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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Visitor orchestrates thanks
Just a note of thanks to all of the peninsula folks who were involved in this summer's Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Festival. And to Mark Robinson, Laura Norton, Suzy Lee and the many volunteers in Homer and the Kenai/Soldotna area who put in untold hours bringing quality symphonic music to the peninsula.

Reader: Headline, facts inaccurate
One of the most insidious of political tactics is known as "astro-turfing." Astro-turfing is the practice of attaching one's name to a widely distributed identical opinion piece and sending the same as a letter to the editor as if one wrote it themselves.

Contributions hit the right note
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra would like to thank KBBI/KDLL, K-WAVE, KSRM and KLEF for their help in spreading the word about our 25th anniversary season Summer Music Festival earlier this month.

Reader: We should invest in education
Your Clarion Question, "Do you think charter schools should be funded with taxpayer money?" raises the opportunity to clarify some misconceptions about charter schools.

Reader: E-mail shortsighted
I'm writing in response to B. VinZant's article on Aug. 24 about an e-mail she received concerning a little store in Soldotna called "Pye Wackets."

Plenty of jobs
The unemployment rate in the Kenai Peninsula Borough fell to 5.9 percent during July, better by more than half a percent than during the same period last year, according to figures compiled by the borough's economic analyst.

Dogs, kids a good combo
Lindsey Pabst is no stranger to the world of dog agility. After watching her mother train dogs ever since she could remember, it probably isn't surprising for those who know her to find 13-year-old Lindsey standing in line with Flirt, her 5-year-old long-haired miniature dachshund, at the Kenai Kennel Club agility trial Sunday awaiting her chance to take on the jumps and weaves.

Egging 'em on
Mary Jean and John Lopez of New Mexico fish for silver salmon at Cunningham Park in Kenai on Friday. Many people spent a portion of the Labor Day weekend fishing around the peninsula.

CES grant money on borough agenda
Six ordinances are up for public hearing at tonight's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, including a measure accepting a $160,000 state grant targeting purchase of a new fire engine for Central Emergency Services.

Education grants head to district
State education grants have made nearly $600,000 available to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Kenai's K9, Chevron, sniffs out the bad guys
At the end of Chevron's first month on patrol, he's already making the city of Kenai a safer place. A couple of days into his job, Kenai's new K9 police officer sniffed 7 ounces of marijuana, a scale and other distribution equipment valued at more than $2,500 in someone's trunk.

Prize aspirations squashed
The rumors are true. J.D. Megchelsen, the Nikiski man who currently holds the record for growing the largest pumpkin in the state, suffered irreparable produce problems last month just as this year's prize of the patch was getting plump.

Photo feature: Happy trails
Motor homes head out of Soldotna on Sunday evening. The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the tourist season as families head home, before the cold settles in for the winter.

Senior health issues on tap
Keeping in step with senior citizens' desires to stay fit, the Kenai Senior Center is seeking an appropriation to help restart a health and wellness program on site.

Soldotna Community News
The volunteer program at the Central Peninsula Hospital is under the wing of the Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary Inc. Adults and teens can participate. Since January there have been 22 student and teen volunteers who have clocked an impressive 1,350 hours of service! What great youth we have in our community!

Nikiski Community News
Good morning to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Kenai Community News
Everyone I talk to is rushing around to get all the outdoor chores finished up before fall sets in. Sure hope some of you are having a last fling of summer today. We ought to at least burn a hot dog or a marshmallow to celebrate Labor Day.

Kasilof Community News
Here's hoping you're celebrating Labor Day the Neighbors way: a peaceful feast with lots of friends and a few strangers. Heath and Diane Duncan did. They held their annual family and friend pig roast on Sunday. Diane not only looks like a goddess, but her Kasilof garden farm can put on a feast that attracts people like mosquitoes to goose bumps.

Ninilchik Community News
Recently, I received an e-mail asking me to state four places I would rather be than where I was right now. I could think of no other place I'd rather be than here!

Sterling Community News
Connie Ferguson, our community Raven AmeriCORPS Member, wants to know if anyone is interested in playing basketball once a week at Sterling Elementary. You can call her at 262-4944 Ext. 4239, to connect with other players and set up a night to reserve the gym. Other Sterling groups that would like to use the building for after-school activities can also call Connie for more information. Certain activities require that the school charge for janitorial services.

Around the Peninsula
Caregiver support group to meet Senior fall roundup ready to entertain Nikiski pool plans closure Scouting information nights set Cheer camp slated Foster care, adoption seminar set College council meeting scheduled Rubber duck race slated Scouting events planned Lifeguard training available Kids reading program continues Soccer coaches sought Community resource directory available Kennel club gears up for fall classes

Photo feature: Family affair
Patrick Bearup II, 4, watches as his uncle, Soldotna resident Spc. James Bearup, 23, right, is honored during a Freedom Salute Ceremony Aug. 12 at Camp Denali Armory in Anchorage. James Bearup II, 2, (striped shirt) stands tall next to his dad to help receive the award. Freedom Salute Ceremonies are held to honor soldiers who deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. They also recognize the soldier's family members and civilian employers who showed support for the soldiers during deployment. Bearup was a part of the 207th Infantry Brigade and the 297th Support Battalion. Spc. Bearup is the son of Tom and Adele Bearup and husband of Fawn, all of Soldotna. Spc. Bearup has been called to active duty again and currently is stationed in Anchorage.

Around the Peninsula
Public health plans 1-day closure Rec center adds new activities Agrium live fire training continues Dodgeball tourney slated Cheer camp slated Social Security reps to visit peninsula Girls Scout roundup planned Boys Scouts take to the sky Teen writers sought Kennel club gears up for fall classes Hospice seeks volunteers New high school opens Food coalition offers mini-grant opportunities Community resource directory available

Hero of the Week
The staff and residents at the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility want to recognize Steve Mapes for his dedication and hard work.

Sports Brief
The Skyview volleyball team lost a Northern Lights Conference match in Kodiak 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20 on Friday before coming back in a nonconference match on Saturday for a 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 victory.

A heaping helping of health
Students in Kenai Peninsula Borough schools may find a little something extra in their school lunches this year.

Food Programs
The Kenaitze Head Start and Kenaitze Preschool and after-school programs announce their participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary

Kenai Peninsula College
The Kenai River Campus was awarded $111,500 from Workforce Development/Senate Bill 137 appropriations made available for distribution through the University of Alaska.

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