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Monday, March 28, 2011

U.S. should not be anywhere near Libya
While I support the people of Libya in their attempt to overthrow a tyrant, we really do not know whether they will end up creating a much more tyrannical government. This could be like the Russian Revolution of 1917 or the Iranian Revolution in 1979: The people overthrow a tyrant, but establish an even worse government.

Do we belong in Libya?
Make no mistake, America is in charge, our pilots and air crews are deeply involved.

New player in coal: Australian company looks at coal gasification
An Australian company, Linc Energy Alaska, will conduct test drilling on coal leases in Alaska in 2011 for an underground coal gasification project, company officials told a business group in Anchorage March 17.

Photo: The art of break-up
Brad Snead meanders past melting ice on the Cook Inlet beach in Kenai on Saturday afternoon while looking for agates. "I'm bumping around enjoying the weather," he said. "It's a beautiful day."

Postal changes scrutinized: Commission releases report saying proposed changes would not save very much money
The Postal Regulatory Commission has released its final advisory opinion this week, stating that the savings in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) proposal to end Saturday mail delivery may not be as high as the USPS originally observed. The USPS proposed cutting service and making other changes to address more than $2 billion in annual losses.

French Fry Fuel: Soldotna man uses greasy waste for heat, transportation
With a little bit of elbow -- and some french fry -- grease, Paul Reger can do just about anything.

Oil, gas issues simmer at town hall
Peninsula residents seized the opportunity to address their state representatives during Saturday's town hall meeting, and unsurprisingly many of their concerns focused on the oil and gas industries.

Kenai standoff ends with man taken into custody
Kenai police officers took an adult male into custody Friday night after an eight-hour stand-off at the Highland Trailer Park.

Kasilof CES station earns new rating, lower rates to follow?
When Central Emergency Services opened its Kasilof station in 2007, service area residents counted increased safety and protection as one of the lesser benefits. More important than a sense of well-being was the fact that their insurance premiums would drastically drop.

Another hat in the ring for mayor: Former assembly president to run for borough's top seat
The race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor is on, with a second candidate announcing his intent to run.

Leonard J. Olson
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Leonard J. Olson died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at his home in Soldotna. He was 90.

When government works well, potential for disaster minimized
When fishermen go out to sea, they go knowing that sometimes the worst can happen and their boats might sink beneath them. That's why mariners keep an eye on the storm and their survival suit zippers greased. Most fishermen don't expect to lose their boats in a devastating blaze on land, though. That's what happened last Friday when a fire in a boat shop at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard torched four good boats, including a few just about ready to be christened.

Quality, safety and the CPGH Inc. board
The mission of Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH, including the hospital, Heritage Place and Serenity House) is to provide high quality health care, and the Board of Directors (CPGH Inc.) has both ethical and legal duties to ensure that the organization is true to this mission. In keeping with these responsibilities, the CPGH Inc. board has taken great interest in the activities of the Borough Assembly's Central Peninsula Health Care Task Force. Two members of the CPGH Inc. board serve on the task force and board members attend the public meetings. While taking part in the process and looking forward to the Task Force's recommendation, the 11-member CPGH Inc. board continues to oversee the operation of CPH, and has helped it grow into a health care organization that employs more than 700 area residents.

Lawmakers need to quit fiddling around
A state law banning the use of foreign law in state courts? Seriously? Alaska needs this?

Some simple tips for natural allergy relief
Allergy season has been upon many sufferers since February this year, but an early start may or may not mean an early finish. If you're one of the sneezing, sniffling, eye-rubbing, worn out masses, here are some simple things that you can do to ease your symptoms:

Call me Chug
You can learn a lot when you become a parent or are often around kids. It's fun, rewarding, sweet, and some days makes can make you feel more moody then a 14-year old girl. I love being a mother, but like most things in life, it's not always the bees knees. I might not be an expert in the ways of parenting, however, being one has really humbled me. Which is a very positive thing.

News and notes

Winners of Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship announced

Around the Peninsula

Help needed for fair exhibits

Varner, Rodgers tie the knot
Jessica Varner and Alexander Rodgers were wed Feb. 19, 2011, at Midway Park Chapel, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The bride is the daughter of James and Jennifer Varner. Oakwood, Ohio. She is a 2008 graduate of Paulding High School, in Paulding, Ohio. The groom is the son of Ron and Joanne Rodgers, of Soldotna. He is a 2007 graduate of Skyview High School and currently serves in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman with 3/6 Marines, due for a second deployment to Afghanistan this summer. The couple resides in Jacksonville, N.C.

Central Peninsula gardeners get ready for growing season
The Central Peninsula Garden Club hosts a special program Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Special guest speaker Tim Meyers from Bethel, (Alaska's current Agriculture Rock Star), will talk about how he has developed his amazing fresh produce business. For more information contact Marion Nelson, 283-4632, or mmkn@ptialaska.net. Also, come meet several VIP speakers who will be speaking Saturday, April 2, at the Peninsula Ag Forum at the Ninilchik fairgrounds, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula R.C. & D. Tickets for this forum are available at the local Soil & Water office in the Trading Bay office complex. Call 283-8732. The Garden Club also is taking orders now for their annual SeaAg fertilizer fundraiser. SeaAg is made from Alaska fish bones, ground into fish bone-meal. For more information, contact Don St. John at 398-4474, or akdon@acsalaska.net. Delivery will be the first part of May at the Snug Harbor Seafood Plant parking lot.

SoHi baseball to hold Hoop Fest
The Soldotna High School baseball team will hold a 3 on 3 Peninsula Hoop Fest on April 9, starting at 10 a.m. at Soldotna Middle School.

Nikiski wrestling club competes
The Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club competed in the Popeye Wrestling Tournament in Homer on Feb. 28 and the Anchorage Freestyle Wrestling Tournament on March 12. The placements for the Nikiski wrestlers follow:

Beeson, Spalding start fast for Kards
Kenai Central's Bailey Beeson won the girls 800-meter race in a time of 2 minutes, 27.2 seconds, leading the Kardinals to a fourth-place finish at the "Mini" track and field meet Friday and Saturday at the Sports Dome in Anchorage.

Around Campus: Nursing students hit mark of excellence
Since KPC began offering the UAA associate of applied science nursing program students have excelled among their UAA peers.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool program

Special education a team effort
Part of the responsibility Nancy Locke shouldered when she became the legal guardian for her grandson, Axel, in 2009 was choosing one of the first bricks in what will become his educational foundation.

The Big Lubanski: Kenai River captain helps bring Bears to respectability
No one on this resurgent Kenai River Brown Bears squad is more motivated for the playoffs than Brett Lubanski.

Bears end 4-4-4 vs. Rage
Alec Thieda waited a long time for this one.

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