Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Local woman appointed to governor's council
When Tonja Updike's son Garrett was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, she and her family were faced with "innumerable challenges" and a feeling of not always knowing where to turn for help.

Governor's mansion to receive federal energy funds
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell backed former Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.6 million in energy stimulus funding, but is willing to accept the money after the Legislature overrode the veto in an August special session.

Alaska's ferries offer essential transportation
ABOARD THE M/V COLUMBIA -- Capt. John McMahon was tired mid morning on the second day of the voyage. He had been dragged out of bed after the fog rolled in. Visibility was down to two-tenths of a mile.

Photo feature: Make a joyful noise
Connor Barger, a sophomore at Homer High School, Emerson Quartan, also a senior at Homer High School, and Max Gillies, a sophomore at Nikiski Middle-High School, rehearse for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District High School Honor Choir on Monday, in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The students were preparing for their performance tonight. The annual event starts at 6 p.m. at KCHS. The first half of the concert will feature three local adults: Chris Schrier will perform the first movement of the Hummel "Trumpet Concerto;" Audra Wasson Farris will perform "Walking In The Air" from "The Snowman" and "Pippa's" Song" by Ned Rorem; and Maria Allison will close this portion of the concert with Chopin's Deux Polonaises Opus 40, no. 1. The second half of the concert features the 2009 High School Honor Choir portion under the direction of Dr. Sigurd Johnson from St. Olaf College, located in Northfield, Minn. The students practiced Monday and Tuesday on their six pieces: Handel's "Coronation Anthem no. 4 - Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened;" Palestrina's "Sicut cervus"; the James Erb arrangement of "Shenandoah," "We are the Music Makers" by Jonathan Adams; Eric Whitacre's "Sleep" is dissonant; and ending with "Ngana" by Austrailian composer Stephen Leek.

Around the Peninsula

Halloween/ fall activities slated

Around the Peninsula

Small business workshop set

4-H offers youth valuable lessons in life skills
If I were asked to choose one program for youth to get involved in, I would recommend 4-H.

Brownies face off with Wild: Wenatchee in midst of brutal road trip
This is as good of a time as any to face the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild.

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