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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Teaching importance of community applauded
I will have lived in Kenai almost 10 years and with the homesteaders that I known, who live on the Kenai Peninsula, there are times I feel like the "new kid on the block!" However, I am proud to claim Kenai as my hometown! This was really exemplified on March 12 when the Kenai Senior Center held a fundraiser for the home meal program, "March for Meals." Mr. Kiel, the government teacher at Kenai Central High School, needs to be applauded for teaching the importance of community service to his students. Two senior high girls, Anna Juntina and Deandra Latz, assisted the seniors with planning the event, selling tickets, placing posters around town, finding high school students to serve dinner, and assisting with the pie auction. A big thank you needs to go to the parents of these two students who supported their endeavor, attended the event and assisted in the kitchen. A big thank you needs to go to Bill Osborn and Patsy Clifford for selling fundraising tickets. A big thank you goes to our local vendors: Three Bears, Country Foods, Safeway and Peterkin Distributors for the food donations. A big thank you to the seniors who made and donated pies that were sold at the auction. Our auctioneer, Duane Bannock deserves a thank you for his auctioneer abilities. He persisted and got the audience to purchase the pies for top dollar. Thank you to JD Uponen and Mr. Weller who shared their musical talents that entertained us during the evening. Last but not least, a Big Thank You to all the community people who purchased tickets for the event, and those who donated funds for the match grant. The funds raised will go directly into our Home Meal Program! Over and over again, when there is cause people in this community are very generous and willing to "go the extra mile" to raise funds for services that reach out to people within our community.

Damaging property no laughing matter
To the young man at Walmart on April 2: As all of us were enjoying the Grand Opening, you pushed a cart, that hit and broke, my parents car, passenger mirror, off. I just wanted you to know there was a wittness to your offense.

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

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.

Man pleads guilty in Homer gun theft case
A 20-year-old Homer man pleaded guilty in Kenai superior court Monday to a misdemeanor charge for his involvement on a night when weapons were stolen from a police officer's car.

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.

Ambling forward: Walkable community proposal accepted
Susana LaRock's 10-year-old daughter only needs to walk a tenth of a mile to get to the Cooper Landing school. But LaRock's daughter doesn't hoof it. Instead, her mom gives her a ride.

Fishing group's legal battle may be over
The state announced late last week that it plans to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a Cook Inlet commercial fishing group.

Funding worries: Bill could temper future school money conflicts
Following the approval the school district's budget last week, district administrators are looking at a stalled House bill that could limit future local education funding conflicts.

Man goes to federal prison for identity theft
A 71-year-old Kenai man was sentenced to four years in federal prison Friday after using dead men's identities to fraudulently obtain permanent fund dividends and other documents.

Donna Mae Franzen
Funny River resident Mrs. Donna Mae Franzen, 78, died in her sleep Saturday, April 10, 2010, at her home with her companion of 20 years, Gail Geer, by her side.

OCS development a boon
President Obama surprised many when he recently gave the green light for offshore oil and gas development along the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Choir concert today

Around the Peninsula

Recipes wanted

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.

Around the District

School board to meet

KPC fall Web registration opens
Kenai Peninsula College

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.

NAHL expands into new markets: Teams from California, British Columbia join Brown Bears in West Division
Six new teams will join the North American Hockey League for the 2010-11 season. Two of the new teams -- the Fresno (Calif.) Monsters and Dawson Creek (British Columbia) Rage -- will join Kenai River, Fairbanks, Alaska and Wenatchee (Wash.) in the West Division.

Kenai River looks forward to next year
Just 12 games into the Kenai River Brown Bears' third season, first-year assistant coach Oliver David assumed the head-coaching duties after Marty Quarters was fired. Though the team finished a league-worst 12-40-6, David remained positive -- as he has all year -- while reflecting on the past season Friday via cell phone. Wenatchee recently ended Kenai River's season with a three-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs.

Sports Briefs

Skyview football available for cleaning

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