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Monday, April 24, 2006

Boys, Girls Club: It's about kids
It all started in 1988, when a few people saw the need to provide after school activities for kids. By the next year enrollment had gone from 40 to 400. What to do? The determined group became a chartered Boys and Girls Club of America club.

Reader asks whose grades are schools concerned about?
It never ceases to amaze me as to how much emphasis the public schools put on the health and nutrition of the students during the standardized testing days. Why is it that the students and their parents are only reminded of the importance of a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast on these days, when little or no emphasis is placed on proper sleep and nutrition any other day of the year?

Volunteers make Games’ effort a smooth transition
On behalf of Redoubt Elementary School, I would like to thank all the outstanding volunteers who helped get our school ready to receive 300-plus athletes and coaches for the Arctic Winter Games. We had little turn around time and teachers and students made great strides in getting classrooms ready to be turned into dorm rooms. Wall decorations had to be taken down or covered, computers had to be moved, desks, chairs, bookshelves all had to go. Each classroom had to, in essence, be emptied in order for the bunk beds to be set up for the athletes.

Father grateful for those who strengthened meet's meaning
In early January, Kenai Central High School hosted the Luke Spruill Memorial Wrestling Tournament. The tournament was held to remember a champion wrestler and to provide inspiration to other wrestlers who strive to be champions and desire to achieve a chosen goal.

Clinic should serve needy, not greedy
I agree with the letter written by Sherrie Henderson entitled “Keep ‘free’ health care in perspective” on April 3. This new clinic, called the Cottonwood Health Clinic, will be six times larger than the largest medical clinic on the Kenai Peninsula.

Quality on the line in fishing venture
A group of local commercial fishermen plan to make waves with a company they created to give fishermen more control over processing and allow them to reap greater profits from well-handled fish.

Concerns over rainbow trout spawn stricter fishing rules
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is issuing an emergency order that will temporarily prohibit fishermen from removing rainbow trout from waters between the mouth of the Kenai River and an area near the inlet of Skilak Lake, in an effort to the reduce spawning fish mortality.

Hospital promotes Smith to CEO job
After a four-month national search, Central Peninsula General Hospital’s board of directors found the ideal candidate to replace Chief Executive Officer David Gilbreath close to home.

Program shows kids can recycle
Since its inception, Earth Day has been a day devoted to caring for the planet, and Kenai Peninsula youth showed how much they cared this Saturday during the annual Great Aluminum Can Roundup held at the Central Peninsula Landfill on the Sterling Highway.

Kenai out to enhance image
The city of Kenai wants to improve its image.

Audience wrapped around his finger
Oklahoman David Titus is to string what Stephen Hawking is to quantum physics, Michael Jordan is to basketball and Emeril Lagasse is to cooking.

Andrew G. Kanaback
Lifelong Alaska and Port Graham resident Andrew G. Kanaback died Monday, April 17, 2006, in Long Term Care at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with family members at his side. He was 73.

Gerald Bolen
Sterling resident Gerald Bolen died Sunday, April 16, 2006, of complications from pneumonia surrounded by his family at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 87.

Arminta Mae Blackwell
Longtime Soldotna resident Arminta Mae Blackwell died Friday, April 21, 2006, of natural causes at her home. She was 99.

David Lee Smith
Kenai resident David Lee Smith died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at his home. He was 52.

Letters flood slows down their printing
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The rest of the fish story UCIDAL: KRSA economic analysis contains fatal flaws
Several economic facts were selectively picked, altered or omitted concerning the commercial fishing industry as reported by Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA). Following are the 2005 commercial landings and ex-vessel payments in the Kenai Peninsula Borough: salmon — 34,615,000 pounds generated over $33 million; halibut — 16,439,721 pounds generated over $49 million; black cod — 8,459,797 pounds generated over $34 million; and gray cod — 2,560,000 pounds generated over $1.5 million.

Human fighting is an art: Competition enjoyable to watch on multiple levels
Since the Greeks first introduced them in the Olympic Games in 648 B.C., combat sports have long been a popular pastime for many around the world.

Around the Peninsula
Softballers meeting to plan season Library hosts healing discussion Fetal Alcohol disorders training set Boaters to hold membership meet HEA to cut power for maintenance

Community News
Class reunions set Farm Family of the Year nominations open SeaLife Center offers day camps for kids

Around the Peninsula
Library hosts healing discussion Fetal Alcohol disorders training set July 4 planing meeting set Red hatters schedule parade Counseling board to meet Used book sale slated CPGH board to meet Summer soccer starts up Garage sale fundraiser slated Poetry Safari set HEA schedules Kasilof meter upgrades

Masters of mouthing off
Drama, debate and forensics team members compete in a wide variety of events. On the debate side, there is policy — cross examination, or CX — debate, which pits two-person teams against one another, Lincoln-Douglas debate, which is one-on-one, and public forum debate, with two-person teams arguing informally, similar to televised political debates.

Births
· Copper Fuller and Cody Booth of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Mykah Narcel Anderson Booth, at 10:20 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital inSoldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 5.5 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.

Arguably great
It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning at Skyview High School, and Kate Linner is talking to a wall about NATO.

Peninsula People
Goldstein earns 4.0 Mettille graduates basic training Moreno-Jones enters Phi Kappa Phi ranks

Van Liths celebrate 50th
Donald and Helen Van Lith of Kenai celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 11, 2006. They were married Feb. 11, 1956 in Rochester, Minn.

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Athletes soak up sunshine
And finally, some sunshine.

Soccer season cranks up
The host Palmer boys soccer team improved to 4-0-0 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Kenai on Saturday.

Sports Brief
The Grace Christian girls soccer team defeated Skyview 3-1 Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

A team of their own
It was not a beautiful day for softball.

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