Saturday, March 25, 2006

Support gives Sterling Head Start a boost
Sterling Head Start would like to thank the communities of Sterling and Soldotna for the tremendous support shown for our sold out, annual fundraiser on March 4. It wouldn’t have been possible without the coordinated effort of many people, including Naptowne Café and their staff. They did a phenomenal job of catering and serving the dinner. We also want to thank the entertainers — the senior center hula dancers, our MC, Vonnie Pierce, everyone who participated in the show, and our auctioneer Norm Blakeley.

City, doctors speeded to aid injured skater
March 10, our son, Alex, was injured in a serious speed skating accident while he was competing for the Yukon team in the Arctic Winter Games. He was transported to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he underwent emergency orthopedic surgery.

Mayor all ears on earmarking issue during Congressional trip
Mayor John Williams visited Washington, D.C., last week, and like assembly members a few days earlier, met with Alaska’s congressional delegation as well as with John Katz, who represents Gov. Frank Murkowski in the nation’s capital.

Club taking shot at keeping biathlon range
Biathlon enthusiasts from Kasilof to Soldotna to Sterling pleaded with the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday to allow a biathlon shooting range to be set up in Centennial Park.

Academy teaches ethics, history, management issues to fishing pros
This year’s first run of Kenai River guides entered the new Kenai River Guide Academy this week. The academy is a weeklong course that will soon be required for Kenai River commercial guide permit holders.

Assembly hopes D.C. trip yields money
Erosion, funding for capital projects, environmental cleanup and other borough federal priorities were among the locally important topics three members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly discussed with Alaska’s congressional delegation during a recent trip to the nation’s capital.

Kenai land use plan developing
Economic planners have forwarded two ideas for land use to the city of Kenai: one for Millennium Square and one for bluff acreage north of town.

Fireworks may fizzle without funding
The Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik is looking for sponsors, and may need to cut the fireworks display from events if those sponsors cannot be found. The fair has seen a drop of $20,000 in attendance revenues over the past five years, according to Fair Manager Lara McGinnis.

Photo feature: Feeling frosty
Signs of spring are peeking out of the snow under the midday sun, but winter still bristles with frosty spines on trees and grass early in the morning.

Roland Schwanke
Longtime Soldotna resident Roland Schwanke died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 75.

Timothy Boyd Bloodworth
Longtime Soldotna resident Timothy Boyd Bloodworth died Monday, March 20, 2006, at his home in Soldotna. He was 37.

Jeanetta Jane Payment
Longtime Alaska resident Jeanetta Jane Payment died Saturday, March 18, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 66.

Paul W. ‘Bill’ Moran
Mr. Moran wished to be cremated and no services to be held.

Clean fight worth fighting when it comes to oil spill
it’s good to see that in some areas history has not repeated itself.

Fatal reminder
As Mother Nature begins her ritual of breakup on the Kenai Peninsula, don’t be deceived by the warming temperatures and melting snow and ice. This is a woman who scoffs at the calendar, which is evident as soon as spring arrives.

Fish nets big bucks for Homer man
A longtime commercial fisherman from Homer and a 7-year-old Anchorage boy were among the big winners of the 2006 Winter King Tournament Sunday. Homer resident Billy Pepper netted a 33.48-pound king and a $17,619 check, fishing aboard the F/V Anna Lane.

Study: When do peninsula moose cross the road?
You may have noticed the new “High Wildlife Crossing Area” and milepost signs along the Sterling Highway through the refuge when you are driving east of Sterling. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plans to reconstruct the Sterling Highway between milepost 58 (east entrance to Skilak Lake Road) and milepost 79 (start of the four-lane in Sterling). Most of this 21-mile section of highway runs through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge or, as many of the locals still refer to it, the Moose Range.

Wildlife brochure offers viewing tips, information
Alaskans are keeping their eyes peeled for critters that flap, scurry or splash, but would like to know more about where to aim their gaze.

Around the Peninsula
Girls conference slatedMiners meeting ready to dig inDinner, desert auction fundraiser slatedDinner, dessert auction up for bidsConcert fundraiser set to playRelay for Life meeting slatedPerformance, auction to benefit boy

Going beyond the altar to live as true disciples
During this Lenten season, I have been thinking a lot about reflection and study and what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableBaha’i classes continueKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski holds Bible studyGroup studies book of JoshuaSpaghetti fundraiser set to dishCommunity concert scheduledCross art exhibit set

Mt. Marathon deadline approaching
The deadline to register for the annual July 4 Mt. Marathon race in Seward is midnight on March 31.

Oilers to have another Rocky sequel
Rocky Laguna, an outfielder and pitcher from Arizona State University, has agreed to return for his third season with the Oilers. The left-hander redshirted in 2004 and appeared in 59 games for the Sun Devils in 2005. The sophomore is from Yuma, Ariz., and is majoring in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in education and family studies.

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