Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Jobs not money, will stimulate economy
Can you believe that our government is going to give you and me a gift of cash? Why do you think this is happening?

Is borough money being spent wisely?
It looks like our borough mayor and his adopted son (Tim) Navarre closed down this road to the beach from the public. DOT says the mayor stopped them from maintaining the road to the bluff. After 45-plus years of doing so why would our mayor do this? Could it be because Navarre just put in a million-plus dollars of the taxpayers money into a road to his property that connects to OSK property?

Reader: Worst winter for roads
In reference to the letter from Dr. Turner in Jan. 31st's Letters to the Editor, I have a response: Amen!

Unemployment rates on the rise
The unemployment rate within the Kenai Peninsula Borough reached 8.1 percent during November as the expected seasonal slowdown took effect, according to the latest borough data.

Boating changes OK'd; DNR proposes phaseout extension
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday approved regulations that would change motor and boating requirements within the Kenai River Special Management Area, but a new proposal from the Department of Natural Resources may give boaters an extra three years to acquire cleaner-burning motors.

Photo feature: Hunkered down
An immature bald eagle fluffs his feathers and hunkers down in an attempt to stay warm during last week's chilly weather. The raptor was perched near the Kenai Courthouse.

Drugs found in automobile
Travis Tucker has seen some interesting things under peoples' dashboards: glass from a run-in with a moose, some marijuana, but when he unearthed a hide-a-key box from under the brake pedal of a client's car with a crystal-like substance inside, he knew something wasn't right.

Lowe's, Wal-Mart plans arrive
Giant retailers Wal-Mart and Lowe's Home Improvement Centers have trimmed back the size of their stores planned for Kenai, but the presence of actual plan drawings in Kenai City Hall indicates enhanced shopping opportunities for Kenai Peninsula residents are not far off.

Lawmakers assay their first month
Holding the line on spending when wallowing in a surplus of oil revenue is a challenge, especially with programs such as education and ideas such as future gas pipeline in need of financial backing, say members of the central Kenai Peninsula's legislative contingent.

Head-on sends 2 to hospital
A father and daughter were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital after being involved in a head-on collision on the Kenai Spur Highway on Sunday.

Roads, dogs on agenda
Competing ordinances aiming to impose higher roads standards on subdivision developers will get another round of public hearings at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Carolyn 'Cary' Rae Bradford
Longtime Soldotna resident Carolyn "Cary" Rae Bradford died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, from complications of emphysema at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Taking an unusual step: Punitive damages a valuable tool for preventing spills
The citizens' councils for Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet have filed papers with the U.S. Supreme Court in the $2.5 billion punitive damages case arising from Alaska's most famous environmental disaster, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Peninsula, Arctic Winter Games
On Jan. 19, 64 elementary/ middle school students participated in the Peninsula Winter Games soccer tournament sponsored by the Soldotna Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. The results are:

Sterling Community News
It looks like we will have several opportunities to be entertained, as well as have a nice dinner here in Sterling in the next few weeks.

Information on Kenai Peninsula sought
German looking for postcards

Soldotna Community News
Good Monday! Hope you all have a Super Tuesday when you get out and vote.

Kenai Community News
Bunny Swan Gease has been doing her artistic magic again this year, and samples of her whimsical art depicting Alaska type activities is evident in various businesses locally. Check out the windows at the Kenai Airport and at Three Bears among other places. Bunny's work is becoming as much of a winter tradition as the ice carvings have become. If you haven't driven around to check out those ice carvings yet, don't delay. They melted pretty early last year.

Peninsula Reflections
On Aug. 5, 1977, John Nepple was landing his twin engine Beech Bonanza, licensed with Butler Aviation, at the Kasilof Airport. Earlier he and Kearlee Wright, 18, had flown to Tyonek to pick up salmon. Wright was along to learn to fly. The salmon were bound for Per Osmar's Icy Seas processing plant in Kasilof. The flight was coming in to Kasilof about 10 p.m.

Around the Peninsula
Presidential caucus set Potatoes to be discussed FCS board meeting planned Soccer registration continues T-200 volunteer dinner set Valentines dinner planned Grief to be discussed Teen dance slated World travelers needed

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Ninilchik Community News
Congratulations to our two local junior Tustumena sled dog race mushers Merissa Osmar of Clam Gulch and Rebekah Ruzicka of Anchor Point who competed in the dogsled race held in Kasilof on Jan 26. The Junior-T is a 50-mile round trip race in the Caribou Hills for mushers under 18.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers all a buzz Resiliency classes continue High school mass choir set Counseling association reschedules meeting College financial information available Scholarship offered SEA hosts dinner, dance Women to take a break March of Dimes walk planned

Kasilof Community News
Congratulations to Carol Twait of Cohoe, who retired in December. Carol was a registered nurse (RN) who worked for over 15 years at Heritage Place, a long-term health care facility in Soldotna. Carol also taught certified nursing assistant (CNA) classes. Her husband, Roger, retired a year earlier from a maintenance position at the Soldotna Sports Center. Roger and Carol have three daughters and a son, all of whom live Outside. They currently are visiting children in Arizona.

South boys come from behind to beat Kenai
After trailing after each of the first three quarters, South came back to defeat Kenai Central 69-64 on Saturday in a nonconference basketball game.

Night school
The future was now on Thursday night at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences, and it had a flying bicycle, vehicle exhaust filters and piles of pulverized Cheerios.

Students welcome soldier
Freedom of speech and freedom to assemble may be difficult concepts for an elementary school student to comprehend. But the freedom to watch TV, play video games, read skateboarding magazines and others rattled off by Redoubt Elementary Principal John Pothast got a room full of raised hands and a round of applause for visiting Staff Sgt. Larry Erickson on Friday at the school.

Around the District
School board meetings slated School Web pages available High school mass choir set KPBSD to hold federal programs meeting 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

Writer discovers love requires patience, nerves of steel
I was sitting at lunch one day with my significant other and was observing a freshman flirt with one of his peers, and that National Geographic/ Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin narrator type voice came into my head "Watch as the cheetah stalks his prey."

Financial aid workshop set to answer families questions: Kenai Peninsula College
Many times financial hurdles keep high school graduates from pursuing college. Parents of students exploring options for paying for college can be overwhelmed by the process.

Sports Brief
Jill Garnet and Maria Hoe Raitto won races at the Ty Clark/Claude Bradford Memorial Race on Saturday.

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