Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Soldotna Safety Day a huge success
Soldotna Creek Park was the place to be last Saturday. By proclamation of Soldotna city Mayor, the third Saturday in May is Soldotna Safety Day. We set aside this day to recognize safety issues and show appreciation for those who keep us safe. This year HEA added extra excitement to our fun day by donating their time for bucket rides and power line demonstrations. The MS Walkers were out in full force as were the 5K runners. Everyone enjoyed the annual bike auction presented by the Soldotna Police Department with Sgt. Tony Garcia as auctioneer. The Boy Scouts helped with traffic control and parking, making walkers, runners, attendees and car seat checkers a little safer. CES volunteered their time to teach us about fire hazards. The military police from Fort Richardson drove down just for this event and our local VFW honored us by presenting the colors. It was a fun day to drink Coca-Cola and eat free hot dogs!

Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts great source for gardeners
Nationwide, the movement is underway for people getting back to basics. At the top of this list for many people is a renewed interest in gardening. From the new gardener to the seasoned veteran, Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts in Kenai is a great resource for not only quality plants, but also information.

Soldotna Chamber selects scholarship recipients
Every week business people and community members that attend weekly Chamber of Commerce luncheons purchase "Split the Pot" tickets to help build scholarship funds that are awarded annually. More often than not the split the pot winners donate their winnings back to the scholarship fund to boost the awards. This year the Soldotna Chamber selected seven local college bound high school seniors to receive their scholarships. Two for the Vera Horwarth memorial scholarship which are worth $1,500 dollars each and five others that areworth $1,000 and is renewable for a second year.

Volunteers Needed
Special Olympics Alaska is run wholeheartedly by volunteers. At this time we are seeking key volunteers to ensure that the sports training and competition program continues for the more than 50 people with intellectual disabilities in the Central Peninsula Community.

Kenai River Wounded Warrior Fishing Event to be held June 6th and 7th
On June 6th and 7th the Kenai River Professional Guide Association and Eagle Claw in conjunction with our main sponsor, Central Peninsula Hospital, will be hosting the Kenai River Wounded Warrior Fishing Event.

In the next few weeks we will watch another batch of Kenai Peninsula seniors graduate, head out into the world and try to begin their lives in the cold cruel world. It is a world like none of us parents had to experience when we graduated from high school years ago. At the graduation many moms will cry as will a few macho dads as well and a few of our children.

Summer Drama Camps Available for Kids
The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts will by holding it's annual Drama Camp in Soldotna this summer!

Place for a voice: Young, Murkowski plan office opening
State directors for U.S. Rep. Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski hope they'll soon have offices on the Kenai Peninsula again.

Redoubt still likely to blow
At last calculation, the lava dome sitting in the crater of Mount Redoubt had the cubic volume of about 11 Great Pyramids.

High speed chase ends in crash
A high speed pursuit started in Sterling and ended in a crash in a residential development outside Kenai this afternoon.

Bright idea enlightens students
All teachers hope they will inspire students with their lessons, and a Redoubt Elementary School teacher couldn't help but notice the light that went on for one of her students after a recent math lesson.

Photo feature: Hip, slick and cool
Helen Dealba's beagle named Jaxon sports a raincoat during a brief shower at a soccer game last weekend. "He's got clothes, he's got paw things, he's got everything. His grandma set him up real good," Dealba said.

Martha G. Craft
Soldotna resident Martha G. Craft died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

Brett M. Snell
Longtime Alaskan Brett M. Snell died Saturday, May 16, 2009, in Caribou Hills. He was 42.

Not circumventing the people: Elected mayor/CEO offers a voice to all from top on down
Last Friday, I visited Jan Bobek's fifth grade class at Soldotna Elementary School where all her students recited "The Declaration of Independence" for me. These beautiful students' recitation reaffirmed the belief that the American people hold power, endowed by their Creator, to assure that "We, the People" are all treated as equals by our government. We demonstrate this by our right to elect our leaders and not have the government pick our leaders.

Around the Peninsula

Garage sale fundraisers set

Crime of the Week
On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 2249 hours, the Kenai Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at the 406 Sportsman's Lodge. Investigation revealed that a suspect had kicked in the safe room door and stole money from the business safe.

Pet photo: Best Friend
Ethel Riley of Kasilof was a little surprised to see her dog Chili's reaction to her new granddaughter. "This is Chili with my granddaughter's binky. We all know kids regress when a new sibling arrives, but this is a new one," she tells us. That's true, but it sure makes for a great photo!

Five-kilometer winners announced
The Soldotna Safety Days five-kilometer race was held on Saturday in Soldotna. The men's winner was Mark Blanning in 18 minutes, 41 seconds, the women's winner was Pam Burns in 23:17, the girls winner was Annie Baldwin in 44:13 and the boys winner was Sam McElroy in 31:32.

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