Monday, May 22, 2006

Community support made program a success
The Board of Directors of the Soldotna After the Bell Program would like to thank the community for your support during the past three years. Our program, which provided after-school tutoring and homework help and extended learning opportunities, has been in place for seven years (closed) its doors on May 19, 2006.

Large haul of support made event a keeper
Wednesday, May 17th was another great day in Soldotna!

Challenger Center grateful for Kenai’s help
This is a public thanks to the City of Kenai and Kenai’s city council for showing their support of the Challenger Learning Center at last week’s city council meeting.

Annual torch run raises Special Olympics money
Community-minded runners, joggers, cyclists and walkers took to the streets of Kenai on Saturday to cover a five kilometer circle through the city for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Natives learn the drill
Out in the woods, 11 miles off Oilwell Road in Ninilchik is an unlikely place to learn fractions, but that was exactly the windfall received by one of 11 young men participating in a carpentry academy there last week.

Gardeners branch out
Kenai Peninsula 4-H’ers branched out to the community Saturday during their annual tree sale at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna.

Processors gearing up for season
State labor figures predict a leveling off of employment in the seafood processing industry, in part because the 2006 salmon run in Cook Inlet is expected to be smaller than last year.

Wal-Mart construction, runway project move forward in Kenai
Kenai residents have not heard or seen much about Wal-Mart since plans for a new super center were announced late last year, but a consultant working for the giant retailer assured the city council the project is moving forward.

Tesoro to clean up diesel
Tesoro Alaska’s Kenai refinery is gearing up to supply Alaska with a an ultra-low sulfur grade of highway and off-road diesel fuel that will more than meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Peninsula still riding upward jobs trend
State labor analysts say the job growth streak Alaska has enjoyed for 18 consecutive years could reach the two-decade mark by the end of next year, and some of that growth should occur within the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s diverse economy.

SoHi grad makes Major move
When Chris Mabeus’ son, Boston, started kindergarten this past year in Sacramento, Calif., his family had to fill out an introduction card.

Minnie G. Keating
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Minnie G. Keating died Friday, May 19, 2006 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 89.

Reva J. Oines
Reva Jean Oines died at Fairbanks Denali Center on Monday, May 8, 2006. She was 72.

Joanne Gray Alexander
Longtime Alaskan and Anchor Point resident Joanne Gray Alexander died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at her home in Anchor Point. She was 65.

Legislature must pick up the pace on gasline deal
Time is a wastin’.

Money doesn’t go far enough: Extra funds will help but won’t address school funding inequities
“A conclusion in search of a study” is a clever quip from Senate Finance Chairman Gary Wilken, regarding the area cost differential (ACD). This study attempts to fairly calculate the relative costs of educating students in various parts of the state. I wonder if Senator Wilken believes this. In response to a direct question from a Sitka school board member as to whether he thought the ACD was fair, he replied “Probably not, but what in life is fair?”; why this astounding dichotomy? My sense is that there are three issues: 1) No one wants to increase spending; 2) the urban schools like Fairbanks have not suffered like other districts, and 3) there is a determination not to send more money to rural districts who are not paying anything towards their children’s education. I happen to agree that everyone should pay something but to couple this with the ACD is simply wrong.

About to blow a circuit: Moms can’t cure everything, but they can listen when all else fails
All circuits are busy.

· Andrea Stiers and Rocky Stiers of Nikiski announce the birth of their daughter, Addison LeAnne, at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna.

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Heroes of the Week
Brooks a champion of awareness Couple grateful for quality education

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Becker, Hansen announce engagement
Angela Becker (formerly Marcella Beaumont) and Dean Hansen of Anchorage plan to be married Friday, June 30, 2006 at the Anchorage Courthouse.

Do names play a part in career choices?
While it’s easy to believe we are in control of our own thoughts, actions and lives, the Romans had a saying, “Nomen est omen,” which roughly translates to, “Names are destiny.”

Around the Peninsula
Berry growers ripe to meet Drug coalition meeting planned Shakespeare play held over CPGH board meeting slated Breakfast fundraiser set to flip Chili feed, auction planned

Peninsula People
Area students graduate Area residents join Air Force Moonin shines Bird flies high Zindel honored

Around the Peninsula
Kasilof cemetery cleanup set “Da Vinci Code” to be discussed Presentation of the peninsula’s future set Library director welcomed Snowshoe Gun Club meeting set to shoot Brain injury awareness walk set to take off Dog jog slated Swim lessons available

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Kards take 4th at state
Kenai Central High School’s Levi Sutton ran to victory in the boys 400 meters Saturday to earn a state title at the state track and field championships in Fairbanks.

Kenai girls close season at state tourney
The Kenai Central High School girls soccer team wrapped up its season Friday, dropping a consolation-bracket match 5-1 to West Valley at the state tournament in Anchorage.

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