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Monday, April 12, 2010

ConocoPhillips helps make Kenai Peninsula a positive place
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would like to extend an enormous and heartfelt "thank you" to ConocoPhillips for many years of generous support and their recent investment in our organization with a $25,000 donation.

An open letter to Gov. Parnell
Subject: protecting the Kasilof River dunes.

Businesses take relay torch
The Central Peninsula Relay for Life Committee would like to extend a sincere thank-you to several businesses and individuals who have already stepped up to support this year's Central Peninsula Relay for Life event.

Grant to mission appreciated
We at Friendship Mission acknowledge and thank Wal-mart Foundation for the $2,000 grant that was given to the Mission at the grand opening of the new Kenai Walmart store. These funds will be used as the Board feels they are most needed. We also want to thank Walmart for the employment opportunities that have been made available through the opening of their store. Two of our residents have gotten jobs at the store. This will eventually make it possible for them to get a place of their own and make a better live for themselves.

Bears begin to wake
As the days grow longer and the snow recedes, wildlife managers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are advising people to minimize attractants that could lure in bears hungry after six months of hibernation.

Autism in the community: Awareness walk brings disability to forefront
Editor's note: This is the first part of a three-part series exploring autism in the community.

Blessing the path: Russian Orthodox church prepares for renovation, exhibit
While still celebrating Pascha, the Russian orthodox Easter, parishioners of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai readied for another type of resurrection -- the restoration of their very own historic temple.

Hoka Hey ride plans taking shape: 7,000-mile ride leaves Key West June 20 with finish line in Homer
As the calendar counts down to the start of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge on June 20 in Key West, Fla., organizers of the 7,000-mile ride ending in Homer are firming up plans for the event's finish at the end of the road. The biggest change from preparations last fall is the site for a Fourth of July Celebration. The concert and award ceremony will be at Stone Step Lake and Oceanfront Estates, a subdivision near Mile 7 East End Road.

Betty Elizabeth Culpepper
Longtime Kenai resident Betty Elizabeth Culpepper died Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital with her family by her side. She was 71.

Patricia 'Lynn' Lavern Weber
Big Lake resident Patricia "Lynn" Lavern Weber died, Thursday, April 8, 2010 surrounded by her family at her home. She was 67.

Cameron M. Craik
Soldotna area resident Cameron M. Craik died Saturday, April 3, 2010 at his home on Funny River Road. He was 67.

Borough should fulfill schools funding request
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday approved a budget of $129 million for the 2010-11 school year. The sources of funding break down this way: $78.6 million from the state; $750,000 from the federal government; $2.2 million from the district's fund balance; and $45.2 million from the borough.

New crime lab a necessity
If we want Alaska law enforcement agencies to fight crime with the maximum efficiency, then we need to face the fact that our state crime lab is no longer keeping pace, let alone leading the way, in applying scientific analysis to evidence. We are years behind. It is past time for a new crime lab.

Community News
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Gremlin encounter
Do you know what really irks me? Walking into the same grocery store I've shopped in at least once a week forever and finding the peanut butter where the canned tomatoes used to be. What's even worse than going to look for bread and finding laundry soap, is to go to the produce section and find the deli.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Historical Socity meets today

It's catchy: 'Bike fever' rampant on Kenai Peninsula
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a new feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Around the Peninsula

Recipes wanted

Hometown Heroes

Change-up: Carpenter goes from coaching Skyview boys to leading girls
David Carpenter has been at the helm of Skyview's boys soccer team all but one year since the program's inception. This season, he and last year's girls coach Rustin Hitchcock have switched roles. Hitchcock will lead the boys and Carpenter will begin his first year as head coach of the girls team.

Kardinals start quickly: Flanagan turns in scorching 400, Kenai girls take 1,600 relay
Kenai Central's Lierin Flanagan finished in 57.19 seconds to win the 400-meter dash Friday at the Big "C" Relays in Anchorage. The current state record is 57.14 set by Bartlett's Andrea Crook in 2006. State records can only be set at state meets.

Kenai boys return 13 seniors
With 13 seniors and more than half of its junior varsity and varsity soccer teams made up of underclassmen, Kenai Central's present and future should be strong for years to come.

2nd-grade class chases history down the Iditarod trail
When newly minted Iditarod veteran Colleen Robertia of Kasilof walked into Room 107 at Soldotna Elementary last week, she might have thought she was entering a room of aspiring investigative journalists.

Verbatim
One of the most important things about any school is individuality. Looking at some of the plans for Skyview and Soldotna High, I worry that this particular trait may be lacking.

KPC fall Web registration opens
Kenai Peninsula College

Around the District

School board to meet

Area bodybuilding keeps growing: The Fitness Place takes team award in Anchorage; Soldotna's Braud named Mr. Alaska
The 27th annual Alaska State Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships in Anchorage on March 27 showed how much bodybuilding is building on the central Kenai Peninsula.

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