Saturday, April 16, 2011

Parent praises anti-drug program
We attended the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies held at Soldotna High School Friday evening, honoring the 5th grade classes from the Soldotna elementary schools. This is a wonderful program, educating the students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It is presented by the Soldotna Police Department. They make it fun and challenging for the students. Each student has to write an essay saying what they learned from the D.A.R.E. program. At the end of the session they have a graduation ceremony, then an all night lock in, and lots of food.

Another take on fans visiting Fairbanks
In response to the letter to the editor published April 11 by Dale Powell of Fairbanks: I would like to make a few comments on behalf of the Brown Bear fans that attended the first round playoff games, hosted in Fairbanks.

Brown Bear fans impressed Ice Dogs
To Kenai Brown Bear Fans:

Farewell to mailman Rick
On April 29, Rick Huddleston, my whistling mailman for 15 years, will retire from our post office.

Chamber shares vision for new facility
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce returned to the city council Wednesday night with more concrete information on its proposed visitor/convention center, but still left many questions unanswered.

City manager retires, stays on the job
Soldotna City Manager Larry Semmens has technically retired, but will in all likelihood remain in the position for at least another year.

Photo: Good food, good books, good company

Coal-to-liquid project pitched
A Texas-based company is considering a Cook Inlet resource project that would turn coal into liquid fuels.

Jackie Goodwin
Former Nikiski resident Jackie Goodwin passed quietly and peacefully due to pneumonia Thursday, April 14, 2011. She was 69.

Get out and enjoy the spring weather -- safely
Here's the good news: save for the occasional April snow shower, winter has released its grip on the Kenai Peninsula's roadways. Snow and ice has receded, and street sweepers have been out cleaning up the piles of sand and gravel left behind.

Public's input sought for Kenai-Russian River management plan
From April-October 2011, you are invited to assist in developing an effective action plan for reducing human-bear conflicts in the Kenai-Russian River area. We would like to have your participation by providing input and collaborative dialogue.

Look hoo's here: As springtime blossoms, so too does owl activity
When Fang, a small, male boreal owl, emerged from his cage to face about 100 Chugiak Elementary fourth-graders on April 11, he seemed just the slightest bit nervous.

On farmed salmon
In 1988, then-state-Senator Arliss Sturgulewski courageously suggested that Alaska ought to at least consider fish farming. Not surprisingly, commercial-fishing interests soon stifled that notion, and the Legislature never seriously considered fish mariculture.

Around the Peninsula

Learn about Child Support Services

Church Briefs

Easter for Kids Offered

Easter: the event that changed everything
A college student had reached a point in his life where he was questioning things taught him by his parents and church: the meaning of life, the reliability of the Bible, how the world began, how to prepare for eternity, to name a few. Answers kept eluding him so I raised one more question: "Did Jesus Christ come out of the grave alive?"

Kenai's Young gets all-star nod; Senior helps Team Gold to victory
When the Kenai Central girls basketball team missed the Class 4A state tournament in March, senior Raquel Young figured her career had ended on a disappointing note.

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