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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Contributors make meeting happen
Central Peninsula Health Centers (CPHC) would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual meeting on March 15 a successful event. Thank you to everyone from Ionia for their hospitality and open arms in welcoming meeting participants into their community. We would also like to thank the following people for their participation in the program: Jeff Jessee, CEO of AK Mental Health Trust Authority; JoAnn Hagen, RN for Public Health; Marguerite McIntosh, MD; Matthew Dammeyer, PhD; and Jennifer McElroy, RDH.

Businesses make a difference for juniors
The Parents of Juniors-After Prom Event would like to thank the following businesses for their support: Acapulco-Soldotna, Agrium, AK Ray’s Tanning, All American Smile, Arby’s, city of Soldotna, ConocoPhillips LNG, Dr. Ron Martinelli, Dr. Dan Pitts, Dr. Slezewski, De Engibous, Dr. James Julien, Dr. Robert Bauder, Dr. Jerry Hu, Carmen Stephl, RDH, 4D Carpet One, Homer Electric Association, Kaladi’s, Kenai Vision, Marathon, Nancy Mitchell, Oral Surgery Associates, Pizza Boys-Soldotna, Rock, Rally & Roll, Rug Bones, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Soldotna Auto Salvage, Subway-Soldotna, SoHi PTSA, Super Floors of Alaska, Tesoro, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, Tyler Distributing, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 10046 and Wells Fargo.

River a foretelling of mammals existence?
There was a time when intelligent beings believed the oceans were infinite, that the planet’s atmosphere could not be contaminated, that cigarettes were actually good for your health, and that our pristine waters and aquifers could not be polluted.

Legislature should invest in our children
The school year is nearly over as the Legislature deliberates the funding levels that will impact our children every day next year. Funding for Alaska schools was flat for many years. Only recently has the Legislature stepped forward, increasing the amount allocated for each student about 8 percent per year the last four years. Most of the increase has gone toward covering retirement obligations and inflation effects, but a small amount has reached the classroom.

Kids out to clean up city’s storm water
Reminders that “All drains lead to the Kenai River” will soon be stenciled on all storm sewer drains in Kenai thanks to a Kaleidoscope charter school conservation program, unveiled at the Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday.

Bible-reading marathon leads up to National Day of Prayer on central Kenai Peninsula
Though the 56th annual National Day of Prayer observance wasn’t held until Thursday, people on the Kenai Peninsula didn’t let that stop them from celebrating the meaning of the event several days in advance.

Seniors: Don’t lose your footing on road to future
Time is a wastin’ for Kenai Peninsula seniors. There’s not much of it left before they venture out to take their first steps out of high school.

Refuge plans prescribed fire northeast of Sterling
In our ongoing efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of wildfire upon the communities of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is planning to activate the Lily Lake Prescribed Fire Plan this year. The Lily Lake project is designed to reduce hazard fuels — in this case, black spruce — within the wildland-urban interface near the community of Sterling.

Gearing up for getting down
While a few early birds already have wet their hooks, a vast majority of fishermen are only now starting to gear up in preparation for getting down to business this fishing season.

Outdoor Briefs
Baby bird care workshop plannedRefuge plans spring cleanup Outdoor Institute to hold safety forumBegich, Boggs Visitor Center opensChugach Centennial Web site launched

Around the Peninsula
Steak dinner fundraiser plannedRotary to host Cinco de Mayo festHistorically speakingDinner, auction to benefit churchRelay for Life planning meeting setPFLAG to meetRefuge to spruce up

Skyview girls earn tie with Palmer
Skyview senior Ariel Mercier certainly isn’t the tallest player on the team.

SoHi softball sweeps Kodiak
The Soldotna softball team exacted revenge for a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Kodiak on Wednesday by taking two straight from the Bears on Thursday.

Area athletes compete at NYO
A total of 17 competitors from the Kenai Peninsula traveled to Sullivan Arena in Anchorage to help keep traditions alive at the Native Youth Olympics on April 26 to 28, 13 athletes hailing from the Ggugguyni Native Youth Olympics team (Kenaitze) and the Salamatof Tribal Council and four from the Ninilchik Tribal Council.

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