Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Easy to break unknown rules
I thoroughly enjoyed the "Christmas Tree Snag" story published recently in the Clarion. I hope the snag will be put on display as was a similar one in the museum in Kenai. Today I read Kenai Park's Superintendent Jack Sinclair's letter.

Old-timers have a good time
Once again an exuberant crowd of old-timers met for lunch at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Reader: Vote 'No' on propositions
There are two propositions on the October ballot to limit terms of office of school board and Kenai Borough Assembly members. I will be voting "No" on both issues.

Safety efforts will go a long way
Special thanks to the community personnel who helped present the very successful disaster training to the Soldotna area school staffs.

Hope Notes earn fans
In regards to Grandma's Hope Notes, we can't say enough good about the show that this family put on at the Ninilchik fair.

Reader asks mayor to act now
While visiting Homer this week, I read with great interest Charlie Franz's comments about Mayor Williams now having an "excellent piece of ammunition to support his position that our management team is incompetent." This stems from Mr Franz's self-professed error in not obtaining a valid Certificate of Need (CON) for the construction of the hospital expansion as required by state law. Mr Franz is not correct. It is not his team that is incompetent, but Mr. Franz himself.

Grant makes big difference for kids
The Boys and Girls Club wishes to thank the Fred Meyer Foundation for a $621.25 community grant to purchase snack foods for our Soldotna Club's Afterschool Program at Redoubt Elementary.

Plane flips over on takeoff
Even though the Kenai airport's floatplane basin was lengthened by 1,000 feet this year, a pilot ran out of runway Saturday and wound up flipping his plane over its nose and onto its back. No injuries were reported.

Web helping tribe to save language
For Alan Boraas, an anthropology professor at Kenai Peninsula College, helping to revitalize a language that's nearly dead is not just an interesting project, it's the right thing to do.

Paving project out for bid on K-Beach
Reconstruction and widening of two portions of Kalifornsky Beach Road likely won't begin in earnest before next spring, the project manager said Monday.

Education funding report due
The Joint Legislative Education Task Force that has been working all summer preparing recommendations on future funding of Alaska schools is set to meet for the last time Thursday in Anchorage.

Courting expansion
No, there's no need to report the theft of the sidewalks from in front of the Kenai Courthouse.

Aide picked to run airport
Managing an airport during a complete work over is a challenge, and for the Kenai Municipal Airport's assistant manager it also proved to be a kind of test to see if she could step into the full-time job of running one of the area's busiest airports.

Photo feature: It's a wrap
Taylar Meehan reacts as Aaron Mooney's albino Burmese python wraps its tail around her leg, while Katelynn Gochenour admires the snake's colors last weekend following Industry Appreciation Day on the park strip in Kenai. Awestruck children took turns holding the docile constrictor.

Cleone Wells
Longtime Kenai resident Cleone Wells died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 92.

Scouting out their history
"Be prepared" is the Boy Scout motto, yet nothing could prepare Eagle Scout Uriah Thomas for the sight of cars heading at him on the wrong side of the road.

Around the Peninsula
Agrium live fire training continues Parent advisory committee meeting to be held Book sale a real page turner LeeShore board meeting slated SoHi open house set T-200 race committee to meet Recovery rendezvous ready to go Garden club to meet Boys Scouts take to the sky Girls Scout round up planned Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities

Sterling Community News
Today, Aug. 27, wish a happy birthday to Richard Mendenhall. Carol Paulsen, Nancy Lambeth and Pamela Ledgerwood will celebrate birthdays Aug 29.

Around the Peninsula
Tribal-state safety forum planned Scouting information nights set Cheer camp slated College council meeting scheduled Cameras, photo printers sought

Ninilchik Community News
This is the time of year we have to say good-bye to our college students. It is bittersweet for the parents who are happy to see their children pursuing high education, yet will be sorely missing their kids while they are gone.

Kasilof Community News
Though rumors had Jack Brown running for the Kasilof seat of the Borough Assembly, he is not a candidate. Jack has been in public service a long time and was a pillar of support in the Sarah Palin campaign. Back in 1993, Rep. Mike Navarre asked him to get involved with Aaron Goforth, who was protesting negative press the oil and gas industry was then receiving. Jack cued up with high English and his positive spin created Industry Appreciation Day (IAD).

Kenai Community News
There's nothing quite like the sight of those big yellow Bluebird school busses lined up in front of the school to bring autumn to our country.

Soldotna Community News
School has started and to get you in the swing of things I'm highlighting some school activities.

Peninsula Reflections
It's been 47 years since Casey Jones and his wife Frost, now both deceased, sold their grocery store on Cook Avenue in Kenai.

Nikiski Community News
Now that school has started, please be aware of children near bus stops and crossings.

Sports Briefs
The Kenai River Brown Bears Junior A hockey team is still in need of host families. Benefits include a $250 monthly stipend and two season tickets. Players will be here from last August until early March with extended absences for travel and a three-week Christmas break. For more information, call Gwen Johnson, Brown Bears housing director, at 283-2799 or coach Mike Flanagan at 262-7825. The first homes games will be Sept. 14 against the Alaska Avalanche and Sept. 15 and 16 against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Griffin comes back to win Morgan Memorial
Once again, it was the steady, and not the spectacular, that triumphed at Kenai Golf Course.

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