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Monday, April 7, 2008

Donations keep marine trip afloat
My fifth-grade students and I are very grateful for the support we've received in raising funds for our upcoming field trip in May. Without the support of businesses, families and school administration, we would not be able to afford our trip to Seward.

Support makes big difference to students
Peninsula Optional High School sincerely thanks Agrium, British Petroleum and Chevron for the financial support over the course of this school year. Their understanding of the importance of providing students with learning opportunities in addition to basic skills cannot be overstated.

Fire victims' family appreciates support
Out of the ashes a new day arises, bringing with it rays of hope. On March 15 we lost our daughter, Christina; grandsons, Frank Tyler and Ryan Matthew; and our granddaughter, Judy Jones. Our son-in-law, Frank Hunt, was the only survivor. We believe, with all our being, he did everything he could possibly do to get his family out of their burning trailer.

Poets, songwriters get silly for contest
Don't ask Larry Hull to play the blues when he brings out his harmonica. With his Alvarez acoustic guitar on his knee, Hull says his musical tastes are less moody and more Woody Woodpecker.

Photo feature: Lost in thought
A moose ruminates on a patch of snow in Kasilof on Saturday. Despite a few flurries over the weekend, increasing temperatures have the white stuff becoming sparse around many areas of the Kenai Peninsula.

Truck traffic on North Slope highway revs up
ANCHORAGE, Alaska A high demand for oil drilling pipe and steel, as well as the addition of seasonal ice roads have increased trucking activity to support oil exploration on Alaska's North Slope. Business has jumped so much, it's attracting outside trucking firms to the state.

Peninsula items cut from budget
Gov. Sarah Palin's veto pen cut like a scythe through a list of Kenai Peninsula projects state lawmakers had attempted to restore from last year's vetoes through the 2008 Supplemental Budget.

Healthy tradition
It's not often Alaskans will roll out the red carpet for someone from New York City, but the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's monthly Diabetes Wellness Gathering and Lunch combined with the Elders Lunch at Tyotkas Elders Center in Kenai on Friday to host a special guest from the Big Apple.

Hotshot crews find peninsula base
From the applause of 50 Mackey Lakes residents, it appears the borough mayor's assessment was right on: they appreciate Hotshot firefighters, but don't want a Hotshot crew camp set up in their neighborhood.

Court battle continues
The battle of court motions and counter-motions continues between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers in the latter's suit over the seating of re-elected school board and assembly members last fall.

Rx database heads to vote
A senate bill that would create a prescription database for controlled substances in the state of Alaska could be headed for a floor vote this week.

Theater to host pet trick contest
Taking a page out of Late Show star David Letterman's playbook, the Triumvirate Theatre is calling for audition tapes for its upcoming "Not So Stupid Pet Trick Contest."

Audrey Joan Stafford
Longtime Funny River resident Audrey Joan Stafford, 77, died Friday, April 4, 2008 at her home. She was 77. Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Elizabeth J. Michel
Elizabeth J. Michel of West Bloomfield, N.Y., died Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in West Bloomfield. She was 88.

Billy E. Leach
Former Ninilchik resident Billy E. Leach of Owatonna, Minn., died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at Red Wing Health Care Center in Red Wing, Minn. He was 61.

Sarah Althea Straume
Former Soldotna area resident Sarah Althea Straume died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at home in Everett, Wash., after an accidental fall. She was 60.

Good news and bad news: Hubby's pursuit of tall things leaves wife with her own 'Chase'
I have good news and bad news.

Assembly should reconsider culvert repair funding
At its meeting Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly turned down a request from the Kenai Watershed Forum for $100,000 for its ongoing program to repair and replace damaged or poorly designed culverts blocking salmon streams.

Ninilchik Community News
In recognition of National Scrapbook Day on April 5, Martha Ogren, our local Creative Memories consultant hosted a two-day scrapbooking event at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center this past weekend.

Kasilof Community News
Dave and Dawnie Watson of Cohoe Loop are back from Macedonia, where they spent three weeks visiting their daughter, Anna. She grew up in Cohoe but is teaching school for Quality Schools International in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Anna and a classmate from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho are roommates and both teaching at this facility.

International delights
"What happens in Jamaica stays in Jamaica," Loren Hollers said as he opened his door.

Around the Peninsula
Silly song contest today Little League clinics slated Beekeepers plan virtual hiving Hockey spring tryouts slated Swim lessons start Tuesday Kasilof historians to discuss homesteaders KPC offers small business seminar School orientation scheduled

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Food bank fundraiser a success
Kenai Central High School students Reed Ehrhardt, left and Travis Wingster, present Susan Smalley, right, acting executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at check for $400 from the proceeds from a talent show they held as a benefit for the food bank March 12. Forty pounds of food also were collected.

Peninsula Reflections
The Methodist Church first came to the central peninsula via Gene Elliot. He was appointed to a "Hope, Moose Pass, and the Kenai Peninsula Mobile Ministry" in 1949, making trips to Soldotna that year, and on to Ninilchik by 1951.

A View Askew
The older I get, the more I realize age is not measured in years, wrinkles or frequency of heartburn. It's measured in your diminishing interest in vacations.

Shorter nights, but plenty to see
Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. We're also leaving the freezing cold behind. As we all love winter's benefits, we surely regret that our beloved starry skies will take a back seat soon.

Sterling Community News
When I was a little girl, my mom and younger sister Bobbi use to walk down our half-mile long driveway to pick me up from the bus stop. When the snow began to melt, Bobbi, who would have been 3 or 4 years old, told my mom; "The rocks are coming!"

Soldotna Community News
Happy Monday Soldotna! For those of you who have school-aged kids, you're probably quite relieved the yearly benchmarks are over. Whew!

Around the Peninsula
Lieutenant to outline Coast Guard operations Silly song auditions today Little League clinics slated PFLAG to meet Tuesday Soldotna historians' board plans meeting SoHi activities planned Pet trick contest announced SoHi class of '88 seeks information

Sports Brief
The 12-and-under Alaska Quakes baseball team, made up of athletes from Palmer, Anchorage and Sterling, traveled to Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the Triple Crown Spring Championships over spring break.

SoHi's Blackburn to take talents to Air Force Academy
In becoming one of the top volleyball, basketball and track and field athletes in the state while maintaining a 4.08 grade-point average, Soldotna senior Paige Blackburn has proven she can rise to challenges.

Dome-field advantage
Running in the hallways is prohibited in just about every school throughout the country.

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