Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2001

Defeat of private prison proposition a community effort

I'd like to offer my most sincere appreciation to all the people who helped make our drive to prevent the construction of a private for-profit prison on the Kenai Peninsula possible.

I want to thank the Public Safety Employee's Association and Brad Wilson for making the commitment from day one to stand beside our citizens' group. We should especially appreciate our local correctional officers and Alaska State Troopers who put their lives on the line daily to protect our community.

I want to thank the following initiative cosponsors and other active volunteers, who supported the right of the citizens of the Kenai Peninsula to decide the future of our community:

Dustin and Tammy Aaronson, Al Anders, Jim Arness, Joe Arness, Iola Banks, Gayle Bradley, Jerry and Janet Brookman, Lowell Choat, Laurie Churchill, Vicki Duggin, Leonard Efta, Eric Einerson, Alfred Force Jr., Jim Graige, Mako Haggerty, Richard Van Hatten Jr., Jack Hetherton, Don Hogg, Charles and Dee Hubbard, Marge Hays, Caroline Huhndorf, Conrad and Mary Jackson, Stanley Kaneshiro, Noelita Lopez, Ann Marina, Mike McBride, Gerald (Mac) McQueen, Grace Merkes, John Ossowski, Victoria Pate, Steven Phelps, Bill Rogers, Kristine Schmidt, Roger Shannon, George Showalter, Richard Sitbom, Frank Smith, Pete Sprague, Fred Sturman, Gary Superman, Doug Terry, Stan Thompson, Wade W. Wahrenbrock, Michael Wiley, John Williams, Kevin Wyatt, Harrison Yeoh and Diana Zirul.

Additionally, I'd like to thank the many unnamed contributors and supporters for their financial contributions, sign locations, letters and other help. Together we all worked and shared mutual goals.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who voted both for and against Proposition One, those who took the time to help decide this important issue. I trust and hope that we all can agree to put aside any animosity and live together with mutual respect and regard for our neighbors.

We can all be stronger from this experience when we realize we are truly blessed to live in a great democracy where we can peacefully settle such divisive issues.

God Bless America!

James Price

Peninsula Citizens Against Private Prisons

School district group says 'thanks' to Agrium for tour

The Connections Program would like to thank Agrium for taking some of our students on a tour of the plant. A special thank you goes to Sal Mattero for telling us about the hiring process, Doug Hallmark for telling us about Agrium and driving us around the plant, Jeff Lettington for teaching us about the chemical process, and Amy Manual for coordinating the tour.

We appreciate everything you do for our community.

Wendi Dutcher and Doug Hogue,

high school advisers,

KPBSD Connections Program

Auto dealership helped make homecoming a success

The Nikiski High School student body would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to Kenai Chrysler Center for the donation of cars for our Homecoming Parade. Special thanks go to Duane Bannock for assisting us in choosing the cars we needed and staying late to make sure that we returned them.

Our Physics teacher would love to have Homecoming every week so he can drive the Prowler again.

Vangie Pattison, president,

Nikiski High student body

Elementary students appreciate help with recent fund-raiser

North Star Elementary would like to thank the Kenai Burger King for supporting North Star Elementary students from Ms. Zimmerman's fifth-grade class. They supplied the location for a very successful fund-raiser. The class was able to earn enough money doing a car wash to pay for its upcoming field trip to the Challenger Learning Center.

We would also like to thank KSRM radio for helping us get the word out to the community.

Also, special thanks to all the parents that helped, and the community for showing up and supporting us.

Shellie Michaels

North Star Elementary School

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