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Monday, April 17, 2006

Girl Scout leaders need thanks
Please take the time to celebrate and acknowledge your Girl Scout leaders this week for the opportunities they provide through their support, guidance and leadership. Girl Scout Leader’s Appreciation Day is April 22, the purpose of Leaders Day is to recognize all the women who serve as Girl Scout volunteer leaders. These women act as positive role models and help girls to meet today’s challenges and to become tomorrow’s competent, self-assured women. Girl Scout leaders meaningfully impact the lives of young girls and help change the world. Thanks to all the outstanding volunteer Girl Scouts leaders of the Kenai Peninsula for helping to build courage, confidence and character in the girls of our community.

Combat government missteps by getting involved
I believe it states in Article 1 of the Alaska Constitution, “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government shall never be abridged.” Keep in mind our government officials are elected.

Organ donations save lives
At the April 4 Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly meeting, Mayor John Williams issued a proclamation that declared April to be Donate Life Month and encouraged everyone to sign up to be an organ donor.

Throwing money around not answer to borough’s problems
It is my belief and point of view that borough spending is out of control. They are spending our money, not theirs. The responsibility of fairness to all is not being performed.

Ask informed questions for good of the community
It is with concern and and a sense of responsibility to our great state that I read the “Letters to the Editor”. I read to see where the public “of which I consider myself a part of” sentiment lies.

Bake sale for schools better than infighting
I read with disdain how the Mayor is being called for censure and wonder what happened between his running for the position and taking the position. The word was when he was running that he would do a good job and listen to the will of the people and work with other entities and members of the community to push the area forward.

Wasteful spending is the problem
The Mayor and Borough Assembly insist that State Law mandates property be assessed at full market value, justifying inflating your tax assessments, and in some cases by hundreds of thousands of dollars, just in a single year.

City approves money for new Soldotna visitors center
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce was out in force to talk about a new visitors center and the need for bigger restrooms.

School board to review bilingual ed, nutrition policy
Discussions on bilingual education and a new nutrition policy in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are expected to resume at school board meetings today.

Assembly to consider tying property tax breaks to dividend rules
Snowbirds who like spending the frigid months enjoying the warmth of the sun in the Lower 48 may soon find themselves out in the cold as far as the borough’s unlimited property tax exemption is concerned.

Arsenic treatment project funding to get hearing
A measure transferring nearly $210,000 from a roof-replacement account to a project for removing arsenic from the drinking water at eight borough schools is one of several ordinances up for public hearing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Borough may curtail service areas’ free accounting ride
Service areas within the Kenai Peninsula Borough would begin paying for administrative and accounting services provided by the central government under a plan proposed by Mayor John Williams.

Moose vs. motorists
Editor’s note: This is the first of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Monday’s story will focus on property damage resulting from moose collisions.

Assembly to vote on prescription discount program
Borough residents, regardless of age or economic status, would be eligible to participate in a prescription drug discount card program, if a resolution sponsored by assembly member Pete Sprague becomes law.

Class teaches ways to lessen wildfire risks
Wildfire season is fast approaching for the majority of the Kenai Peninsula. It has already arrived in the warmer southern areas, such as Homer, where last year the first wildfire broke out in late April.

Moose-vehicle wrecks have spendy, deadly consequences
Editor’s note: This is the second of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Tuesday’s story studies how other parts of the country deal with moose on roads.

Lupe R. Miller
Soldotna resident Lupe R. Miller died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 56.

Arlene Holman
Nikiski resident Arlene Holman died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 81.

Dorothy Mae Giersdorf
Longtime Soldotna resident Dorothy Mae Giersdorf died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 76.

Richard ‘Dick’ Turnbull
Nikiski resident Richard “Dick” Turnbull died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at his home on Daniels Lake. He was 58.

