Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Today’s junk is tomorrow’s treasures
When I opened up the newspaper the other morning (Clarion , Feb. 15) and read: “Junk has some value; High scrap price may help rid borough of old cars,” it touched a sensitive nerve.

Businesses, docs make regionals a smooth event
The Soldotna High School X-C Ski Team and Booster Club wishes to thank the Tsalteshi Trails Association and those volunteers associated with TTA for aiding SoHi in hosting the Region III ski races Feb. 9 and 10. We give a huge thank you to these businesses and doctors for their generous donations: Chevron, Atigun Inc., Safeway, Great Harvest Bread Co., Save-U-More, Tree Things Fruit Co., Three Bears, Fred Meyer, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Soldotna McDonald’s, Echo Lake Meats,, Beemun’s Ski Shop, Henry G. Krull, M.D., Scott Innes, M.D., Bobbie Behrens, M.D., and Peninsula Internal Medicine.

Kids benefit from PAL
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank the following police officers for their participation in Feb. 24th’s PAL event: Sgt. Gus Sandahl, Officer Tony Garcia, Lt. Kim Wannamaker and Officer Kelly George.

Dog sled rides make for memorable event
The weekend of Feb. 17, the Volunteers of America hosted a statewide family camp for families raising kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. One of the biggest highlights of camp was the Saturday evening dog sled ride event. The kids are still talking about it!

Numbers don’t add up
I was rather stunned at Donald Szepanski’s recent letter (Clarion, Feb. 20) stating “Several polls have shown a high percentage of scientists are creationists. In many scientific fields except in some biology areas a majority of scientists favor creationism.

Community spirit is music to reader’s ears
It was so difficult to concentrate on my music when I was so overcome with awe. Just last week, I had the opportunity to practice and perform in the All-Northwest Band. Held in Portland, Ore. This four-day conference brought together the top musicians from six of the northwest states. The band was comprised of 230 students, and I got to be right in the middle of the amazing music that was created.

Ice-damaged stretch of Kenai River gets disaster declaration
Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a disaster declaration in response to the severe damage caused last month by ice moving down the Kenai River.

Board sees no way out of layoffs
If Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators and board members were expecting some good news during the board’s visit to Homer on Monday, they didn’t get it. Not from teachers. Not from students. Not from parents. And not from peninsula legislators.

Chilly weather won’t let up anytime soon
The bitter cold that has had Kenai Peninsula residents reaching for their heaviest overcoats and turned iced-up parking lots into oil pan-bashing obstacle courses over the past several weeks might ease slightly in the next few days, but the frigid weather is likely to continue into the latter part of March.

Mayor asks for disaster funds
Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to replenish an empty disaster relief fund with a $200,000 appropriation, thus making money available to repair damages caused by the February ice jams on the Kenai River.

Investigator says Black’s death was homicide, not accident
When the defense in the Shawn Rogers murder trial asked what the victim could have done rather than confront the gun-toting Rogers, a state witness responded, “You mean stay and pray?”

Rogers denied acquittal
The judge in the Shawn Rogers murder trial in Kenai denied a defense motion to acquit Rogers of the first-degree murder charge.

Collision sends 6 to hospital
A head-on collision destroyed two passenger vehicles and forced Alaska State Troopers to close Kalifornsky Beach Road near the intersection of Gaswell Road for about an hour Tuesday morning.

Nikiski man harvests mushroom career
Dan Bilyeu is hoping to spread a fungus among us.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Mucha takes 12th in Junior Olympics sprint
Soldotna freshman Kailey Mucha finished 12th in the Junior 2 girls freestyle sprint on Monday at the Junior Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

Wolverines have dominated Peninsula Conference
Ninilchik coach Dan Leman won’t come out and say it, but his girls are the overwhelming favorite to win the Peninsula Conference Tournament.

Showcase events come to the Kenai River Campus this week
The KPC Showcase invites the public to two events being held at the Kenai River Campus this week.

Program provides hands-on learning
Editor’s note: The following story was written by a Kenai Central High School junior participating in the school’s annual Job Shadow Day. The program is for students to get an opportunity to go out into the community to see if their dream job is what is they hoped it would be.

Kenai Job Shadow Day grows each year
Editor’s note: The following story was written by a Kenai Central High School junior participating in the school’s annual Job Shadow Day. The program is for students to get an opportunity to go out into the community to see if their dream job is what is they hoped it would be.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Listen without prejudice: Rock music can have a positive message
I listen to rock music because it enpowers me. Out of all the music I’ve listened to, rock is the one that makes me want to get up and dance like I don’t care what people think, and sing along even though my voice isn’t the best.

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