Saturday, December 5, 2009

Foundations support food bank campaign
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is pleased to announce grant support for our "Building to Nourish" campaign from the Alaska Community Foundation and the Kenai Peninsula Foundation Fund.

Popcorn delivery helps Scouts be prepared
I want to send a huge thank you on behalf of all of our volunteers and Scouts of the Tustumena District to Lynden Transportation and Carlile Transportation for their delivery of Trails-End popcorn! Each year, these companies donate space on their trucks to bring popcorn to be distributed by our local Scouts. The money earned through the popcorn sale goes toward all of the various expenses our Scouts face each year. Often, the money earned is spent towards attending a week long camp at either Camp Carlquist or Camp Gorsuch, our Boy Scouts of America camps.

Donation will be put to good use
Soldotna Middle School would like to send a huge thank you to Melissa May and The Fitness Place for their generous donation. It will be put to good use to help our students and their families in times of emergency and hard times.

Community support makes a difference for victims of domenstic violence
On behalf of the board of directors and staff of The LeeShore Center, I would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the many community members, businesses and service agencies who generously donated their time and assistance to our agency during 2009.

Kasilof man dies in snowmachine accident
A Kasilof man who died in a snowmachine accident Tuesday was found with the still running Polaris on top of him.

Borough sales drop: Report: Second quarter numbers down 1.3 percent
Second quarter sales in the Kenai Peninsula Borough fell by 1.3 percent from 2008 to 2009, marking the biggest year-to-year decrease of second quarter sales in at least 15 years, according to a borough quarterly report.

Photo feature: Sand man
Paul Story spreads sand in front of businesses in Soldotna earlier this week. Recent weather has made it difficult to keep traction. See an archived audio slideshow about where all that sand goes at: Sights and Sounds

Permanent fund looks to operate smaller accounts
Management of a portion of the $34 billion Alaska Permanent Fund will be contracted out to outside investment managers, but fund staff say the goal is more to learn how expert investors operate than a hope for explosive new returns.

Kimberley Suzanne Draheim-Stalvig
Kenai and Soldotna area resident Kimberley Suzanne Draheim-Stalvig died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at home. She was 45.

Kenneth W. Yearsley
Nikiski resident Kenneth W. Yearsley died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 83.

Setting a flawed precedent
The borough assembly faced an unprecedented dilemma last week. We appreciate the difficult decision before them.

Untrapping can save a pet's life: Opening trap can mean life or death
As was illustrated by the recent incident involving musher Jane Faulkner's dog being caught in a trap (Peninsula Clarion, Dec. 2), it is important for more than just those pursuing furbearers to know how to operate the tools of the trade.

Humbling trees
Even after 45 years of living in Alaska, the trees still amaze me when I visit Washington state, where I was born and raised.

Even in a controlled situation, opening a trap isn't easy to do
I have to admit, after interviewing Jane Faulkner -- the musher who had a sled dog barely survive after being caught in a trap late last month -- I'm downright terrified the same could happen to one of my own dogs. Or, I guess I should say, more scared than usual.

Birds, climate change together
On Dec. 19 volunteers will spend 24 hours focused on Soldotna's 2009 Christmas Bird Count. Every winter since 1983, local birders serving as citizen scientists have braved winter conditions to count all the birds found within a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. The birds found are compiled and entered into a national database with over 100 years of observations.

Around the Peninsula

Spaghetti dinner, auction set

Nikiski seeks league title: Bulldogs get favorite's status in massive Denali-Kachemak
Though it's uncertain which school will claim the Denali-Kachemak Conference's inaugural wrestling title, one guarantee exits -- it will offer some of the fiercest competition in recent memory.

Warriors skate past Stars
Special teams proved to be the difference Thursday night when the Soldotna hockey team hosted Wasilla at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Knights look to stay on top
There won't be any suspense in the contest to be the team champion today at the Northern Lights Conference wrestling tournament at Wasilla High School, but area coaches said there should be more than enough suspense over individual championships and state slots.

Church Briefs

New home for Saint Luke

Brown Bears trade McGlasson: Former Kenai Central standout makes move to Wasilla
The Kenai River Brown Bears continued to be active on the trade front, moving captain Jed McGlasson and defenseman Kyle Van to the Alaska Avalanche of Wasilla on Thursday. The Brown Bears received blue liner Ray Stenehjem from the Avalanche.

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