Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Reader asks: Are they listening?
Are they listening?

Community earns kudos from Friends
The Friends of the Kenai Community Library board have many thanks to extend to the community and businesses.

Courtesy, respect , self-control obviously not part of curriculum
Recently students on the Kenai of all ages had the opportunity to attend a concert by the UAA Wind Ensemble in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Unfortunately less than 100 students actually attended. This may have been a blessing considering that those who did attend (mostly third through fifth grade) had no clue how to act at a fine arts performance.

Photo feature: Yeeeeeeeeeah!
Logan Parks, 11, lets out a yell as he descends the sledding hill at Soldotna Middle School last weekend.

Cities seek comp plan help
Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough to match $25,000 the city has appropriated for updating Soldotna's comprehensive plan.

Woman feeds soul with words
There's no shortage of aspiring writers on the Kenai Peninsula looking to get their work published, but one local woman has found her niche in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series of books.

State offers 'Mining 101'
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources made an effort to make large mine permitting more transparent to the general public Nov. 13, with the first of three statewide November workshops.

Employment still steady
The summer's good employment news continued for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's economy right through September, according to the latest figures from analyst Jeanne Camp.

Winter wonderland
A willow branch near the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge hangs heavy with hoar frost and freshly fallen snow Saturday. Forecasters are predicting more cloudy weather and a chance of snow.

Students build skills with robots
JUNEAU When Dave Patterson asked the audience at the opening ceremony of the Juneau Robot Jamboree, "Who had their robot fall apart during their trials?" nearly every small hand in the audience went up.

Preschool closed for repairs
What's taken a Ashley Bulot-Hanson five years to build was trashed in just a matter of hours Sunday.

Teens destroy preschool
Two teens went on a rampage after breaking into the Ben Franklin Academy in Kenai Sunday afternoon.

Kenai names fire marshal
Despite receiving a relatively short notice when his fire marshal became the fire chief in Nikiski, Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly did not have to look too far for a replacement.

Fish and Game lauds biologist
When it comes to how the Kenai River fishery should be managed, often the only thing two different user groups can agree on is that a third user group is entirely wrong. As such the Alaska Department of Fish and Game personnel responsible for the fishery's management have to have some pretty thick skin.

Road standards revisited
An ordinance proposing stiffer requirements for subdivision developers gets still another public hearing before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday in Soldotna.

Nita Lynn Metcalf
Soldotna resident Nita Lynn Metcalf died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 58.

Adoree Ann 'Acy' Correia
Longtime Kasilof resident Adoree Ann 'Acy' Correia died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, of breast cancer in Portland, Ore. She was 69.

Sterling Community News
It seems that winter is here to stay. I could hear the cheers from the snow fans, including my ski-crazy daughters, when the white stuff started to stick. I know that the Sterling area is a great tourist destination in the summer, but I think the tourists miss the best of the area when they leave before the snow flies. I hope all you locals get a chance to enjoy the winter fun Sterling has to offer skiing, snowmachining, snowshoeing and eventually some ice fishing.

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

Kasilof Community News
Except for Tustumena, lake water in Kasilof has put on its winter coat and will be hibernating many months. With the water sleeping its summer range becomes flat and skateable. Caution, however, merits a minimum ice thickness of six inches for skating and eight inches for parties.

Holidays not always a wonderful time of the year
The winter holidays are generally perceived as "the most wonderful time of the year." But for those who are facing new grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness. And even for those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss- not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.

Peninsula Reflections
I don't know when they began to call Alaska the Last Frontier, but I think that the name lost meaning when the Alaska Highway was built.

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game AC to meet Girls robotics team forming Chamber announces Christmas celebration Women voters to meet Raffle fundraiser set Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues

Ninilchik Community News
We have so much to be thankful for. We have been blessed with a free country and a wonderful place to live. Newcomers often comment on how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place that is so abundant with natural resources.

