Monday, May 10, 2010

Support keeps squad on the run
The track and field team at Kenai Central High School would like to thank Tesoro and ConocoPhillips for their continued support of the Kenai Central Track and Field team. ConocoPhillips and Tesoro have contributed to our program considerably this year and in the past, and we are greatly appreciative. We are proud that both companies have been a big part of our success, and that they continue to support kids and athletics on the Kenai.

Bandfest rocks!
The Student Union at UAA's Kenai River Campus on K-Beach hosted Bandfest on Friday, April 30. Approximately 250 people attended this enormously successful (and free!) concert.

Contributions help problems get solved
The Board of Directors of the Alaska Future Problem Solving Program would like to express their appreciation to the following organizations, individuals and businesses for their support for the Alaska Future Problem Solving State Bowl, held in Soldotna on April 19-20: Aspen Hotels, Emerald Alaska, Fred Meyer Stores, Soldotna Optometry, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Kenai Watershed Forum, College Heights Baptist Fellowship, the Triumvirate Theater, Gail Moore, Julie Ball, Marc Berezin and Dillon Ball.

Artist in Residence a great experience
Sterling Elementary staff and students would like to thank the Sterling community and the Sterling Elementary PTA for making our Artist in Residence visit possible. Your generous support allowed the students to benefit from the unique opportunity to learn from professional drummer Mr. D of the Kodiak Island Drummers. The rhythm, concentration, and perseverance this experience helped to develop will support our children in many lifelong activates, and hopefully, the exciting experience of drumming will remain a happy memory for life. A special thank you to Outlaw Body and Paint for donating the use of a rental car and to Call of the Wild for the donation of cabin all week long for both Mr. D and his assistant Samuel.

Meeting generates sustainable ideas
Curbside recycling. Green spaces. Ride shares. Developing a city center. Diversifying the economy.

Borough has new projects leader
It's no clich. Daniel Park's latest move to the Kenai Peninsula was literally a dream come true.

Playtime!: Soldotna playground will open Sunday evening at 5
After two years of wishing and hoping and designing and a week of hammering, drilling and building, it's finally time to be playing.

Photo feature: Rescue Dog
Dino the golden retriever watches a small grass fire burn on Kenai Beach Saturday evening near the water treatment facility. No major property damage occurred. In a matter of minutes, winds swirled the flames as they consumed brush and a few small trees before personnel extinguished the fire. Witnesses saw three young males playing around the area before the fire started. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the flames, according to the Kenai Police Department.

Photo feature: Pop in
Ninth-grader Freya Chay is shown in this undated photo singing "Just You Wait Henry Higgins" from "My Fair Lady." Chay and the rest of the Kenai Central High School choir will host the 39th POPs concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Songs from "Fiddler On The Roof," "Porgy and Bess," "Les Miserables," "My Fair Lady," "Camelot," "Guys and Dolls," "Pop." "Hallelujah," "I Will Be," "Buttercup," "Earth Angel," "Mad World," "Cowboy Cassanova," "Lift Me Up," "Killing Me Softly" and "Day Late Friend" among others. The price of admission is $5 adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call 283-2125 for more information.

2 plucked from water; blaze destroys boat
Fire aboard a 32-foot fishing vessel about a half-mile off the Homer Spit Thursday afternoon sent the owner and deckhand into the waters of Kachemak Bay. Fast response by a nearby vessel rescued the uninjured men, but the vessel was a loss, according to Brian Hawkins, Homer harbormaster.

Photo feature: Raking it in
Ben Spinka, 6, of Kenai, and his sister Mya, 8, work in their yard Saturday after coming back from Nikiski's Community Clean Up Day. Nikiski, Soldotna and Kenai had clean-up days Saturday to pick up trash and beautify the Peninsula.

Craig A. Scheckla
Clam Gulch and Sheridan Wyo. resident Craig A. Scheckla, 57, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at his home in Clam Gulch.

When we all work together . . .
It takes a great community to build a great playground -- that's the message being spread by the Soldotna Community Playground group, which this week celebrated years of hard work with construction of a new playground in Soldotna Creek Park.

Change is a good thing
Readers will have noticed changes this week to two of the Clarion's section covers.

Inlet unprepared for well blow-outs
On April 20, the "state-of-the-art" semisubmersible drilling rig Horizon burst into flames in the Gulf of Mexico after blow-out prevention devices failed to function. On Earth Day 2010, the rig sank. Eleven workers tragically died, and as of this writing, the well is spewing anywhere from a quarter million to a million gallons a day of crude oil into important fisheries habitats. The responsible party -- British Petroleum -- has a long string of regulatory violations in Alaska, and it allegedly fought rules to enhance blow-out safeguards in the Gulf. Now, Alaskans and people throughout the world are watching the horror of another Exxon Valdez unleashed on Gulf families, businesses and fisheries. This tragedy comes on the heels of the Obama Administration's recent announcement to expand offshore oil drilling off the Lower 48, and to press forward with additional exploration in Cook Inlet and the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

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The right gear, techniques to help sidestep injuries
There's nothing like an injury to hinder your fitness progress -- or stop it in its tracks. As everyone embraces the warmer weather and new activity, it's important to couple enthusiasm for whatever activities you choose with safe execution.

For the sake of argument
I went on a trip with my four sisters last fall. We had a really good time and we are still speaking after 10 days in close proximity.

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Valley squads roll past Kards
In a game that had a multitude of bookings, Wasilla came away with a 2-0 win over host Kenai Central in Northern Lights Conference action on Friday.

Athletes commit to college
Eight local seniors have recently committed to furthering their academic and athletic careers next year. Those students are as follows:

Bears get best of Stars: Kodiak takes 2 of 3 from Soldotna to open baseball season
The Soldotna baseball team opened its season by dropping two of three to visiting Kodiak in games played on Friday and Saturday.

O'Guinn, Flanagan take 3 events: Kenai's Spalding triumphs 4 times
Lierin Flanagan and Ivy O'Guinn will be running track at the collegiate level next year. For anyone attending the 2010 Kenai Peninsula Borough Track Meet at Nikiski High School on Friday and Saturday, that should come as no surprise.

SoHi softball has great Kodiak trip
The Soldotna softball team earned two Northern Lights Conference wins over Kodiak on Friday and Saturday in Kodiak. The Stars also split a pair of games with defending state champion East.

Soldotna boys take down Wasilla
The Soldotna boys soccer team defeated visiting Wasilla 3-2 on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference action.

KCHS 'clicks it' for tickets
By now most motorists likely know the popular law enforcement catch phrase, "Click It or Ticket," referring to the no-tolerance policy of issuing citations for not wearing seatbelts.

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School board to meet

KRC closures and hour changes
For the rest of the summer, campus hours will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arrangements will be made for events and classes beyond these hours. Campus will be closed Thursday due to staff development day.

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