Sunday, April 17, 2011

House, Senate still at odds on budget
JUNEAU -- House and Senate leaders remained at odds over a state capital budget, with the main sticking point being contingency language that the GOP-led House considers unconstitutional.

CIE restarting mothballed wells
Buccaneer and Escopeta aren't the only independent oil and gas companies putting new drilling rigs to work in the Cook Inlet.

Changing hearts, minds: First graduate of new program re-enters society
Sonny Thompson walked out of the 8-foot-tall chain-link gates at Wildwood Correctional Center a free man. April 5, 2011.

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

Lorraine D. Kivi

Legislature hinders reintroduction plan
Mike Miller

Kids can't learn when they're hungry
We have to say we were taken aback at a statistic in a story we published earlier this week concerning the school lunch program.

Time to appreciate Peninsula volunteers
It's Volunteer Appreciation Week! (April 10 -- 16). Have you told the volunteers working on your behalf how much you appreciate them? Maybe you're thinking, "I don't have any volunteers working for me." But if you live on the Kenai Peninsula, you do -- whether you've seen them or not. They're a bit like leprechauns, doing much of their work discreetly, and even dress in green. But unlike those little Irish characters, they come in all sizes and they're not out for mischief; their goal is to serve their community. They're Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, and they train frequently so that they will be prepared to help their fellow citizens in the event of an emergency or area disaster. They also help with events like community Safety Days, immunization clinics and health fairs.

Applause for Volunteers
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -- Anne Frank

The bunny battles
There are several things about the arrival of spring that have always annoyed me.

News and notes

Blood wanted


Around the Peninsula

Kenai seniors hold garage sale

Panthers control home opener
The Skyview track and field team stole the show in a slushy, impromptu meet at their home facility Friday.

Nikiski boys seek to defend crown
Last year showed the perils of picking a Northern Lights Conference Southern Division soccer champion in the preseason.

SoHi girls desire 3rd title in 4 years
After winning a game at the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in school history a year ago, the Soldotna girls soccer team is looking to repeat as Northern Lights Conference champions in 2011.

Borge, Johnson to wed this summer
Roland and Joyce Borge, of Talkeetna, announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlene Marie Borge, to Casey John Johnson, son of Mr. Johnny Johnson, of Kenai; and Ms. Leslie Montgomery, of Washington. Charlene and Casey plan to be wed in Kenai summer of 2011. The couple share their love of the outdoors and family and plan to make their home in Talkeetna.

Burnett, Hardy to wed in Texas
Hannah Burnett, of Nikiski, and Bryan Hardy, of Seven Points, Texas, are engaged to be wed May 21, 2011, in Seven Points. Hannah is the daughter of David and Nancy Goode, of Nikiski. Bryan is the son of Dale and Sandy Hardy, of Seven Points.

Turnbull, McGahan wed
Jasmin Turnbull and Cameron McGahan were married Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Maui. Vance Rosete officiated.

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