Monday, March 29, 2010

Nordic ski programs grateful for community support
Cross-country skiing is a very special sport that draws teams together in a competitive and cooperative way. Athletes are often cheering on all athletes, while being especially supportive of their own team. This spirit of cooperation has extended to our communities. There were many races held on the Tsalteshi Trails this winter and every one had volunteers from Kenai Central, Skyview, and Soldotna high schools as well as members of the community at large.

'Moving forward' isn't progress
It is interesting to read Senator Begich's comments about the passage of health care as "moving forward," his catchall phrase for almost everything. We are to believe a "senator in training" who left his last job as mayor with such rose tinted financial views he negotiated sweet contracts for his union supporters but left a $20 million shortfall. For this "moving forward trainee" we pay $175,000 per year. He now will come home and try to tell us that a reduction in Medicare of five hundred billion dollars will be good for us. He discounts the fact that even without those cuts it is hard to find a doctor in Anchorage who accepts new Medicare patients. Politics he can do, adding and finance is beyond him. He can't see that most train wrecks occur while they are "moving forward."

With support like this, a cure will be found
The organizing committee of this year's St. Baldrick's event in Soldotna would like to thank all of our participants and donors who so generously gave their time and treasure to support childhood cancer research. This year's event was our biggest ever and thanks to everyone who joined us we raised almost $40,000, far surpassing our goal of $30,000.

It all adds up: Budget 101: A look at the cost of education on the Peninsula
With the preliminary 2010-2011 budget for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District at close to $129 million, there's no easy way for most people to visualize a number that big.

Library funding process rolling: Soldotna city council puts bond issue decision to voters
The city of Soldotna made strides last week toward beginning the funding process for the library expansion project. The proposed additions to the Joyce K. Carver Public Library are expected to cost about $6 million.

Atwater reflects on 1st year: KPBSD superintendents focus is technology, funding, collaboration
One year ago this past week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education hired Steve Atwater, who had been working as an assistant superintendent to Donna Peterson for the previous nine months, to lead in her place after she left in June. While Atwater didn't officially take the reins until July 1, 2009, the transition began immediately.

Leaders toe party line on health bill
There was a distinct partisan tone to the reactions of Alaska leaders to the new federal health care bill, which President Obama signed into law March 23.

Energy bills at top of Legislature's priorities
Energy legislation is commanding a lot of the Legislature's attention as the 2010 session heads toward its April 18 closure.

Lois Lynn Mayse Massie
Longtime Kenai resident Lois L. Massie died Saturday, March 13th at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 63.

Diligence on the bailout
Probably missed last week amid news coverage on passage of the health care bill was a quick story about the federal pay czar's pay cuts for corporate leaders.

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Around the Peninsula

Miracles to be discussed

Social security showcases history in 75th year
What you may not have realized when you rang in 2010 was that you also were ringing in the 75th anniversary of Social Security.

Around the Peninsula

Public Health plans 1-day closure

Things I said I'd never say
When I was a kid, I solemnly vowed to myself I would never start a sentence off by prefacing whatever lecture I was about to give with, "When I was a kid "

Between the lines
Ryan Campos, left, a fifth-grader in Brittney Johnson's class at Mountain View Elementary in Kenai, answers questions about a story he read from a textbook while classmate Julianne Wilson reads from a chapter book on Tuesday.

Around the District

School board to meet

Kenai Peninsula College

Icicle Seafoods establishes scholarship at KPC

Long skis: Area resident competes in Europe races
If the saying, "Never slow down, never grow old," has any merit, Kjell Risung is living proof.

A Games to remember: Team Alaska leads ulu count, takes Hodgson Trophy
The Arctic Winter Games are not only about competition, but also about the concepts of friendship, cooperation and resource sharing. Team Alaska aced all of those tests at the 21st Games from March 6 to 13 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Weeks, Petrak tie the knot
Ivy Maria Weeks of Valdosta, Ga., and Mark Lee Petrak of Costa Mesa, Calif., were married March 20, 2010, in Cooper Landing.

Anderson, Ashkenasy to marry
Sheena Anderson and David Ashkenasy of Kenai plan to marry in Kenai in the summer of 2013.

Humphrey, Craft announce nuptials
Angela Humphrey of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Roy Craft of Nome, plan to marry on May 22, 2010, in Anchorage.

Cvetkovski, Coleman marry in Idaho
Sasha Cvetkovski and Ryan Coleman were married in an afternoon ceremony March 13, 2010, in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. Donald Knapp officiated.

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