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Schools briefs for the week of May 20, 2019

What’s happening this week

Local athletes and volunteers line up outside the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex to start the annual Special Olympics Torch Run in Soldotna, Alaska on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Racing for a good cause

Annual Torch Run fundraiser marks 50th anniversary of Special Olympics

Assembly members Kenn Carpenter and Brent Hibbert discuss Ordinance 2019-03 at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to take public comment on FY 2020 budget

State fiscal uncertainty played a role in the borough’s proposed budget.

Artist Christina Demetro, left, and Shimai Toshi Garden Trails President Sarah Pyhala show off a rough model of Demetro’s 6-foot crane statue at Coffee Roasters in Soldotna on May Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Artist invites community to collaborate on crane sculpture

Anyone interested can collaborate on the sculpture by adding clay to the wings and head of the bird

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, listens to testimony in Juneau in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Peter Micciche)

Peninsula lawmakers weigh in on crime bill

‘It’s a slam dunk’

Local artist Christina Demetro helps a young artist create new pieces of clay that will be added to a sculpture of a 6-foot tall sandhill crane on Saturday morning at the Kenai Community Library. The sculpture will ultimately be displayed at the Shimai Toshi Garden Trails, a Japanese Garden that will be the first of its kind in Alaska. The clay sculpture received a local flair as interested artists could choose to add their own style to the statue, which sat in several pieces at the library. The statue will eventually be pieced together and bronzed. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

A helping hand

Community helps craft sandhill crane statue

In this March 7, 2019 photo, Mouhcine Guettabi, associate professor of economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, speaks to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Time for some budget humility

Economists are failing Gov. Dunleavy.

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Advertising Account Executive Beth Ulrickson is the go-to person at the Peninsula Clarion. (Photo courtesy Beth Ulrickson)

Meet the Clarion: Ad Executive Beth Ulrickson

“I love to know things, and to do a variety of jobs to keep my mind busy”