to close the first season in franchise history on a positive note.

Brown Bears drop 2 games at home
Kenai River coach Mike Flanagan sensed something was amiss during his team's early morning skate Friday.

Weddings
Roscoe and Rita (Haddock) Helleck celebrate 50 years of marriage Buschur, Saltzgiver plan to marry

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