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Monday, November 12, 2007

Community rewards students' achievements
The Kenai Central High School Academic Banquet was held Nov. 5 at the school. One hundred ten students were honored for earning a GPA of 3.5 or above during spring semester of 2007.

Support makes a big difference
There are many ways Kenai Peninsula residents have blessed us here at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, but the biggest and best blessings we receive are from supporters.

Kids' event a group effort
The trunk-or-treat event held on Halloween night at the Boys & Girls Club in Kenai was a huge success and provided an additional event for the youth in our community. Many thanks to the wonderful sponsors, volunteers and everyone who donated items: HEA, Enstar, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, the law office of Robert J. Molloy, Udelhoven, city of Kenai, Kenai Fire Department, Coast Guard, Petterson Construction, Stanley Ford, Air Liquide, Odom Coca-Cola, Airport Rental, Pizza Boys, Little Skimo's, Carlile, Tom and Dorothy Wagoner, Country Foods, Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Nikiski Northstar PTA, Kenai Senior Citizens Center, State Farm, B&G Club Nikiski, Brandy Washburn, Body Mind & Spirits, Attitudes Salon, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Kenai Line Dancers, Shauna Thornton, Carla Pollard, the staff of the club, Sparky, the Kenai Kardinal, State Farm Bear, clubhouse parents and all the other individuals who either parked their vehicle in our parking lot and/or contributed candy.

'We are all heroes'
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the central Kenai Peninsula community, along with other communities around the country, paused to honor all those who have served.

Welcome home
The wintery mix of freezing rain and slushy snow falling from the featureless grey sky would be enough to keep most people home on a weekend morning, but cold and inclement weather couldn't keep away people devoted to giving a warm welcome to 21 soldiers returning from serving in the Middle East during a homecoming celebration at the Army National Guard Armory in Kenai on Saturday.

Reminder: Property owners need to pull up structures
There isn't any ice on the Kenai River yet, but riverfront property owners should already have removed their floating docks, as well stairways and walkways that extend into or over the water.

Bluff, library top wish list
While many at this time of year are thinking about what they want for Christmas, civic leaders in Kenai busied themselves with wish lists of their own Wednesday night.

Mayors seek energy grants
Facing rising energy costs in their respective communities, 28 Alaska mayors signed a letter this week urging the state's congressional delegation to include the Energy Efficiency Block Grant program in any energy bill sent to President George Bush this year.

Missionary returns from South Pacific
If you ask Chelsea Barry why she left her home in Alaska for the jungles of Papua New Guinea, she'll tell you that the Lord calls each person to a work of something.

Freight limits crimp salmon sales
JUNEAU A small portion of the fish caught in Southeast Alaska could be worth a lot more, if it could just get on a plane.

Kenai chamber gets new director
A former Holland America Line sales and marketing manager has been named to head the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Albert Hugh "Nick" Nicholson
Soldotna resident Albert Hugh "Nick" Nicholson died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at his home. He was 71.

James Thomas Oliver
Longtime Anchor Point resident James Thomas Oliver died at his home Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, from complications of a stroke. He was 82.

Earned recognition
Today is the day to honor our nation's veterans. The central Kenai Peninsula will do that with a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Taking on a brand new role: Reluctant activist pushes for better future for Alaska's resources
This is the story of a reluctant activist. Like a lot of folks, I made my way to Alaska as a young man and was immediately struck by the magic of this place.

It's all about the small stuff: A friend's gratitude inspires appreciation for the little things
Don't sweat the small stuff, the saying goes, but I disagree. After all, it's the little things that make the biggest differences in people's lives.

Community service benefits everyone involved
Give Homer High School students, parents, teachers and administrators an A+ for urging the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board to reinstate a 30-hour community service project as a must for graduation from the school.

Ninilchik Community News
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the world rejoiced as an armistice was signed, ending the "war to end all wars." The following year, Nov. 11 was set aside as Armistice Day a day to honor the men and women who gave their lives to serve their country during World War I. The day continued to be observed after World War II, but in 1953 congress passed a bill to rename the federal holiday as Veteran's Day. Finally, in 1971 President Nixon declared the holiday to be the second Monday in November. I enjoy living in peace and freedom because brave soldiers were willing to give their lives to preserve these priceless treasures for me.

