Monday, August 30, 2010

Community blessed with good emergency services
Our community is so blessed to have such outstanding support services when our lives are suddenly placed in crisis. The motor vehicle accident we experienced on June 27 definitely gave us a deeper sense of appreciation.

School menus need a closer look
Statistics show that one out of every three children is overweight or obese in this country. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is not exempt from this trend, and we, as a family, community, district, state, and nation need to do all we can to halt this trend and raise our children to be healthy, happy kids who can run and play comfortably, and grow into healthy adults.

New inlet explorer looks to expand
Apache Corp., the newest oil and gas company on the Alaska scene, says it hopes to acquire additional Cook Inlet acreage to build on its new toehold in the state -- 238,000 acres of undeveloped oil and gas leases the company acquired recently from a group of individual investors -- company officials said Aug. 24 in a meeting with reporters.

Borough schools meeting standards: More than 75 percent of the district makes adequate yearly progress requirements
More than 75 percent of the schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District met their "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, proficiency requirements under the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act last school year, according to data released earlier this month by the state's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Looking good: Council changes code to deal with neighborhood aesthetics
In an effort to maintain aesthetic and property values, the Kenai City Council amended the city's public nuisance code to include burned out buildings at its meeting Aug. 18.

Wheels turning slowly: Tax exemption ordinance gets at value of local government
Jean Holben might be just a name on a piece of paper.

Photo feature: Go team!
Rhonda Crawford is dressed for the weather as she cheers the Kenai Central High School football team Friday night in a game against the Palmer Moose.

Crash victim was an adventurer
Seth Holden's life was full of adventure. Whether it was climbing the highest mountain peaks, glacier hiking, or pack rafting, the 29-year-old Anchorage man was always pushing the limits.

Photo Feature: Chewy

Mayor puts the spending brakes on hospital deal
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey will not allow the hospital's governing board to spend any more money on the possible change of governance decision.

Despite crashes, Alaska aviation safer than ever
For Alaska aviation, 2010 has been a tragic year -- 17 people have died since early June, including former Sen. Ted Stevens-- and the media headlines certainly aren't helping.

Robert L. Beven
Ninilchik resident Robert L. Beven died unexpectedly, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 at his home in Ninilchik. He was 46.

Lori Lee Freeman Konoske
Former Soldotna resident Lori Lee Freeman Konoske of Sitka died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, in Madison, Wis., after a battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. She was 42.

Seth David Holden
Former Soldotna resident Seth David Holden, 29, of Anchorage, died Tuesday evening, August 24, 2010 in a plane crash in the Susitna River Basin. He was 29.

Myron L. 'Mike' Morey
Former Alaska resident Myron L "Mike" Morey, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at his son's home in Kenai.

Central Peninsula Hospital: Government-run health care?
The proposed partnership between Central Peninsula Hospital and a national health care company may offer residents a rare opportunity -- to make a definitive statement on government-run vs. private health care.

Dual escort tugs essential
The Exxon Valdez oil spill fouled 1,300 miles of Alaska's coastline, killed thousands of seabirds and marine mammals, closed fisheries--some of which have still not reopened--and inflicted social and economic devastation upon people of communities throughout Prince William Sound and adjoining waters. Many of the spill's effects linger 21 years later.

A long way, and a long way to go
The start of a new school year puts us in the mood for a pop quiz. The topic: Women's Equality Day, which, by the way is today.

...Happily ever after
No. 3 Granddaughter got married early in June, so we trekked north to Healy to be part of the festivities. After the gorgeous Memorial Day weekend that the whole state had enjoyed, the trip looked favorable, but it poured rain all the way from Anchorage to the Talkeetna turnoff. It drizzled from there to the Igloo, then rained full bore again the rest of the way to Healy. All the way, the old saying "Happy the bride the sun shines on" was running through my head. I kept trying to think of a positive one regarding marriage and rain, but all I could come up with was "Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet." More cynical than positive, I guess, but the granddaughter is a definite "Walker in the Rain" so I was sure she'd not be too bummed if the sun didn't shine on her wedding day.

Focus on Fitness: Jump-start weight loss with two-week diet
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

SoHi netters take tourney
With a win over Kodiak in the championship, Soldotna won the Shayna Pritchard Memorial volleyball tournament held Friday and Saturday at Nikiski High School.

Moose edge Kardinals : Palmer defense creates 2 key turnovers in 4th quarter
A game characterized by big plays on offense was decided by a big play on defense.

Fired-up Soldotna steamrolls Houston
Despite holding a 20-point lead going into the final 90 seconds last week against Homer, Soldotna only came away with a 26-20 win. So when the Stars took the field Friday night, they wanted to atone for their late-game, Week 3 letdown and re-establish themselves as a dominant force in small-schools football.

SoHi boys, Kenai girls take swimming meet
The Soldotna boys and Kenai Central girls swimming and diving teams won double duals on Friday at Kenai Central High School.

Skyview topples Homer
Albert White racked up 202 yards receiving and three touchdowns as visiting Skyview beat Northern Lights Conference foe Homer 32-8 on Saturday. The Panthers improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the league. The Mariners fall to 1-3 and 0-2.

Wasilla makes history: Warriors girls take 1st Skyview Invite
As Wasilla cross country coach Gary Howell examined the results from Saturday's Skyview Invitational, it took him a moment to process what he saw. Out of 15 schools, his girls were at the top of the page, winning the event for the first time in school history. Wasilla's previous best finish was seventh, according to Howell.

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