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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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.

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.

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.

Iditarod should come clean on mushers who failed drug tests
The Iditarod Trail Committee has reported that two Iditarod mushers have tested positive on THC. ITC will not disclose the identities of the two dopey mushers. The reason for this is because they are in the good old boy network receiving special privileges and double standards. You can take it to the bank, that if they were women, Natives or other minorities who tested positive on their drug test, ITC would hang them out to dry. This is not the right way, but the white way. It is ITC's different strokes, for different folks.

Flood of help makes prom great
On behalf of the Soldotna High School class of 2011, we would like to thank many people for their help and support in making SoHi's "Poseidon's Paradise" prom an enjoyable and memorable night for all who attended.

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.

Inlet exploration gets a boost: Gov. Sean Parnell signs bill designed with oil and gas incentives
Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law a pack of incentives that could give oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet a shot in the arm, but the onus is now on the producers, according to state lawmakers.

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

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: Link up
Soldotna High School students listen to Sen. Mark Begich respond to a question from one of their peers via a two-way Internet video chat held at the school on Monday. Begich spoke for a little more than a half hour about some of the issues he's working on while fielding a number of questions from the students. Four SoHi social studies classes lead by teachers Dan Harbison, Rick Matiya and Lana Syverson took part in the session.

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.

Ruby Mae (Branum) Bishop
Alaska Pioneer Ruby Mae (Branum) Bishop, 91, died peacefully of natural causes May 9, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

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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Potty Break: Pet photo
While boating in Prince William Sound, my husband took the dogs to shore for a much needed break. They love boating and camping, but my favorite part is seeing the joy on their faces as they return from shore in the zodiak.

Nikiski boys stay atop division: Soldotna girls soccer clinches No. 1 seed from Northern Lights Conference South
The Nikiski boys soccer team defeated host Skyview 8-1 on Monday to remain on top of the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division.

SoHi hurlers stifle Kenai
The host Soldotna softball team defeated Kenai Central 9-1 on Monday behind a commanding performance from Savannah Hegge.

Piranhas compete at Junior Olympics
The Peninsula Piranhas Swim Team, coached by Will Hubler, competed in the 2010 Speedo Alaska Junior Olympic Swimming Championship in Anchorage from April 15 to 18 at Bartlett High School. Over 400 athletes from throughout the state competed in the swim competition.

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.

Around the District

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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