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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Donations make carnival something to read about
The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council would like to thank the many volunteers and organizations that helped to make the fourth annual Reading Carnival such a success. About 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula attended the carnival and enjoyed a variety of fun and educational activities tied to reading and literacy.

Reader: Fair to bring back bonus as originally planned
After reading the answers published on the Clarion’s poll (on the Longevity Bonus), I would like to suggest another alternate idea for consideration. The bonus was originally a “gift of appreciation” to the pre-statehood residents for developing the area to where it could qualify for statehood, and not a program for the poor. It does not seem to be unfair to restore it as first written to the legal recipients who still survive. That is, those who were here before statehood and who maintained continuous residency and for at least 25 years before the age of 65. Any who came after statehood, could then be the ones considered for your proposed seniors are options.

Writer sings praises of former principal
As a prior student of Mountain View Elementary School, I feel so compelled to write a response to the transition. Understanding the decline in the number of children in the Kenai school district, I can completely understand the combining of the Sears Elementary and Mountain View; however, the removal of Jim Dawson as principal I do not.

Area pitches in for soldiers
It continues to be such a great pleasure to help the community organize a program to show our support for the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. This past month has been especially gratifying, as we have collected and are sending coffee along with letters, cards and periodicals to the troops.

Cohoe wildfire trial put off again
Once again, setting a trial date in last summer’s Cohoe Loop wildfire case was put off Thursday morning.

Marching toward PFD deadline
Alaskans who have not already done so have until midnight March 31 to file for their 2007 Permanent Fund Dividends.

Gas exports irk Agrium workers
A handful of Agrium employees were at odds with Kenai Liquefied Natural Gas facility executives over a resolution being considered by the Kenai City Council on Wednesday.

Angela (Murphy) Nagasiak
Kenai resident Angela (Murphy) Nagasiak died Wednesday, March 21, 2007. She was 66.

Our community is truly united
You can tell a lot about a community by the way it supports nonprofit agencies. Having said that, we are lucky to be living in the Kenai Peninsula Borough where the residents’ generosity knows no boundaries.

Outdoors Briefs
Festival sponsors/vendors sought Festival, SeaFair Festival and the Wooden Boat Festival. Catching kings on hold Protect grouse by eating dinner

Spring has sprung, at least for migrating birds on the Kenai Peninsula
Spring is in the air! Our resident birds are beginning their mating behaviors -- woodpeckers drumming on tree trunks, owls hooting in showy cadences and bald eagles pairing up in cottonwood trees. The first of the migrants, elegant white trumpeter swans, have arrived at the outlets of Kenai and Skilak Lakes.

Taking a crack at walking on lake ice
JUNEAU -- You never want to hear cracking noises when you’re standing on a frozen lake.

Bad and good of the Brooks scandal
Although the facts are still unfolding in regard to what Healy musher Ramy Brooks did to his dogs during this year’s Iditarod, it is already clear that some level of abusive action took place.

Extreme Tubing a fast break from the ordinary
Skiing, snowmachining and dog mushing are all fun winter activities, but sometimes you’ve gotta do something different. Flying down an 800-foot hill in less than 10 seconds on an inflatable tire tube should fit the bill.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life volunteers needed Historical society to meet CPH spring bazaar set Nikiski seniors plan bazaar Shorebird festival to take wing Book fair slated SoHi after-prom committee to meet Pop Warner registration begins Lions to host cribbage tournament

Ninilchik rallies for 3rd place
Owning eight of the last 11 Class 2A state titles, the Ninilchik girls have always been one step ahead of everybody else.

CIA girls blow out Selawik, take 4th
One win wasn’t enough.

Shooting Stars too much for Chugiak
Having already defeated Chugiak once this season, the Soldotna girls knew how suffocating the Mustangs’ full-court press could be.

Barrow pays back Nikiski
The Barrow girls basketball team defeated defending state champion Nikiski 37-36 on Thursday in the first round of the Class 3A state basketball tournament at the University of Alaska Anchorage Sports Center in Anchorage.

Something better than winning the lottery
The hospital technician sat directly across from me armed with a needle to inject a radioactive substance into my veins in preparation for a thyroid scan. Before beginning her needlework, she asked for the date of my birth.

Church Briefs
Concert tonight Family night planned Eat up for mission trip Reconciliation service planned Kids’ night out set Bible study planned Soldotna Aglow to meet Nikiski Aglow to meet Art exhibit set

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