Monday, April 26, 2010

Substance abuse program a life-saver
My name is Scottie Ramsey and I am currently 23 years old. I have until recently chose to live a life of addiction, chaos, and destruction. Because of the choices that I have made, I have been held accountable and am currently incarcerated. Prior to my recent opportunity to enter a program I have been able to justify all the negative behaviors the community has witnessed. Since I have been able to convince myself by these justifications, as delusional as it may sound, I have thus been closed off to really accepting the consequences for my actions. I have been released and reoffended all because I was closed off to change. My loved ones were offering correctives and encouragement but I couldn't hear it. I had many excuses for my actions. I thought that I was a genuine victim. Because I was closed off I couldn't hear the correctives or apply them to myself and make a change. I kept making the same mistakes over and over. I was the definition of insanity.

Everything ads up at Math Meet
The fifth annual KPBSD Middle School Math Meet, a joint effort between the Kachemak Bay campus of the Kenai Peninsula College and Homer Middle School, offered a challenging math experience to 78 students from seven district schools. A special thanks to the donors of the iPod Touch grand prize: Jay Brant Construction, Coble Geophysics, and Jerry Herring of Central Alaska Engineering.

16 years later, DUI crash victim still learning to survive
Blood had already started to dry in Becky Barrett's curly blond hair. More blood was splattered on the Ford Ranger's shattered windshield.

HEA in line to get $7 million for wind
The winds blew favorably for Homer Electric Association as the legislative session came to a close last week, but the company will have to hope for more of the same if it is to be granted the $7 million that state lawmakers allotted it for construction of a wind farm in Nikiski.

Bird control dog on its way to Kenai airport
Olivia Pfeifer is hoping that birds at the Kenai Municipal Airport will fly the coop this summer once the airport bird control dog gets to town next month.

Cost for student loans on the rise
While most changes to the nation's health insurance system won't take effect for several years, students and parents borrowing to pay for college in Alaska and across the country will see their options -- and interest rates -- change starting in the fall semester.

Americans prefer Alaska brand; state's seafood a niche market
Four of five Americans are more likely to buy seafood with the Alaska label and three of five name the state's salmon as their top choice at the market.

Autism rises in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Editor's note: This is the final part of a three-part series exploring autism in the community.

Jerry Anderson
Longtime Kenai resident Jerry Anderson died Monday, April 19, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side. She was 82.

Levi James Johnathon Steffy-Pelletier
Levi James Johnathon Steffy-Pelletier, the infant child of Johnathon Jeffery Pelletier and Kidron Elaine Sherlai Steffy, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Kenai. He was 2 months, 4 days old.

KPC housing an investment in our community's future
Simply looking at the numbers, we can easily make the case for construction of student housing on the Kenai River Campus of Kenai Peninsula College. We would encourage Gov. Sean Parnell to approve that funding as he considers projects in the state's $3.1 billion capital budget on that basis alone.

Choice to not fund education to the cap will have lasting implications
From time to time we are all presented with moments which are seminal, even pivotal in the grand scheme of our existence. Very quietly one of those moments occurred this past Tuesday evening in the chambers of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Thanks, Mayor Carey, for reconsidering cut
When it comes to budgets, particularly those involving taxpayers' money, there should be no sacred cows. It's only prudent to question every item and consider if it's a wise use of funds in these cash-strapped times.

Home town heros

Erickson joins the Air Force

Around the Peninsula

Scholarship available

Stepping stones to summer, lifetime of fitness
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a new feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Dooley, Gilliam announce nuptials
Jamie Dooley and Jared Gilliam plan to marry Friday, April, 30, 2010.

Spring breakup
There are definite disadvantages to writing a regular column, namely, writer's block. It's not that I don't have anything to write about, it's simply that I have to air my dirty laundry once again because I can't think of a convenient little lie to drone on about. By default, I'm forced to spill my guts.

Bates, Garza to marry
Andrea Bates, formerly Kenai, and now of San Antonio, Texas and Albert Garza of San Antonio, plan to marry in 2012.

Marquardt, Jurco engagement announced
Michael Marquardt and Rebecca Jurco announce their engagement which took place Dec. 24, 2009. They plan to marry Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Star of the North Lutheran Church in Kenai.

Boulettes celebrate 50th anniversary
Evelyn Baktuit of Kenai and Leo Boulette of Waterville, Maine, met in Anchorage in 1959.

Standefer, Anderson marry in Hawaii
Megan Standefer and Thomas Anderson were married at sunset Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Kauai, Hawaii. Martin Anderson officiated.

Community News
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Stars sweep East
The Soldotna girls and boys soccer teams both picked up victories over East High on Saturday in Anchorage.

Nikiski topples Hawks
HOUSTON -- Sometimes victories can come during a loss.

Spalding wins 4 times at Skyview Invite
Perhaps the only thing more impressive than Kenai Central junior Tyler Spalding's athletic prowess is his personality.

Kards top Hutchison in scrimmage
In Alaska, it's wise not to play games with Mother Nature. However, the Kenai Central and Hutchison soccer teams showed on Friday it is possible to scrimmage with her.

Around the Peninsula

School board to meet

Renewable energy, stove win Caring for the Kenai
Kenai Central High School's Freya Chay spent her spring break in an unlikely location for a first-year student -- mingling with state lawmakers in the halls of the state's rain-soaked capital.

KPC announces keynote speakers, valedictorians
The 46th annual graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Joe Hayes, University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association's executive director. A reception will follow the ceremony with live music performed by KRC student Chris Pepper. This year's KRC valedictorians are Hannah Heath, from the Arts and Sciences division, and Remy Spring, from the Business and Industry division.

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