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Monday, May 14, 2007

VA nurses honored for work
This week (May 6-11) the Alaska VA Healthcare System honors the dedicated men and women we in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) consider to be the compassionate backbone of the veterans health care system: our nurses.

Reader: We’ve got too much to lose
I was surprised and pleased to see the editorial concerning the presence of the Chuitna mine (Clarion, April 29). There was a small meeting about this subject with the EPA and two of the mining reps at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building in July 2006 that I attended.

SPH gets go-ahead to expand
More than 26 percent of the registered voters in the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area have spoken. And, although it was a close vote, the majority gave approval for the hospital’s second phase of construction. Results of the special election, which was done by mail-in ballot, will go before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for certification at the assembly’s meeting Tuesday.

Start your soapboxes
Like a scene from the Hollywood blockbuster, Kenai had action that was “Fast and Furious” on Saturday, as the city held its first ever All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) race.

Mothers mean many things to different kids
Mother’s Day means different things to different people, and a few central Kenai Peninsula residents were open to sharing what they love, remember or admire best about their moms.

Dollars don’t make sense
Editor’s note: This is the first in a weeklong series of stories examining the peninsula school district’s funding situation. Monday’s story is on how the district has changed in the past decade.

Mental health providers seek to ‘bring kids home’
Mental health care providers and social services workers from around the Kenai Peninsula gathered Friday to talk about how they can “Bring the Kids Home.”

Budget grows, enrollment doesn’t
Editor’s note: The following is the second in a series of stories examining school funding. Tuesday’s story focuses on how teachers make ends meet in the classroom.

Don’t make bears a problem
The end of the school season heralds the start of the summer, whether or not everyone is ready for it.

It must be the money: Clemens there for half the season, but all of the cash
With the way I spend money, I’ll be lucky if I can save $8,000 by the year 2010.

On peninsula, school funding doesn’t add up
It just doesn’t add up.

Looking for an answer: Cooperative Extension Services seeks support to continue
What do Land Resources, Home Economics, Youth Development, Buildings and Energy, Nutrition, and Agriculture Technology all have in common?

Medicine on the fly
He was a no-nonsense, straight-talking man, those closest to him say, an adventurous pilot and a healer who was as comfortable with a stethoscope as an aerial stunt.

Community Events
Breastfeeding class offered Community ping-pong offered Summer food program offered Classes set to reunite Military reunion planned Working digital cameras, photo printers sought Alzheimer’s information available Social Security reps to visit peninsula

Peninsula People
Area students graduate from college Jensen earns scholarship Baalke recognized for academic achievement Holland named club sweetheart VFW scholarship awarded

Spring cometh, and it bringeth a dirty dog
I meditate a lot. Sometimes up to several seconds at once. Last Thursday was one of my deeper days and I had just started to mull over whether breakup had actually started, when spring exploded in front of the kitchen window. It was Phil, our resident wild pheasant, along with six of his brothers and sisters. They were all in afterburner and headed for the deep pucker brush just north of the cabin. I knew that my dog Howard couldn’t have spooked them because he had just eaten the equivalent of a moose hindquarter and couldn’t have mustered the energy to pass gas without taking a significant nap.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes available Disable vets cancel meeting Borough to collect ice jam debris Garage sale fundraiser planned Motorcycle fundraiser goes full throttle SoHi baccalaureate set Youth club plans closure Free vision screening offered Women go on the defensive Teens for rent

Peninsula Reflections
I chose this picture because more than 50 years later we in Cooper Landing are still seeing bears! We had a big brown at our house two nights ago and last night (May 10) on the way home from Soldotna, near the Russian River confluence, a black bear crossed the highway in front of us.

Births
Family ties

Around the Peninsula
Give mom the day off Community ping-pong offered Campground hosts sought Reading program registration begins Suicide to be discussed Basketball tourney registration looms Nursing homes celebration events set Gardeners branching out Elementary school says good-bye Little League opening ceremonies set Pancake breakfast fundraiser to take flight Montessori plans book fair, open house One man’s trash ... Breastfeeding class offered

Nikiski wrestlers attend tourney
The Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club attended the Avalanche Tournament on April 28. The results follow:

Skyview girls top Ketchikan
The Skyview girls soccer team improved their overall record to 2-3-2 with a 3-2 victory over Ketchikan on Saturday at Skyview.

Kenai boys, SkyHi girls wear borough crowns
Kenai Central coach Tim Sandahl was satisfied after his boys remained undefeated in five tries this year with a victory at the Kenai Peninsula Borough track meet on Saturday.

SoHi, Kenai soccer split
Three starters were missing, and the taste of a tie from the previous evening was still fresh.

Trieweiler blanks SoHi
At noon on Friday, Homer senior pitcher Adam Trieweiler was practicing taking ground balls with fellow senior Johnny Watry when he hit a weird bump on the field and fell awkwardly on his right, and pitching, hand.

Skyview, Kenai girls tie; Kardinals boys top Panthers
The coaches knew it, the fans knew it, even Kari Frates knew it.

Birch Ridge Golf Course gets buzzing earlier than normal
Just as sure as the snow covers the ground in the fall and melts away in the spring, so do the golf balls begin covering Birch Ridge Golf Course at this time of the year. And thankfully this year it happened earlier than most. There’s excitement in the air. I noticed it as I made my usual rounds of errands this week. It seemed everywhere I went someone was asking questions like, “Have you been out golfing yet?” (The answer of course is yes). And, “How’s the course look?” (Answer: Great for this early in the season) and then that dreaded question, “How’s your game?” (I refuse to answer that one, but let me just say that I’ve already had my first ‘refresher’ lesson from our resident pro, Tom Walsh). So ask me that one again later in the season.

Kincaid, Crisp announce engagement
Jessica Kincaid of Sterling and Bryan Crisp of Nikiski plan to be married Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at College Heights Baptist Church in Kenai.

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