Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Outdoors with John Perkovich
I drove the Aurora Well Service crew pick-up from the Veco Camp in Beluga on a cold winter day to observe whatever wildlife I could find.

An International Education
Over 4 years ago, Rachel Pugh decided that the Kenai area needed a true and authentic pre elementary program.

ANWR raises questions
With governments nationwide clearing their way legally to annex or conscript personal property rights all to the good of the people, even if to only raise the tax base. Then isn't it fair play to ask if our State shouldn't have the same property rights to ANWR's gas and oil? Whatever happened to the constitution's clause saying only docks, ports, forts and arsenals shall be controlled by the National Government. And that on land to be leased from the states. So pray for the Gas Line.

Lifesavers should be praised
From the 911 call to the secure feeling of the paramedic team, into the white, quiet and yet busy and warm.

Mandatory registration not necessary to ensure education
On November 1, the Clarion reported on the desire of the KPBSD championed by Dr. Nels Anderson to demand registration for all school aged children. The reason? The concern that there are children who are not being educated. He is quoted as saying that there is nothing anyone can do regarding children in these situations.

Homesteader remembers
As the Soldotna bridge project nears completion with four lanes, traffic lights and paved streets, it's hard to imagine that less than 60 years ago not only was there no bridge or road, there wasn't even a city of Soldotna.

Wide-eyed receiver
Preston Penrod catches a pass from Curtis Martin (not pictured) in front of his brother Nathan at Soldotna High School last weekend. The three were waiting for their sisters to finish a volleyball game.

Gravel ordinance yet to see surface
A panel of experts in mining, land and water met with members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Friday to discuss mining issues affecting a proposed land-use ordinance that, if passed, could alter the future of the peninsula's commercial gravel industry.

Center of activity
For the past 25 years, the Kenai Recreation Center has been a steady place for youths and adults to come in from the cold and lift weights or shoot hoops.

Truck rescued from river
After a four-month stay at the bottom of the Kenai River in Sterling, a man's Toyota pickup truck has been recovered — and it runs.

Group seeks more recycling
As the last drop of drinking water is expelled from the plastic bottle, the first thought for many is to throw the empty container away. But Re-Group urges everyone to recycle as much as possible, from home waste to the office trash bin.

District may close schools
A 191-student drop in enrollment spread across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has school administrators looking at possible closure of schools in Cooper Landing and Hope, according to Melody Douglas, the district's chief financial officer.

Archie Leroy Chamberlin
Sterling resident Archie Leroy Chamberlin died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, in Anchorage. He was 82.

Edwin R. McBirney
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Edwin R. McBirney died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at his home with his family by his side. He was 63.

Keith Edwin Heffner
Longtime Alaska resident Keith E. Heffner died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, at home with his family beside him. He was 66.

Voices of the Peninsula: Skate park teaching immaturity?
A Peninsula Clarion article was posted Oct. 14, "Soldotna skate park closure does not surprise students." Although this story deals with the disturbing behavior that led to the closing of the skateboard park in Soldotna, it has a silver lining in the way it engaged the attention of some of our community's youth.

Governor bungled shakeup with DNR
Gov. Frank Murkowski, in a session with the Daily News-Miner editorial board Friday, was asked whether he would do anything different if he had the opportunity to redo events of the last week regarding debate within his administration about the proposed natural gas pipeline.

Around the Peninsula
Blood drives on tap Medicare to be discussed Holiday workshop set to decorate Social Security rep to visit center Bullying presentation set Historical association to meet Health career information available

Around the Peninsula
Competency-based education meeting set Bereavement workshop set SoHi to host crafty people Medicare program on tap for talk Kayak class offers room to row

Skyview, Soldotna wrestlers tangle
The Skyview High School wrestling team hosted Soldotna in a dual meet Tuesday, earning a 26-21 win as both teams picked up some valuable early-season mat time.

Lunch menus
Elementary Secondary

KPC around campus: Information available to jump start health care careers
Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Anchorage are sponsoring a health career informational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in Room 132 of the Brockel Building. It is open to the public.

School of hard rocks
When he first introduced the subject of geology to his class, Jason Daniels, a fourth-grade teacher at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, said he got the usual moans and groans that come with what students think will be a dull subject.

Around the district
KPBSD plans one-day closure Students of the Month announced VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest 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

Griffel's job is to pass on glory to others
The better Nikiski senior Stacey Griffel does her job, the less people hear about her. "Setters get no credit when a team is playing great and setters get all the blame when a team is playing poorly," Nikiski volleyball coach Bruce King said. "To try and play under conditions like that takes a special kid."

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