Guest Column

Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2002

Citizens get involved to keep Soldotna safe

The Soldotna Police Department is pleased to announce a very strong interest once again this year from numerous citizens to continue with the Community Patrol effort. I appreciate all of the volunteer time these good citizens devote to keeping our city safe and crime free.

The following people served in the capacity of a Citizen Advisory Group during the wintertime months and are now ready to pick up on their patrol duties. They have asked for more responsibilities and will be taking a more active role in security checks and the formation of Neighborhood Watch programs, among other tasks to be determined. They were able to raise money to purchase jackets and reflective signs for their cars. Guf at Sherman Signs gave us a tremendous price break on the signs which will help to identify the members more clearly. He is greatly appreciated. The city of Soldotna Mini-Grants Committee gave us a $500 grant toward that end. They, too are appreciated.

If you would like to join the following list of distinguished Community Patrol members please call Sgt. Robbie Quelland or myself at the Soldotna Police Department at 262-4455. On June 19 at noon we will be having lunch at Farnsworth Park. Please bring your lunch, meet the members and find out what Community Patrol is all about.

Thanks, again, to the following members for their dedication and good will toward a great program that works: Dale Bagley, Tom Boedeker, Martine Dikes, James and Mary Duffey, Becky Dwinnell, Frank Griffin, Barbara Jewell, Roger Laber, Ken and Mavis Lancaster, Gary Martin, Don and Sharon Moock, Ed and Sharen Sleater, and Dick Troeger.

Shirley A. Gifford

Chief of Police

Soldotna Police Department

Good work makes holiday weekend enjoyable one

The Alaska State Troopers, Fish and Wildlife Protection officers and Alaska State Park rangers did a splendid job of making the Memorial Day weekend at the Anchor River Recreational Area the most pleasant one in some years. They kept the rowdiness, underage drinking and drug use in check, which was no small job.

Of course, there were some of those self-centered degenerates who had to prove they were just that.

Roy E. Hoyt Jr.


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