Monday, May 9, 2011

Save non-departmental budget cuts
On the Kenai Peninsula, we care about our businesses, schools, hospitals, churches, families and we value each and every citizen. These are the institutions that form our communities. We've demonstrated this through the communities we've built. We as Alaskans are known for ability to work together as Alaskans through crises. We look after neighbors kids when their families can't. At the SBDC, we help small businesses understand and reduce the risk of forming small businesses, which in turn creates jobs, infuse capital and become the foundations of our local economies. Other non-departmentals help seniors with rides and meals so they can live in their own homes longer. The KPTMC market our Borough in a very competitive tourism industry resulting in an infusion of dollars. The EDD works together with business owners, legislators and citizens to build strong and resilient economic foundations. We do this and more because we know that by building the systems to do these things, we build the foundations for healthy communities and a strong middle class.

Thanks for quality time on the range
I would like to thank everyone who made the Women on Target shooting clinic on April 30 possible. I had attended the Teens on Target for high school girls this fall and was invited to clinic. I was also able to bring my mother, who hasn't had a chance to shoot since she moved to Alaska in 1994. My thanks go to the National Rifle Association, Women of the NRA, Friends of the NRA, Kenai Peninsula Chapter, Shoeshoe Gun Club, Kenai Peninsula Safari Club International, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Hunter Heritage Foundation and Wilderness Way. Also, without the time of the volunteers it would not have been possible.

Support for exhibit greatly appreciated
The staff and directors of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center would like to thank everyone who came out to the Gala Opening for "Intersecting Journeys" on April 22. We expect that thousands of people will come through this art and history exhibit over the course of the summer, and it was great to see hundreds of people from our area in the Center to support the opening.

The power of school/business partnerships
On Thursday, April 21, Marathon Oil rolled out the "Red Carpet" for 32 Soldotna High School students and three staff members at their K-Beach office.

Charges dismissed in arson, burglary case
A man charged with attempted murder, arson, burglary, and theft had all charges dismissed under the condition he plead guilty to one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Assembly gets first glimpse at budget
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members took a first look last week at the borough mayor's $71 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2012.

Crab still the deadliest catch: State workplace death data shows fewer fatalities
Reality television has made clear Alaska will always be home to some of the world's most dangerous jobs, but the state was a much safer place to work in 2009.

Not commom, but arson a concern on Peninsula
Rebecca Richel was just 17 when she set fire to her Soldotna home in Sept. 1999, killing her 51-year-old mother.

The sporting life

Early Birds: 2 Kenai women make swimming a daily deed
Students come and go, but Joanna Hollier, 86, and Shirley Henley, 87, have been coming back to the Kenai Central High School pool for nearly three decades.

More than a nurse: 'Nurse Betty' honored for going above and beyond
In 1976, Elizabeth "Betty" Miller got her first real experience as a nurse -- her new, would-be career -- in Nome.

HEA elects new board members
Members of Homer Electric Association elected three candidates to the Board of Directors at the utility's annual meeting last week.

Short on gas: Solid supply requires more Cook Inlet production
More drilling is under way in Cook Inlet natural gas fields, but the pace is still short of the number estimated to needed to forestall shortages of gas in the region.

John Robert Roach
Former Alaska resident John Robert Roach died Monday, April 18, 2011, in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 65.

Donald James Gallagher
Donald James Gallagher passed away on May 2, 2011, in Mesa, Ariz. He was 90.

Business to business expo shares important message
There was once a time when there were many goods and services unavailable to Kenai Peninsula residents in local shops and store fronts.

Borough government shouldn't be in tourism business
The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is rallying for support for its proposal to assess a tax on tourism-related businesses, the proceeds from which would be used to fund tourism promotion of the borough and its communities.

From the heart
You might remember that early last year -- Valentine's Day 2010 -- I had an emergency appendectomy. We had gone to Anchorage to watch the Healy granddaughter play hockey and things went south from there except that the Coal Kings won the championship for Pee Wee hockey.

