Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Appreciation for Chief Morris; congratulations to Chief Kopp

I left the Kenai Peninsula Borough almost two years ago and only occasionally log on to the Clarion Web site. I'm happy I did so today.

The article on the ascension of Chuck Kopp to police chief in Kenai was one to put in the very good news category. I worked with Chief Dan Morris on the 911 committee for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and he is a knowledgeable law enforcement professional who I am certain mentored Chief Kopp well.

I do not know Kenai City Manager Linda Snow, but I must commend her on her decision to hire a Kenai resident who is both experienced and well-informed on community issues. Far too often top administrators take the easy way out and hire professionals from the Lower 48 with only comparable and sometimes lesser skills. Ms. Snow's decision to hire a lifelong Kenai resident who has dedicated his career to serving the Kenai Police Department was astute and will pay dividends for years to come.

I congratulate Chuck Kopp and wish him the best as he continues to guide a fine police department.

John Alcantra

Eagle River

Hospice of Homer says thanks for United Way's support

On behalf of Hospice of Homer, I want to thank the Kenai Peninsula United Way for the generous allocation Hospice of Homer recently received.

We are grateful and delighted with United Way's level of support this year as well as in the past. Also, thank you to all the volunteers involved in the United Way process including the United Way board of directors and the allocation committee. Anyone who has ever served on a board or a committee knows how much dedication and time it takes.

In addition, Hospice of Homer wants to thank all the United Way contributors especially those who designated their monies go to Hospice of Homer.

As a volunteer hospice organization, donations are extremely important. They allow Hospice of Homer to continue to provide quality supportive services to residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula as they experience a life-threatening illness or the transition process of dying.

Hospice of Homer appreciates the support provided through the Kenai Peninsula United Way.

Darlene M. Hilderbrand

for Hospice of Homer

Ninilchik students appreciate help with beautification project

The fifth- and sixth-grade class along with their teachers of Ninilchik would like to extend our gratitude to the community members and businesses that helped with donations to make our flower bed at our post office. All the citizens in Ninilchik and visitors vacationing here are enjoying this beautification project.

The students are continuing with maintaining this project throughout the summer and hope to learn persistence and responsibility.

We would like to personally thank the following businesses: Terry Best of Best Transit Mix, Al Poindexter of Anchor Point Greenhouse, Paul and Sue Simonds of Inlet View Construction, Geoffrey and Sandy Olson of Jack of Arts, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Jeff and Mary Berger of Deep Creek Custom Packing and finally, McKibben Jackinsky, who did a lovely write-up in the Homer Tribune. Thanks also to all the individuals not mentioned that helped and made this venture possible.

If you are in Ninilchik this summer stop by the Ninilchik Post Office and see what ours students have done to beautify their community.

Ludy Link and Charlotte Records for the Class of 2008 and 2009 and community members

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