Monday, June 4, 2007

Reader questions mailed-in note
I’m writing this letter as an open question(s) to the person(s) who mailed the postcard back to the Concerned Citizens Coalition received in the mail. It was attached to an informational flyer inserted in the Peninsula Clarion’s May 25 issue. The postcard states, “The process is flawed, your school could be next: I ______ support the reconsideration of the Sears/Mt. View consolidation. The process now in place did not allow adequate opportunity for the public’s input and, therefore does not have public support and confidence. In addition, the negative consequences of the consolidation were not predicted, and time constraints given were unrealistic, people could not fully understand the process. The time line for selection of a new principal was only eight days, clearly not sufficient time for public input. We demand fair representation for all citizens of this district and we expect the KPBSD Administration to explain why this is in the best interest of our children and to answer all of our questions and concerns.”

Editorial is same old song, different remix
I’ve read some bad editorials in my time but the Frontiersman’s “Now’s the time to move the legislators closer to the people” is one of the worst. A poorly put together remix of the same old song, “It can’t work right if I can’t drive there,” which when listened to carefully sounds more like “Juneau has it but we want it.”

Not many campers burning daylight, firewood on central peninsula since Memorial Day
The crackle of the burning firewood is what Christine Hamme enjoys most about a campfire.

New diagnosis may lead to cure
Landon Rogers loves the Pixar movie “Cars,” especially the character Lightning McQueen. And just like that little red sports car, once Landon gets going, he’s hard to stop.

School board to consider $117 million budget
The Board of Education will be asked Monday to approve a nearly $4 million increase over the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District preliminary budget previously OK’d for fiscal year 2008.

Mayor wants money back
Mayor John Williams is looking to convince Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members Tuesday that they should reinstate three projects cut from the proposed fiscal year 2008 borough budget.

Marauding bear shot in Cooper Landing
Another bear was shot in defense of life and property Monday, making it the fourth bear to be killed on the central Kenai Peninsula in four consecutive weeks.

Richard A. ‘Dick’ Edwards
Alaska resident Richard A. “Dick” Edwards died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at home in Kenai. He was 75.

Philip ‘Tony’ Anthony Turkington
Longtime Soldotna resident Philip “Tony” Anthony Turkington died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at his home surrounded by family. He was 76.

Ruth Elaine Wilkes
Longtime Sterling resident Ruth Elaine Wilkes died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

Doris Jean (March) Welch
Longtime Seward resident Doris Jean (March) Welch died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, near Cooper Landing. She was 66.

Robert J. ‘Kenai Bob’ Stevenson
Anchorage resident Robert J. “Kenai Bob” Stevenson died Friday, June 1, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 59.

Informing voters a good idea; but how?
Which is worse, an uninformed voter, or someone who simply does not vote?

It’s a bird! A plane! It’s Dad!: For all he does wrong, how about some credit for the good stuff?
Last year at about this time, I was sitting with my family enjoying lattes, hot chocolate and sunshine in front of the bookstore at Denali National Park. My 16-year-old exchange student daughter took the opportunity to start making fun of her father, particularly the way he dresses — out-of-fashion clothes, black socks with shorts, and other typical dad wear.

Getting rid of hunger at home: Awareness day draws attention to those on Kenai Peninsula
Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank joins nationwide anti-hunger organizations celebrating Hunger Awareness Day. America’s Second Harvest — The Nation’s Food Bank Network — will kick off Hunger Awareness Day 2007 with 200 food banks and more than 20,000 food service agencies participating in events across the country.

Soldotna High School class of 2007
  Soldotna High School class of 2007 graduates, from left, Mike Reed, Annie Gardner, Alyssa Emery, Patrick Moore, Adam Miller and Brent Mello applaud a speaker during their commencement ceremony May 23 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Photo by M. Scott Moon Calvin Aldridge

Births
· Sarah Kimbrell Whitney and Eric Whitney of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Aidyn Paige Whitney, at 1:17 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

Community Events
The Soldotna Community Library will hold a free summer reading program called “Get a Clue at Your Library.” Readers will find clues, solve mysteries and puzzles, and participate in other activities during the program. Children preschool age through young adults are eligible to join in the fun. Family activities also are planned. Registration ends July 18.

Peninsula People
Bundy celebrates milestones Dutton makes dean’s list Lousberg graduates college Hensley receives grant SMS honor roll announced

Of Moose and Men
We have stepped full stride into another grilling season. Unless your household is one of the growing number that refuses to let their grills, and grilling skills, get rusty during the winter months, chances are good there was some trepidation the first time the grill was opened.

Around the Peninsula
Dog Jog set to go Social Security reps to visit Swim lessons make a splash Golf tourney set to swing Teens for rent Digital cameras sought Classes set to reunite

Around the Peninsula
Run for River vendors, runners sought Quilters to gather Resiliency classes continue Cowboy up Kids reading program continues Garden club digs in

Peninsula Reflections
Three wooden Orthodox crosses were found under the floor of St. Nicholas Chapel in Kenai back in 1972 when the Kenai Historical Society began a project to stabilize the aging building.

Winemaking’s a ‘Must’ try
A great thing about writing as a job is there is a chance that it may not simply drive you to drink, but also offer the opportunity to make the libation as research. This is the kind of article assignment one hopes for: make some wine, and report on the process. A grueling assignment to be sure, but one eagerly undertaken for the benefit of the Clarion’s readership.

Sports Briefs
Barrel Horse Association holds 1st event Famous volleyball coach comes to Palmer

Stars end softball season
The host Soldotna softball team swept Seward in a doubleheader on Friday, then lost to Homer on Saturday, to finish up their Northern Lights Conference season and their regular season.

Twins come back to pick up split
It’s never acceptable to miss the sign for the suicide squeeze as a batter. It is possible to make amends for missing that sign.

SoHi boys soccer takes 4th at state
They may as well have been passing the ball in their own backyard.

Twins, Cougars split 2
The American Legion Twins opened up their 2007 season on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai by splitting a doubleheader with Service.

Sutton, Wood announce engagement
Cassie Lu Sutton of Soldotna and Samuel Brian Wood of Kenai plan to marry Saturday, July 7, 2007, at the Beachfront Lodge in Kenai.

Johns, Hill to marry in Nikiski
Sabrina Jo Johns of Kenai and Scott G. Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo. plan to marry Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Nikiski.

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