Monday, April 4, 2011

Legislation will honor CAP WW II vets
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the 112th Congress to honor WW II members of the Civil Air Patrol. The two identical bills are intended to award a single Congressional Gold Medal to CAP in recognition of the highly unusual service performed by volunteer men and women of this organization who, using their own aircraft, conducted combat operations and other emergency missions during a period of great danger to America.

Lawmakers act like Chicken Little
Good news! If the majority of the members in the state House of Representatives are correct, Japan's nuclear fallout won't be a concern to Alaskans. Why? Because, like Chicken Little, it seems they believe the sky is falling. This is evidenced by their willingness to give billions in potential state income back to oil companies. And, the oil companies aren't required to do anything to receive it except wait until they decide to take advantage of the tax break -- perhaps years from now when we might be desperate for money to support the state. No sunset clause to let the bill expire in a couple of years and no declining tax breaks for drilling in early years.

Photo: Snow country
Paul Clever, Dave Sipos, Cathy Petersen and Jake Sipos use snowshoes to climb Center Ridge in Turnagain Pass last weekend. While the snow is going fast in the lower country, there is still a lot of white stuff in the mountains.

Politicians disagree on oil, gas job statistics
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, is defending Alaska's oil and gas jobs as being on the rise, while the governor states this is not the case.

Friday water main break snarls traffic in Soldotna
A broken water main on the north side of the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna caused a partial road closure and lack of water for some area residents Friday morning.

High achiever:Motivation leads KCHS grad to state commissioner's job
Becky Hultberg was always one of those super kids. You know, the scarily motivated, hyper-involved, "Why can't you be more like Becky?" kind of teenager that all the parents adore and the slackers deride.

Soldotna un-paves paradise: New parking rules allow businesses to grow, beautify
When Trustworthy Hardware and Fishing relocated to the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kobuk Street in 2005, owners Brian, Scott, and Paul Miller had big plans for their new building.

The Apprentices: Employees from Soldotna participate in state program
It's hard to believe that Soldotna is the first municipal government in the entire state to take advantage of an Alaska Department of Labor program that promises both free education and free money.

Wesley Warner
Longtime Alaskan and Funny River Resident, Mr. Wesley D. Warner, died Thursday, March 31, 2011 at his home on Funny River Road. He was 80.

Michael James Henry
Kenai resident, Michael James Henry, 61, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital with his loving wife by his side.

Patricia Jo 'Pat' Humecky
Longtime Soldotna resident, Patricia Jo "Pat" Humecky, 76, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with her family by her side.

Callen Jay Ross
Nikiski resident Callen Jay Ross died suddenly March 26, 2011, from a heart attack at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 53.

Barron Butler
Longtime Kenai resident, Barron Butler, 82, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital from natural causes.

Harnessing the inlet's tides makes sense
The announcement last week that Homer Electric Association is joining forces with Ocean Renewable Power Company is encouraging news.

Fishermen call for solutions
I don't catch many king salmon at my set net site on the west side of Kodiak where my family and I spend summers. That's just the way it is. We haul in abundant pinks, sockeyes and silvers, preserve them in ice and hope for a good price. I'm deeply concerned, however, that my fellow fishermen won't be catching many kings this year either, because returns have been extremely low to river systems in the central and western Gulf of Alaska.

Guess what you just ate: watch for additives
From milk to meat, today's supermarkets are filled with processed foods chock full of additives. Additives are used to extend the foods' shelf life, delay spoilage, preserve flavor, enhance taste, and make the food more visually appealing. The demand for longer shelf life is both for consumer's convenience, and to keep foods fresh while they're being transported and stored before consumption.

Around the Peninsula

Woodturners meet



Meals on Wheels delivers for seniors
Kenai Senior Center is a member of the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). MOWAA's mission is to end senior hunger by the year 2020. Their slogan is, "So no senior goes hungry." This is the rally cry of the "March for Meals" campaign. This campaign is to support public awareness, encourage volunteer recruitment, and to build local financial support. This month is designated to build visibility of the Senior Nutrition Programs in our community and nationwide.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Chamber presents Make Alaska Competitive Coalition

Shrew-ed moves
OK, first of all, I wish to apologize to our Unhinged Alaska readers who have G-mailed me because they were upset about the lack of protection they've assumed that I've not been giving Little Bear, especially, when she's roaming around outside making personal tinkle pronouncements.

Track teams off, running
Kenai Central senior Tyler Spalding is the only 2010 individual state track champion from the Kenai Peninsula who didn't graduate after the 2010 meet.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool program

Around Campus: Priority registration for fall opens this week
For the past few years, KPC and all UAA campuses have provided a priority registration period for students enrolled in degree or certificate programs so they are able to secure seats in required courses needed for graduation. The process was fully embraced which resulted in overloaded servers and frustrated students.

Soldotna High extends a helping hand to Japan
As a foreign exchange student, one of the primary reasons Aoi Yokomori, of Yokohama, Japan, is at Soldotna High School this year is to work on her English. Since March 11, her vocabulary has expanded to new terms she wasn't expecting to have to learn in context of her homeland -- earthquake, wave, electricity, nuclear power plant, radiation, Red Cross, revival, fundraising.

Against the wall: Ice Dogs take 2-0 lead on Brown Bears
Oliver David said his team needed to play its best to have any chance at winning in the playoffs.

SoHi grad throwing farther
Air Force junior Paige Blackburn, who graduated from Soldotna in 2009, tallied a distance of 160 feet, 4 inches, to win the discus event last weekend at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

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