Saturday, March 27, 2010

Students recognized for academic excellence
The Academic Recognition Banquet was held March 23 at KCHS. The Academic Recognition Program was started 15 years ago when a group of parents and school staff wanted to create an outlet which rewards students for their excellence in the classroom. It has flourished since that time. More than 160 students were honored for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 and above.

Simple act makes community a better place
A few weeks ago while in River City Books, I saw daffodils growing in coffee cans. A sign said they were a gift for donating to the Alaskan Food Bank. They were grown by kindergarten students at Soldotna Elementary School. What a great thing for the teacher,the children and the book store owner to do in these hard times.

Playground draws plenty of support
The Soldotna Community Playground Volunteer Committee would like to thank everyone who made the recent Winter Wonderland Dinner and Auction fundraiser a tremendous success and helped raise nearly $40,000 that evening for the Playground. Proceeds from the wonderful event will help our community's amazing, one-of-a-kind playground to be built the week of May 3. It takes a great community to build a great playground and that was proven once more before and during our Winter Wonderland event!

State must do more for psychiatric patients
With great fanfare a new acute care state-run 74 bed psychiatric hospital opened its doors in 2005 - Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Pilot, passengers in Homer plane crash identified
On Tuesday at 2:25 p.m., troopers responded to a reported aircraft accident at the Homer Airport. Investigation revealed that the pilot, Zachariah Tappan, 37,of Homer, was operating a 1967 Cessna 206, owned by Homer Air. Tappan was flying a regularly scheduled flight to Nanwalek with two passengers, Tatianna Active, 42, of Nanwalek, and Natalie Kvasnikoff, 66, of Nanwalek.

Kasilof dunes to get protection: Fencing project at river mouth modeled after similar effort in Kenai
While the Kasilof Regional Historical Association is better known for protecting pioneer sites, structures and other artifacts, they've recently taken up the charge to save the beach dunes at the mouth of the Kasilof River from further human-caused degradation.

Pebble, state officials: Mine isn't a done deal: If impact to environment, fisheries can't be minimized, project won't go forward
The predominantly anti-Pebble Mine crowd that attended Wednesday night's discussion at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center wanted to know if stopping the controversial project is even possible.

At 80, still working for a living
JUNEAU (AP) -- Pinned to the wall of Martha Penrose's work desk is a quote by 1960s pastor Chuck Swindoll:

Judith Yvonne "Judie" Everson
Kenai resident Judith Yvonne "Judie" Everson, 65, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Purchase of LNG plant worth considering
The announcement last week that a natural gas supply cooperative and the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority have offered to purchase the North Kenai liquefied natural gas plant comes as interesting news here on the Peninsula, and is something worth serious consideration.

Winter King Salmon Tournament: Biggest fish: 38.5 pounds; biggest take: $55,501.25
Brenda Hays may not have caught the biggest king salmon with her 29.4-pound fish during Saturday's Winter King Salmon Tournament, but she definitely reeled in the most money: $45,986.25 in side bets in addition to the $9,515 she won for taking third place in the tournament.

Don't fence me in -- but is there a better solution?
Like many Alaskans, I'm no fan of more rules or red tape than what we already have on the books, which is why I have mixed feelings about the developing plan to protect the degrading beach dunes at the mouth of the Kasilof River.

A winter day in the outdoors yields simple pleasures for family
Last year in March our family decided to take a daylong outing to Seward to look for winter birds and explore the shoreline of Resurrection Bay. We packed our van the night before and laid out all of the childrens' winter clothes. We woke the children at 5:30 a.m. and assisted the younger ones with dressing. We departed in the darkness of early morning and fed the children a packed breakfast as we drove.

Heating with wood
Call me a dinosaur, but I heat my house with wood. What's more, I do so out of desire, not out of necessity.

Around the Peninsula

Bingo fundraiser Saturday

Church Briefs

Grace Lutheran Holy Week specials

Easter: after the Resurrection
Barry Boulware tells a great story:

Skinnars turns into point machine for Brown Bears
Just as the Los Angeles Lakers prefer to have Kobe Bryant at the free-throw line and the L.A. Galaxy look to David Beckham to bury penalty kicks, Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Oliver David said he relies on Johan Skinnars to operate the power play.

Rumley inducted into Hall of Fame
Longtime bowler Donna Rumley was inducted into the Soldotna-Kenai Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the opening ceremonies of the 50th annual Women's State tournament, which was held at Alaskalanes.

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