Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Great strides made at track meet
The annual Hershey Track and Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success. On May 13, approximately 250 participants from local schools came to compete in both running and field events at the Nikiski High School track. Thankfully this year we were blessed with clear skies for the duration of the track meet. As a result of the cooperative weather we had a stadium full of happy participants and fans. We were also graced with an abundance of helpful volunteers.

Skyview commends fit students
The Skyview High School PE Department would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2010 Mr./Ms. Skyview Fitness Contest: Fantastic Freshman - Sam Janorschke; Super Sophomores - Melissa Trotter and Cody Williams; Ms. Skyview - Jaci Lamborn; Mr. Skyview - Tyler Nichols; Best Guns - Ivy O'Guinn and Tyler Nichols; Best Back - Ivy O'Guinn and Freddie Pollard; Best Abs - Jaci Lamborn and Brandon Jones; Best Poser - Jaci Lamborn and Tyler Nichols.

Community's values reflected in college
Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining other graduates in the Kenai Peninsula College graduation commencement ceremony. More than 250 students graduated -- receiving diplomas, certificates, and degrees -- through KPC campuses during the May ceremonies. I was proud to be among them and receive my degree as a member the second largest graduating class in KPC history, and the largest for the University of Alaska.

Bike rodeo a fun, safe day
The Kaleidoscope bike rodeo was a great success. The students learned a lot about bike safety from officer Mitch Langseth, had helmets checked or purchased them from nurse Jane Fellman with Safe Kids, and had fun learning on the course. This event could not have been such a great event without volunteers. Special thanks go out to the following terrific contributors: officer Mitch Langseth, nurse Jane Fellman, the Moose Lodge volunteers (Governor Joe Stanford, Bob Monroe Sr., Adreann Baker, Sadie Larson, Gretchen Larson and Brett Roller) who brought the barbecue and cooked for all the students and staff. Steve's Chevron provided the propane. Brad Carver from the Bike Shop loaned bike maintenance tools, Kaleidoscope PTA provided refreshments for the volunteers as well as snacks and beverages for the students. Last but not least I would like to thank the parent volunteers: Jen and Sam Satathite, Luke Jackson, Jason and Lysa Diorec, Marian Austin, Erin Miles and Molly Sansotta, Misty Hamilton, Maria Shaginoff, Jessica and Terry Bookey, Gerri Litzenberger, Jan Marquis, Michelle Olson and Will Morrow.

Brownie troop learns through service
I'd like to introduce Nikiski Brownie Girl Scout troop 545. They were asked how they could help their community this year in a Brownie Quest.

Alaska will benefit from spill
The good and bad of it all:

State incentives give a boost for Cook Inlet
The state has sharply expanded oil and gas exploration and development incentives -- mostly aimed at Cook Inlet -- hoping to inspire existing producers to invest more and to lure more independents to explore the area.

Soap Box Derby: enthralls racers
After three years of racing and never placing, Austin Daly, 15, took home the first-place trophy -- $300 in gift cards -- for her gravity-powered finish on Spruce Street at Saturday's Kenai Rotary Soap Box Derby.

Officials: Give wildlife space
There might still be a nip in the air, but for area wildlife, spring has come. Moose have started to calve and bears have emerged from winter dens -- a reminder for people to give wildlife some space.

DOT details where drivers can find construction work on the Kenai this summer
While summer usually means fun trips with family and friends, it also means increased road construction that could slow down vacation travel. But motorists who know where to find those pesky orange cones on the Kenai Peninsula will also have the best shot at avoiding them.

Agency issues warning letter to BP Alaska
A federal pipeline agency last month issued a warning letter to BP Exploration Alaska, finding "probable violations" in the company's handling of certain corrosion issues affecting its Endicott Pipeline.

Marlena Lynn Crump
Longtime Kenai resident, Mrs. Marlena Lynn Crump, 52, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at her home with her family by her side after a long brave battle with cancer.

Carlton Harvey Green
Carlton Harvey Green, 81 years old of Bracketville, Texas died May 13, 2010, in Uvalde, Texas.

SoHi softball tops Kenai
The Soldotna softball team defeated Kenai Central 15-4 in four innings in nonconference action on Monday in Kenai.

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