Monday, March 27, 2006

Games gear is going ... going ...
Time is running out for those who have not yet purchased their Arctic Winter Games memorabilia.

Games’ athlete village was impressive feat
Schools are clearly the heart of every community, and Kenai proved this yet again during the Arctic Winter Games. Our family traveled to the Games to cheer on our two children and their teamates. We were astounded by the scope of the Games, and the volunteer effort required. We were particularly

Games crew worked hard
The Games are over and most of the supplies and equipment has been returned to where it belonged or to where it has been donated.

Founders intended all to worship as they wished
I agree 100 percent with the opinions expressed on the Opinion page of your newspaper entitled “Tired of taxing litigation” by Phil Hermanek ( March 19). I further agree with the author that we should all get behind House Bill HR 2679.

Woman pleads for aid for the homeless
Kenai Peninsula residents, wake up. There is a real need for a shelter just for women, women who don’t have kids and aren’t battered.

Young women’s conference serves up etiquette
Speakers, singers and instructors convened at the Solid Rock Bible Camp in Soldotna to teach self-esteem, self-presentation and etiquette to young women on Saturday.

Musher gets warm reception
Fresh off his third place finish in the Iditarod, Kasilof musher Paul Gebhardt turned his attention to children Saturday in Kenai.

If you build bathrooms, will more visitors come?
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce wants to partner with the city to build a new visitors center and improve the parking lot to draw more tourists.

Student health survey gets ‘sufficient’ participation
More than 40 percent of the students in central Kenai Peninsula schools responded to a survey designed to see how youth feel the community supports their healthy development.

Bridge work freeze is over
Wilder Construction may be looking for more workers in the next few months.

Mayor: Group’s criticisms off base
Assertions voiced earlier this month by a grassroots taxpayers group regarding the state of the borough’s finances were based on inaccurate information, wrong assumptions and demonstrated on their part a poor understanding of how municipal governments work, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams said Thursday.

Time again to beware of bears
As the days grow longer, the snow melts and the temperature rises, large, densely furred creatures begin to stir from their winter slumber.

Group seeks national status for peninsula road corridor
Well-known for spectacular vistas and a history important to the development of Alaska, the transportation corridor along Turnagain Arm and through the Kenai Mountains is nearing a significant federal designation.

Challenger Center struggling with funding issues
It was about 10:30 a.m. and Kalifornsky Beach Elementary school students on a mission to rendezvous with a comet and collect data had an emergency on their hands. They were running out of oxygen, fast. Alarms urgently buzzed and students bustled between valves and computer monitors. But with the help of K-Beach students back at mission control on Earth, the ship’s student astronaut crew restored oxygen to their space vessel and narrowly escaped disaster.

Darwin James Meili
Anchorage resident Darwin James Meili died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 79.

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

Thomas Warren
Longtime Alaska resident Thomas Warren died Saturday, March 19, 2006 at his home in Kasilof. He was 54.

Are legislators feeling lucky? Let's hope so
Poker fanatics should be enthralled by the high-stakes matchup unfolding in Juneau.

State Constitution is clear: Legislature, governor must negotiate to get most for our resources
Alaskans deserve an atmosphere of trust in government. But broken promises, averted eyes from ethical lapses, booted-out conscientious state employees, and things like the Governor’s jet are the much ballyhooed issues that illustrate the disconnect between established politicians and the rest of us. Hopefully though, as we consider the most important economic issues facing Alaska in decades, may these aforementioned reminders of things amiss share ink so we can debate additional issues that are also of utmost importance. As obstinate as the jet purchase is, oil taxes and secret gasline deals must be a focus now.

Community is comfort: Small, yes, and boring to a teen, but area is perfect for parents
Comfortable.

Birth
· Sara and Brandon Klobucar of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Renee Klobucar at 1:46 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 2.5 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Central Peninsula Health Centers
Work of Heart is a column devoted to spotlighting certain nonprofit organizations, the heart of area communities.

Community briefs
Performance, auction to benefit boy Mystery luncheon fundraiser slated

Around the Peninsula
Parenting seminar scheduled Mystery luncheon fundraiser slated Bear baiting clinic planned Spaghetti dinner fundraiser set to dish DMV plans one-day closure

Hero of the Week
Hats off to the good Samaritan who pulled my daughter’s Astro van from the ditch along South Miller Loop just off the Spur March 19.

Wedding & Engagments
Arledge, Stein announce engagement Beckelys to remarry in Kenai Howe, Kirsch marry in Kenai Lancaster, Cox marry in Kenai Magone, Coleman marry in Belize Murie, Watson announce engagement

Peninsula People
Benson receives scholarship Dreifuerst makes president’s list Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Doing well
A common symptom among people diagnosed with lupus is extreme fatigue.

Community News
Collector seeks pens Volunteer nominations sought

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons available Relay for Life meeting today KMS assistant principal interviews set SoHi after-grad meeting slated Autism to be discussed Bazaar tables available Fundraiser dinner slated Fair fundraiser slated

My best friends
Although Nora, 2, is dog number three in Helena and Paul Moses’ Soldotna household, she is not at all intimidated. She lives with another golden retriever named Rosie and a 16-year-old Newfoundland mix named Kishka.

My best friends
  Chopper and Murray, who belong to Kenai’s Ron and America Dukowitz, were recruited to play “fairy tale” with 4-year-old Nya.

Atmosphere gets kudos
When Alaska School Activities Association officials decided to combine the state 1A-2A and 3A-4A basketball tournaments, there was some concern that some of the atmosphere that defined the small-schools event would be lost in cavernous Sullivan Arena.

Seward, Homer go 2 and out at state
The Homer and Seward girls basketball teams ended their state tournaments with 0-2 records with losses Friday.

Nikiski girls take academic award
The Nikiski girls basketball team, which won the Class 3A girls state basketball title, also won the award for the highest grade-point average. The Bulldogs had a 3.59 GPA.

Nikiski girls nab eighth state title
Defense carried the Nikiski High School girls basketball team to the state 3A championship game. Faith got them through it with a victory.

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Hakkinen finishes World Cup season
Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen finished his World Cup biathlon season with a 53rd-place finish in the 10-kilometer sprint Thursday at the Holmenkollen Ski Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

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