Wednesday, April 14, 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.

City shouldn't compete with private enterprise
In regard to Friday's Clarion, thank you to the owner of the Kenai Landing for standing up to the City of Kenai for what they (the City Council) have done to our quiet town, by inviting the hoard from Anchorage in the name of the almighty Dollar to ruin what use to be a quiet local fishery. I can't believe it has taken this long for local RV parks to have a fit about the City of Kenai using the very tax dollars they're paying, to compete with them.

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.

Historical sleuth: KPC professor seeks to set record straight
Jane Haigh's office at Kenai Peninsula College is bursting with books. Obscure autobiographical histories, textbooks and even her own titles line the shelves bordering her shoebox workspace.

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.

1 dead, 1 injured in truck roll over
A Kenai man rolled over his truck on the Seward Highway Monday morning, killing a friend from Idaho in the crash.

Carey re-proposes pay raises: Borough salary schedule shows 3 planned KESA increases
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is proposing to increase pay for three positions this upcoming budget year. The Borough Assembly previously voted against salary increases for two of the positions in question.

Trout numbers on upper Kenai River down
Rainbow trout numbers are down about 15 percent from eight years ago in a section of the upper Kenai River, according to estimates from a preliminary study released by the Department of Fish and Game.

Woman sentenced in police gun theft case
The 19-year-old woman who stole weapons from a Homer Police Department officer in December was sentenced to 45 days in prison Tuesday.

Thelma Hope Gordon
Longtime Homer resident, Mrs. Thelma Hope Gordon, 98, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at her home in Homer with her family by her side.

Joan E. Lynch
Longtime Soldotna resident Joan E. Lynch, 60, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at her home from ovarian cancer.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Choir concert today

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.

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Skyview football available for cleaning

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