Saturday, April 2, 2011

Airline made missionary work possible
We would like to thank ERA Aviation for their recent contribution enabling us to travel to the Philippine Islands. ERA donated half of our round trip fare to Anchorage. As members of Church on the Rock Homer we took a 2 1/2-week missions trip to experience life as a missionary. We visited Resources for the Blind and their various blind Bible studies, orphanages, family homes and a government hospital. One goal was to provide oral care supplies and information for the Molbog people, through the Seeds of Life mission organization. Unfortunately, due to tribal unrest we were unable to deliver the supplies, but they will be distributed by fellow missionaries as soon as possible. It was an amazing experience to see and reach out to a different part of the world and appreciate ERA s donation as a part of making this all happen for us. Thank you again!

Coal mine is a not a salmon user group
In recent weeks the Alaska Board of Fish has held meetings to establish a proper and equitable distribution plan for Cook Inlet salmon. In their wisdom and allegedly non biased opinion they have determined that in any allocation plan, fish reallocated from one user group must be taken from another user group because, allexisting Cook Inlet stocks of salmon are already being utilized and spoken for.

Caring for others
We live in a small community and have some great resources to help people who struggle with ordinary life skills, or maybe just down on their luck, or, sad to say, afflicted with addictions of all kinds, as well.

Hospital stay was excellent
I recently spent, what was to me, a lengthy stay in Central Peninsula General Hospital. How lucky we are to have such a great hospital here in our area. All of the staff I encountered were professional, helpful and friendly. My thanks to all of you. I would like to express special thanks and kudos to the nursing staff. Each and every one of you made that trying time so much easier for me. I cannot say "Thank you" enough for all the kindness, wonderful care and especially for the few laughs we shared. You are all special!

CPH staff made last hours bearable
The family of Tor Holmboe, who passed away March 5, 2011 at Central Peninsula Hospital, want to thank everyone involved in Dad's care. From doctors and nursing and care staff to social services, dietary and housekeeping, Dad could not have received more tender, loving care. Everyone went the extra mile to do everything possible to make him as comfortable as possible and in the process became his friends. We three daughters also want to thank everyone for their kindness and thoughtfulness towards us as we sat vigil with Dad in his last days. You made a difficult experience easier to handle. The community served by this exceptional institution is truly fortunate!

Photo: Choosing respect
The Rev. Jerry Daniels, right, leads participants in prayer at the beginning of the "Choose Respect" walk Thursday afternoon in Kenai. The event was one of a number of similar events held around the state to promote efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Renewables a top issue for HEA candidates
Beginning April 1, members of Homer Electric Association can vote for a candidate from their district to serve a three-year term on the association's Board of Directors. One seat in each district is up for election this spring. In the next three years -- the term each director serves -- the board will be asked to move forward with the utility's Independent Light project, solidify a tidal power partnership with Ocean Energy Renewable Power and work with other utilities on potential energy projects like the state's proposed large hydro.

A place to go: Soldotna explores possibilities for teen center
After failed attempts to create a teen center in 1990, 1991, and 2002, Soldotna is taking another stab at making a safe, fun hangout for its younger crowd.

Gov's fish board appointments draw complaints
Much to the dismay of some local anglers and commercial fisherman, Gov. Sean Parnell's recent reappointments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries do not include anyone from the central Kenai Peninsula.

What can we do without?
It's time to ask not what your borough can do for you, but what you can do for your borough.

Salmon wars end
Yogi Berra's "It ain't over 'til it's over" was never more true than during the most recent meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Of a 10-legged mite and other monstrosities
At first, this mite (family Erythraeidae) did not catch my attention. These large, predatory mites are often abundant on the alpine tundra, where they could easily be mistaken for spiders or daddy long-legs as they actively scurry over the ground. We had collected this one from a nunatak (a bare peak surrounded by snow and ice) on the Harding Icefield.

Around the Peninsula

Gathering set for retiring Postmaster

When it comes to faith, there's no fooling
April 1st, a day for fun and fooling. Some have commented about it being a national holiday based on Psalm 14:1. People say things in their hearts, as that verse indicates. I am thankful that is how God chooses to relate to us as well as shown in 2 Corinthians 4:6.

Church Briefs

Missionary educator speaks

All it takes is 1 win: Brown Bears want to snatch home-ice advantage from Fairbanks
One win.

Ice Dogs take 1-0 lead on Bears
A little under six minutes. That's all it took for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to take control in a 5-1 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears in the opening game of the North American Hockey League playoffs Friday at Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

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