Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brothers return to pilot roots with Homer air charter service
HOMER (AP) -- Brothers Gary and Tim Brandenberg aren't new to airplanes. They flew around the Kenai Peninsula with their father when they were growing up in the Kenai area. As teenagers, after the family moved to Texas, they pursued their own interests in flying.

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Chambers set schedules

A Party Waiting to Happen: Bread Machine King Cake, Pancakes, Beignets
The king cake you're looking at was fun to make, mostly because my bread machine did all the hard work. Jazzed up with purple, green and yellow-colored granulated sugar crystals, king cake is also a surprise party waiting to happen, especially when the people who eat it learn that somewhere inside the cake is a hidden trinket, bestowing the finder with royal treatment for the day, good luck for a year and the opportunity to supply next year's cake. King cake is traditionally eaten all through Carnival, a festive time of the year beginning on the 12th day after Christmas (Epiphany) and concluding with great celebration on Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday), the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Although many Christians worldwide observe the fasting and abstinence laws of the penitential season of Lent by refraining from eating meat and other foods, there was a time when consuming milk, eggs and butter, once considered extravagant, were also forbidden. So, in an effort to use up a surplus of dairy supplies, the faithful made and ate lots of pancakes and pastries, a good reason why the Tuesday before Lent is also called Pancake Day and Paczki (Polish for donut) Day. Besides king cake and pancakes, beignets, a kind of deep-fried donut associated with the great Mardi Gras city of New Orleans, would be another great Fat Tuesday pastry choice, along with a steaming cup of coffee, preferably one made laced with chicory. If you plan to indulge, begin making plans soon. Lent is almost here and pleasures such as these, practically sinful.

Self-reliance, with help from the bees
I read with interest,about the bee problem in Kenai (Peninsula Clarion Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011). As a fellow beekeeper on the Peninsula, it saddened me to see the attack on the Apis Mellifera (honey bee). If a neighbor gets stung it must be one of my bees. I have some advice for Sarah Souders and thoughts for the politicians.

Public process gone from fish board
It appears to me that false praise is more popular than the truth.

One more ardent education supporter
I wanted to cheer when I heard Rep. Kawasaki's words that we should be building schools, not jails. I am writing to throw my wholehearted support behind HB 154, which funds early childhood education, and the Parents as Teachers initiative. In the wake of the news of education budgets slashed down south, I hope our own state doesn't think that cutting education is a cost-saving measure. It is a gamble, one that kids, and by extension all of us, will lose. It just makes fiscal sense to invest in the future, through schools. Please count me among those who will vote for Alaska's economic success by ensuring our kids get all the opportunities they need to be successful. I urge our local government, state legislature and governor to fully financially support education in Alaska.

Victim wants answers
I was hit by a drunk driver on Jan. 8, 2011.

Time Bandit fisherman found dead in Homer motel room
A crew member of the F/V Time Bandit, Justin Tennison, 33, was found dead in his hotel room on Tuesday afternoon.

'What if I wasn't so lucky?' DUI repeat offenders a threat, but hard to keep off the road
As Christopher McMurray braced for impact, he instinctively yelled to his only passenger, a 16-week-old yellow Labrador named Zoey, to hold on.

Photo: Beachcombers

Photo: Ruff play

Budget holes to fill: School district considers projected shortfall
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's fiscal year 2012 general fund budget has the district some $3.5 million in the red and it's looking at options to try to get that number somewhere in the black.

Kenai vies for All-American status
After more than a year of work, Kenai's All-American City committee is finalizing its application for the annual award given by the National Civic League.

Federal cuts will hurt in Alaska
Cutting the nation's growing budget deficits may have hit Alaska's budget, and may increase the state's own deficit, legislative leaders say.

Donna Demchenko
Longtime Alaskan resident, Mrs. Donna Demchenko, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2011, at Heritage Place, in Soldotna, with members of her family at her bedside. She was 82.

Steven Dale Moore
Kenai resident Steven Dale Moore, 57, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage after a battle with double pneumonia.

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KCHS-SoHi hoops set to meet on Saturday

SoHi ski team takes momentum to state
The Soldotna girls Nordic ski team will look to build on momentum it created with a dominant showing at the Region III skiing meet last weekend.

Kenai hoops teams sweep Skyview
As coaches go, few are as mild-mannered or even-keeled as Kenai Central's Ken Felchle.

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Lavigueur wins Little Su 50

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