Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Clubhouse making difference for students
It is not often that an organization impacts a great number of children in the way that the Boys and Girls Clubhouse of Nikiski has. For the past three years, I have watched as Shanette Wik and the other members of the clubhouse have worked endless hours on behalf of our Nikiski children. Shanette’s leadership and ability to see beyond the basic scope of the program has given us a program that affects children from 5 to 12.

Memorial Day can’t be forgotten
Whew! It’s over. Aren’t you glad Memorial Day comes only once a year? I mean, if we had to be reminded of our military every day we’d all go nuts.

Internet only reliable news source
I am puzzled by the behavior of the mainstream press when it comes to reporting national political news, particularly the results of the three nationally televised debates of the Republican candidates for president. Am I mistaken in assuming that the function of a news organization is to report in a clear, honest and unbiased manner the events which comprise the news? If the mainstream news organizations are not really news organizations at all, then just what are they?

Family grateful for community support
Thank you to all who spent time to help with making soups and pies for the fundraiser for Jacob Eckerman. A special thank you to the ladies who helped make the fundraiser happen and be so successful. A big thanks to the community, as well. There are so many people out there that I don’t even know who to thank. So if I’ve missed someone, know that all of you did a great thing, and Jacob and his family are very thankful for all of you.

Grant money sought for teacher housing
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is set to submit an application to a state grant program seeking financial help in building new teacher housing in the remote Kachemak Bay village of Nanwalek.

Flighty: Rare bird hard to track down
With a conspicuous red breast, frequent habit of foraging on the front lawn, and distribution range from Barrow to the Florida Keys, the American robin may be a familiar sight, but one rare specimen spotted around town recently is worth taking notice of.

Kasilof couple loses home to fire, but not hope
A basement fire left Roxanne Mathewson’s house an empty shell, but the love and support she received from the neighborhood and Kasilof Community Church overwhelmed her.

State money aimed at playground equipment
As school children and their teachers probably know too well, all work and no play is less likely to make Jack and Jill dull as it is to have them bouncing off the walls.

United Way exceeds funds goal
Kenai Peninsula United Way far exceeded its 2006 fundraising campaign goal of $600,000, as peninsula residents, businesses and corporations had contributed more than $820,000 by the April 15 deadline, according to Executive Director Tina Marie Herford.

Education suit ruling expected
An Anchorage Superior Court judge is expected to rule soon in a landmark lawsuit over the adequacy of state funding for schools.

Cigarette taxes increase July 1
Smokers will be paying higher taxes on cigarettes starting July 1, the Alaska Department of Revenue advised in a news release Monday.

Start spreading the news
Everything you ever wanted to know about Alaska food available under one roof: that’s how the promoters of Global Food Alaska 2007 are pitching the event scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Wagoner recaps work in Juneau
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, delivered a recap of this year’s Juneau session to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

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Alaska youngsters get opportunity to learn the ins and outs of forensics
If a human torso washed up along Cook Inlet, would you be able to determine the sex, height and ethnicity of the person based solely on their remains? Students at the Grace Christian School in Anchorage will be able to before the month is out.

Around the Peninsula
Summer day camp available in Nikiski Nutrition classes available Canine Good Citizen test planned Teens for rent Quilt show a piece of work Walk for Hope fundraiser planned Digital cameras sought

Peninsula Reflections
Alaska Nellie Lawing is featured in the Cooper Landing Museum in pictures, a model of her home, and newspaper articles, but the exhibit is evolving to capture the spirit of this unique woman. Nellie Neal came to Alaska in 1915 and worked for the railroad feeding workers and travelers, mined, trapped, drove dog teams, hunted big game, and eventually settled in Roosevelt on Kenai Lake east of Moose Pass. The community was renamed Lawing after Nellie became the postmaster. She married William Lawing, known as Billie, on the stage of the Liberty Theater in Seward in the fall of 1923.

Around the Peninsula
Swim lessons make a splash Garden club digs in Luau fundraiser ready to entertain Classes set to reunite Magic in the air Father’s Day brunch Special delivery

· Amber and Bud Meeks of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Marcus Alexander, at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 9.5 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Heros of the Week
My heartfelt thanks go to this generous group. We have been shipping food items, cards, cribbage boards, throw away razors, etc. to an Alaskan unit in Afghanistan, whose commander is 1st Lt. Randal Russell.

Twins learn the hard way vs. Oilers
Call it a learning experience for the American Legion Post 20 Twins.

Oilers take season opener
Fancy footwork and a nice hop made a victorious difference for the Peninsula Oilers Monday on Opening Night.

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