Monday, March 31, 2008

Shooting range spending triggers reader's response
I just was reading my morning newspaper and I am appalled and heartbroken.

Dinner helps 'Love' grow
The ministry of Love in the Name of Christ would like to express our sincerest thanks to all who made the Love INC Family Hope Center presentation dinner a huge success.

Boaters survive Kachemak plunge
HOMER It was one of those late winter days with a hint of spring that makes Alaskans hungry to be outdoors and on the water. In less than a minute, all that changed for Ryan Skorecki of Girdwood and three friends Bobbie Mumm, Jessica Cheatwood and Kristian Sieling who were returning to Homer after a weekend in Bear Cove.

Local club joins the circus
Some people might call trying to occupy 90 to 150 kids a circus, and this week they would be right, as today the "Join Our Circus" event kicks off at the Soldotna Boys and Girls Club.

Cities may qualify for federal aid
When Kenai Mayor Pat Porter asked a federal program director two weeks ago if renewable energy grants are available through his agency for municipal buildings, she was told they are not. But the door was not shut on getting federal help.

Seavey takes All Alaska Sweepstakes
Mitch struck it rich! Mitch Seavey that is. The Sterling-based musher and 2004 Iditarod champion came from behind late Friday night to claim victory and $100,000 in the centennial re-running of the All Alaska Sweepstakes sled dog race.

Photo feature: Red-hot spring
It may still be a little too early for a robin sighting, but the distinct red cap and pink breast of this redpoll are a clear indication spring is in the air.

Borough reviews surcharge
That small surcharge on your monthly phone bill imposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough for operating its enhanced E911 emergency system is generating more revenue than expected, and borough Mayor John Williams has proposed cutting the rate by about 15 percent.

City OKs Primrose complex
Hearing no opposition whatsoever from neighbors, Soldotna City Council members last week approved a senior citizen apartment complex planned for Little Avenue near Fireweed Street.

KPC hosts linguist
In today's world, learning as much about the Middle East as possible is important, even for small communities like Kenai and Soldotna.

Landmark in need of help
For a building that has withstood volcanic eruptions, a massive earthquake and 113 winters, the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church is wonderfully pristine. But even though the onion-shaped domes sport a fresh coat of paint and the church's new cross immediately attracts the eyes of tourists who visit Old Town Kenai, something's not right.

Alice May Zeigler
Longtime Alaskan Alice May Zeigler died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, of natural causes at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

On the water, think safety
Bad news on the water in the last couple of weeks has left the Coast Guard busy and a few people shaky.

Sterling Community News
The Soldotna Silver Salmon swimming team has four Sterling members. Micah Sterling is new to swimming this year. Kaydi Marckesano, Kaitlyn Groleske and Christian Carrico are more experienced swimmers who have earned the right to compete at The Speedo Alaska Junior Olympic Championships.

Kenai Community News
Editor's note: Joan is out of the area. Kenai community members may submit news to for inclusion the Kenai Neighbors section.

Kasilof Community News
Weight restrictions were posted on Kasilof roads as of March 24. A myth has road maintenance men sticking long poles in potholes then when they feel an automobile, weight limits are assigned.

Soldotna Community News
Happy Monday Soldotna Neighbors.

Around the Peninsula
Circus comes to Boys and Girls Club Dinner, auction fundraiser planned

Nikiski Community News
Nikiski resident Tyler Morrison, a kindergartener at Nikiski North Star Elementary, had his head shaved and raised $265 at the recent St. Baldricks event held on St. Patrick's Day. Tyler raised money for the foundation which raises awareness and funds to cure children's cancer. His mother, Chrissy, said he wanted to participate for the children and he loved the experience.

Ninilchik Community News
Did you notice the "Three Little Pigs" artwork at the Ninilchik Health Fair? When I saw Helena Bock and Kristie Hanson creating the artwork to decorate the Carol Bock Hall last week, it looked like they were having a lot of fun.

Shaping up
What do you see when you look in the mirror? More than a few extra pounds around the midsection, a sag to a rear area of the body that used to be svelte, or perhaps a pear shape reflects back at you where just a few years ago an hourglass would have been seen?

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers buzzing with activity Garden club set to bloom Caregiver meetings set Counseling group to meet in April Military to be honored Spring bazaar slated

Unhinged Alaska
I'm a big fan of Mother Nature, but sometimes she drives to the brink of wanting to play winter golf using house-invading shrews as targets on a tee. In February and March she morphs into what can be classified as the persona of Dr. Jekellette and Ms. Hydee with her dark side spawning an insidious phenomenon known as the Ice from Hell.

Pet Photo: Best Friend
Barbie, 4, loves to play in the snow, preferably at the beach with open space to run, according to her owner Nadya Matiya of Kenai. "She loves it when she's invited up onto the bed for the night, and even with a queen sized bed she still takes up most of it," Nadya said. Barbie spends most of her time with her best friend, a chocolate Lab puppy, who lives next door.

3 from area get hall call
The Alaska School Activities Association recently announced the third class of the Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Nine individuals, including three with local ties, will be inducted into the hall of fame during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony on April 20 at the Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Toombs makes first team
There's a 6-foot-9 center already committed to playing Division I basketball. Another spectacular point guard probably fielding D-I offers. And a pair of seniors fresh off their school's first Class 4A state championship.

Sports Brief
Kasilof athletes Benjamin Baldwin and Kaillee Skjold also participated in the Arctic Winter Games from March 9 to 15 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The due were inadvertently omitted from an article on the games in Thursday's Clarion.

Whether it was on a snowmachine or on an airplane, 17-year-old Soldotna High School senior Carly Davis did a lot of flying this season.

Jensen, Thrash marry in Georgia
Jill Ellen Jensen and Willard Alfred Thrash III of Lookout Mountain, Ga., were married in an evening ceremony Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at The Fairyland Club in Lookout Mountain. Joe Fidelbius officiated.

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