Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Volunteer mentors aspired to helping students
The Aspirations Advocate Program just complete its 5th year in four high schools and middle schools on the Kenai Peninsula. Mentors with this program make the commitment to meet one hour a week with their student groups for the duration of the school year. They are trained in the Eight Conditions that form the basis of the Aspirations program and work tirelessly to bring those conditions to life for their students. Special thanks go out to the following:

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.

Vote for the person, not the advertisements
The president is not fighting a war but defense of this country, it’s better to be aggressive and keep the terrorists off balance, than to fight on our own soil. Because of his action we have been able to sleep nights in peace. This would not have happened if he had turned our back on the Taliban or al-Qaida, after 9/11.

Donation helped students achieve
Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank Fred Meyer in Soldotna for their generous contribution. Fred Meyer’s donations committee recently gave $1,309.93 to JA.

Support provided lesson in leadership
I recently represented Soldotna High School at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference from May 19th to May 21st in Anchorage.

Track, field event ran smoothly
The annual Hershey Track and Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success. On Friday May 19, approximately 275 participants from local area schools came to compete in both running and field events ant the Nikiski High School Track. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and a number of helpful volunteers.

ACT fighting ‘soup’ mentality
My friend Joe had a neighbor that was constantly borrowing stuff. One morning the neighbor came over to borrow Joe’s ax.

Judges get high marks
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate our 2006 Scholarship Winners: Alee Rowley, Benjamin Boycott, Christina Cupp, Lacey Hallmark and Siri Larson. We wish them the all the best in the coming year. We would also like to thank our scholarship committee for taking time from their busy schedules to work on this important committee: Chair, Colleen Ward, XCEL; Sal Mattero of Reality Check Consulting; Dave Davis of Allen and Peterson; and Thomas Welte of S&R Enterprises.

Help made event a soaring success
The organizing committee of the 6th Annual Peninsula Air Fair would like to thank all those who participated in the event this year and made it an unqualified success.

Reader disgusted by immigration vote
I have been following the immigration legislation that is being shoved or pushed through Washington D.C. I don’t know if a lot of people have been advised of what can happen but people should be aware of the ramifications. I for one do not want to see 12 million illegal aliens be allowed to stay in this country because of our congressmen are pushing this legislation through congress. That is 12 million illegals that are already in this country illegally.

Assembly backs ideas for gas line
State lawmakers’ failure Thursday to agree on a petroleum profits tax rate could lead Gov. Frank Murkowski to call the Legislature back for another special session.

Shot bruin was trophy-sized
The behemoth of a brown bear killed in defense of life and property (DLP) by two Soldotna hunters last weekend has turned out to be even bigger than first speculated.

Man dies in crash on Kenai highway
A 63-year-old Kenai man died after a car accident on the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday.

Don’t retire umbrella yet
You say you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, just dragging yourself through the tedium of the daily routine and wrung out by lassitude and ennui? Is that your problem, Bunky?

Trail would enhance, market peninsula’s wildlife viewing
From the grazing caribou, chirping shorebirds and honking waterfowl that arrive in spring, to the thousands of gulls that nest in summer, to the beluga whales and harbor seals that swim by in fall, the Kenai River flats and public boat launch area are a wonderful place to view wildlife.

Back road is first choice for builders
It appears that if any more development is planned there, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter might have to consider moving the town clock to Marathon Road.

Less than mad rush to the Russian
The plunk of fishing flies joined the roar of the Russian River on Sunday, announcing the opening of one of the Kenai Peninsula’s most popular fisheries.

Help wanted — Area retailers, restaurants short summer hires
On Thursday afternoon, there were at least a dozen RVs parked at Fred Meyer in Soldotna. Several had Alaska license plates. One had Colorado plates, another originated in Louisiana.

Sweeney’s well suited for Carhartt truck promotion
A special treat is in store today for the Alaska working person who finds Carhartt to be the first name in fashion.

Joey M. Ward
Soldotna resident Joey M. Ward died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 43.

Community News
The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula Homer, Kenai and Nikiski club houses are participating in the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Summer Food Program.

Around the Peninsula
PFLAG meets tonight Annual meeting set for fishermen Compassion, dignity to be discussed Kenai swim times scheduled

· Ashley Demoss and David O. Doremire III of Sterling announce the birth of their son, David O. Doremire IV, at 7:58 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches.

Peninsula People
Area students named to dean’s lists Area students awarded scholarships Area students graduate Bethune top volunteer Gilman attends leadership conference Juliussen moving up in rank

Peninsula Reflections
John Potts “Jack” Lean was my friend and it was through him that Cooper Landing and Alaska history came alive. The first time I saw a picture of author Tony Hillerman, I thought of Jack. He was a smiling, white haired, slightly rounded figure, standing with his hands in his pockets. Jack was still living in one of the cabins at his place on the Kenai River, although he sold the property in 1954 to Leo and Edna Gleason, who then sold it to Betty J. Fuller before 1960. Jack loved his long-haired calico cats and good music. “Sunshine Of Your Smile,” “Somewhere a Voice Is Calling,” and “La Paloma,” are listed in one of his journals.

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Oilers sustain first loss
The Southern California Running Birds defeated the Oilers 5-4 in 10 innings Monday to saddle the Peninsula side with its first loss of the season.

Sports Briefs
Free registration now under way for annual Homer News Spit Run South Central honors announced

Sports Briefs
The American Legion Twins split with Dimond Sunday in Anchorage.

Oilers top Senators
The Peninsula Oilers ended up a long day by completing a three-game sweep over the Stockton, Calif., Senators on Sunday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park.

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