Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wildlife Refuge family fun in the autumn sun
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR), paired up with Mother Nature last week for some great outdoor and indoor fun on one of the prettiest fall days of the year. “I was in charge of the weather, but the credit for everything else goes to the great staff we have here at the Refuge,” said KNWR deputy manager Jim Hall. It was all part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Fall Fun Day that happens each year in conjunction with the broader National Wildlife Refuge Week according to Park Ranger Candice Ward. “We look forward to this event each year because it’s a great time for families to come out and enjoy the Refuge nature trails and learn about what we do here,” said Ward.

Barkman finishes 2nd in 20K swim around Key West Island
When Soldotna High School Chemistry and Geometry teacher Jim Barkman went on his summer break, he decided to go for a swim around Key West Island. Barkman a veteran open water swimmer had targeted the popular marathon swim for the experience and had said prior to leaving for the event this summer, “I don’t compete as an open water swimmer any longer so to be safe I’m looking and training for it as a swim even though I tend to be competitive, if I complete the swim in around 5 hours I’ll be satisfied.” It was the first time Barkman had to prepare for a marathon swim in warm waters, “I’m a fan of colder water swims like off the coast of California or Lake Tahoe where the water temperatures may be 50-75 degrees on those swims, but for the Key West swim we’re are told to expect water temperatures up to 86 degrees and that’s pretty extreme and required a different training regimen to prepare for dehydration and over heating. All my training has been done in the Skyview pool and I won’t hit the salt water until I arrive in Key West,” Barkman told reporters in May.

Despite the rain I still find myself craving to get out fishing or spruce hen hunting this fall. Any time you walk in the woods or grass in a steady downpour you are soaked in a few minutes unless you encase yourself in rubber boots and rain gear. Rubber gear proves to be almost too hot to do much long distance walking in and not the most comfortable stuff to hunt in. So what do you do when your faced with the amount of rain we have all endured during the summer and fall of 2006?

Natron Air enters the Air Taxi business to Anchorage
Anyone who has ever had to overnight in Anchorage because of delayed or late night flight arrival on your way home to Kenai or Soldotna, will be happy to hear that Natron Air is now offering air taxi service to and from Anchorage to either the Kenai, Nikiski, or Soldotna Airport.

“Too Cool” by a pillow length topples KPC hold on Bed Race title
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce stripped the long held “Bed Head” title from Kenai Peninsula College last week at Parker Park in Soldotna. Under clear autumn skies Soldotna Lion Ed Sleater’s “Too Cool,” or “2-KL” model sprint bed proved as unbeatable as he had predicted in pre-race interviews. “This is my short frame sprint bed model. I built it complete with mud flaps, roll bars, and high speed wheels that I predict will be a proven winner,” said Sleater. After seven years of only finishing as an “also ran” Sleater said he was motivated to win this year, “We had to take the title back from those college kids and I knew we’d have to resort to some innovative designs, and sure the KPC kids had youth and proven design on their side, but as I predicted old age and treachery would prevail over youth and skill.”

Donations give athletes strength
On behalf of the recipients (coaches, officials, timers, lifeguards) at the Pentathlon/Quad meet hosted by the Soldotna High School swimming and diving team Sept. 22 and 23, I would like to thank the following local businesses: Odie’s Deli (specialty coffee), Safeway (sweet breads) and Subway (sandwich platters).

Insects, snakes and politicians
Your “What bit me?” article subtitled, “A New Guide Helps Identify Insects” in the Outdoors section of your newspaper (Sept. 22) would have been a perfect headline for some of the speakers at the recent UN gathering, and the story on page A-7 about Venezuela President Chavez’s speech in a New York Harlem church.

Reader: Tactics all about timing
Well, the Democrats are at it again. Clinton went ballistic on Chris Wallis’ show on FOX News on (Sept. 24) and stated that the Bush administration ignored his comprehensive plans to combat terrorism. A portion of a classified report was leaked to the press alleging that the war in Iraq is creating more terrorists. There are allegations that racial statements were made by George Allen when he was attending college in the 1970s. He has been in politics for many years and these slurs were just now discovered?

