Community News

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

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Ariana Katrina Cazares

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

Birding festival takes flight

The Kenai Birding Festival will take place Thursday through May 23 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, with workshops and field excursions designed for birders of all ages and skill levels.

Actvities include float trips of the upper Kenai River on Friday and birding from the new viewing platform in Kenai. New this year is a program just for the kids with Dan Pascucci and Leah Eskelin's enthusiastic direction on Saturday.

A host of experts ready to help enhance your birding skills.

This is a free event and all are invited to attend (pre-registration is required for field excursions and a $100 donation is required for the upper Kenai float trip).

For a detailed schedule of events and more information please visit To register, call 260-5449.

Run for the River 5-K and 10-Miler registration open

Registration is open for the Kenai Watershed Forum's Run for the River 5-K and 10-Mile run/walk. Held in conjunction with the 2010 Kenai River Festival, this event supports watershed education on the Kenai Peninsula. Early registration is $20 and is open through June 9. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. T-shirt is included with registration fee. Contact Rhonda Orth at 260-5449 for a registration form or download at, or register online at

Watershed fundraiser slated

On May 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Seward, the Kenai Watershed Forum will host a dinner cruise and tour aboard Major Marine's Kenai Star to benefit its capital building campaign.

Attendees will cruise the waters of Resurrection Bay amidst a backdrop of the Chugach and Kenai mountain ranges for an evening of wildlife, glaciers, prime rib and salmon dinner.

The fundraising event will be hosted by Major Marine Tours and the Kenai Watershed Forum. Proceeds benefit the KWF's Capital Build Campaign. There will be a silent auction on board and the bar will be open. This tour is narrated and will include entertainment.

The cost is $65 per person or $100 per person including deluxe bus transportation from Kenai/Soldotna area.

For more information, call Josselyn O'Connor at 260-5449.

Teens will work for donations

The Skyview High School Football team is available for spring cleaning projects on a donation basis.

Call Eric Pomerleau at 260-2315 for more information.


Ratliff family grows

Jenna and Derek Ratliff of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Lilian Grace Ratliff, at 8:41 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 6.9 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Her grandparents are Charles and Kristy Standridge of Kasilof and Dale and Renee Ratliff of Havre, Mont.

Soap box derby is coming

The 2010 Kenai Rotary Soap Box derby speeds its way to Kenai on May 22. Local youth will compete in downhill, gravity-powered racers that they build themselves with an adult for a chance to win great prizes! Join the Kenai Rotary Club on Spruce Street in Kenai May 22 starting at noon for this year's race. The Kenai Rotary Club is looking for sponsors to help us with this exciting event. To sponsor the race call, Jeff at 283-5116 or Tim at 394-1630.


Neighborhood watch activity planned

A Neighborhood Watch program forming in the Nikiski area and will hold a meeting May 22 at the Nikiski Senior Center at 6 p.m. Glenda Landua from the borough office of emergency management will discuss disater readiness in Nikiski. Food and drinks will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Bud Sexton or Christina Mitchell at 776-8723.

Class of 2000 plans reunion

July 23 and 24 will be the Nikiski Middle-High Class of 2000's 10-year reunion. July 23 will include dinner at Paradisos at 6 p.m., and a potluck is planned for July 24 at the Nikiski Rec Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please go to for details or contact Dayna at

Booth space available at festival

The Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Event on June 19 has booth spaces available to interested organizations and individuals. Forms are available at the Nikiski Pool and Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information please call 776-8800.

0Fun run under midnight sun

The Family Fun in the Midnight Sun Event on June 19 will be offering a Family Fun Run for various age group divisions. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the race starting at 10 a.m. Entry forms for the 3- and 5-mile Fun Run Event are available at the Nikiski Pool and the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. Registration will also take place the day of the race. For more information please call 776-8800.


Daughter joins Cazares family

Luis and Tara Cazares of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Ariana Katrina Cazares, at 4:55 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Ariana joins sister Valerie, age 4. Her grandparents are Don and Tami Dunbar of Kenai, and Maria Pedro of Nikiski.


Sterling Head Start now enrolling for fall

Sterling Head Start is a free child development program that serves young children, three to five and their families. Sterling Head Start offers a.m. or p.m. classroom options, consisting of four, 3 1/2 hour classroom days (Monday - Thursday). Head Start has bus service that includes pick up in Soldotna and also serves the children breakfast, lunch, and snack. Sterling Head Start is located on the Sterling Highway at Mile 81.5 next to Cook's Tesoro. Call 260-7446 for more information.

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