Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kidney stone made bearable
I just spent five days at Central Peninsula General Hospital with a kidney stone. I wish to thank the wonderful staff at the hospital. Everyone from house cleaning, CNAs, RNs, supervisors, technicians, doctors, E.R. staff and O.R. staff gave me exceptional care. The staff is warm, caring, professional, dedicated and the food was very good. They made me feel like family. Thank you all so very much.

Of human and animal behavior
In response to Mr. Olson's Tuesday story of the monkeys, I would like to share an observation of my own. Some animals just like to fight. I spend my summers on the beach, and often get annoyed over the incessant squawking of the seagulls. Even when a lone seagull spots a meal, it chooses to squawk until others have arrived, then fight with them over what should have already been eaten. What could be quick and quiet turns into a noisy, inefficient mess. It's possible that there is a biological explanation for this, but I'd guess it has a lot to do with brain size.

Bills to advance Watana dam should be passed
It is important to all of us that the legislature passes HB103 and SB42. These bills would authorize the establishment of a state agency that would take the critical next steps in advancing the Watana hydro-electric project through the FERC permitting process. In a world of never ending increases in carbon based energy prices, Watana would represent a permanent fund of energy cost savings for Alaskans for decades to come.

Seems some Brown Bear fans misbehaved in Fairbanks
The Brown Bears recent playoff games in Fairbanks surprised the Fairbanks fans with a sizeable group of Kenai fans in the stands at the Big Dipper.

Feinstein provides funding for food
Central Kenai Peninsula organizations trying to feed the hungry are getting a little extra help from a national program this spring.

Kenai takes stand: City council weighs in on water, retirement regulations
Kenai's City Council on Wednesday took a stance on state and federal regulations that could affect the city.

Railroad's income declines slightly
The Alaska Railroad Corp. saw a slight decrease in net income last year compared to 2009, according to an annual financial report released April 1.

Photo: Morning jog

Oil prices help fill state coffers
The state of Alaska will receive $3.43 billion in additional revenues due to the recent run-up in crude oil prices, Gov. Sean Parnell announced April 6.

Story Time: College students participate in regional oratory competition
Five college students mustered their courage and found their voices Saturday afternoon when they shared personal anecdotes, family folklore and other stories at the regional Alaska Native Oratory Society competition at Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus.

Raymond Johnny Garcia II
Kenai resident Raymond Johnny Garcia II died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Central Peninsula General Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 57.

Julie 'Jewels' Wall
Soldotna resident, Julie "Jewels" Wall, 53, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Providence Hospital, in Anchorage, due to sudden heart complications.

Let's create legacy of respect, honor
R-E-S-P-E-C-T. As Aretha Franklin sang her soul hit in 1967, those letters were a call to action. Respect African Americans. Respect women. Respect yourself.

Around the Peninsula

KPC author gives reading

Around the Peninsula

Kenai genealogical group meets

Pet Photo: Puddi Tat

Around Campus: Upcoming summer semester enrollments continue to swell
Just when it looks like the increasing summer semester enrollment will level off, it climbs again making the upcoming summer semester off the charts. KPC's 2011 summer semester has 83 more students enrolled taking 541 more credit hours than the summer 2010 semester did when registration closed--and last year broke all previous records. Registration for the summer semester opened March 5 and the first day of classes will be May 16.

Around the District

Cook Inlet Academy

KCHS singers attend national conventions

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