Pipeline should be built now
It was widely reported April 4, that Gov. Frank Murkowski had endorsed sequential construction of Canadian and Alaska natural gas pipelines, with the Canadian line being built first. Alaska must not play second fiddle in deciding what is best for Alaska and should not be forced to wager on a mere second-place finish in the race to enter the Lower 48 natural gas market.

Crazed cat, slick foot add up to educational experience
Some of you know my husband, Mark, and I have four golden retrievers we compete with, but few know we also have a cat.

Seniors shouldn’t let Medicare sign-up deadline pass them by
The final days leading up to May 15 will almost certainly be chaotic at Medicare offices. That’s the deadline for seniors to enroll in the new prescription drug benefit without paying a penalty of higher premiums. Phone lines will be jammed and Web sites will be clogged. The organizations now helping seniors sign up will be overwhelmed by the last-minute rush to enroll.

Borough playing by the rules with Heritage Place
Heritage Place is in trouble.

Around the Peninsula
YRC applications availableBerry growers meeting setCPHC board meeting todayHealth centers limit services this weekDine, discuss seasonal asthmaRecycling round-up setRed hatters schedule paradeBear baiting clinic plannedGarage sale fundraiser slated

Hero of the Week
Words cannot express the appreciation for those that gave of their time to search in the Caribou Hills for Don Armstrong who was reported missing while snowmobiling March 18 and found March 19. Plus, the many friends and family who offered their support and answered prayers.

Community News
Class of 1976 members soughtKCHS 1986 class members soughtSoHi 1986 reunion plannedSkyview 1996 reunion slatedRowing class beginsRecycling round-up set

Dahlen, Gladden announce engagement
Shanda Dahlen and Roy Gladden of Nikiski announce their plans to marry Sunday, June 18, 2006.

Planning to marry? Couples should talk about finances before saying ‘I do’
Advice abounds in bridal magazines and on television talk shows about the perfect wedding dress, the most romantic wedding settings and how you can find quality, affordable wedding services.

Bryson, Cruzen plan Girdwood wedding
Karin Bryson and Rob Cruzen of San Francisco, Calif., plan to be married Saturday, July 1, 2006 in Girdwood.

Peninsula People
Howard graduates medic trainingLassen debates issuesWilbanks receives scholarship

Work of Heart
Work of Heart is a column devoted to spotlighting certain nonprofit organizations, the heart of area communities.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life meeting plannedSterling community group to meetCoalition meeting setFood Safety class plannedComputer recycling day slatedGirl Scout leader appreciation set

Births
· Nina Jackson-Catalano and Pete Jackson of Sterling, announce the birth of their daughter, Nico Rose Jackson-Catalano, at 2 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21.25 inches.

Unfortunate moose find their way from pavement to plates in Alaska's road kill salvage program
Flossie Morey snapped on a pair of latex gloves as she prepared to massage a medley of vegetables into a bowl of ground meat. Chopped red and green peppers, carrot, garlic and onion all spilled into the bowel as she tipped a plastic food processor cup over the meat.

My best friends
Hottie, a 13-year-old shih tzu belonging to Gretchen Alexander of Kenai, was ready for Christmas.

Kenai boys track takes Wasilla Invite
The Kenai Central High School boys track and field team flexed some muscle at the Wasilla High School Invitational this weekend, tying Colony for first place in the team standings of the two-day meet.

Homer girls tie Grace, Mariners boys lose
The Homer girls and boys soccer teams played Grace Christian on Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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Maltby named Oilers general manager
Growing up in Vero Beach, Fla., spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Shawn Maltby couldn’t help but fall in love with baseball.

David Newby returns for third season
Outfielder David Newby has agreed to return for a third season with the Oilers. Prior to joining the Oilers in 2004 Newby played for the American Legion Twins and starred in several sports at Soldotna High School. David now attends Division I University of Texas at Arlington and to date has appeared in sixteen games. Newby has been slowed due to injuries but is expected to make a complete recovery in time for the Oilers’ 2006 season.

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