Saturday, June 10, 2006

Contributions star at talent show
The Skyview National Honor Society, Mock Trial and Community Schools would like to thank the following people and businesses for their contributions to another successful, annual Skyview Talent Show, which was held in April.

Visitors get benefits without the taxes
The annual visitors are back, and the voters need to be aware of their cost to us taxpayers. With property values going up, and additional sources of revenue for the borough needing at be found, I wonder why the voters chose not to tax them with either a bed tax or the 1 percent sales tax, which could be put into seasonal effect.

Support helped students work at learning
The students and teachers of the Kenai Central High School Work Experience Program would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have helped us this school year. The Kenai community has as always stepped forward and welcomed our student workers into their businesses. Without this wonderful support, we would not be able to continue the student’s workplace education. The administration, counselors and faculty are all instrumental in the success of this essential program.

Support heated up winter gala fundraiser
We wish to extend our thanks to those community supporters who made our Winter Gala fundraiser so successful. Profits from that event were used to sponsor our “New Horizons” Teen Event in March.

Judges get high marks
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary would like to express sincere thanks to Mayor Cave Carey and to Joyce and Paul Fischer for serving as judges for the Department of Alaska VFW Ladies Auxiliary-sponsored Vicki Webb Nelson Scholarship Program. Your willingness to help is always greatly appreciated.

Students honored by donations
The Skyview National Honor Society would like to thank Soldotna Safeway and Mick Galic for their continuous generous contributions to Skyview. Over the last 16 years, Safeway and Manager Mick Galic have continued to be strong community supporters of the Skyview National Honor Society programs and have generously donated throughout the year to different projects such as the holiday food baskets and assisting with bakery concessions. The Skyview National Honor Society greatly appreciates Safeway and all the contributions and assistance they have continued to provide over the last 16 years. Again, thank you for your continued community support.

Turning to crime is sign parents aren’t doing their job
Residents of the area of 4th & Haller:

Driver trapped in rollover
A Soldotna concrete mixing tuck company lost one of its 12 mixing trucks Thursday after it rolled into a ditch alongside the intersection of Kalifornsky Beach Road and the Sterling Highway.

Kenai neighbors help with $611,000 for United Way
The theme, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” was apparent in the recently ended Kenai Peninsula United Way campaign as evidenced by the amount of giving, according to the campaign chair.

Beetles aren’t dead, neither is tree removal
More than a million acres of spruce forest on the Kenai Peninsula has suffered and died from bark beetle infestation, and much of it is considered to be at moderate to high risk for wildfire.

Kenai council chipping away at retirement debt
Kenai City Council members put a Band-Aid on an ailing public employee pension plan Wednesday night.

Terry Ann Hernandez
Kasilof resident Terry Ann Hernandez died Monday, June 5, 2006, in Kenai. She was 36.

People to blame for bear behavior
A series of recent bear sightings, attacks and shootings force us humans to remember we aren’t the only ones at the dominant end of the food chain.

Fishing heating up with the weather
For anxious anglers put off by this year’s fish-halting cool spring, the wait is over. The water temperatures and river levels have risen. As a result the kings are in, and even a few sockeye, too.

Blackbird of the bogs: An early victim of global warming?
As I walked around the margin of a small pond on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in mid-May checking on the seasonal progress of breeding wood frogs, I flushed a jet-black bird feeding along the edge of the water ahead of me. When it landed on a birch sapling nearby and I looked at it closely through my binoculars, its jet-black appearance at a distance had transformed into a beautiful iridescent bluish-green gloss in the reflected sunlight. The iridescence reminded me of the plumage of displaying birds-of-paradise from New Guinea. But I was looking at a male rusty blackbird, which is sometimes referred to as the “blackbird of the bogs.” Its duller slate-colored female companion was also nearby but was more secretive. Both sexes of rusty blackbirds have conspicuous light-colored eyes resulting from their pale irises. Later in the year their plumage will take on a more brownish appearance from which their name “rusty” is derived.

Swarming the Swanson
Editor’s note: A no print day on Memorial Day created the rare occurrence where everyone in the Clarion’s newsroom had the same day off. The landmark event was commemorated by a plan to do a one-day paddle down the Swanson River, a 24-mile snake between the put-in point at the end of Swanson River Road in Sterling and Captain Cook State Park in Nikiski.

Around the Peninsula
Hope fundraiser set Peace group to meet Foster care, adoption workshops available Swim lessons to make a splash NPRSA events set Moose chapter kick-off set Got a question?

Crime Stoppers seeks info
Crime Stoppers is requesting information on the following crime: On May 25, the Kenai Police Department received a report of multiple thefts from vehicles. Thieves had entered multiple unlocked vehicles during the night on 4th Avenue, Gill Street, McKinley Street and Haller Street, stealing a camera, an MP3 player, a briefcase, jewelry, compact discs, a pair of binoculars, a cell phone, a radar detector, tools, money and other items.

Sports Briefs
The Kenai Peninsula district of the National Barrel Horse Association held an event Wednesday at the Soldotna Equestrian Arena. There are weekly races on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. through August. The races are for weekly points and a nightly jackpot.

Oilers get past Twins
The American Legion Twins got a good look at some big time players, and the Peninsula Oilers got warmed up for tonight’s season opener as the two teams squared off in an exhibition game Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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