Tuesday, October 2, 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.

Spirit comes through, thanks to contributions
Soldotna High School would like to thank the Clarion and the local businesses Agrium, Cornerstone Books and Supplies, Four O Six, Gentle Dental, Manny's Driver Education, Napa, Hutchings, XTO Energy, Alaska's Hairlines, Doors/Windows, Kenai Caf, Stanley Ford, Soldotna Chiropractic, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Halcyon, Jersey Subs, The Fitness Place and attorney Dale Dolifka for their support of the schools on the peninsula for helping with the layout of the school's homecoming page.

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.

Coalition's research limited
The Kenai Area Fisherman's Coalition claims to be an organization composed of only scientists and nonguided anglers who fish on the Kenai Peninsula. The KAFC is self-proclaimed as existing to provide objective scientific information on fisheries issues that impact Kenai Peninsula rivers and streams.

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

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.

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.

Most dipnetters not local
Of the 6,330 dipnetters surveyed in Kenai this year, 90 percent said they live elsewhere.

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

Post Agrium: Now what?
Leaving a job after more than 17 years isn't easy, especially when you had no control over events that will soon have you collecting unemployment.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Borough polling sites for today's municipal election
House District 6 (Senate C)

Kenai woman to defend trees at council meeting
At least one Kenai resident is championing the cause for urban trees currently facing the ax wielded by economic development.

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.

Barbara Dominick
Longtime Nikiski resident Barbara Dominick died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 63.

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.

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

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

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.

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
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

Around the Peninsula
Electronics recycling to be discussed Quilt guild to gather Gardeners to meet Hospice training, events set VFW holds scholarship contents Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel Community resource directory available Bowling leagues forming

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.

Nikiski Community News
Hello to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

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.

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

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.

Altered perception leads girl down road of tough choices
About a year and a half ago I was introduced to someone, who I thought was a great friend at the time, named Crystal.

Bowling up breakfast
There's lots of reasons why a student might come to school with an empty stomach, but volunteers from Love INC are doing what they can to make sure they don't go to class that way.

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

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.

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