Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010

Free safety training scheduled for commercial fishermen

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Photo Submitted By Kenai Middle School
Photo Submitted By Kenai Middle School
Leadership students from Kenai Middle School present a check for $500 to Dr. Donna Peterson to support the expansion of the Kenai Community Library. The students held a dance and bake sale to raise the money to buy a fireplace tile. Pictured from left to right: Keir Johnson, Nate Mole, Justin Wisnewski, Whitni Stockton, Falon McGahan, Katy Knackstedt, Tyler Yamada presenting check to Dr. Peterson, Vlad Glushkov, Nathan Zorbas, Arianna Gabriel, Nolan Scarlett, Tori Pennison, and Jonathan Pedginski.

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Homer on Wednesday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This course meets the U.S Coast Guard training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Please register in advance by contacting AMSEA at 907-747-3287. More information and online registration is available at

Relay for Life events coming up

The Central Peninsula Relay for Life will hold Bank Night on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event will take place at the Soldotna Wells Fargo branch office on the Sterling Highway from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night. Teams participating in the Relay for Life are urged to attend one of the Bank Night sessions to turn in the donations raised for cancer research.

Central Peninsula Relay for Life will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a Survivors Dinner at Skyview High School. The Opening Ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Skyview High School track. There are many activities planned throughout the night, including the lighting of the Luminaria Bags at 11:00 p.m. For more information about Central Peninsula Relay for Life, contact Dennis Ghormley at 252-5197,

Volunteers needed for Tri the Kenai Triathlon

Organizers of the Tri The Kenai Triathlon are looking for volunteers to help with the event, scheduled for June 13.

Volunteers are needed to help with the youth event, timing, bike route traffic control, transition area control, routing racers and other various tasks.

Please come join the fun!

For more information or to volunteer, or call the volunteer coordinator at 252-1350.

Oilers baseball team seeks summer host families

The Peninsula Oilers baseball team is seeking summer host families. As a Peninsula Oilers host family, you will be opening your home and your lives to some of the top collegiate baseball players in the country. Players are due to arrive around June 5. The Alaska Baseball League season runs from the first part of June through the end of July. For more information, contact the Oilers office at 283-7133.

Raffle to benefit LeeShore Center

The LeeShore Board of Directors will be selling raffle tickets with all proceeds going to benefit programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the central Peninsula area.

First prize is a 24-speed Gary Fisher Wahoo mountain bike with disc brakes (valued at $649) from Beemun's.

Second prize is an overnight hotel package for two including breakfast from Louie's Uptowne Motel.

Third prize is an original Jennifer Joanis handmade quilt.

These and numerous other prizes will be drawn on June 13 at the Kenai River Festival at 3 p.m. The winners need not be present to win.

Tickets are on sale for $10 each or three for $25. Contact any LeeShore Board member or call 776-5220 to purchase your raffle tickets and help support victims of domestic violence in our community. Tickets will also be available at the Kenai River Festival June 11-13.

Elementary basketball skills camp planned

An elementary basketball skills and fundamentals camp planned for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at Skyview High School. The camp is open to boys are girls who were in third, fourth or fifth grade in the 2009-2010 school year.

The fee is $20. Contact coach Cary Calvert at 335-3359 to register.

Murkowski, Begich announce mobile office visits to Kenai Peninsula

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, announced that members of their staffs will visit the communities of Whittier, Cooper Landing, Seward, Ninilchik and Homer between Tuesday and Friday.

Congressional staff hold mobile office hours in Alaska in order to meet with constituents and community leaders. During their mobile office hours, staff from each office will be available to take casework requests and listen to constituent concerns about issues related to the federal government. All information gathered by staff will be directed to Sens. Murkowski and Begich as well as to the appropriate federal agencies to resolve concerns raised by Alaskans.

The dates and locations of the mobile office are as follows:

Tuesday -- Whittier City Office, 100 Kenai Street, 11 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday -- Seward Post Office, 507 Madison Avenue, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Cooper Landing Post Office, 38741 Snug Harbor Road, 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday -- Ninilchik Post Office, 15700 Kingsley Road, noon to 3 p.m.

Friday -- Homer Post Office, 3658 Heath Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Members of Sens. Murkowski and Begich's staff will be holding additional mobile office hours around Alaska throughout the summer. Specific dates and locations will be announced as they are finalized.


Oliver among Wayland Baptist graduates

A student from Kenai was among those earning degrees at the spring commencement ceremony at Wayland Baptist University, held May 8 in Hutcherson Center, in Plainview, Texas. Lucas Roush Oliver earned the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree in elementary education.

Ward graduates from Coast Guard Academy

Cadet First Class Rocky Clayton Ward of Kenai was one of 196 cadets to graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

During the commencement exercise, graduates of the Class of 2010 received their commission as ensigns from the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen.

A 2005 graduate of Kenai Central High School, Ward is the son of Walt and Colleen of Kenai.

Ward's first tour of duty will be as a student engineering officer on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak.

After four years of academics, physical fitness, character and leadership, the newly commissioned ensigns will apply their rigorous education for the next five years to carrying out the 11 Coast Guard missions in various units around the country.

Verkuilen receives degree from Valley City State

Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota, is pleased to recognize Daniel Ross Verkuilen of Kenai, who recieved his Master of Education degree.

Funny River

Funny River drama club on stage

Funny River Community Center is starting a summertime drama club! Parents bring your children to the first meeting on June 9 from 2:30 to 4: 30 p.m. at the center and find out what fun they can have in theater. The group will meet every Wednesday at the same time through Sept. 1. Call Jill Tyler at 262-6148 for more information.


Rec department offers day camp

North Peninsula Recreation is offering their Summer Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 15 to August 5 at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. The camp is open to first- through sixth-graders. Preregistration is not required. Activities will include swimming, cooking, pottery, crafts, field trips, special guests, gym activities, and much much more!

For more information contact Tammy at 776-8800.

Nikiski Teen Center posts events, summer hours

The Nikiski Community Recreation Center's Teen Center summer hours are 3 to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. Teen Field Day is 5 to 8 p.m. June 11. Teen barbecue and skate park competition is 5 to 8 p.m. July 16.

For more information on the Teen Center please call 776-8800.


Stinnett family grows

Michael and Christie "Sissy" Stinnett announce the birth of their daughter, Caileigh Elizabeth, on Monday, March 22, 2010. She weighed 8 pounds,10 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

She joins her brothers Joshua and Aiden. Her grandparents are John and Elizabeth Kobylarz of Soldotna and Patricia Knight of Elgin, Oregon.

Hepner receives degree from Valley City State

Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota, is pleased to recognize Daniel Hepner of Soldotna, who graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Taylor earns divinity degree

Bryan Taylor, a 1999 Soldotna High School graduate, this week was awadred his Masters of Divinity degree and certification of teaching religious study in education from Harvard University.

Soldotna summer reading program slated

The Soldotna Public Library at 235 N. Binkley Street will host its annual summer reading programs -- "Make a Splash-READ," (Preschool and kindergarten through sixth grade) "Make Waves @ Your Library," (Teens), and "Water Your Mind." (Adults) Programs start today and run through July 23. These free programs are open to young people, preschool age through young adult and families, with programs, prize drawings, story times, activities, contests and more. An open registration begins May 26 and closes July 16.

A Kick-off event will be held May 28 at 2 p.m. An educator from the Alaska SeaLife Center will present "Marine Mammal Adaptations." For more information, call 262-4227.

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