Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Giving billions to oil is bad business
To the average person, thinking about politicians and attorneys doesn't normally conjure up analogous comparisons to mom, apple pie and Old Glory. More so, the comparison to terms such as, slimy, sneaky, and dishonesty seem to immediately come to mind. That's not to say that all politicians and lawyers fall into these categories or that everyone thinks this way. Some people have had pleasant experiences with individuals in one or the other or both professions. However, because the media jumps at the chance to expose these individuals when they have done something sociably unacceptable, such as break the law, enter into extra marital affairs, and violate ethics laws, I believe many who read the periodicals tend to look at these persons with a wary eye.

Video: Students spend spring break at Challenger Learning Center's Aviation Camp
Students spend spring break at Challenger Learning Center's Aviation Camp... learning how to fly!

Lady Liberty: Nikiski woman has a blast despite occasional dousing
You've probably seen Suzanne Strickland before. You might not recognize her name, but if you've driven through Soldotna on the Sterling Highway over the past couple months during the right times, you've definitely caught a glimpse of the 24-year-old. It would be impossible to miss her.

Moving forward: UA board OKs new facilities in Soldotna, Anchorage
With the University of Alaska board of regents authorizing additional planning and traffic analysis on the Seawolf Sports Arena in Anchorage Feb. 18, it's easy to overlook another project that, while smaller, is important to staff and students at a Kenai River college.

Liquid gold: Exploration wells planned to look for Southcentral gas
Two more independent oil and gas companies are gearing up to drill exploration wells on the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet just as a third company is winding down its operation.

Banks gain as loans improve
Alaska-based banks put a lot of bad loans to bed in 2010 to boost their bottom lines.

Branching out in Homer: Bikes, mushrooms, spoons just the beginning
HOMER -- Riding around town on his tandem bicycle with a bucket of spoons, Homer's Spoon Guy has become a minor celebrity. In his wool cap, sweater and pants, Michael Henri Glasgow can be seen at his booth at the summer Farmers' Market or sometimes riding in parades. Where some carry a knife, Glasgow's sheath on his belt has a couple of spoons handy. If you need finely crafted, whimsical spoons that are works of art, Glasgow's your guy.

Regulatory body nears expiration date
A bill that made its way to the House Finance Committee last week would extend the life of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Photo: Too good to pass up

Darrel (Monte) Casper
Former Soldotna resident Darrel (Monte) Casper died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Mesquite, Nev. He was 68.

Fuel costs drive rate increases at HEA: Time to explore alternatives, says Association's general manager
Utility rates can sometimes be a confusing set of numbers and formulas, but a recent announcement about an Homer Electric Association rate increase is actually pretty easy to explain. Simply, the rate increase is closely tied to the cost of fuel used to generate electricity.

Japan's tragedy tests us
For a half hour earlier this month, Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet feared the worst. At 11:30 p.m. March 10, our new tsunami sirens sounded and, for the first time, it was not a test. A system installed with all sorts of bugs and glitches did what it was supposed to: It warned us of impending danger.

Around the Peninsula

Ninilchik Senior Center events next week

Around the Peninsula

Gathering set for retiring Postmaster

Pet Photo: Buddies forever

Sports Brief: Davis back at head of pack
Soldotna's Carly Davis has regained the Pro Am Women Super Stock season points title in the International Series of Champions AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series.

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