If you build it ....
Representatives from the Workforce Development Center at Kenai Central High School, from left, Walt Ward, career and technical education coordinator, Mike Boyle and Steve Schoessler, instructors, are recognized by Alaska Division of Forestry's Sharon Roesch for directing 13 students in a construction academy project to build a 20-by-20 building for forestry last summer. The building has been moved to the peninsula fairgrounds in Ninilchik where foresters will use it during the annual fair. Ward said it also could be used as a south peninsula headquarters in the event of a wildfire such as last summer's Caribou Hills fire.

Soldotna Community News
Thanksgiving is a time of reminiscing and remembering blessings we have. On that note, I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to my column. It's great to hear what's going on in our community and in the lives of individuals as well. This week I thought it would be enjoyable to share some Thanksgiving memories. Many of you said, "Oh, we don't do anything special, it's just the traditional dinner!" It's interesting though, how families, communities, and countries are strengthened and bond through what seem like menial traditions, which are actually part of an important fabric that bind us together.

Optimistic outlook
Left to right, Barbara Ruckman, Barbara Jewell and Sharon Geeslin are shown in this Oct. 29 photo attending Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula ROAR at the Kenai River Raven. Members and their guests were served wine and appetizers. Geeslin introduced guests to the Soroptimist's mission and also familiarized them with service projects the group has done for the peninsula. For more information on the local chapter, call 260-5451.

Around the Peninsula
Peaceful people to meet Public health plans 1-day closure Fair trade bazaar planned Skyview prepares for graduation Counseling association seeks members Women's basketball league forming Habitat applications offered See's candy fundraiser continues Senior center events announced

Kenai Community News
Do you remember the song "Over the river and through the wood to grandmother's house we go. Hurrah for fun, is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!" Well, my kids learned the one that went: "A turkey sat on a backyard fence and he sang this sad, sad tune..."

Writer: Newcomers need to respect Alaska's resources
Fishing on the Kenai Peninsula is something many residents are familiar with. It's not just a hobby, a vacation or a pastime, for some it's how they make a living.

College association puts out an all call for members: Kenai Peninsula College
As the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Common interpretation for those not familiar with the phrase is summed up as "results are what count." Kenai Peninsula College will be testing the "pudding" to gauge community interest in supporting a KPC Alumni Association.

Around the District
Aurora Borealis Charter Connections home-school IDEA home-school Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kenai Central High Kenaitze Head Start Mountain View Elementary Ninilchik School Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Two heads are better than one
The writing prompt was "Dinosaurs come out to play," but it was Redoubt Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Krista Arthur who seemed to be a ball in play, bouncing from student to student during reading class Nov. 13.

SoHi takes a ride
Soldotna High School teacher Mr. Schneider and his advisory class are shown in this Nov. 12 photo taking a hay ride as a class activity. For the past three years SoHi students participated in the class that is designed for them to work on homework, discuss school issues and read. The administrators goals are to get information to students, help students with homework and enhance academic improvement.

Signs of gratitude
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School student Shawn Wright works on a poster that was displayed for the homecoming ceremony for returning soldiers Nov. 10 at the Alaska National Guard Armory in Kenai. Wright is a third-grader in Mr. Vedders' class. The entire class designed posters. Vedders said, "The students completed this project with all of their heart, staying in from recess and working on the banners every spare minute they had. Mr. Felchle sent out an e-mail encouraging students to make welcome home signs. He told us how much the posters meant to him when he returned from serving in the Middle East. Several students know what it means to have their parents away for extended periods of time because their parents commercial fish, work on the Slope, or work in mining camps. When students heard that some of our soldiers were away from their families for 18 months, they jumped into action. I basically had to get out of their way and let them take care of business. This is an incredible group of kids."

Sports Brief
Soldotna's Jerry Norris and Soldotna's Bob Waite each won their division in the Alaska State Seniors Open Championships, held Oct. 20 and 21, and Oct. 27 to 29, at Park Lanes in Anchorage.

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