Monday, April 6, 2009

Renewables instead of coal
The Homer Electric Association appears to be going down a path that is contrary to the wishes of the membership. The recent whiplash in our rates underscores the urgency of getting the direction turned around. One reason our rates have increased and then decreased so substantially in the last three months is because carbon intensive fuels are very volatile in their price structure.

Redoubt eruption resumes: Saturday morning ashfall blankets south peninsula
Mount Redoubt does not like to be ignored, or so it would seem, as the volcano erupted again just a day after the Alaska Volcano Observatory lowered its threat level from "warning" to "watch," after several quiet days.

Pain in the ash?: Mount Redoubt's messy reminder may have an upside
Mount Redoubt doesn't have to be a total pain in the ash.

Singing a new tune: KCHS choir student grateful for opportunities
It's hard for Randy Jackson to try and describe to someone what he felt, embraced by the ancient walls of the Vatican, performing a solo part while his peers in the Kenai Central High School choir looked on.

Kenai approves culvert projects
With a belief that planned Kenai Watershed Forum culvert work will not attract adult salmon, and consequently hungry bears, to streams coursing through the city, Kenai council members on Wednesday pledged their support to three fish passage projects.

Kenai police respond to accidents as volcano draws a crowd
With the cloud coverage dispersing, Mount Redoubt became visible to Kenai Peninsula residents for the first time in almost two weeks. A popular viewing area is the observation deck located on Bridge Access Road as several vehicles were parked in the viewpoint lot and lined the road

Redoubt watch
According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory Web site as of 4:52 p.m. Sunday the eruption of Mount Redoubt continues. Small earthquakes and intermittent tremor continue.

Web site offers job resources
Many people attend college with the hope of finding a more prosperous career, and Kenai Peninsula College recently added a free online service to post jobs and internships to better serve its students, both past and present.

Info released on weekend accidents
Information on an accident that occurred Friday at the pullout on Bridge Access Road was released by the Kenai Police Department on Sunday.

Frank M. Steger
Longtime Sterling resident Frank M. Steger died Friday, April 3, 2009, with his family by his side at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 78.

Predator management benefits all
Whether you are a hunter, photographer, sightseer or ardent preservationist, healthy wildlife populations are a benefit to you. Depletion of game populations due to weather, over-hunting or predation not only reduces the health and number of predators and prey; it also reduces the opportunity for viewing and consumptive use. Managing for moderately high game populations is comparable to having a good paying job and money in the bank.

Ruffled feathers aside, it's time to focus on the budget
Borough Mayor Dave Carey ruffled some feathers this week with his remarks on next year's budget -- due as much to the manner in which his announcement was made as to its content.

When will America learn?: Despite repeated disaster, country keeps faith in markets
Market populism. It's brought us soaring wealth inequality and two economic bubbles. Now it's keeping us from having an intellectually honest conversation about saving our banking system.

Planets align for April viewing
Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. We're also leaving the freezing cold behind. As we all love winter's benefits, we surely regret that our beloved starry skies will take a back seat soon. Therefore, after this article, see you again in August or September.

A little bit of breakup cheer
We have done it! We have survived -- no, DEFEATED another March. We persevered through the adversity of cold and snow to rise triumphant on the threshold of Alaska's fifth season, breakup. (The other four seasons are early winter, mid-winter, late winter and tourist.) All hail breakup! That harbinger of warm things to come, that bellwether of beautiful days, that period of roughly six weeks when the world around us is a little soft.

Around the Peninsula

Immunizations available

Around the Peninsula

LeeShore classes canceled

Community News

Area students named to dean's list

Local teams compete in Dome
Local track and field teams commenced the 2009 season with the Big 'C' Relays on Friday and Saturday at The Dome in Anchorage.

Around the District

School board meetings slated

Writer: Finding your way in the world not easy
I found it exceedingly ironic when I was selected to write for Verbatim as one of the reasons for the feature was to give people an idea of what it's like to be a teen today.

Pazar, Trovinger to marry
Sandra Pazar and John Trovinger plan to marry Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Reno Christian Fellowship in Reno, Nev.

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