Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Coal versus hydro
The Cook Inlet Basin is looking at a major change in the fuel used here for electrical generation. The whole world is screaming global warming and carbon footprints that don’t block the sun but amplify are beating a path to Cook Inlet. So now is the showdown between the real Greenies and the Industrialist. Do the Greenies hide their heads in the sand or offer up something substantial in the battle against global warming?

Readers: What happened to replacing the bridge?
The Crooked Creek crossing was located near Mile 111 of the Sterling Highway on Johnson Lake Road and was washed out in the fall 2002 flood. We note from an article in the paper that ConocoPhillips has donated $60,000 along with unspecified state funds to restore the area and replace fish viewing platforms.

Reader: It’s time to take responsibility as HEA member
Do you have electricity? If so, you’re probably a member of Homer Electric Association. You’re more than just a customer, because you help elect a board of directors to guide HEA. You’re responsible for the way it does business.

Vocational education should be focus of state
Over the last month, I have attended numerous meetings regarding the gas pipeline proposal. The No. 1 issue regarding resource development should be jobs for Alaskans. The No. 2 issue should be access to gas for all Alaskans, which includes the industry on the Kenai Peninsula. Without this, moderate and low income residents will not be able to live here because their utility bills will drive them away.

Spring hasn’t thawed pipe danger
Though the central Kenai Peninsula did not have an abundance of minus 35-degree days this winter, the number of consecutive days below freezing with overnight lows around zero degrees are manifesting themselves in lots of frozen pipes beneath Soldotna.

Snug Harbor compost plan gets EPA’s OK
Many a conservation-minded angler thinks it’s a good thing to put fish heads, guts and carcasses back into the river or other body of water where the fish was caught.

Help is on line
As the population of the Kenai Peninsula grows and the number of 911 emergency calls coming in via cell phone increases exponentially, the move of emergency dispatchers to the new, expanded Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center comes at a good time.

Niles Arthur Kaho
Lifelong Alaskan Niles Arthur Kaho died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the Stone Brook Inn in Soldotna. He was 83.

Cowards not allowed : Alaskans will let oil companies know where they stand
ExxonMobil, British Petroleum and ConocoPhillips (the producers) have stated openly that they are preparing to play the hardest of hardball as they negotiate against Alaska. Recently, Alaska’s most listened to talk-radio host, Dan Fagan of Anchorage, wrote an open letter to legislators counseling cowardice in the face of this corporate aggression. But this is not advice governors or legislators are allowed to follow; they have sworn an oath to courageously protect the best interests of Alaska and an analysis of the producer’s public statements proves that the courage of our elected officials is being sorely tested.

Around the Peninsula
Community ping pong offered Academic banquet planned Rowing clinic available Ladies’ night is nigh High tea set for Wednesday Flight instructors set for take off CPH plans volunteer tea Kenai Eagles celebrate silver anniversary Kenai seniors reschedule volunteer dinner

Around the Peninsula
Board of Game to discuss Skilak hunting Optional High School to be discussed Talent show ready to entertain Health fair ready to pump you up Swim tryouts make a splash Street drugs to be discussed Immunization clinics cancelled

State champs
Shown in this March 19 photo are members of the PeeWee Tier 4 state hockey championship team. The championship was held in Fairbanks March 16-19.

Community Events
Class of 1987 seeks members Class of ’97 plans reunion Skyview reunion input sought Kids reading program continues Help to those in need available Alzheimer’s information available Rowing clinic available Talent show ready to entertain Social Security reps to visit peninsula Kenai library plans events Refuge looking for youth workers Street drugs to be discussed Kids activities sought Immunization clinics cancelled

Clubs, Groups
Working digital cameras, photo printers sought Moms to meet Military family support group forming Caregiver support group to meet Running team seeks support Swim tryouts make a splash

Births
Kirsten De Fries Boatright and James David Boatright of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Nathanael David, at 1:28 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 10 pounds, 6.5 ounces and measured 22 inches.

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Nikiski freestyle wrestling finishes 3rd
The Nikiski Freestyle Panthers finished third at the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Tournament on March 31. The following is the places of the individual wrestlers on the team:

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