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Saturday, March 21, 2009

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

'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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

IRS help made available

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.

Seward boys come up short in state semis
A 1992 graduate of Seward High School, Patrick Callahan sat in the stands during the 1993 Class 3A state championship game and watched the Seahawks blow a late lead, 19 or 20 points as he recalled it, in falling by one to Eielson.

Soldotna boys reach 1st state final
As if playing in the state championship game wasn't enough, Soldotna's Daniel Geller had another reason for not wanting to lose in Friday night's semifinal.

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

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.

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.

Church Briefs

First Baptist to begin a new ladies' study

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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