Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Track meet scores big points
The annual Hershey Track & Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success. On May 15, just over 250 participants from local area schools came to compete in running and field events at the Nikiski High School track. We were again blessed by all our helpful volunteers who braved the rain to help us out.

Prom party a success
The SoHi After Prom Committee would like to thank the following businesses and community members for making the party a huge success. Thanks to: McGillivray family, Smola family, Frontier Votech, England family, Teri Tobias, Duncan family, Hughes Drilling, Ingraham family, Bush family, Elks Club, city of Soldotna, Dr. Hu, Big G Electric, Kenai Outfitters, SoHi PTSA, Alaska Oil Sales, HEA, BP, Wells Fargo, Bruce's Bob Cat Services, Rohloff family, Malston's, Binkley St. Dental, Central Peninsula Hospital, Bias family, Kenai River Brewing, Safeway, Kenai Peninsula Oilers, Kenai Christianson Youth, Stanley Ford, AK Salon, Anew Salon, Arby's, Audio Concepts, Beemun's, Blockbuster, Frontier Vo-Tech, Cold Stone, Craig Taylor, Dairy Queen, Davis Block, Fitness Place, Coach Brantley, Coach Swanson, Coach King, Coach Marey, Froso's, Home Depot, Kenai Vision Center, Lowe's, McDonald's, Odie's, Orca, Peak Oilfield, Pizza Bistro, Pizza Hut, River City Books, Sweeney's, Taco Bell, Tesoro, Trustworthy Hardware, The Grind, Kenai Sportsfishing Association, AK Rays, St. Elias, Felicia's Hair Tech, River & Sea, Candy Bouquet, Hawk's Games, Phormations, Susan's Bath House, Evelyn Magiera, Fred Meyer, IGA, Save U More, Three Bears, Kaladi's, Soldotna Optometry, Y Chevron, Officer Tony Garcia and all the committee members and volunteers who donated their time and assistance to provide a fun, safe and supervised activity for students to attend.

Volunteers make a difference
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank would like to thank the group of 21 youth and five adult volunteers from the Church of the Nazarene who came from Nikiski, Anchor Point, Seward and Soldotna. The group recently came into the food bank and did a great job sorting produce, cleaning shelves and bagging food items.

Borough budget to be discussed
After two months of hearing testimony from school district employees, non-departmental agencies and the general public at packed Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings -- the meeting of all meetings is here.

Wal-Mart work to restrict Kenai traffic
Motorists on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai will begin seeing a new traffic pattern Wednesday as work progresses on the entrance to the new Wal-Mart store.

'Giving back and showing our appreciation': Kenai River Wounded Warrior 2nd annual fishing event upcoming; Volunteers, donations still needed
On the Kenai Peninsula, fishing can be much more than a hobby. It can be a therapeutic experience.

City of Kenai rezone frozen for now
A move to rezone land across from Kenai Central High School to allow limited commercial development has been put on ice for now.

Redoubt watch: The wait continues ...
The 2009 eruption of Redoubt continues as of 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Photo feature: Summer fun
Sailors prepare to harness the wind in Resurrection Bay near Seward recently. Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny with a chance of brief showers.

James E. 'Jim' Russell
Longtime Clam Gulch resident James E. "Jim" Russell died Friday, May 29, 2009, at his home in Clam Gulch. He was 67.

Willie B. 'Buddy' Owens
Soldotna resident Willie B. "Buddy" Owens died Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Soldotna. He was 45.

Local self-government: Governor explains her stance on economic stimulus bill
I have taken many opportunities to explain the economic stimulus bill and problems created from increasing programs tied to accepting federal funds. My concerns with issuing record levels of government debt to pay for increases and the inevitable demand for state dollars to backfill the funding gap are a matter of public record.

Around the Peninsula

River run on the horizon

Photo feature: Best Friend
Richard Mendenhall of Sterling sent us this great photo of his rescue dog Buddy. Although it was taken in 2003 when Buddy was 1, Richard tells us the two continue to walk out together to get the Clarion every morning. "I love your paper and apparently he does, too," Richard said. And look, he fits in the paper delivery box just perfect! That makes Buddy our best friend, too.

Sports Briefs

SoHi to host volleyball camp

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