Welcome, Pioneers of Alaska.
From just about every corner of the state, about 400 members of the Pioneers of Alaska are in Soldotna this week for their annual convention.
Activities include business meetings, guest speakers, entertainment and installation of new officers. Former Gov. Jay Hammond is scheduled to address the group during its banquet Saturday night.
Pioneers of Alaska was organized in 1907 in Nome. The purpose of the group is to unite the pioneers of the state, preserve Alaska's history and work to ensure older Alaskans have access to proper health care and housing. The group has more than 8,000 members statewide.
Those who are gathering on the central Kenai Peninsula this week played important roles in creating the Alaska we know and enjoy today. They didn't have an easy time of it, but they made life better for those who followed them.
We appreciate the work they've done and wish them success in their meetings this week. Most of all, we hope they have a great time with each other on the central peninsula.
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