Friday, April 15, 2011

Kudos: Sales associate has perfect advice
We have been Home Depot customers for years. I was in need of some advice and had a situation that required a solution. The associate that I approached responded with a "No problem!" after I explained my dilemma. She not only offered a successful solution but did so efficiently and with a smile. I wanted to commend Karen for her incredible smile and customer service!

Business Briefs

Sen. Begich to address joint chambers

Brown Bear fans impressed Ice Dogs
To Kenai Brown Bear Fans:

Farewell to mailman Rick
On April 29, Rick Huddleston, my whistling mailman for 15 years, will retire from our post office.

Threats from governor is not leadership
I was amazed when I heard a local news broadcast stating our governor has now threatened to line-item veto local projects on the capital budget if the legislature fails to pass the oil tax break bill.

Project GRAD appreciates support
In early June, approximately 45 students from rural Kenai Peninsula schools will participate in Summer Institute, hosted at the Kenai Peninsula College by Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula. Summer Institute is one very visible component of PGKP's College Access Program, which more often is working behind the scenes, one-on-one with students, their families and teachers to foster academic achievement in math, science and language arts, support parent and community involvement, provide college and career planning information and scholarship assistance. Project GRAD sets many bricks in place to help build the likelihood that all youth, regardless of income, cultural diversity or geography can go to college.

Another take on fans visiting Fairbanks
In response to the letter to the editor published April 11 by Dale Powell of Fairbanks: I would like to make a few comments on behalf of the Brown Bear fans that attended the first round playoff games, hosted in Fairbanks.

Evening of culture turned sour
I feel compelled to write about my experience last night while taking my family to the Fairbanks Shakespeare Company production of 12th Night. I have always wanted to expose my family to more cultural experiences and I thought this free performance was a wonderful opportunity to do just that. I assumed that since the show was being performed for children all across our state that the content would be family friendly and enlightening.

Parent praises anti-drug program
We attended the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies held at Soldotna High School Friday evening, honoring the 5th grade classes from the Soldotna elementary schools. This is a wonderful program, educating the students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It is presented by the Soldotna Police Department. They make it fun and challenging for the students. Each student has to write an essay saying what they learned from the D.A.R.E. program. At the end of the session they have a graduation ceremony, then an all night lock in, and lots of food.

Coal-to-liquid project pitched
A Texas-based company is considering a Cook Inlet resource project that would turn coal into liquid fuels.

Moving forward: Committee works on policy for Soldotna cemetery
The Soldotna Community Memorial Park policy committee scrutinized a draft of the park's rules and regulations Tuesday night, fine-tuning the language and discussing modifications to how the park will be run.

City manager retires, stays on the job
Soldotna City Manager Larry Semmens has technically retired, but will in all likelihood remain in the position for at least another year.

Chamber shares vision for new facility
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce returned to the city council Wednesday night with more concrete information on its proposed visitor/convention center, but still left many questions unanswered.

Photo: Good food, good books, good company

'This really happens': School lunch program copes with student hunger
Patty Sirois has heard so many reasons why some Kenai Peninsula families can't feed their children. She fields their frantic phone calls regularly.

Jackie Goodwin
Former Nikiski resident Jackie Goodwin passed quietly and peacefully due to pneumonia Thursday, April 14, 2011. She was 69.

Catherine Wanda (McSorley) Jolly
Sterling resident Catherine Wanda (McSorley) Jolly, 84, died peacefully at home with her family on April 12, 2011.

Time is ticking away on pipeline
Something unusual is happening in Alaska. For the first time since the fight for statehood, there is an overwhelming consensus among Alaskan leaders that our economic future is in grave danger and decisive action is needed. This very real threat is the Trans Alaska Pipeline will shut down due to low oil production.

Get out and enjoy the spring weather -- safely
Here's the good news: save for the occasional April snow shower, winter has released its grip on the Kenai Peninsula's roadways. Snow and ice has receded, and street sweepers have been out cleaning up the piles of sand and gravel left behind.

Public's input sought for Kenai-Russian River management plan
From April-October 2011, you are invited to assist in developing an effective action plan for reducing human-bear conflicts in the Kenai-Russian River area. We would like to have your participation by providing input and collaborative dialogue.

On farmed salmon
In 1988, then-state-Senator Arliss Sturgulewski courageously suggested that Alaska ought to at least consider fish farming. Not surprisingly, commercial-fishing interests soon stifled that notion, and the Legislature never seriously considered fish mariculture.

Look hoo's here: As springtime blossoms, so too does owl activity
When Fang, a small, male boreal owl, emerged from his cage to face about 100 Chugiak Elementary fourth-graders on April 11, he seemed just the slightest bit nervous.

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Only thing limiting film is the end

'Moby-Duck' book touches shore in Alaska
During the summer of 2007, New York writer Donovan Hohn visited Gore Point, the big catcher beach at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula. He'd come to research a book and interview the maniacs who collect marine debris, but really he'd come in search of the elusive, the mystical and the intriguing Moby-Duck.

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Poet's Corner

It's a Hazed Field of Vaporized Fumming Skies

Church Briefs

Easter for Kids Offered

Easter: the event that changed everything
A college student had reached a point in his life where he was questioning things taught him by his parents and church: the meaning of life, the reliability of the Bible, how the world began, how to prepare for eternity, to name a few. Answers kept eluding him so I raised one more question: "Did Jesus Christ come out of the grave alive?"

Kenai's Young gets all-star nod; Senior helps Team Gold to victory
When the Kenai Central girls basketball team missed the Class 4A state tournament in March, senior Raquel Young figured her career had ended on a disappointing note.

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