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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Push made to establish Jay Hammond refuge
We write this letter in the hope you can find a few minutes to help us move ahead with establishing the Jay Hammond State Game Refuge. There have been many heart-warming ideas for honoring former Gov. Jay Hammond since his untimely passing in 2005, leaving us survivors to go on with some of his lifework.

Many make fundraiser a success
Sterling Head Start and the Sterling Community Club would like to thank our community for the tremendous support that was shown for our sold-out annual fundraiser Feb. 23.

Going bald for good cause
Marcus Yamada, 7, and Max Dye, 9, are pals. The boys spent their early childhood playing together at the same day care. Every Saturday for the past three years, they got together to bowl. So when doctors diagnosed Marcus with a rare form of leukemia two weeks ago, Max decided to help his friend by shaving his head.

Assembly to look at speed limit law
Current borough code includes a mechanism by which groups of residents can request special speed limits to restrict vehicle velocities in neighborhoods.

Round 1 for roads today
The latest effort to codify improved borough road standards gets the first of two scheduled public hearings tonight before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Student considered for merit scholarship
When Jedidiah Schlung was a sophomore in high school, he lived in Nikolski in the Aleutian Islands.

Youth of the Year dances her way to top
Quiana McElroy doesn't tell a story, she dances it.

Photo feature: Shading eye dog
Connor sports a pair of "Doggles" while waiting for his human, Kate Gelinas, to finish checking her mail at the Soldotna post office last weekend. "They keep the bugs and rocks out of his eyes," Gelinas said, adding that he's been wearing them for a couple years.

Bill to cover volunteers
Volunteers assisting Alaska State Troopers in search and rescue operations would be considered state employees and covered by workers' compensation insurance if they are injured or killed under a bill approved by the Alaska House on Tuesday.

Photo feature: He shoots ...
Ryan Fusaro, a sophomore at Kenai Central High School, shoots his puck toward the goal at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility behind KCHS on Sunday afternoon. Ryan, who plays center for the KCHS varsity hockey team, practices twice a week with his friend, fellow sophomore Jake Cheek, not shown, who plays defense.

Disclosure vs. privacy
Why should a Kenai Peninsula mayor be required to report the amount of her husband's Social Security check?

Kenai town meeting set
The Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor has called for a town hall meeting with Kenai business owners and residents to explain methods and mandates and the reason for recent hikes in property assessments.

Kenai Community News
Editor's note: Joan is out of the area. Kenai community members are welcome to submit their news to news@peninsulaclarion.com for inclusion the Kenai Neighbors section.

Ninilchik Community News
After writing about Whitney Leman's basketball career at Eastern Oregon University, last week I found out that she was honored in a special way during the last 6.5 seconds of the season. Lady Mounties' basketball coach, Anji Weissenfluh, called Whitney to the floor so she could savor the final moments of the championship game as EOU won its fifth consecutive Cascade Conference title. Whitney had been injured with a torn achilles tendon during pre-season practice and was unable to play during the entire season. Even though she couldn't play, she traveled with the team.

Nikiski Community News
I hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather and slow depletion of the area snow. I, myself, am excited to stroll on Nikiski beaches and in area gardens in the near future.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG to meet Autism to be discussed Caregiver meetings offered Fundraiser set to aid accident victim T-200 meeting slated CIRCAC to meet March of Dimes walk planned KCHS class of '88 reunion on tap

Around the Peninsula
After-school clubs set Women invited to take a break Senior host open house Pop Warner to meet AARP drivers safety classes slated Women voters to meet Teen dance Friday Car seat check-ups offered Child screening set Soccer registration begins

Peninsula Reflections
Kasilof aviation history had an interesting page in 1938 with Irvin Evenson. His first plane ride started on the water when he and four other men were loaded in a plane on floats in Bootlegger's Cove, Anchorage. And it stayed on the water. The plane attempted to take off a few times but never quite made it.

Sterling Community News
Editor's note: Debbie will be taking a few weeks off. Sterling community members are welcome to send their news to news@peninsulaclarion.com for inclusion in the Sterling Neighbors column.

Kasilof Community News
Dillon Henry of Irish Hills Road is a Soldotna Middle School seventh-grader who took third place among 151 contestants at the 2008 state spelling bee Feb. 29. The top two finishers qualified for the national spelling bee in Washington D.C. This was Dillon's fourth consecutive year to participate in the state bee. During previous years he represented Tustumena Elementary School.

Soldotna Community News
Good Monday Soldotna. If you haven't noticed, they're back! That's right, last week I spotted two motor homes, or, as I like to call them, land yachts. Granted, they had Alaska plates, but it is only a matter of time until we have visitors from all over. It was tempting to groan about the thought of clogged roadways, congested riverbanks and crowded campgrounds, but it is a great reminder that we live in a wonderful place so wonderful that people will travel thousands of miles to come and visit.

Sports Briefs
Area skiers get solid start at JOs State basketball brackets announced

Order in the court -- sort of
High school students appearing in court can either be a very bad thing or an extremely valuable one.

Around the District
School board meetings slated Spring break next week School section takes a break 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

Scholarships provide students opportunities for aid: Kenai Peninsula College
Spring time is prime time for applying for scholarships for the next academic year. Current or prospective college students and high school seniors should be actively pursuing the large variety of scholarships available.

Teen takes teachers' lessons to heart; plans to give back
The quote, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched. They must be felt with the heart," came from someone who made a difference in the world Helen Keller.

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