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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Peninsula Realtors step up to help Hospice
The warmth emanating from Birch Ridge Golf Course on a recent Friday afternoon had nothing to do with the weather, but everything to do with the hearts and spirited bidding going on during the annual Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) fundraiser for Hospice. While ski parkas were still the apparel for the day the event drew a large group of realtors from across the Peninsula who stepped up and dug deep into their own pockets to support one of their favorite organizations. “We so appreciate what the Realtors do for us at Hospice, they organize this event all on their own and we just come and enjoy. It’s unique when they actually go out and collect items for the auction from this generous community then come here and bid for the items themselves,” said Executive Director for Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Marquitta Andrus.

Sterling students finish off the school year with Space, Immigration, and Community Clean up days
While many kids were counting the final days and hours of the school year, students at Sterling Elementary were having regrets about school getting out for the summer. “I really don’t want to leave because it’s been so exciting being in Mr. Miller’s class and participating in the NASA Explorer curriculum and using the hand held’s,” commented Karlie Self shortly after she had read a science fiction story she had written to NASA scientists in Cleveland ,Ohio live over visual satellite transmission.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
In the springtime here in Alaska there are so many things to do that I sometimes don’t know where to start first. This year we had such a cold yucky spring, when it finally warmed up there were several weeks of chores all piled up needing to be done at once. Then besides the chores there is also fish that need to be caught and left over salmon canned if you haven’t already done so. Oh yes the yard needs to be raked and those droppings the moose left behind picked up too. We are not even going to start talking about the stuff the neighbor’s dog left.

KRSA reports on values of salmon fishing in Upper Cook Inlet
As everyone is eagerly anticipating the return of salmon to Cook Inlet, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) has published a new report that tracks the “Economic Values of Sport, Personal Use, and Commercial Salmon Fishing in Upper Cook Inlet.” KRSA executive director Ricky Gease has been sharing the content of the report with civic groups and Chambers of Commerce organizations on the Kenai Peninsula. “The Kenai River is the most popular sport fishing river in the world with its tremendous runs of salmon and trout that brings a quarter of a million anglers annually to the Upper Cook Inlet and those numbers are going to continue to grow. What we do in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, State Parks, Fish & Wildlife Service, the Borough and Cities, is to provide better and more responsible access areas with the appropriate infrastructure to make sure that the use on the River is done appropriately and will foster stewardship of the resource,” Gease told the Kenai Rotary Club.

Bob & Mary buy Bob & Mary’s Kasilof Mercantile
If you were use to stopping by the Kasilof Mercantile on your way south or north on the Kenai Peninsula to say “Hey” to Bob and Mary Lamb and pick up a little something you probably heard that they had decided to sell the Mercantile. Well they did and just to make the transition easy they sold it to Bob and Mary Laster of Tifton, Georgia. So now you can keep on pulling in to the Kasilof Mercantile to say “Hey” to Bob and Mary and find out for yourself why folks from that far south would want to migrate this far north, “No big story really just kind of burned out on the hot weather and looking for a cooler environment and our son Rocky and daughter-in-law have been living up here for about six or seven years so we decided to do something different before we went belly-up,” said Bob sipping a nice iced beverage in the Mercantile’s expanded café. Kenaitze artist Bunny Swan-Gease has recently given the café a host culture touch with a wildlife mural that is certain to enhance the pleasure of each visit.

Dogs benefit from donations of others
On May 6, the Kenai Kennel Club held an open house to celebrate National Pet Week. We wanted to promote fun, healthy and positive ways to be involved with dogs through exercise, health care and identification. There were demonstrations, visual and printed information, a microchip clinic and prizes.

Writer says fair elections needed in Native corporations
Section 2(b) of ANCSA says, “Native shall have maximum participation in decisions affecting their rights and property.” Shareholder participation is limited to the right to vote, but if elections are controlled participation and choice is limited.

Donations pave the way for success
Cook Inlet Academy would like to give a generous thanks to the community and all the local businesses that make our community great. Thanks to all who generously donated prizes, time and funds along with incredible creativity to make our spring carnival a success. Thank-yous go out to the following businesses: Fred Meyer, 4D Interiors, Bauder Dentistry, EZ Limit Guide Service, Wounded Bear Kennels, Radio Shack, New Millennium, River City Cheer, Beemun’s, Spenard Builders Supply, Alaska Coastal Marine, Doors and Windows, Master’s Vinyard, Odie’s, Statewide Heating and Air Conditioning, Trustworthy Hardware, C.A.B.I. Clothing by Robin Forci, Fenton Bros. Guide Service, Affinity Salon, Alaska Center of Natural Medicine, Pizza Boys, borough assembly, Dr. Wisnewski, Accordia of Alaska and The Fitness Place.

