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Monday, May 30, 2011

Peninsula residents support borough funding for KPC
We strongly urge the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to approve the $657,000 funding for Kenai Peninsula College as contained in its 2011-2012 budget despite Mayor Carey's most recent reversal on his own submitted budget.

After-Prom a smashing success
On behalf of the Kenai Central High School After-Prom Committee, we would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's After-Prom a safe and enjoyable night, and a huge success. More than 170 students attended!

Support makes Safety Day a success
What an incredible time Soldotna Safety Day was this year! SoHi hosted the May 2011 event and their parking lot was full of participants and attendees. We enjoyed the wonderful sounds of "The Jazz Messengers" and "Sonic Karma," and the National Anthem sung a capella by Miss Feran Calix. Hot dogs and barbecue grill were donated by ConocoPhillips and cooked by Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche and Tom Cavanaugh. It was good that Coca-Cola was there with their tasty drinks because it was a hot Soldotna day.

Helgevold pleads guilty to negligent homicide, DUI
Clarence Helgevold Jr. pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence during a Friday change of plea hearing in Kenai superior court.

A time to remember: Memorial Day has special meaning for former Army medic
In 1966, Art Peters found himself in the jungles of South Vietnam.

Hundreds of anglers flock to Ninilchik River, Deep Creek for 12:01 a.m. opener: Searching for a bite just past midnight
At 12:58 a.m., after the final shred of daylight had faded into the Ninilchik River, Jeff Post felt a tug.

Homer students use paper cranes to wish man well
HOMER (AP) -- It started as a study in geometry for Fireweed Academy third- and fourth-grade students, complete with reading assignments exploring the many-sided characteristics of polygons, circles and polyhedra. It ended with more than a thousand colorful expressions of hope for student Sophie Morin's great-uncle, Pat McBride of Homer, injured in an automobile accident earlier this year.

Decision issued on Kasilof special use area
A final decision to designate the lower Kasilof River area was announced Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources.

Fence goes up along Kasilof dunes: Barrier intended to protect sensitive habitat
After almost two years of deliberation, a 5,500-foot long fence is being installed to protect the dunes at the mouth of the Kasilof River. The fence, which is a guardrail, will assist in keeping vehicles off the dunes and ensure the conservation of the habitat.

Fire claims cabin on Caribou Island
A fire broke out on Caribou Island Sunday afternoon, destroying a cabin and about a half acre of land, according to Alaska Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Bud Sexton.

A balanced budget -- that's the bottom line
The budget submitted by Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor David Carey is encouraging in several aspects, but simply doesn't go far enough in others.

Energy plan an imperative
With Americans feeling pain at the pump and Alaskans often suffering from the highest energy prices, the U.S. Senate's response last week was both predictable and doomed.

Memorial Day: Take a moment to honor our fallen soldiers
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.

Special Ops Moms
This photo shows Lisa Delhbom, head secretary at Soldotna Montessori Charter School, and Debbie Tressler, head secretary at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. Delhbom's son, Senior Airman Jordan Delhbom, just returned home alive and well from his firt combat deployment in Afghanistan. Jordan Delhbom serves as an Air Force ParaRescue and HALO Jumper.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai seeks input from businesses

Around the Peninsula

Diabetes support group to meet

Miller, Myers to tie the knot
Richard Nathaniel Miller of Homer and Sheresica Jean Myers of Twin Bridges, Mont., proudly announce their engagement and plan to be married on July 2, 2011 at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in Laurin, Mont. A reception will follow at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Twin Bridges.

Births

Births

Torch Run a success
Two months of planning by Central Peninsula Law Enforcement under the direction of Chief Sandahl and Special Olympic Volunteer, Christina Fowler, resulted in the annual Torch Run for Special Olympics held May 21 at McDonald's in Kenai. Pledges collected resulted in more than $5,200 to benefit local Special Olympians.

Take me out to the ball game
I was sitting in the bleachers this week, watching my son's first Little League game, and I couldn't help but chuckle -- I kept it to myself, for the most part -- at the happenings on the field. The right fielder was busy building a grass fort, the left fielder was to the second-base side of short stop, and several players must've missed dinner in the rush to get to the ballpark, because they were gnawing on their gloves.

SoHi soccer falls to Wasilla
CHUGIAK -- When Wasilla was pushed backward into the consolation side of the bracket with a quarterfinal loss to Chugiak, the Warriors fixed their sights on a new set of goals.

Mariners wear NLC crown
Homer softball coach Bill Bell said his team rarely gets rattled.

Stars baseball takes 2nd: SoHi beats Colony to make state, loses to Kodiak in title game
PALMER -- It's hard enough to get three outs against the Colony Knights. Tyler Marcuson had to get four to close the door on Colony and send his team to the state tournament for the second time in school history.

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