Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Break-up continues on the Mighty Kenai
Forget about the early springs of the last few years, “Break-up 2006” is causing residents of the Kenai Peninsula to wonder whatever happened to global warming and green grass for Easter. As April gives way to the lusty month of May in Alaska, islands of ice continue their hold on river banks, boulders, and lakes of the Kenai Peninsula.

Outdoors
In July it will be 11 years since I moved here from Wisconsin. Coming to Alaska was a very good move for me, and one I wished I had made a whole lot sooner in life then I did. Besides the hunting and fishing here there are a lot of other things in Alaska that become very important to me.

PEYA winner Marit Hartvigson shines in Washington D.C.
SoHi Junior Marit Hartvigson returned to school after spending a week in Washington D.C. with her family, Chevron and Agrium officials, and Kenai Borough Mayor John Williams and his wife Sharon. Hartvigson, the 2004 Caring For The Kenai winner for her proposed Slikok Creek grate walk, completed the project in 2005, and was selected this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency to receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) from region 10. At a White House presentation last week, Hartvigson met with President George W. Bush and EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. She was accompanied by her parents, Caring For The Kenai sponsors, Roxanne Sinz of Chevron, Lisa Parker from Agrium, and Borough Mayor John Williams and his wife Sharon.

SoHi regains environmental championship in 16th "Caring For The Kenai" competition
Thomas Kircher, a Soldotna High School freshman from Chris Hanson’s class, took first place honors and $1,500 cash in last nights “Caring For The Kenai” (CFK) competition sponsored by Chevron and Agrium. “My idea was to keep the sides of the highways cleaner by keeping trash in the backs of peoples pick-up’s so I made an easy to use tarp with lead line around the edges which is easier than trying to tie trash down. I plan to make about 20 for sale at various local businesses this summer,” said excited teen after learning he had won first place. Kircher’s presentation included a video tape showing his product in use.

Real life experience helps student at DDF competition
Nikiski Drama, Debate and Forensics (DDF) is a program that gives students an opportunity to hone real life skills. Nikiski senior Tatiana Butler recently applied her experiences to help organizations. Butler helped out the local Hospice organization when she performed a short piece on the stages of grief. The piece, entitled “Just Five Minutes,” by Joe Rizzo, illustrates the stages of grief for Hospice workers to identify and utilize in their volunteer service. “I really admire the people at Hospice,” said Butler. “It takes a lot of strength to do what they do and I really enjoyed working with them. I hope when others read the piece they too will relate,” added Butler. The following is the script performed by Butler:

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.

Donations will allow students to broaden their horizons
AFS would like to send a heart-felt thank you to all the following businesses and organizations who helped make our annual fundraising dinner a huge success: Country Foods, Country Liquor, Arby’s, Kenai Vision Center, 4-H Junior Market Livestock, Rosita’s, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Paradisos, Thai Lotus, Kaladi Brothers, Veronica’s, New Peking, Riverside House, McDonald’s, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Joe’s Laundry and everyone who attended the dinner.

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?

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: No more wars!
It boggles the mind of the average citizen that this administration would consider unilaterally attacking Iran using the same lying reason as an excuse as in the completely illegal war against Iraq.

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.

Reader questions borough spending
Are the following “urban legends” fact or fiction?

Kasilof store adding hot food, more fishing gear
It’s been almost a month since the Laster family became the new owners of the Kasilof Mercantile, and although they are still working out the usual growing pains of taking over a business, they say they are loving every minute of the experience.

Nikiski public pool to get new $150,000 disinfection system
A new system for disinfecting water used in the Nikiski public pool will be installed when the facility closes in September for annual maintenance.

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.

Marathon seeks gas in Kenai
Kenai motorists traveling along Bridge Access Road can expect to see some natural gas well drilling activity for the next month or so.

Assembly closer to Heritage deal
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has authorized Mayor John Williams to enter a conditional agreement to purchase a financially struggling Soldotna skilled nursing facility.

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.

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

High schooler wins award for teaching kids about safety
Seventeen-year-old Hannah Watkins has not yet graduated from Kenai Central High School, but has already hit the book publishing industry with a wave.

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

Christine "Chris" Garroutte
Longtime Ninilchik resident Christine “Chris” Garroutte died Sunday, April 23, 2006, of natural causes at her home. She was 82.

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.

George H. Calvin
Longtime Kasilof resident George H. Calvin died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Sweet promises, veiled threats could produce faulty deal
Before Gov. Murkowski left for Europe, he came to the Wasilla Chamber and dangled promises of big money, more jobs and the trans-Canada natural gas line to pitch his oil tax proposal.

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

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

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

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.

Around the Peninsula
HEA to cut power for maintenance FAS training rescheduled Choir concert set sing Garage sale fundraiser slated YCC job applications deadline Friday Garage sale donations sought Open house geared for dog owners Community playgroup slated Foster care, adoption workshops available

Sports Briefs
Breakup toys with prep schedule

Penchant for detail serves senior well
Ninilchik senior Jennifer Bartolowits is not one of those people who simply does what is asked of them.

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

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