Saturday, November 20, 2010

Challenger Star Party a success thanks to . . .
The staff and board of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska would like to thank the peninsula residents who attended our latest Star Party! Even though the clouds did not part for viewing our night sky through telescopes, nearly 200 community members showed up to get a peak at our new Magic Planet, participate in team building activities and gaze at the stars in the indoor dome, along with other hands-on activities.

Article disappointing, but spot on
You might want to make the time to read "The Collapsing Kenai," an article in the fall 2010 issue of Salmon & Steelhead Journal. The author, Terry Sheely, does a good job of touching on a few key issues surrounding our beloved river and the giant strain of chinook it used to frequently put out.

Lots to be thankful for
With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner we can all sit back and count our many blessings. When I look back and think of all the wonderful things that I have in my life, one that sticks out is the community we live in.

Photo: Young guns

Trail guide: Program gets kids out of classroom
When classrooms get hot and stuffy, Alaska's great outdoors beckons to teachers and restless students.

Rylene Arnell Oskolkoff
Rylene Arnell Oskolkoff, 14, of Kenai, died Nov. 2, 2010, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Kenai.

Randy Frank Sterling
Longtime Nikiski resident, Randy Frank Sterling, 53, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, unexpectedly at his home in Nikiski.

Election results should always reflect Alaska voters' intent
All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.

Refuge Notebook: Unveiling the secret lives of elusive wolverines, Part 2
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series. The first part appeared in the Nov. 12 Clarion.

An Outdoor View: It's a jungle under there
When snow covers the ground with a thick blanket, which it's doing as this is written, the space between the ground and the snow cover becomes a whole new world.

Perils of Polly: Onward, upward
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Straight shooters: Program teaches girls about firearm use
In the basement of Wilderness Way in Soldotna last Thursday, eight girls were taking their best shots.

Around the Peninsula

Philippine-American holiday pot luck

Holiday season a time to treasure your family
Families are fun, sometimes frustrating, yet very fulfilling. Together is a key word for families. Romans 8:28 is a verse often quoted to encourage during tough times. The words "work together for good" are a short seminar for how to make marriages and families function positively.

Church Briefs

Clothes ministry ongoing

Heeding godmother's advice: Granato watches his aunt, Cammi, go into Hockey Hall of Fame
The godmother shared her story. The godson shared his attention.

Kardinals skaters cruise past Knights
Early in the first period, Zack Zulkanycz seemed to be at the right place at the right time. Later in the contest, it came blatantly apparent the junior forward is simply all over the ice.

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