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Monday, October 11, 2010

Thanks to Conoco Phillips
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all the volunteers from Conoco Phillips Alaska Inc., for donating their time, talent and hard work to clean, trim and winterize the center's grounds, flower beds, bushes and trees. We would also like to thank Conoco Phillips for its volunteerism and partnership with Kenai Peninsula United Way Day of Caring Program. We feel very fortunate that Conoco Phillips chose our Day of Caring project.

Thanks for the field help
Please help me in thanking the following businesses/students/staff for all their help in moving the dirt onto our old football/soccer practice field and for repairing the game fields on Monday, Oct. 4. There were holes in the field and for the safety of the soccer and football players this was a needed repair. The dedication to our school and community is greatly appreciated and their help in repairing the fields so all students and community members are safe while using the facility is unquestionable.

Thanks for construction help
The Career & Technical Education Department of KPBSD would like to say thank you to the following people for helping our After School Construction Academy program:

Drop the iPod and drive
In 2008 Alaska passed a law that made texting and driving illegal. Being a teenage driver this topic is brought up a lot in arguments and discussions, but I don't think it ends with texting. I believe that drivers are focusing less on driving and more on what they can be doing while driving.

Young supporters for Miller
I lied to my children.

Library says 'thanks'
On behalf of the Soldotna Public Library, I'd like to thank all the people and organizations that helped to get out information on the City of Soldotna's recent bond proposition supporting the expansion of our library.

Denali gets bids for gas line
The BP-ConocoPhillips Denali gas pipeline project reported bids for "significant capacity" from potential shippers as its initial open season closed Oct. 4.

Photo feature: A-Mazing moment
Spectators react as a team operates the machine they made to compete in last Saturday's Mind-A-Mazes competition at Soldotna Middle School. See story in today's Schools section.

30 years of Wilderness: Designation has helped define Kenai Peninsula
Rick Johnston spoke to a small audience inside a cabin on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Images of moose, bears and past managers hiking through the forest were cast onto the back wall by a projector while the longtime Fish and Wildlife Service employee spoke about the genesis of the refuge. When Johnston first came to work there, it was called the Kenai Moose Range. The title changed 30 years ago when the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act turned the game sanctuary into federally designated Wilderness.

Open to new experience: Assembly will move forward without most senior members
When Mako Haggerty was asked where on the assembly he can turn for guidance after Oct. 12, he let out a big laugh before answering.

'It's a bonus day':Breast cancer survivors find plenty to be positive about
Lori Vedders has a good story about her breast cancer.

Alaskans' favorite sport: Campaigns head into homestretch
Political candidates are headed into their final weeks of campaigning before the Nov. 2 election, and things are getting boisterous.

Juneau principal has staff, students thinking pink
It's the first Thursday of the school year and your new principal -- he's wearing pink. OK, so it's a little weird. Pink is a girl's color, right? Next week, he's wearing pink again, but this time a couple more staff has joined in.

Sigrid E. Glendening
Kenai resident Sigrid E. Glendening, 97, died Sept. 26, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Steven O'Connor
Longtime Kenai resident Steven O'Connor died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Export extension good news, but issues remain
Good news this week: Federal regulators have granted an extension for ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil to export liquified natural gas from their plant in Nikiski through March of 2013.

Singleton family welcomes daughter
Steven and Jaime Singleton of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Sequoia Mary Anthony Singleton, at 6:06 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 1.2 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Jorgensen family grows
Miles Jorgensen and Lynzie Ellis Jorgensen of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Blakeley Lyn Jorgensen, at 4:43 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds, 1.6 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches.

Risk factors should not stop exercising: Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

If Hindsight's 20/20, Why Can't I Read the Board?
What's with that? Every time I attended a parent teacher conference, the teacher always put in "... And don't forget to read to your child." Read to my kid!? I've been reading to my kid since before she burst out of my ovary! By the time my little ovum met up with 23 of her dad's chromosomes that prodigious little zygote and I had gotten through three children's classics.

Around the Peninsula

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Around the Peninsula

Public radio membership drive this week

Homer swimmers take Seward Invite
The Homer swimming and diving team won the Seward Invitational on Saturday in Seward.

Kenai topples Homer
The Kenai Central football team scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Homer 47-12 on Saturday in the small-school state semifinals at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Stars swamp Eielson: SoHi defense scores twice in 1st quarter
The Soldotna defense forced five turnovers in the first half in beating Eielson 61-27 on Friday in the state small-schools semifinals at Anchorage Football Stadium.

West netters edge Soldotna: SkyHi takes Grace tourney
The West volleyball team picked up a nonconference victory over Soldotna on Saturday in Soldotna.

Verbatim: Right, wrong? Writer asks who's to say?
I am a SoHi Student. I am a senior. I am 17-years-old. I am liberal.

Competition draws talent, unique building materials
The Soldotna Middle School gym was chock-full with elementary and middle school students Saturday at the Mind a-Mazes problem solving competition.

Around the District

School closures

Student Union sponsors concert
What would student housing and a career and technical center mean to the Kenai River Campus? The KRC Student Union intends to weave that information into an evening of entertainment with the ROCK PROP B concert from 6 - 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Ward Building suite (rooms 107-109). The free, family-friendly concert will feature the band 907, a local favorite. The KRCSU will be encouraging the audience to vote in support of Proposition B on Nov. 2.

Posey, Overman marry
Christine Posey and Brent Overman were married Aug. 12, 2010 in Kenai.

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