Monday, May 15, 2006

‘Of Moose and Men’ missed
I just wanted to say thanks to Alan Poyner for all the years that he delighted us with his humorous insight into the challenges and joys of the Alaskan experience. His comments on both the sublime and the ridiculous points of existence in our fair state have made it all the more fun to live here.

Volunteerism was sign of the times for KPC-food bank project
Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus Service-Learning Team and administration would like to thank all students, faculty, businesses and members of the community who helped make the new sign at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank possible. The establishment of the marquee was a truly a community, cooperative effort.

Donors helping build better futures for low-income families
Our Community Housing Development Organization wishes to acknowledge and thank Home Depot for their generous donation to Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiatives, Inc. (KPHI) for the purchase of playground equipment for our Terrace Plaza Play Area project. Our appreciation extends to Homer Foundation and its Tin Roof Fund who contributed to this project as well.

Volunteers offered life-saving training
This spring, as part of their health class, about 100 seventh grade students at Homer Middle School received training and certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). As a result of this training in past years, our former students have used their CPR training to save lives. The students and staff want to thank these volunteer trainers for their gracious donation of time and expertise to make this training happen this year. If you see one of these folks, please thank them yourself for helping to make our community safer:

Baby is trekkie in training
Like all parents, Marcus Weldy and his wife Rebecca McInnes Weldy of Nikiski are hoping their newborn baby will live long and prosper, but they went a step further to ensure their son’s future.

Service area wants new name, more board members
The seven member board of the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area is seeking to change its name and add two members in an effort to reflect the broader array of medical services provided today compared to those available when the service area formed in 1969.

Fair is just plane fun
Flying fans took their fun to new heights Saturday during the return of the annual Kenai Peninsula Air Fair held jointly at the Soldotna and Kenai airports.

Sky-high fuel prices leave private planes grounded
Aviation fuel prices have jumped dramatically in Alaska, raising the cost of flying to the extent that it may hold pilots back from lifting off.

Witness says McCormack confessed
A witness in the Barry McCormack trial on Friday told jurors the defendant confessed to murdering Opal Fairchild during a 1993 conversation about a robbery in Soldotna.

Mill rate increase not needed
Mayor John Williams said Thursday he would abandon a proposed borough property tax increase and ask the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to once again set the tax levy at 6.5 mills, where it has been since 2003.

Gary L. 'Swanie' Swanson
Former Kenai resident Gary L. “Swanie” Swanson died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, in his home town of Centralia, Wash. He was 68.

Sarah ‘Ann’ Gensel
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Sarah “Ann” Gensel died Thursday, May 11, 2006 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.

Marian S. Arnold
Kasilof resident Marian S. Arnold died Monday, May 8, 2006, from heart failure at her home. She was 87.

Gunter Manzek
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Gunter Manzek died Sunday, April 16, 2006, from prostate cancer at his home. He was 77.

Bull stuff vs. horse stuff: Oil company propaganda over prices provoke cries of ‘whoa’
A photograph that was printed in numerous papers across the land, including the Peninsula Clarion, showed an Amish man piloting his horse-drawn buggy past a modern-day gas station in Pennsylvania.

Skate park is community’s responsibility
It’s great when a community can speak its mind.

Around the Peninsula
Mother’s Day brunch set CPHC board meeting slated Summer camp set to entertain

Homer Hospital eyeing more modern CT Scanner
Equipment for creating three-dimensional images of the body’s internal structure at South Peninsula Hospital is aging and needs to be replaced.

Worth the wait
Moms across America awoke this morning to extra big hugs from their little ones — many were even treated to breakfast in bed.

Births
· Janell and Byron Grenier of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie Kate, at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 9 pounds and 10 ounces.

Around the Peninsula
Softball coach meeting ready to swing Eating disorders support group meeting set KCHS after-grad committee to meet Retirement reception planned Instructors to take flight Scouting informational meting set Nikiski after-grad committee to meet RCAC to meet Cemetery cleanup slated

Community Events
Kenai library has busy week Rowing classes set to stroke Brain injury awareness walk set to take off Lacrosse club seeks members Class reunions set Farm Family of the Year nominations open Nursing Home Week celebration plans Host families sought

Peninsula People
Kenai resident Blake Johnson was recently reelected as n at-large member of the executive committee for the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council.

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Kenai girls rule conference
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team didn’t start off the season thinking of themselves as Northern Lights Conference champions.

Kenai girls earn spot at state by beating Colony
The Kenai Central girls soccer team earned its first trip to state since 2001 by defeating Colony 3-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the Northern Lights Conference soccer tournament at Skyview High School.

Sports Brief
The Soldotna High School softball team lost four games in Kodiak over the weekend.

Wasilla boys beat Kenai for state berth
The Kenai Central High School boys soccer season ended with a heartbreaker in the third-place match at the Northern Lights Conference tournament Saturday at Skyview High School.

Kenai boys 2nd at regions
The Kenai Central High School boys track and field team finished second in the team standings, and 11 Kenai Peninsula athletes punched their ticket to Fairbanks for the state track and field championships at the Region III meet at Palmer High School Saturday.

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