Saturday, April 17, 2010

Support helps raise awareness of autism
I would like to say a very big thank you to all the people and businesses that donated and came to the 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Walk! The three walks that took place in Fairbanks, Soldotna, and Juneau were a success and I fully believe that it is due to our amazing communities.

Steps for a positive choice appreciated
On March 31st, the LeeShore Center held a "Choose Respect" awareness walk event in support of Governor Parnell's initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. LeeShore wishes to thank all those who contributed their time and energy to help make our event a great success. Thank you to Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop, Mayor Pat Porter and Mayor Peter Micciche for leading the event and providing words of encouragement and support. Many thanks to Kenai Police Department, Soldotna Police Department and Alaska State Troopers for their assistance in helping us ensure participants had a safe walk. And to all those who participated in our event, thank you for coming out to walk with us and lend your support in our efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Health care has been a long time coming, will continue to evolve
The USA has been working on health care reform since the days of Teddy Roosevelt and now we finally have a health care system that will be open to all with no restrictions, this is a great thing. I look forward to the evolvement of this system over the years as our use of it points out better ways of prevention and delivery. The system will never be complete, as people, demographics, population and a host of other factors change so will be system, it will hopefully, accomodate all that come to need it. Over the years, with fine tuning and consolidation of services economies of scale will be realized that will greatly reduce the cost of health care.

Response too slow
I would like to talk about the fact that when one of our elderly passed away her husband was left for 3 hours with her until they showed up to do what needed to be done. I understand that there are steps and rules that have to be followed when someone passes however, that is totally ridiculous.

Indoor sports facility a worthwhile venture
Current spring time weather with its wind, rain, snow and freeze and thaw temperatures are a way of life on the the Peninsula. We experience very similar weather during our unpredictable fall. These two seasons coupled with our Alaskan winter, yields but four quick months to enjoy predictable outside warm weather.

Code clean up?: Like borough, Soldotna considers ethics changes
The City of Soldotna is taking a hint from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in looking to clean up its ethics policies. At Wednesday night's council meeting, an ordinance was introduced to amend the conflicts of interest code for city council members.

Donald R. Smith
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Donald R. Smith died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at home surrounded by his family. He was 78.

Hopeful attitude for North Kenai LNG plant
Word last week that ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and Marathon Oil Co. are asking for a two-year extension of their liquefied natural gas export license for the Kenai Peninsula LNG plant sounds like some much needed good news.

Halibut fishing made easy
There's a hard way to fish for halibut, and there's an easier way.

Around the Peninsula

Wilderness first responder class planned

Brown Bears send players to college: Musselman to compete at Division I
Jake Musselman has made Kenai River Brown Bears history.

Wehrstein, Peterkin lead playoff charge
Brandee Wehrstein, of the Good Morning Monday league, led her team, the Goofy Girlz, to a fourth-quarter win and a playoff spot in next Monday's roll-off. Brandee, a 134-average bowler, rolled 108 pins over average for three games, with scores of 149, 177 and a dominating 184 game, for an enormous 510 series.

Basketball gives Flanagan a head start

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