Monday, May 25, 2009

Peninsula to mark Memorial Day with services
Many Americans view this weekend as simply three days off from work and school to enjoy barbecues, fishing and camping, but veterans in the central Kenai Peninsula strive to adhere to the original purpose of the Memorial Day holiday: to honor military service men and women who have died.

King opener proves good day for clams
The Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the king salmon fishing season on the southern Kenai Peninsula especially, and Dave Swick of Anchorage summed up this weekend's opener with one sentence: "Thank God for the (razor) clams."

Teen's project draws accolades
If this month is any indication of Lincoln Wensley's future, it will be bright, as the Kenai Central High School sophomore has been honored with two national awards in the past 30 days.

Win-win project loses
What was described by one Kenai City Councilman as a "win, win, win" project, lost Wednesday night after the councilman was declared to have a conflict of interest and only two voting members supported his plan.

Borough to receive $41 million
At a time when funds are tight, the Kenai Peninsula Borough stands to receive more than $41 million in federal stimulus funds.

Troopers respond to two burglaries
Alaska State Troopers responded to two separate burglaries just before 3 a.m. on Friday.

John Konaruk Pannick
Longtime Alaska and Kenai resident John Konaruk Pannick, died Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at his home in Kenai. He was 64.

What we're celebrating -- and why
Although it's what many people on the Kenai Peninsula associate it with, Memorial Day weekend isn't just about fishing and barbecues. It's a time to remember those who have died in battle for this country.

Internet comments on stories could be more helpful, less hurtful
After several years now of reading the comments posted at the end of Clarion stories, I've come to the conclusion that this privilege is not just misused, but abused by total cowards. And I make this statement not just in regard to my own stories.

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Bronze Stars, silver coins, golden words
To the many heroes who died while serving their country, thank you. For those who struggled to not loose heart because of their service, thank you. This one's for you Dad.

Community Events

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Area athletes collect state crowns in stormy Fairbanks
A fast-moving, Fairbanks thunderstorm broke up the Class 1-2-3A and Class 4A state track and field championships on Saturday at Lathrop High School for about 10 minutes after the 800-meter run was completed.

Sports Briefs

Soldotna Whalers compete at state

Soldotna salvages 3rd
Just in case there was any doubt that Soldotna was going to miss the state tournament for the first time in three years, the Stars quelled that notion as early as they possibly could Saturday morning.

SoHi girls fall in OT
After scoring more than 20 goals as a freshman, Wasilla sophomore Kendra Miner came into the Northern Lights Conference tournament with just one score this season.

Soldotna baseball team splits in Valley
The Soldotna baseball team split a pair of Northern Lights Conference games on Friday and Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys. The Stars defeated Wasilla 8-6 on Friday before losing to Colony 14-4 on Saturday in a game called after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Stars drop 3 to Kodiak
After a doubleheader Friday in Soldotna, Kodiak softball coach Dave Allen approached Stars coach Dave Cleveland and jokingly reminded him the Bears still haven't received any players in the trade for the Hegge sisters.

Kardinals win NLC tourney
Soldotna's Shana Powell may have been voted the most valuable player of the Northern Lights Conference, but it was Kenai Central goalkeeper Lacie Wortham who was the unofficial MVP of the NLC tournament.

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