News and Notes

American Flag poetry and essay contest winners announced

Around the Peninsula

Garden club plans busy May

Getting ups: increasing vertical leap
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion 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. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Amen, Wright to wed
Katherine Elizabeth Amen, of Kenai; and Michael Patrick Wright, of Columbia Falls, Mont.; are engaged to be married Saturday, May 28, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Katherine is the daughter of Nelson and Sheila Amen, of San Antonio. She is a 2002 graduate of Kenai Central High School, a 2007 graduate of Montana State University and a 2010 graduate of the Seattle University College of Nursing. Michael is the son of Stephen and Kathleen Wright, of Columbia Falls. He is a 2003 graduate of Columbia Falls High School, a 2007 graduate of Montana State University and a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. The couple met at Montana State. The couple will begin their marriage together in Burlington, Vt. Michael will work as a orthopedic resident and Katherine as a nurse practitioner. They will honeymooon in Rome.

Around the Peninsula

USPS food drive coming soon


Pierce family grows

Power, Hall announce nuptials
Kenai residents Shawna Mae Power and John Wayland Hall are engaged to be wed July 30, 2011, in Cooper Landing. Shawna is the daughter of Dee Power and Pam Vaughn. She graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2004 and is employed at First National Bank Alaska. John is the son of Bruce and Corey Hall. He is a 2003 graduate of Kenai Central High and works at Oil And Gas Supply. The proposal occurred at sunset on Waikiki beach.

Church, Shepherd plan wedding
Jacquelyn Church, of Kenai; and Ryan Shepherd, of Soldotna; will wed June 11, 2011, 3 p.m. at the groom's parents home, with long time friend Chris Huston officiating. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Jeff and Heather Church. She is a 2004 graduate of Kenai Central High School. The groom-to-be is the son of Laura Herr and Tom Kaiser, and the late Michael Shepherd. He is a 2001 graduate of Skyview High School and works for Christopher Drywall. The maid of honor will be Wendy Fletcher, wearing a raspberry, tea-length dress. Bridsmaids will be Rebecca Kensinger, Jenna Evans, Sarah Kaiser and Alexis Ogle, also wearing raspberry, tea-length dresses. Best man is Cody Huston, joined by groomsmen Mike Bell, Ty Pepper, Ethan Evans and Brandon Read. The couple plans to honeymoon at a later date.

Skyview girls beat Moose
Friday's Northern Lights Conference soccer game between the host Skyview girls and Palmer showed the value of a striker who finishes a high percentage of opportunities and a goalie who can get up in the air and make saves.

Homer baseball topples Colony
Dylan Morrison was 5-for-5 with three RBIs and the undefeated Homer baseball team erased a four-run deficit in a 13-6 Northern Lights Conference victory at Colony on Saturday.

Soldotna softball takes 2 from Bears
The Soldotna softball team put itself on the inside track for a berth to the small-schools state tournament with a doubleheader sweep of Kodiak on Friday.

SoHi girls keep rolling: Stars come back for victory over Wasilla in NLC soccer action
The Soldotna girls soccer team improved to 6-1 overall with a 3-1 Northern Lights Conference victory over Wasilla on Friday.

Kenai girls, SkyHi boys win: Kards' Beeson, Spalding each win 4 events titles
The Skyview boys and Kenai Central girls were the big winners at the 2011 Kenai Peninsula Borough track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Nikiski High School.

Kenai softball gets sweep
The Kenai Central softball team swept Houston 22-12 and 21-7 in a doubleheader on the road Saturday.

Wasilla soccer gets sweep of Kardinals
WASILLA -- Something must have clicked for the Wasilla Warriors.

'You get what you put into it': Two area teachers honored for classroom excellence
John Harro started working in Alaska schools during early efforts to integrate computers and technology into the classroom.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool Program

In Cooper Landing, learning is hands on: Students can see, hear, smell, touch and taste what they know
When learning is hands on, it helps the brain hang on to information. The more senses involved in an experience, the more of an impact it will have on young minds.

Adult Basic Education and GEDs at KPC
By the end of June, more than 100 students will have earned their General Equivalency Diplomas, commonly referred to as GEDs, through the Kenai River Campus Learning Center this academic year. Thirty-nine of the GED graduates participated in the Kenai River Campus commencement held May 3 at the KCHS auditorium.

Middle school track results posted
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School track meet was held Friday and Saturday in Nikiski. The results follow:

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