Wednesday, October 19, 2005

National community engagement director visits KPC
At the Community College level across the nation a trend in service education has been emerging over the last 15 years thanks to the Community College National Center for Community Engagement. Several years ago Kenai Peninsula College received a grant to implement a community service learning program that today is providing new opportunities for local students. Lyvier Conss, the executive director for the National Center headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, recently made a site visit to KPC to see how the local projects were progressing. Conss was able to do some training during her visit as well as meet with community partners that have implemented the service learning projects. “We have seen that by having students involved with community service as a component of their course work it brings a different dimension to their academic studies as well as a better understanding of where they live and how they are a bigger part of society,” said Conss during an interview at KPC.

Rally for AWG volunteers releases the spirit at Kenai Chrysler Center
Pep rallies are at the heart of all major sporting events, and as the Kenai Peninsula prepares to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, volunteer pep rallies are starting to spring up all over the Peninsula.

Kenai Performers premier new Stoltenberg musical“Fathers and Sons” opens at Old Town Playhouse
Men, mountains, water and music and their stories as passed from father to son for five generations is the subject of Mark Stoltenberg’s musical called “Fathers and Sons.” Stoltenberg himself is coming to Alaska to perform in the world premier of his new musical.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
I have always said, “Every hunter has a weak link.” Which means that once you go through their equipment you will find that every one has something about them or their gear that is not quite up to par.

Liquidation World opens in Soldotna...
The former Gottschalk’s store location in Soldotna, which was the former Lamont’s, which was the former Soldotna Drug Store, which was built by Earl and Alice Mundell around 1976, sprung back to life last week as the new home of Liquidation World.

Taxes keep rubbing resident the wrong way
It has been a while since I have vented my frustrations, so please bare with me. Let's start with the one that will affect the most people. I recently noticed I was being billed for Soldotna city sales tax on my residential phone bill. This would be fine and dandy if I actually lived within the city limits, but I do not. It's just that my mailing address says "Soldotna" so they applied the tax. They could only go back a few months to credit my account so I guess the city has got one over on me

Reader supports borough mayor candidate
I hope everyone will turn out to vote in the runoff Oct. 25. It is extremely important.

Lions contribution helps create a roaring success
Alpine Alternatives Inc. wishes to thank the Lions Clubs of District 49A and the District Foundation for their financial contributions and hands-on service to Camp Abilities 2005.

Donations, hard work made rally a success
TOPS No. AK 182, Sterling, would like to thank Safeway, Three Bears, Suzie's Cafe, Papa Murphy's and Soldotna Animal Hospital for their donations to our TOPS Kenai Peninsula Fall Rally. We would also like to thank Principal Christine Ermold for allowing us to use Sterling Elementary for our function. Our speakers, Sheryl Wade, Cathy Wagner, Gretchen Morava, Goldie Southwood, Dawn Campbell and Dawn Lesterson were excellent. Thanks for taking the time to attend. And a big thanks to all the Kenai Peninsula chapters that attended Fall Rally.

Community makes homecoming memorable for KCHS students
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who helped make the Kenai Central High School homecoming activities a huge success. As with anything, putting on an event like this is not an easy task and it's certainly not a one-person job.

Error in boy's story needs to be corrected
I am a mother of a 3-year-old with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. Amber Elsey referred your article to our online support group. This was a great article to spread EB awareness, however, the information provided on recessive dystrophic was way off.

Anchorage police officer arrested on child porn charges
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 12-year veteran of the city's police department was arrested Tuesday on four felony counts involving child pornography, becoming the second Anchorage police officer in the last four months to face such charges.

Help wanted: School district seeking Kenai board member
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has one remaining seat to fill, as no one has applied to represent the Kenai area.

State DEC ‘mixes’ it up
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials on Monday unveiled a new set of amendments to the mixing-zone provisions of Alaska’s water quality standards that could permit the discharge of industrial and sewage treatment plant wastewater into anadromous fish-spawning areas under some circumstances.

A-bomb tests aren't impacting Aleutians
Between 1965 and 1971, amid the rising global tensions of the Cold War, the U.S. government conducted three underground nuclear weapons tests deep beneath the island of Amchitka near the eastern end of the Aleutian Islands chain.

Popp: Local crude crucial
There is believed to be more than 1 billion barrels of undiscovered crude oil in Cook Inlet, yet Alaska's major supplier of gasoline and jet fuel gets almost a third of its crude oil from foreign sources such as Indonesia.

Alaska Day Observed
On this day in 1867, a treaty was signed arranging the purchase of Alaska by the United States from Russia for $7.2 million.

Soldotna explores methods to keep community schools
The Soldotna City Council and the public like the Soldotna Community Schools program, so classes and other activities will continue even though the school district is pulling its support, according to the city manager.

Moonlight drive
Northbound drivers on the Sterling Highway have a good view of the full moon in Sterling earlier this week shortly after sunset. Sky-watchers will be seeing mostly clouds the rest of the week according to weather forecasters.

Deficit talk dominates debate
Both John Torgerson and John Williams say dealing with a potential budget deficit of more than $9 million will be their top priority if elected borough mayor.

Photo feature: Playing hard to get
A young bull moose tries to figure out how to get to his girlfriend as she tries to figure out how to get on the other side of the fence at Kenai Municipal Airport recently. He was far more concerned about her entrapment than she was.

Dorothy E. 'Debi' Barker
Clam Gulch resident Dorothy E. "Debi" Barker died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 51.

State should press leaseholders for Point Thomson development
The state has just about run out of patience with companies that are sitting on the abundant gas and oil deposits at Point Thomson.

State should hold its stand on oil tax break limit
A newly surfaced internal BP memo says that the company suspended work on a North Slope project to send a message to the state. BP is supposedly protesting Gov. Frank Murkowski’s decision to shrink the Economic Limit Factor tax break as it applies to Prudhoe Bay oil fields.

Around the Peninsula
HEA hosts community meetingsDAV to meetHistorical society to meetMusic workshop, concert setChemical dependency presentation slatedSubsistence council to meetHalloween auction, festival setKayak classes to set paddle

Around the Peninsula
HEA hosts community meetings Young Marines seeking members Peninsula women's group to meet Girl Scout celebration set KDLL membership drive continues Domestic violence workshop set

KPC around campus: Spring semester schedule online for planning
Although the season just changed to fall, plans for spring semester consumes many of the staff and faculty hours at Kenai Peninsula College. Students who currently are admitted to a degree program will be able register online for spring semester classes Nov. 1 through Jan. 6.

Lunch Menus
Elementary Secondary

Meeting of the minds
From the frantic calls for more duct tape emerged some impressive engineering at the Mind-A-Mazes 2005 event on Oct. 8 at Soldotna Middle School.

Around the district
Students of the Month announced In-service, end of first quarter Free, reduced meals program offered Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High School Kenai Middle School Kenai Montessori Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start Nikiski Middle-Senior High Nikiski North Star Elementary READS Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter School Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Sports Briefs
Nikiski netters sweep Seward

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