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Saturday, April 9, 2011

We Are One rally a success
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals and groups that participated in the April 4 We Are One rally in Soldotna. This was an organized nationwide rally to profile and support public workers. Approximately 80 participants rallied at Parker Park and walked along Binkley Street and the Spur Highway displaying signs with positive messages. Those participating included members of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association, Central Labor Council, Kenai Borough Employees Association, Central Peninsula Hospital, Iron Workers, IBEW, Alaska Democrats and students. Thank you to Mayor Carey for delivering an inspiring speech; and a special thank you to Chilly and Michele Poletti, Cathy Carrow, and Margie Warner for helping make the 50 signs. It's great to live in a community that supports public employees.

On 'The Borgias,' and why newspapers are failing
On the front page of last Sunday's TV Select we see a full-page advertisement for the movie, "The Borgias." To dwell myopically on Alexander the VI, the worst of 265 popes, and his family, amounts to pure, unadulterated anti-Catholicism. What other reason could there be for making the movie? I would like to warn Catholics, who, by the way, know as little about the church as those outside of it, but since my last three factual letters have gone in the wastebasket and since the Clarion advertises the movie, my letter will probably not be printed. I thought newspaper editors were supposed to print information other than meaningless horoscopes or trivial thank-you letters. Maybe that's why so many newspapers have gone out of business.

Food Bank offers thanks for support
"What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." -- Mother Teresa.

'Ochen bolshoe spasibo' means thanks
I would like to thank Victoria Trujillo, Svetlana Johnson, Natasha Weissenberg, and Olga Weissenberg for helping me prepare for the ACTR Olympiada of Spoken Russian in Anchorage. Because of their help I received a gold medal in Russian Level 2. I also had the highest score for everyone competing in the Level 2. Thank you so much for your endless hours of tutoring. You never minded coming in after school, during school, and letting me come into your homes to prepare.

Baldrick's team says thanks
The organizers of this year's St. Baldrick's event to raise money for childhood cancer research would like to recognize and thank the entire community for its generous support of this most important cause. Without you, we would not have been able to send approximately $29,000 to childhood cancer researchers so that someday cures can be found. The organizers wish to especially thank Joey Yurkowski (honored child-cancer survivor) and his mom Laura; John and Dannette Howland, Marcus Yamada and family; all of our shavees, all of our stylists, all of our volunteers and all of our donors, including Aaron Swanson with Residential Mortgage, the Soldotna Police Department, the Great Fools of Fire, Central Emergency Services, Central Peninsula Hospital, Davis & Son's BBQ, KSRM Radio Group, the Kenai River Brown Bears, Phormations, Merrill Sikorski, Redoubt Reporter, Peninsula Clarion, The Fitness Place, Sweeney's, McDonald's, Soldotna Safeway, Angie Brennan, Air Liquid, Stanley Ford, Peninsula Scrub Shop, Carlene's Acupuncture, Cold Stone, Pye Wackets, Auto Spa, Dave Edwards-Smith, River City Books, The Duck Inn, Marion's Plan & Plant, Senator Mark Begich, IGA, Fred Meyer, St Elias, Vaughns Mini Mart, Home Depot, Lowes,and Soldotna High School.

Fish on the menu: Kenai council discusses fish waste, fish policy
Kenai's City Council heard Wednesday night from residents concerned about everyone's favorite summertime topic -- fish.

Armed robber hits Nikiski bar: Masked, shotgun toting man makes off with $307 from register
A masked male wielding a shotgun entered Nikiski's 4 Lands Bar & Liquor Thursday afternoon, demanding money and firing a round into the establishment's ceiling.

Ice Dogs bump Brown Bears from playoffs
The Kenai River Brown Bears' pursuit of an elusive first playoff victory will continue for at least another season.

Photo: Sticking together

NOAA designates critical habitat for Cook Inlet beluga whales
NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced Friday that it is designating two areas of Cook Inlet as critical habitat for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale. Scientists estimate there are less than 350 Cook Inlet beluga whales left in the wild. This distinct population segment was listed as endangered in October 2008.

Borough hires new General Services director
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has hired a new General Services director after the former director was terminated from her position early this year.

What's the kitchen-table discussion on the budget?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly and the mayor are shaping up this year's budget deliberations as a tradeoff between paying for schools and paying for tax relief. That's one way of looking at the budget, but it's more complex than that.

The Outdoor Spirit: learning a kid's perspective
Upon arriving in Alaska, my mother innocently asked me "Are the kids in Alaska different from the kids in Wisconsin?" Having obtained a degree in elementary education and therefore having spent extensive amounts of time with "Wisconsin children," my mother assumed that I would be an authoritative voice on the subject. I hope I'll not let my mother down by saying that having spent a mere five weeks working with the children of Alaska and a measly four years with children from Wisconsin, makes me anything but an expert.

An Outdoor View: Killing April
If I were asked to pick a favorite month for being in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula, it wouldn't be April. It's so seldom that you hear anyone praising the pleasures of slush, breakup and cabin fever.

Around the Peninsula

Host a foreign exchange student

Spring is no longer just around the corner
The most anticipated time of the year has finally arrived: the season of miracles. And while words seem inadequate to describe the wonder of this sweet season, Solomon's poetic picture of it may come the closest to expressing how most of us feel:

Church Briefs

PenCC Annual Break-Up Service

Brown Bears still seek playoff victory
A turnaround season for the Kenai River Brown Bears is suddenly close to ending like all the others have -- without a playoff win.

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