Soldotna cleanup in the bag, thanks to help
I would like to thank our Soldotna seniors, Doug Harkey, Eileen Elder, Madrona Lindgren, Pearl Burton, Kate Quelland, Ken Keenan, Oma Keena, Ann Curtis and Maxine Plette for giving out our cleanup bags during the week of May 8 through 12 at our Soldotna Safeway store.

Reader: Home-schooling has its advantages
I have been home-schooled since I started school. I am 13 now, and I have home-schooled for about nine years. My name is Joshua Johnson, and I am going into ninth grade. Home schooling is fun!

Oil companies leaving Alaska?
The oil companies, making huge profits in the state of Alaska are doing everything they can to convince the public and the Legislature that any additional tax would drive them out of the state.

Nikiski cleans up with help
The Nikiski Community Council would like to thank everyone who made spring cleanup a success. The many families who spent May 13 picking up trash along the roadsides, everyone that was out picking up trash during the week. From toddlers to seniors, all showing community pride, making sure our community shined.

Volunteers, donations make feast possible
Thanks to volunteers, donations and entertainment from Kenai River Professional Guide Association members, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Coca Cola, Heritage Place staff and area residents, the fourth annual Return of the Salmon Celebration, held at Heritage Place on May 22, was a resounding success.

Ways around the gas issue
In the 1970s when we had a problem with a gas shortage, the solution was to only buy on certain days and a limit on gallons of purchase. We were living in the L.A. area at the time. Also, the biggest solution was the 55 mile per hour speed limit. At the time, I worked for Unocal and a friend rode to work with me who worked at Texaco. At that time the gasoline tanks were full at the refineries.

Response deserves praise
This is to express my appreciation to the Latter-day Saints Church, Soldotna branch. My mother, Ruby Mae Bishop, is an elderly lady with a home in Soldotna surrounded by a huge yard. Stan Stedman graciously offered the assistance of a couple of the LDS members to assist me with the yard work. Well, last week, not just one carload of people from the church came to work in the yard, but six! There were entire families with children climbing out of the cars and working all around like spring birds and filled over 100 bags with leaves in no time.

ACT turned away again
For the second time in a month, the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk has denied certification of an initiative application filed by the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers.

Military members earn salute with ceremonies
With the wind blowing dozens of U.S. flags on the Monday marking the end to the three-day Memorial Day weekend, area residents took time to honor military personnel in Leif Hansen Memorial Park with cheers, prayers and song.

First-timer reels in trophy ‘hog’ in inlet
The inviting weather and a 60-pound king salmon hosted a Virginia man on a day of firsts this weekend, as his first salmon fishing trip landed him his first salmon and first trophy certificate.

Man survives mauling
A North Fork man survived a brown bear attack about 8:30 a.m. Sunday near his home on Knob Hill Road near Epperson Knob at about Mile 7 of North Fork Road.

Holiday: CES has 40 calls
Alaskans crawled out of their dens and visitors descended on the peninsula to kick off summer over the long memorial weekend. The early summer revelry was accompanied by a not-so-unexpected slew of mishaps involving boats, guns, fires and all-terrain vehicles.

Nikiski man could go to trial for sexual abuse of 2-year-old
On Friday, a Kenai grand jury was asked to determine whether a case involving a 19-year-old Nikiski man suspected of physically and sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl should go to trial.

Habitat breaks ground for peninsula family
Community-minded contributors noshed hot dogs, mingled with friends and family and otherwise enjoyed Saturday’s spring weather at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity’s summer house build.

Final school ‘Bell’ rings
Twenty-five years after he last cracked open a book in school, 40-year-old Robert Bell found an eighth grade education just didn’t cut it anymore and decided it was time to earn his GED. Bell’s return to school, however, would take him much further than he originally anticipated.

Fern Dutton
Former Alaska resident Fern Dutton died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Sequim, Wash. She was 68.