Kenai Community News
Our local returning veterans were treated to a big welcome back celebration over the weekend, and well deserved it was. Thanks to them all, wherever and however they served, for helping to preserve the freedoms some take for granted. I appreciate you all, young or not-so-young, who have guarded our country for so long.

Mars in retrograde this month
Winter has almost arrived and that means that the bounty of the beautiful winter sky charms us once more. The accompanying chart is set for 10 p.m. in late November, thus fewer stars are visible in the east during evening hours earlier in the month (but more in the West); an asterisk denotes stars marked with a letter on the chart.

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
One of my friends is fond of saying, "There are only two kinds of friends, the kind who will help you move and the kind who will help you move a body."

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all of my Nikiski neighbors.

Soldotna Community News
When World War II is mentioned, D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge are two prominent events that come to mind. With November being a time to honor veterans, it's a privilege to highlight a local hero, Dan Furlong, who served in both of these battles.

Sterling Community News
The bear saga at our household is still playing out, even though I would have thought that any self-respecting bear would have been in bed for the winter by now. Last week we had a brown bear tear up a fence, including two electric fence wires to get inside our chicken pen. Fortunately, it seemed to be confused by the fencing and didn't manage to get inside the coop, so the chickens survived. If you have livestock to protect, please be aware that the bears are still very much awake and on the prowl in the Sterling area.

Serving those who Serve
As Gail Simons put her head on the pillow, the phone rang. It was 11:10 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2006.

Peninsula Reflections
Aviation was especially important to Kasilof before 1950 when the Sterling Highway was dedicated. The Kasilof airstrip was cleared in the late 1930s. Archie McLane spearheaded that work and provided upkeep for 20 years or more. Maintenance of the field became a responsibility of Kasilof Boosters Club, which organized about 1957 with Enid McLane as president. In those days the airstrip was used for pilot training, among other things. It is thought that Ray McNutt of Sterling gave lessons here. His students (among which was Burt Carver and, probably, Harry Reger) used the unregulated strip to practice take-offs and landings.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai library closures set Public health plans one-day closure Pingpong offered Crooners sought PFLAG to meet Gardeners to gather Soldotna seniors open gift shop Cybersmarts! workshop set Dinner, bingo, auction fundraiser planned Mushrooms to be discussed Youth snowmachine safety event set

Kasilof Community News
The Firewise folks held their monthly meeting a week ago at Kasilof Fire Station. Their slash disposal brush pile was stacked about 15 to 20 feet high and torched Oct. 25. Flames licked away at the bottom of marshmallow clouds. All good fun and under direct supervision of the experts much safer than lots of little burns operated by amateurs during fire dangerous summer months. Ken and Diana Coby delivered more than 208 loads to the disposal site. Bill Casey, 87, of Cohoe is something of a hero. He converted a boat trailer into a brush hauler and rounded up about 80 loads.

Around the Peninsula
Beta Sigma Phi tea planned Toastmasters to meet Counseling association seeks members Public health plans one-day closure PFLAG to meet Women invited to take-a-break Caregiver Appreciation Day set

Pet Photo: Best Friends
Piper Ann, a schnauzer, loves to jump into the fall leaves just as much as any kid. Piper also loves her agility classes with her best friend and owner, Katie Moon of Kenai.

Hard to say goodbye
LUBBOCK, Texas Losing your best friend is unthinkable whether she is human or not.

SkyHi pins down crown
Coming off a surprising second-place finish at last weekend's North-South Tournament, the Skyview wrestling team was hoping to duplicate that success at their own tourney.

Petersburg netters top Nikiski
Despite a valiant effort, the Nikiski volleyball team's season has come to an end.

Service skaters take games from Soldotna, Kenai
In order to find themselves, the Service hockey teams needs to find the back of the net.

Juneau hockey opens season with 2 defeats of Nikiski
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey may have a new coach and new uniforms, but one thing remained the same as the team opened its third season on Friday and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

Homer drops 7th-place game
Seven different players scored for Colony as they knocked off Homer, 10-1, in the seventh-place game of the Menard Memorial Hockey Tournament at Curtis C. Menard II Memorial Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Avalanche take 2 from Brown Bears
Jamie Smith felt he had no other choice.

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