Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Romancing the oil patch
The governor wants tax relief for oil companies. Listening to him threaten and whine and beg for it reminds me of a steamy melodrama played out in the backseat of a flashy car parked in the dark. "Come on, baby, if you help me out here a little, I'll help you! Honey, I swear I'll 'do the right thing.' I swear it! Sugar, this car ain't movin' 'till you give me what I need so bad!"

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.

Conditioning is all the same
I started with a cage containing five monkeys. I suspended a banana from the top and placed a set of stairs under the banana.

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.

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.

Kenai beaches face testing
A recently released report shows that last summer, Kenai River beaches had more bacteria than is generally considered safe.

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.

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.

Charles Edward (Chuck) Wellong
Soldotna resident Charles E. (Chuck) Wellong, 83, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev., of complications due to pulmonary fibrosis. He was surrounded by close family members. A full obituary and service announcement will be published at a future date.

Around the Peninsula

Woodturners meet

Around the Peninsula

Run for the River registration open

Pet Photo: Buddies forever

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.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool program

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.

Sports Brief: Colony soccer sweeps Nikiski
The Colony soccer teams swept Nikiski on Monday at the Dome in Anchorage. The Colony boys won 8-0, while the girls won 5-0. It was the first game of the year for Nikiski. In fact, boys coach Jim Coburn said this was the earliest the program had ever played a game.

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