Friday, March 20, 2009

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City helps keep kids moving
Kenai Middle School and its Shinny Hockey Club would like to thank Rick Koch, Bob Frates, Dave Essert and the city of Kenai for their continued support and use of the skating rink.

Feds need to stay out of private sector
I am writing this letter from the standpoint of a concerned mother and a fiscal conservative. As a concerned mother, I have to share with readers that the quality of education and care that my children receive at The Ark, between Sterling and Soldotna, is far superior to what a public prekindergarten program and daycare could offer.

Makes sense to still use existing gun laws
Your "What others say" column from the Frontiersman, Wasilla-Palmer published March 5 was a little unsettling. I agree that HR 45 is a little extreme. It appears that the writer does not have much knowledge of either the Constitution or firearms.

Community has good read on annual carnival
The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council would like to thank the many volunteers and organizations that helped to make the sixth annual Peninsula Reading Carnival such a success. About 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula attended the carnival and enjoyed a variety of fun and educational activities tied to reading and literacy.

Support helps mold students
The students and staff at Sterling Elementary School wish to extend a sincere note of appreciation to Call of the Wild Alaska Cabin Rentals and the BP America grant program for their support of the Sterling Elementary School Artist in Residence program.

Judges' work appreciated
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank Sherril Miller, Loretta Flanders and Dick Hahn for donating their time to serve as judges for the Vicki Webb Nelson Scholarship Program. Eighteen high school seniors submitted applications for the award, and the time these three people spent reading and judging them is truly appreciated.

Smoking comment
A comment on the smoking ban issue: Having lost employee/friends to secondhand smoke as their jobs required them to remain in a smoke-filled area, I firmly believe that well-ventilated areas should be made available for the "smoking customer."

Reader: Maybe we need a revolution
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." -- Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

Ladies and gentlemen ...: Circus performers a tight-knit family
A limp, inflatable castle rises as it fills with air on the blue line of the Soldotna Sports Center. Rows of VIP seating line the neutral zone. At center ice, a ring of purple carpeting lays where 12-year-old Ivan Arestov rehearses his "ultimate wheels" routine.

'Star' performance: Soldotna library receives national honor
Being "starred" can be a good thing, especially if you're in the public library world.

Enstar eye trained on natural gas bullet line
An Enstar Natural Gas company representative speaking in Kenai on Tuesday said the company continues to target 2015 for the startup of its proposed bullet line to bring gas from the Brooks Range foothills to Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska.

Winter king derby on tap
"Get your boats ready," is the advice from promoter Steve Cook, in regard to Homer's 16th Annual Winter King Salmon Tournament, being held this weekend.

'Old' spin put on new race: PSDRA to host last sled dog race of the season
As the winter winds down, it has held on long enough for the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association to hold it's last event of the season, and this Sunday's race offers something new for something old.

House suffers $35,000 worth of damage in Mackey Lake fire
An attached mechanical room at 42305 National Ave., off Mile 1 of Mackey Lake Road, suffered approximately $35,000 worth of damage after a fire ignited below the boiler Thursday morning.

Salmon task force fails to issue report
Like an exhausted salmon unable to reach its redd, a report on the disbanded Cook Inlet Salmon Task Force continues to flounder in the slack water two months after the the committee was to report to the Legislature.

Tough times are calling for tough decisions
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey announced last week that every nondepartmental organization within the borough will start this budget year at zero based.

Girls' day out: Girl Scouts explore winter activities
When some people think of the Girl Scouts, the first image that pops into their head is that of tiny tots peddling cookies. But scouting is about so much more than just teaching girls about entrepreneurship through the selling sweet treats.

Surrogate sportsman
I was midway through my after-lunch nap when my old guide friend, J. Binkley Backwater called.

A summer journey down the Tag
I started working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a biological technician after my sophomore year in college while attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I could write an entire novel about the experiences I had as a biotech, but the most memorable experience happened during the summer of 2003 when I was stationed in the village of Kotzebue working for the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge.

The Last Not So Great Race
The death of Grasshopper and Dizzy, two dogs in the team of Lou Packer, 55, of Wasilla, represent a failure of epic proportion, of which the Iditarod itself should bear the brunt of the blame.

Around the Peninsula

IRS help offered

Around the Peninsula

IRS help made available

CIA falls in 3rd-place game
Northway and Cook Inlet Academy both died by the 3-pointer in Tuesday's semifinals of the Class 2A boys state basketball tournament.

Bulldogs trounce Galena
It sounds impossible at first, but it's true.

Seward gets past Monroe
Monroe Catholic rebounded from an early 10-0 hole to give Southcentral Conference tournament champion Seward a run for its money.

Nikiski girls lose in state semi
Since losing to Nikiski by nine in a holiday tournament in December, Mt. Edgecumbe hasn't fallen to a Class 3A opponent since.

SoHi moves on: Stars to face Wasilla in state semifinals
With just more than two minutes remaining of a back-and-forth first quarter in a Class 4A state quarterfinal contest, Soldotna's Matt Grubb drained a 3-pointer, drew the foul and hit the free throw in staking the Stars to a four-point lead entering the second.

Ukulele hero: Musician brings unique talent to Kenai Peninsula
Jake Shimabukuro is to the ukulele, what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar, and he will soon be playing in Soldotna, for one of only two performances in Alaska.

Art Briefs

T-shirt design contest continues

Groundbreaking? No. Fun? Yes.: 'Race to Witch Mountain' a nice alternative for moviegoers
'Race to Witch Mountain'

What's Happening

Events and Exhibits

Church Briefs

First Baptist to begin a new ladies' study

The heroes and the rest of the story
Hebrews chapter eleven is famous for its description of faith and its list of men and women of God who took great leaps of faith. Recently while teaching on faith, I was challenged to examine what was the rest of the story.

Hakkinen takes 84th in sprint
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen took 84th in a 10-kilometer World Cup sprint on Thursday in Trondheim, Norway.

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