Monday, May 16, 2011

Heritage Place staff commended
I would like to commend The Central Peninsula Hospital Heritage Place and the staff for excellent care given to one of our seniors recently. Several Cooper Landing seniors have resided at The Heritage Place in the past and more recently one recovering from a heart valve replacement.

Tourism industry should stand on its own
My favorite T-shirt asks "If you can't shoot 'em or gaff 'em; why do they call it tourist season?" Not all of us make money from tourism. Not many of us appreciate being crowded off the roads and rivers. If tourism is so dynamic then it should be able to thrive and survive without a government subsidy. Bravo Mayor Carey!

Students get taste of local businesses
Recently, The Soldotna High School Foods and Culinary Arts classes had a unique opportunity to visit local businesses. This field trip was called "food in my community." The purpose was for students to meet with local businesses and speak with employees about their jobs and the skills necessary to gain employment in a variety of fields working with food.

Trial under way in Soldotna man's fraud, theft case
The trial for a Soldotna businessman accused of swindling his customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars is under way, with several alleged victims already taking the stand to share their stories.

Solving history's mysteries: Genealogical society spurs, assists with family-based research
Loretta Mattson stood last week in the bottom of the Kenai United Methodist Church in front of about 20 residents wearing a lavender shirt.

Counting kings: Fish and game to unveil more info on Kenai river kings
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be unveiling more and different information on Kenai River king salmon counts on their souped up new website next week.

Visitor increase expected; Officials say fuel prices could dampen travel
Tourism officials still expect visitor numbers to increase modestly in 2011, but there are worries that rising airfares and gasoline prices may effect independent travelers' last-minute decisions to come to Alaska.

Cattle take Sunday drive
Old-timers and greenhorns alike gathered Sunday to move cattle to the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

CINGSA hits legal trouble
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska closed the docket on Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage of Alaska's application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity last month, but that doesn't mean the project has a complete go-ahead.

Robert Kabel Wilkinson
Longtime Alaskan Robert Kabel Wilkinson, 95, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at home surrounded by his children.

Keep up the good work at the hospital
For some, the results of a recent patient survey regarding levels of post-care satisfaction at Central Peninsula Hospital are surprising.

A cooler class of loons
As spring tiptoes over the horizon earlier each morning, it's amazing how quickly things start to change on the Kenai Peninsula. Every day a new flock of migrating birds arrive, pass through, or decide to homestead for the summer.

Around the Peninsula

Lunch and more at Ninilchik Senior Center

Births Graduates News and notes

Hacks welcome daughter

Around the Peninsula

Coast Guard holding vessel safety checks

SkyHi's Bak takes 3 jumping titles: Kodiak boys, Wasilla girls earn team titles at Region III/4A championships
Skyview's Thit Bak jumped the highest and farthest in three events despite a tender ankle.

SoHi baseball goes 1-1 on trip to Mat-Su valleys
The Soldotna baseball team finished 1-1 on a weekend trip to the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

SoHi softball goes 1-3 on road trip
The Soldotna softball team finished 1-3 on a Friday and Saturday trip to Anchorage.

State bound: Seward athletes get automatic bids to 3A show
Tessa Adelmann, Andrew Buchanan and Austin Gillespie captured individual titles as Seward placed third in both the boys and girls competitions at the Region III/3A track and championships at Begich Middle School in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

Nikiski soccer gets improved seeding
The Nikiski boys soccer team locked up the No. 3 seed out of the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Seward.

Wasilla soccer gets sweep of Skyview: Panthers girls gain confidence in 1-goal loss to skilled Warriors
Despite a loss in the regular-season finale, Skyview girls soccer coach David Carpenter believes his team has momentum entering the playoffs.

Creating KPC scholarships leaves legacy for donors
There are a variety of reasons people decide to establish scholarships to benefit KPC students. Some do so in honor of a person as a memorial while others use scholarship award criteria to express their personal ideals, beliefs or passions. Over the years, many local individuals or families have established KPC scholarships.

Around the District

School board to meet

Excellence in education honored
Katy Turnbull believes in beginnings -- getting her first-graders going in their school careers with a solid foundation of skills and curiosity, starting any visit to Seward Elementary School with a burst of flowers, initiating conversation with a warm smile so encouraging it makes one wish they had an art project or writing assignment to show her, and kicking off each day in her classroom with enthusiasm and fun. That especially goes for the beginning of the school year, where the first day of class means students' first scientific exploration -- of worms.

Hershey meet results posted
The Hershey Track and Field Meet was held Friday at Nikiski High School. The meet, organized for North Peninsula Recreation, was for those 9 to 14 years old. There were about 300 participants coming from Nikiski North Star Elementary, Nikiski Junior High, home school, Cook Inlet Academy, Grace Lutheran School and Aurora Borealis Charter School.

Brincefield, Martin to wed
Jennifer Brincefield, of Soldotna, and Chase Martin, of Kenai, plan to wed July 16, 2011, at Tern Lake, Moose Pass, Alaska. Jennifer is the daughter of Jack and Kathy Brincefield, of Soldotna. She is a 2005 graduate of White River High School, in Buckley, Wash.; and is employed at Heritage Place, in Soldotna. Chase is the son of Barb and BJ Elder, of Kenai; and Terry Martin, of Grand Island, Neb. He also is a 2005 graduate of Kenai Central High School, and is employed by ASRC.

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