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Monday, August 14, 2006

School closure, delayed start information
During the winter, there may be times in both the morning and afternoon when road conditions become too hazardous for buses to travel on certain roads. This information will be posted on the district’s Web site, www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us, and parents should listen to the radio for announcements.

Packing a punch on kids’ backs
· More than 40 million students in the United States carry school backpacks.

2006: New options, more money
Fall, 2006 — it’s hard to believe! We enter this school year unlike any other in recent years as the legislature and borough have provided additional educational dollars to address the erosion of programs we have experienced.

Critical incident plans prepare schools for crisis
The safety and well-being of all students in the educational system is a top priority of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Backpack strategies: How to lighten it up
The American Occupational Therapy Association and The Fund To Promote Awareness of Occupational Therapy are working to educate students, parents, and communities about the potentially serious health effects from school backpacks.

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KPBSD facts: Did you know ...
· The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District covers 25,600 square miles.

Up-to-date immunizations are required for school
Prior to school entry, a child must be immunized as required by Alaska State Law against the following diseases:diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B and any other immunizations as required by law.

Bus stop reminders
There have been some route changes this year so check the bus schedules carefully. Also, some routes will have been changed between the printing of this publication and the start of school.

Income eligibility guidelines for free, reduced-price meals
Effective through June 30, 2007

School supply lists
The following are school supply lists available as of the Clarion’s deadline.

Teaching math at home can be as easy as 1-2-3
Lessons in math can be found in everyday activities such as a trip to the grocery store, cooking dinner or planning a garden. The National Education Association of Alaska offers these suggestions for turning activities into fun math learning experiences.

Lunch Menus
White or chocolate milk served at each meal.

2006-07 KPBSD board meetings
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the Borough Administration Building at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna. There are rare exceptions, so check first to be sure.

Getting started:
The following is a listing of Kenai Peninsula Borough district schools, contact numbers and registration times, as listed on the district’s Web site.

Helping your child succeed in school
We all know that parents have an enormous influence over their child’s attitude toward school and their performance in the classroom. How student feels about important matters such as attendance, homework and discipline depends largely on the signals they get from home. Make sure your child knows how important their education is to you. Get involved in their school, and stay involved Here are a few tips to guide you:

Kenai bowlers strike it big
Even though 11-year-old Kenai resident Hannah Kjeldson won the state bowling championship in April, she didn’t consider herself much of a bowler.

2 alive, 1 dead after boat flips
Lifting fog, charter Cpt. Chad Kiesel’s curiosity and the sheer luck it took for these things to coincide saved a father and son after their boat capsized in Cook Inlet on Friday afternoon in an accident that claimed the life of another onboard.

Kenai travelers struggle with luggage before heading south
As people prepare to take to the air, so too do their flying concerns being to soar in the wake of the recent events in Britain, where a terrorist plot to blow up several planes with liquid explosives was foiled last week.

Boatbuilder restoring pieces of peninsula’s fishing past
Like a strong-swimming, sea-bright sockeye salmon changes into a decayed river spawner with an olive-colored head and crimson body, so too do the vessels that fish for these salmon deteriorate with age.

District schools doing better
Kenai Peninsula Borough public schools are making progress toward satisfying the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Moose find roads less lethal
Seeing moose lazily browsing on willow shoots growing alongside the road can be a memorable experience, but not nearly as memorable as having one of the big brown beasts fly through the windshield at 55 miles per hour.

Kenai is river of dreams
Landing a big salmon from the Kenai River or battling a halibut up from the depths of Cook Inlet are the dreams of many young people each summer, but for two youngsters fishing here this week, the challenges pale in comparison to the battles they’ve already endured.

Gov. candidates split on issues
A midsummer downpour drenching Homer on Friday evening did not dampen public enthusiasm for a political debate at Land’s End Resort between candidates vying to be Alaska’s next governor.

Arnold ‘Arnie’ R. Phillips
Longtime Ninilchik resident Arnold “Arnie” R. Phillips died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2006, of a heart attack related to his long struggle with diabetes and multiple surgeries at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Carl Louis Hille
Former Alaska resident Carl Louis Hille of Sequim, Wash., died Monday, July 24, 2006, at his home. He was 73.

Vitamin bottles in the sky: Hike turned mountain climb reveals views, bravado, odd journal
A recent hiking experience reminded me for the second time since I moved here last December that many opportunities for death linger in Alaska. And although this most recent experience was not a life-flashing-before-my-eyes experience as when I rolled my truck just off the Sterling Highway last winter, it did flush my pores and cardiovascular system.

Is the third time a charm for Alaska?
The Alaska Legislature passed an oil and gas tax bill Thursday night that is Alaska’s biggest tax law rewrite in decades.

It’s time for this generation to stand up for a better, prosperous future
Editor’s note: This is the fifth of five opinion columns the Clarion will run from the front-runners in the gubernatorial race for the primary election on Aug. 22.

Terrorist efforts affect us all
Thursday’s arrests in Great Britain have once again startled us into the realization that the war against the United States is far from over. We knew that, but as time has passed, we’ve become complacent, and the thought that there could be attacks on our home turf have faded.

Around the Peninsula
Couple to give worship concert Teen writers sought Beautiful yard nominations sought Radiothon set to go

Around the Peninsula
Agrium continues live fire trainingFair exhibits soughtKPC plans two-day closureOld-timers lunch set to dishRace registration beginsRedoubt open house slatedHead Start begins enrollmentSchool supplies soughtCPHC seeks board membersPrimary elections coming up

Peninsula Reflections
Early homesteaders in the area through which Slikok Creek runs called their community Slikok Valley.

Class teaches women to take care of themselves
Impressed with what she saw while visiting her daughter at Brigham Young University in Utah, Kath Carlson recently asked a group of Utah officers to come to the Kenai Peninsula and offer Alaskan woman a few lessons on how to handle men.

Motherfessions Tales from the ’Hood
Sure, I’ve been up on a broomstick a time or two. Terminally crabby is another one of those, “Caution! Mom Working!” on-the-job hazards. I mean, really, it is entirely possible to experience cramps, nausea and all those irritatingly annoying gestational symptoms as well as a multitude of postpartum letdown reflexes all in the same fiscal year, only then to be plagued by several decades of sleep deprivation and to top it all off — hot flashes from hell.

Peninsula People
Scott redeploys

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Nikiski starts strong
The Nikiski football team opened its season with a 38-0 victory over the East junior varsity squad Saturday at Nikiski.

Bears blank Kards
With just 17 players in uniform for Saturday’s season opener against Juneau-Douglas, the Kenai Kardinals didn’t look like much of a match for the visiting Crimson Bears.

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Rain douses competitors
Winning the 10-kilometer run at the 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women in Kenai was all in a day’s work for Anchorage’s Najeeby Quinn.

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