Group gives shelter new coats
The LeeShore Center would like to thank the members of the United Methodist Church Women who painted two bedrooms and the adjoining bathroom in our emergency shelter. This was a service project completed as part of their Rise and Shine conference.

Build a railroad, not a gas pipeline
Eleven hundred railcars filled with 170,000 pounds of LNG hauls the equivalent amount of gasified natural gas as the gas pipeline. That’s 10 trains with 110 railcars in each. It’s one hour of rail time, leaving 23 hours of rail time to haul other things.

Volunteers, helpers saluted
The Central Peninsula Girl Scouts would like to thank Hutchings Chevrolet for the use of their tents, Coke Odom for our banner, city of Soldotna Parks and Rec for the use of Soldotna Creek Park and the VFW Auxiliary Ladies, Aribella Hetherton and Hedy Bodle, for flags on Flag Day.

Programs make a difference to schools
Thank you to Safeway, Soldotna for their continuous community support of Soldotna High School! Safeway staff and management are what make the Escrip and 10 percent back to schools successful!

One question
What truth can our nation claim to be self-evident now?

Gifts make difference in students’ lives
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Student in Transition/Homeless Program, I would like to thank ladies of the Kenai Golf Course Day Club for their most generous donation of personal hygiene products.

Seward flood closes roads
Flooding caused by torrential rains and compounded by high tides, forced residents to flee neighborhoods in Seward on Monday, and stranded travelers using the Seward Highway to get into and out of town.

Called to service
After more than five years of redirecting callers to a local charity office from his home phone, incorrectly listed as Samaritan’s Purse, the need for skilled carpenters in Hooper Bay has created a even closer tie between the charity and John Fant.

Still soggy
The rain stopped Tuesday morning, but flooding conditions persisted in Seward as city, borough and state workers continued cleanup and repair efforts following three days of torrential rains that closed the Seward Highway on Monday.

Bridge work back on track
Hard-hatted construction workers were clambering all over the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna during morning rush hour Monday as work resumed following a three-week lull.

Love INC hopes Soldotna will house homeless shelter
Before election results are certified at tonight’s Soldotna City Council meeting, the group is slated to get a look at plans for a homeless shelter proposed for the city.

Phone scam targets Medicare drug users
People receiving Medicare benefits are being targeted in a scam involving false offers of refunds for prescription drugs.

Water works — Maintenance will clean Soldotna pipes
Any discoloration Soldotna residents see in their drinking water this week is probably temporary and not a cause for alarm.

Jacqueline E. Bierdeman
Kenai resident Jacqueline E. Bierdeman died Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 76.

Floyd F. Poage Sr.
Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident Floyd F. Poage Sr. died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna with his wife by his side. He was 82.

Raymond ‘Ray’ P. Geerin
Longtime Alaska resident Raymond “Ray” P. Geerin died of heart failure Thursday Oct. 5, 2006 at his daughter’s Eagle River home surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 76.

Around the Peninsula
Fishing presentation set Annual pumpkin contest continues Mayor to speak at league meeting Caregiver training offered Car care tips offered Challenger Center seeks volunteers

Around the Peninsula
Recycling group to meet La Leche discusses baby topics

Lt. gov. candidates catalog state’s woes
If those attending Tuesday’s Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon were seeking a way to differentiate between the candidates vying to be Alaska’s next lieutenant governor, they may have left disappointed.

Stars netters fall to Homer
The Soldotna High School volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit before dropping a Northern Lights Conference match in five games to Homer Tuesday at Soldotna.

KPC allied health care programs seeing positive outcomes: Kenai Peninsula College
Looking for a career with outstanding chances of finding a job after completing training? Consider looking to one of the highest growth industries in the country: health care.

Around the District
Public comment on AYP sought VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school program Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran I.D.E.A. Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Kenai Middle Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Ninilchik School READS Primary School Redoubt Elementary Sear Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Tebughna School Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Role of fashion: What do models contribute to society?
“I’m so fat!” is an overly common exclamation heard from teens everywhere. But of course, it’s no wonder we hear this when ridiculously addictive teen magazines and TV shows idolize rawboned youth.

Students learn how to take charge
Last year, Nikiski High School teacher Ted Riddall sat in on a student government meeting and was surprised to find that none of the students present had any idea how to run a meeting.

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