Monday, May 17, 2010

Torch Run takes to the streets
Law Enforcement and Special Olympic athletes held the Torch Run last weekend. This is an exciting time as this is our annual fundraiser for Special Olympics. All the money pledged here goes direct to the athletes in our community on Central Peninsula. Our son, Bob, has been involved for many years and is looking forward to the "Torch Walk" as he calls it. He has been excitedly collecting pledges so he can get a Torch Run shirt! Little does he and others realize that this money gets the athletes to the State Games at least twice a year. Weeks before the tournaments the athletes are geared up and excited, it something big in their lives.

Progressive ideas not needed in Kenai
I found the editorial that was printed in the May 14 edition of the Clarion pretty interesting. I do have a couple of questions regarding the town hall meeting. Why did the city spend $11,000 for this meeting? Is that the total amount spent or were there other expenses in addition to the $11,000? Was it worth the money to have a couple of out of state progressives present their new progressive (liberal) ideas for our community? I think the city would save a lot of money by having the next town hall meeting hosted by a couple of the progressive (liberal) city council members. I also question a couple of partial quotes in the editorial: "building a whole community" and "building a complete community." What does that mean? If our community is not whole or complete, what's missing? Would it be some of the progressive (liberal) things that go on in some of the small towns of the Pacific Northwest? I think I live in the best community in Alaska, just the way it is. I think we are seeing what progressive (liberal) ideas can do. All you have to do is look at what's happening in Washington, D.C. The kind of change going on there is not the kind of change we need.

Laissez-faire capitalism must be reined in
Laissez-faire capitalism has failed. I chuckle when I hear our Federal Congress is now going to rein-in the banking industry. More smoke and mirrors from Washington.

Round 'em up: Event tests driving skills of Alaska bus drivers
"Parallel parking a bus with only 6 feet of clearance is just a little difficult," according to Tigger Newman, of Kenai.

Water quality testing planned
The state is set to pour more than $50,000 into water quality testing on the Kenai River this summer.

A show of support: Torch Run boosts awarenss for Special Olympics
The path wasn't always obvious on Saturday morning.

Soldotna considers lower budget: City trims 2 percent in proposed spending plan
The City of Soldotna is gearing up to adopt its nearly $12 million proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2011.

Photo feature: Purple Royalty
Jon Jackinsky shows off his 1987 Camaro at the Home Depot Kenai Peninsula Racing Alliance Custom Car and Bike Show in Kenai. The event launches the Racing Lions's season. About 30 vehicles were shown on Saturday.

Municipal League warns of 'gag' initiative
A ballot measure facing Alaska voters in August claims to be opposed to corruption, but Alaska Municipal League's Kathie Wasserman says it is actually an attack on citizen participation in their government.

Pebble mine promoters have difficult task ahead
There are public relations challenges, and then there is the Pebble mine.

Chevron suspends production at Anna platform in Cook Inlet
Chevron Corp. suspended crude oil production from its Anna platform in Cook Inlet April 30 after a federal agency refused to waive a rule to allow a corrosion-damaged pipe supporting the platform to be used. About 900 barrels of a day of oil was being produced by the platform.

State's health care costs should see slight increases with reform
The federal health care reform bill Congress passed in March is expected to increase health care costs by modest amounts in Alaska, and many businesses and individuals should see reductions.

Kathryn E. Gebhard
Kenai resident Kathryn E. Gebhard died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the Elkhart Hospice House in Elkhart, Indiana. She was 52.

Clifford Bond
Kasilof resident Clifford Bond died Friday, May 14, 2010 at his home off North Cohoe Loop. He was 67.

Sales 101
The relationship between the Bor-ough Assembly and the borough school system is a curious one.

Community News
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!

Around the Peninsula

Soldotna rodeos slated

First step toward fitness can be toughest to take
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Shorebirds and things
One of the major harbingers of spring that catches the immediate attention of our staff is when we get slammed with questions about outdoor activities and local wild critters.

Kenai soccer tunes up for NLC tourney
Oliver Kiech and Avery Palchikoff each had a pair of goals to lift host Kenai Central to a 6-1 Northern Lights Conference Southern Division win over Seward on Friday. The Kardinals improve to 3-1-1 in the division and 3-3-2 overall.

SoHi goes 1-3 at home: Stars come back to record Southcentral Conference win vs. Wasilla
The Soldotna baseball team finished 1-3 in home games played Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Little League fields.

CIA girls control Region II
Cook Inlet Academy proved bigger isn't necessarily better.

Nikiski boys clinch No. 1 seed in NLC South
Nikiski's boys clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division for the first time in school history with a 4-1 win over Seward on Saturday.

Kenai softball notches conference win over Kodiak
The host Kenai Central softball team split a pair of games with Kodiak on Saturday.

Fourth grade forever: Long-time Soldotna Elementary teacher takes BP Teacher of the Year
Soldotna Elementary's Nancy Courtright is this year's Kenai Peninsula Borough School District BP Teacher of the Year.

Building together
As the community of Soldotna worked together to plan, design and construct the Soldotna Community Playground, second and third graders at Soldotna Elementary School did their part to contribute as well. A Read-A-Thon was scheduled for April 28, and the entire day was dedicated to reading and reading-related activities. During the month of April, students were busy seeking sponsors who would pledge donations toward the new community playground. As a part of the fundraiser, each class was able to design and decorate a fish plaque, which have been put on permanent display at the park. Altogether, the students of Mrs. Baktuit, Ms. Buben, and Mrs. Straw raised a grand total of $600.88 to contribute to their community's new pride. They will all be taking a field trip to the park to behold and enjoy this amazing community project.

KPC stats show growth continues
Once again, the most recent semester at KPC saw the largest number of student credit hours ever--another record breaking semester with total credit hours up 18 percent and 2,102 students taking classes for credit last semester, up 14 percent over the same period last semester.

Around the District

School board to meet

Dukowitz, McGlasson plan to wed
Kaley Dukowitz and John McGlasson plan to be wed on May 27, 2010 in Las Vegas.

Blazy, Vozar to exchange vows
Thomas D. Blazy and Sandra J. Vozar are excited to share their joy with their family and friends as they commit themselves together in mutual trust, love, tenderness and respect, on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at the "Homestead" in Anchor Point, where they will make their home.

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