Monday, October 1, 2007

Dedication appreciated
I would like to publicly thank Sammy Crawford for her service to the community as a member of the school board. After her decades-long career as an educator, Sammy would be justified in retiring from education completely, But I don't think she can. Why? Because it is her passion. She loves it and lives it. She will do all she can to promote excellence and to deliver the kind of education system that our community desires and deserves. It is a daunting challenge that requires dedication, experience and balance. Sammy has all of these attributes and more.

Donation sends students off to school on right note
The Students in Transition/Homeless Program of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District would like to thank Curves owner Juline Arestad, her great staff and gracious club members for their generous donation of school supplies.

Why Kaleidoscope?
As a taxpayer, I am concerned that the take over of Sears Elementary in Kenai by Kaleidoscope isn't what many of us thought it would be.

Run takes off on successful path
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers and participants who helped make the Elite Health & Fitness Mud Run Challenge on Aug. 18 a success. We had a great turnout and I'm pretty sure everyone had a fun, yet dirty time.

Kids get taste of wildlife refuge, literally
Ten second-graders trooped single file past twisted spruce trees, across the sun-drenched marsh down to Headquarters Lake on Saturday. Amanda Evans, at the head of the line, paused now and then to point out the subtle signs a moose or bear might leave for inquisitive young minds to find.

Watch out
Once again darkness has started to fall, which means it's also time for motorist to be on the look out for big, brown, ambling ungulates, particularly when driving during periods of low light.

BREAKING NEWS: Threat discovered at Skyview
A written threat was discovered Monday afternoon on a bathroom stall at Skyview High School.

'Dawgs' day
Dyann Wik shows school spirit at Nikiski's homecoming football game Saturday afternoon. Her friend Natasha Nix did the artwork. For a roundup of high school action, see page C-1.

Deformed bills have experts baffled
For eight years, Colleen Handel and Caroline Van Hemert amassed more than 2,000 reports of black-capped chickadees with twisted, overgrown beaks. They've been able to determine where the largest concentrations are and how long the birds have had them. After years of study, only the cause has eluded them, and now chickadees aren't the only birds turning up with wonky beaks.

Capital improvements eyed
Roughly $24.5 million in capital improvements are headed to the city of Soldotna over the next five years, if a plan handed to the city council Wednesday gets the green light.

Hospital renovation continues
Renovation of Central Peninsula Hospital's emergency department began Wednesday, part of the ongoing expansion and overhaul of the medical facility.

Book serves as reminder, guide
Most would agree the Kenai Peninsula is a beautiful place, but how many people stop and think about how many people have come before them and not only enjoyed this area, too, but also made contributions to ensure it stayed so pristine for the next generation.

Long haul at the peak of fall
Bob Davis of Chugiak strides down Bridge Access Road on Sunday during the second annual Kenai River Marathon. Davis was in front at this point about five miles into the race and he never lost the lead. For the story and race results, see Sports on page B-1.

John Walter Avery
Longtime Sterling resident Mr. John Walter Avery died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 of natural causes at his home in Sterling. He was 50.

Lawrence David Shell
Lifelong Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident Mr. Lawrence David Shell, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at his home in Clam Gulch. He was 57.

George Vernon Porter
Longtime Soldotna resident George Vernon Porter died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was 66.

Sandra 'Sandy' Lynn Shell
Lifelong Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident, Mrs. Sandra "Sandy" Lynn Shell, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

To pee or not to pee?: Giving up your civil liberties one drop at a time
What has world has come to when your job depends on your ability to pee on command? Why now? Why is that woman shouting instructions through the door and why in the heck is the cup so small?

Make your voice heard: Remember to vote Tuesday
There's one thing you can say about Kenai Peninsula residents: they tell it like it is.

Kasilof Community News
Hello Octobrrr! Fall winds have arrived with gusto, at times dropping leaves with the tree still attached. One fell over at Dan Duckers place on Cohoe Loop and logged a few miles on his truck. This windfall cost $20,000. Thank heavens for insurance.

Nikiski Community News
Hello to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

'A mammogram saved my life'
Debbie Clonan sounds like she was made up, one of those medical worst-case scenarios used to scare patients into losing weight, stopping smoking or, in this case, getting a mammogram.

Arctic Winter Games team applications available
Applications for the Dene and Inuit games are available at and then click trying out.

Kenai Community News
Don't know about you, but we had to scrape our windshields last week and I've had the heat on at least that long. But then, it's supposed to be "crisp" this time of year.

Ninilchik Community News
I would like to encourage you not to forget to exercise your freedom to vote and get out to the polls Tuesday. District polls are held at Ninilchik School and will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Community Schools
Beginning mushrooming Digestive grossology Toddler gym time Preschool playtime Hall walking Competitive volleyball

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers all a buzz Pingpong returns Methamphetamines to be discussed MOPS open house planned Caregiver support group to meet Steak dinner, auction fundraiser planned Quilters to gather Domestic violence workshop planned

Unhinged Alaska
I was scanning the Internet last week trying to find out the truth behind the claim that humanoids were a major cause of global warming.

Sterling Community News
I got the following bit of news from DeeDee Garske.

Soldotna Community News
I learned a shocking statistic: Every 2 1/2 hours, someone dies in a fire in the United States. What can we do about it to be more prepared?

Around the Peninsula
Hockey referees sought Soccer coaches sought Domestic violence workshop planned Lifeguard class available Prime rib dinner fundraiser set to dish Hospice seeks volunteers Bowling leagues forming

Pet Photo: Best Friends
The Becker family of Nikiski sent in this photo of Mia. She was rescued from a pound in California several years ago, and since then has been a wonderful and affectionate companion, they said. "She had a courageous heart for such a little dog, and took defending her people and property very seriously. Her favorite thing to do after a good romp outside, much to our amusement, was to come back into the house and run laps around the living room." Sadly, Mia recently was hit and killed by a car.

Seward tops Nikiski in OT thriller
The Nikiski high school football team's season ended with a heartbreaker Saturday as the visiting Seward Seahawks edged the Bulldogs 40-39 in overtime.

Seward girls take home state crown
Seward cross country coach Dan Marshall admitted next year's team is going to be different than his past four squads.

Sports Brief
The Homer Mariners took the Peninsula Challenge on Saturday in Homer by defeating Soldotna in the championship match 25-22, 25-17 and 25-20. Third place went to Skyview with a 22-25, 25-22 and 15-12 victory over Kenai.

Soldotna ends Kenai's season
Soldotna thumped host Kenai 44-0 on Saturday in a Northern Lights Conference game that was marred by three personal foul or unsportsmanlike penalties for Kenai, six such penalties for Soldotna, and the ejection of two of Soldotna's three leading rushers.

Kenai tops SkyHi in dual
At the Kenai Invitational on Sept. 22, the Skyview girls and boys swimming teams scored a total of two points. On Friday, Skyview scored 92 points in a dual meet with visiting Kenai.

Over-50 crowd rules Kenai River Marathon
Chugiak's Bob Davis, a 54-year-old running his 16th or 17th marathon, was about nine miles from winning his first marathon when he thought his chance at victory rushed by him.

Sports Briefs
Brown Bears drop a pair

Denison, Barnhart announce engagement
Kaysie Lynn Denison and Jonathan Edward Barnhart of Bozeman, Mont., have announced their plans to marry Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007.

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