Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Envirothon team says thanks for great experience, education

From the whole Envirothon team, we would like to thank all of our sponsors that allowed us to compete amongst 48 other teams in the National Envirothon Competition in Amherst, Mass. Without your support we wouldn't have had such an incredible experience.

The competition was conducted at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., a community comparable in size to Homer. The weather was quite a shock to us, over 95 degrees every day! We went through several rigorous learning days and then a day full of written tests along with two full days of presentation work.

The five different natural resource issues that we had to compete in were forestry, soils, wildlife, invasive species and aquatics. We excelled most in the presentation section of the competition, where all of the different issues were combined for a synthesis solution to an environmental problem in the region.

All in all, the competition was very much to our benefit. It will give us experiences we will never forget and an outstanding education of the environment and how it works. Special thanks to the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District for its never-ending support and sponsorship of our team; we couldn't have done it without you. We thank you all and are greatly indebted to you for your immense support of our cause.

The Alaska Envirothon Team Jennifer Poindexter, team captain; Cameron Poindexter; Brad Hayes; Lily Lane; Chad McKinney; Al Poindexter, adviser; and Lindsay Winkler, adviser Homer

Day of Remembrance support appreciated

The staff of the city of Kenai fire and police departments would like to express our deep appreciation to the following people and organizations for the Day of Remembrance events in our community: American Legion Post 20, Sue Diaz, the Arctic Young Marines, Ron Malston, KSRM radio, the Peninsula Clarion, Kenai Mayor John Williams and the Kenai City Council, Kenai Central High School Principal Dennis Dunn, the KCHS school and auditorium staff, and all the members of our community that supported these events.

Scott Walden, fire chief, Kenai

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