Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

Teacher learns valuable lessons from wilderness school experience

With generous funding from the Safari Club International Alaska Kenai Peninsula Chapter, I was recently able to attend the American Wilderness Leadership School near Jackson, Wyo. This is a fabulous educational opportunity for teachers to learn and immediately apply an appreciation for the preservation of wildlife. The myriad of fish and wildlife population articles viewed in the Clarion upon my return underlined the importance of teachers being educated to work with local wildlife issues. With the local Safari Club and Department of Fish and Game investing their resources in teachers and schools, our students will be better informed.

I found the SCI curriculum to be comprehensive and taught by knowledgeable and passionate instructors. The study included wildlife ecology, management and conservation, firearm safety, fly tying, wilderness survival, archery, outdoor interpretive techniques, habitat identification, Project WILD and outdoor ethics.

Obviously, SCI has given a great deal of thought and effort toward fulfilling local needs and interests.

Teachers and high school students interested in the outdoors and/or our fish and wildlife can apply for this extraordinary outdoor education program at If selected, students and teachers are introduced to proven classroom-learning modules implemented by knowledgeable and funny instructors. They are immersed in the Gros Ventre Wilderness Area where lush flora, abundant wildlife, and a tremendous view of the picturesque Bridger-Teton Mountains are the daily fare.

This is truly one of the most beautiful "classrooms" I've encountered, and I'd like to offer a special thanks to SCI. I promise to share with my students.

Cheryl Schweigert, Kenai Middle School teacher

Many contribute to success of state moto-cross race

Thank you to the following sponsors and volunteers who helped make the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions' State Moto-Cross Race a success: Davis Block, Craig Taylor, Alaska Road Builders, Safeway, Ron's Honda, Regal Foods, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Ron's Rent-It, Dick's Drywall, Peterkin Distributors, SoHi Football Team, J & B Motor Sports, Best Concrete, Kenai Fire Department, Doyle Construction, Peninsula Penny Saver, Peninsula Clarion, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Hot Shots Oilfield Service, TSS Photography, Dan Simmons, Taft Davis, Lane Gisele, Regina Daniels, Scott Davis, Kevin Herrin, Mike and Wendy Hudson, Les Crane, Mark Dempsey, Misty Butcher, Robert and Mary Macadam, Heath Hyndman, Julie Eggemeyer, Bang Borden, Scott Bear, Mark Breese, Beth Stehn, Cook Inlet Lions, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, KPRL Drag Racing Division and anyone else who I may have missed.

We couldn't have done it without you!

Katie Crane, chair, Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions, Moto-Cross Division

KPC appreciates donations for community barbecue

Kenai Peninsula College would like to thank Phillips Alaska for helping keep our annual community barbecue from being rained out. Phillips not only allowed KPC to use its large tent, but they sent staff to put it up and take it down. The college is grateful for the support and for not having to eat in the rain. Fortunately, we had only sprinkles, but that's because we had the tent!

Another hardy thank you goes to Pepsi Cola of Alaska for the generous donation of 20 cases of Pepsi products. Not only did the company provide drinks for over 400 people, they rushed the request through their administrative process in record time. The college really appreciates the extra efforts of Steve Chappel and Kirk Blumenshine who both helped make the donation a reality.

Sue Biggs and Jack Will, also known as the "Rusty Spurs," and Tommy Pool all deserve a round of applause for the great tunes they played for the community barbecue. The atmosphere was greatly enhanced by the music these fine musicians played for the crowd.

KPC looks forward to next year's community barbecue. Don't miss it!

Suzie Kendrick, Kenai Peninsula College, Community Relations

4-H fair animals purchased, donated to help feed hungry

Congratulations to the Ninilchik Fair 4-H participants. Their efforts, coupled with the generous donations of several local businesses and individuals have blessed the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with several prime animals. On behalf of those we serve, we would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to the following businesses and individuals for purchasing the 4-H animals and donating the meat to feed the hungry:

Thank you to Udelhoven Oilfield Services for donating a lamb and the grand champion steer, to Bobbie Behrens for a pig, to Arby's for a half a pig and to Unocal for three rabbits. The rabbit stew was delicious, and the soup kitchen is now serving various meat-based soups as a result of these wonderful donations.

Carrol Martin has graciously donated his time to use these animals as part of the food bank's education program on butchering. Carrol has put in many hours teaching others how to care for their meat and we are especially grateful for his expertise. Meat is a precious commodity in the soup kitchen and is always a most welcome addition. The soup kitchen served a record 2,033 meals in July! So, you can see the donated meat will be put to good use as it will supply literally thousands of meals to our neighbors in need!

Thank you to Udelhoven Oilfield Services, Bobbie Behrens, Arby's, Unocal and Carrol Martin for your kindness and compassion. Your generosity is a fine example of what community spirit is all about!

Peggy Moore, executive director, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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