Monday, June 5, 2006

Soccer was a kick thanks to help
The Boys and Girls Club Indoor Soccer League just finished another “hugely” successful season. The Indoor Soccer Program involved well over 500 boys and girls, from all over the central peninsula, ranging from 4 years to fifth grade. This fun and positive opportunity for the kids of our community was only possible through the efforts and support of a lot of different people.

Alaska myths make reader in Florida sympathize
In response to your May 28th article, “Incorrect information about Alaska is about as well traveled as its tourists.” I found this article exceptionally amusing because I was born and raised in Soldotna and moved to Gainesville, Florida when I was 19 to attend the University of Florida. Shortly after settling in Florida I was shocked by the number of extremely ignorant questions I would receive from the locals once they learned I was from Alaska.

Writer speaks her mind
Poison pill?!

Anger over vote left constituent even angrier at receptionist
After reading that both of our Senators voted in favor of the reprehensible immigration bill, I called Sen. Stevens office to ask him not to support the benefits given to illegal aliens in this bill.

Contra dancers made fundraising a good time
Thank you to the Kenai River Folk Dancers for donating $250 to Sterling Elementary School’s Climbing Wall Fund. The group was hired to play and call a contra dance May 13 at Sterling Elementary. The event also included a dessert auction to benefit a climbing wall the PTA is working towards. Not only did the Kenai River Folk Dancers play wonderful songs and teach fun dances, they took part in the auction, going home with several desserts.

Peninsula candidates off, running
Candidates seeking state offices reached their filing deadline Thursday afternoon, and the final list included hopefuls for three House and one Senate seat from Kenai Peninsula districts.

Making strides in cancer fight
While some may find it difficult to understand the association between cancer and a weekend of full festivities, this weekend’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Skyview High School made it very clear.

Home, moose victims of fire
The charred and smoking remains of a Sterling house stood starkly against a clear blue sky Friday morning, after a raging fire blazed through it.

Calf conundrum
June marks several changes in Alaska. Salmon enter the rivers in greater numbers, wildflowers begin to bloom in abundance and miniature versions of the states’ largest ungulate begin to show up seemingly everywhere.

Kasilof fire station could be built by fall
A fire station in Kasilof is set to take another step toward becoming a reality when the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets June 6.

Substance abuse doesn’t surprise local educators
Central Kenai Peninsula educators, for the most part, are not surprised by a recent student survey that showed 13 percent of sixth-graders experimented with sniffing inhalants.

Giant brown bear charges hunters
Matt Zeek and Charles Goff made cautious progress down the trail —their eyes scanning the trees and underbrush, ears tuned to detect every rustle, and shotguns loaded and ready — hoping to see a bear.

Area may get own say in subsistence
Alaska’s Federal Subsistence Board is considering the creation of an 11th Regional Advisory Council to represent the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai charter school expansion on agenda
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will once again be asked to consider a plan to increase the size of Kaleidoscope charter school when the board meets tonight.

Jesse "Gordon" Swain
Former Kenai resident Jesse “Gordon” Swain died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, in Tacoma, Wash., from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 56.

Kyle D. Hayes
Kyle D. Hayes of Dayton, Wash., died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at the Dworshak Reservoir, Little Bay near Orofino, Idaho. He was 12 .

James Warren Blanning
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident James Warren Blanning died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna surrounded by his wife and children. He was 84.

Doris Brody
Longtime Ninilchik resident Doris Brody died Wednesday, May 13, 2006, at Main Street Assisted Living Homer in Homer, where she resided since Sept. 1, 2005. She was 84.

Robin Kay Notter
Soldotna resident Robin Kay Notter died Friday, June 2, 2006, at her home in Soldotna. She was 48.

Don’t forget the sunscreen: Life advice: Don’t overreach, but don’t let others kill your dreams, either
So column time has come again.

Talk to candidates now or gripe about politicians later
With all the talk about the gas pipeline contract and the frenzy that goes along with the start of summer, it’s easy to overlook what an important election year it is. Alaskans will be electing a governor and lieutenant governor later this year. Congressman Don Young will be running for re-election. Ten state Senate seats are up for election, as are all 40 House seats.

Community Events
Kids’ club to meet Peace group to meet Lacrosse club seeks members

Paintballers aim for a permanent peninsula home
In a salvage yard next to the Sterling Highway on a sunny Saturday afternoon, a dilapidated 1970s-era crane truck with a faded powder blue paint job and rust around its deflated tires stands riddled with neon green splatter marks.

Peninsula People
Knight shines Larson graduates Preston awarded for service Musgrove takes to the sky Musgrove graduates McAuliffe honored

Whitney, Powell to marry
Kimberly Dawn Whitney and Brian Christopher Powell plan to be married Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at the home of the bride-to-be’s uncle and aunt, Stephen and Pamela Mersch.

Around the Peninsula
Kids club to meet Community pandemic flu seminar slated Peace group to meet Lacrosse club seeks members Swim lessons to make a splash

Around the Peninsula
Murkowski to speak at Alliance VFW convention slated Hope fundraiser set Foster care, adoption workshops available NPRSA events set Swim lessons to make a splash Hawaiian luau fundraiser planned

Heroes of the Week
Kasilof resident grateful for fast fire response Roofers appreciated Ninilchik youth clean up

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Homer softball wins state title Twins split with Dimond

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Lacrosse club seeks members Hockey school comes to Soldotna Dates for Homer physicals announced

Twins open season with a split
The American Legion Twins opened up their 2006 season by splitting a pair of games with Service on Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Milwaukee sends Mabeus to minors
Following one outing with the Milwaukee Brewers, Soldotna High School graduate Chris Mabeus, 27, was sent back to the minor leagues on Friday.

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