Stephen Owen Smuin
Former Kenai resident Stephen Owen Smuin died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at his mother’s home in Vernal, Utah, surrounded by family. He was 57.

Births
· Heather and Matt Churchill of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Jillian Ruth Churchill, at 7:47 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces.

Around the Peninsula
Senior health fair set to educateFootball camp slatedUsed book sale plannedGarage sale fundraiser scheduledMental heath classes availableHistorical society fundraiser slatedPlant sale set to bloomHistorical Society to meet

Hero of the Week: Fast fire response appreciated
I want to express my most heartfelt and sincere thank you and appreciation to the Nikiski Fire Department for their speedy and expeditious actions in putting out a greatly dangerous and potentially disastrous forest fire that started in my neighbors yard. The fire was moving so incredibly fast and within minutes the dry grass was burning high and the smoke was billowing through the entire neighborhood and with the wind it was gaining fast ground towards our home and everything we own in this world.

Community Events
Brain injury awareness walk setDog jog slatedGardening class takes root

Peninsula People
Burford pagedHayes graduatesHughes graduatesJensen to attend collegeLasky on paradeRizzo honoredWarner graduatesScholarship awarded

Photo feature: Restful reflection
The new Kenai City Cemetery gazebo was dedicated May 20. Volunteers including Frank Getty, the Kenai Football Boosters Club, the Kenai Lions Club and community members cleaned up the cemetery prior to the dedication by hauling two truck loads of refuse filled bags and other remnants to the landfill. With more than 25 volunteers present, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter dedicated the gazebo by reading a proclamation and city employee Andy Bralley set a gazebo plaque into the cement. An appreciation barbecue for volunteers was held following the dedication.

Around the Peninsula
Got a question? Church garage sale continues Water safety instructor class offered Golf tourney set to swing Kenai seeks volunteers for dirty work Swim lessons to make a splash

Nikiski High School
Juanita Millyard, who is graduating from Nikiski a year early this spring, said her high school career was great, and that she plans to go to college and become an educator herself. But not at the high school level.

Skyview High School
The graduation spirit was in full swing Thursday night at Soldotna Sports Center as the Skyview class of 2006 prepared to make the leap into full-fledged adulthood.

Graduation isn’t end of learning
Graduation is not the end of the road for high school students. If they want to avoid underemployment, they will need more training.

Wings Christian Academy
Soldotna born Leah Howell said she was sad to be leaving Wings Christian Academy. She had formed lasting friendships with the students and teachers, but said of all the things she would miss the most, there was one that stood out from the rest.

Kenai Central High School
Moments before the Kenai Central High School graduation was about to begin, Emma Brenner panicked.

Kenai Alternative
With the nation involved in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was little wonder that soldiers in uniform attended the Kenai Alternative School graduation. In fact, one wore his Army dress uniform under his blue graduate’s gown.

Connections Home School
If music is truly the international language joining people who don’t share a common spoken language, it comes as no surprise that a number of musically gifted students shared that gift during the Connections graduation program for homes-schooled children.

Ninilchik School
Editor’s note: Ninilchik School did not provide a class list or valedictorian biography by the Clarion’s deadline.

Soldotna High School
High school was about to become a memory for Soldotna High School’s class of 2006 on Friday night, and the memories accompanying the students’ four years as Stars were up for discussion before the event took place.

Cook Inlet Academy
Leaving the classrooms and hallways of the school that have occupied a young person’s life for the majority of their time alive may be traumatic for some, but not for Stephanie McNutt of Soldotna.

For parents, senior year is a series of firsts and lasts
When graduation comes, seniors get excited. For many, it means heading off to college or jobs out of town, out of state and occasionally out of the country.

Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus
Bachelor of Arts — English

Hope School Valedictorian
Bryan Abrego graduated from Hope Elementary-High School in Hope. He is the son of Camille and Joseph Abrego. “I will be saddened to leave, as this has been my home for over six years. In my free time, I like to snowboard and snowmachine in the winter and play video games,” he said. Bryan plans to study drama and computer programming at the University of Alaska Anchorage and would like to become a novelist.

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Aces go up 3-0
The Alaska Aces took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Kelly Cup finals with a 5-4 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Monday in Gwinnett, Ga.

Pirates ruin Mabeus’ first appearance
Soldotna graduate Chris Mabeus had a rough Major League debut Monday in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 14-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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