Monday, April 18, 2011

Food Bank thanks ConocoPhillips
Earlier this month, ConocoPhillips' Mike Spangler presented $20,000 to Linda Swarner, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Executive Director for the Building to Nourish Campaign. The presentation took place at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon. These funds will help the Food Bank with their facility expansion and improvement project at their location on the corner of Community College Drive and K-Beach Rd in Soldotna. The improvements include an upgraded kitchen, improved heating system and larger freezer and cooler capacities.

Off-roaders degrade roadsides
Here we are in "break-up" again. My pet peeve is our roadsides and ditches. I don't understand why we allow these four-wheelers, bikes, etc. to just destroy and deface this property. It ruins the drainage, the vegetation and the appearance. If a contractor left these grounds in this condition, he would not get paid for the project. I just don't understand why this destruction is tolerated.

Don't pitch it; recycle it
I am writing to start some discussion about what I consider to be a substantial "dirty secret" in this town.

Watch the roads for moose
Why are there not any PSAs put out over the radio or newspapers regarding the Kenai Peninsula Sterling Highway from Soldotna to Homer, advising drivers to be aware that moose are hanging out along the roadways crossing back and forth in search for food. There are a couple of "Moose Crossing" signs then stop short of mile 113 Sterling Highway. The biggest moose population crossing areas have no announcements along Mile 123 -- 137. There are no signs at those locations.

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.

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.

'No words to describe the pain': Peninsula woman hopes her son's story will drive home anti-drug message
Pat Rhodes decorates her house with meaning.

State: Watana would need subsidy to be affordable
A large state subsidy will be needed to make hydroelectric power from a proposed Watana dam project affordable for consumers in Southcentral Alaska, state officials told an Anchorage municipal energy advisory group April 7.

Legislature asks to adjourn amid impasse
JUNEAU -- The Alaska House and Senate, at an impasse over state spending plans, late Sunday asked the governor to step in and immediately end the legislative session.

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

Lorraine D. Kivi

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

Legislature hinders reintroduction plan
Mike Miller

A breath of fresh air in Homer
Ten years ago we wrote an editorial urging the city to ban smoking in all public places. People can be passionate about smoking bans, we learned. In 2003, the Homer City Council considered a ban on smoking that would apply everywhere but bars. Testimony got heated, and took a sober turn when one man died of a heart attack after testifying against a smoking ban.

Get ready, bears are waking up
Even though the landscape remains white and frozen, the promise of spring is in the air. Warmer temperatures and increased daylight are having profound effects, not always visible to the human eye. Bears, for example begin to stir; their winters' sleep slowly coming to an end. Although bears can be active throughout the year, April is the time of year when most bears emerge from their dens. For this reason, the Kenai Brown Bear Committee has joined with other statewide bear committees and the Governor to announce April as Bear Awareness Month.

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Spaghetti feed to benefit breast cancer patient


News and notes

Blood wanted

Around the Peninsula

Kenai seniors hold garage sale

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

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.

School Brief: Sixth-grader is a math whiz
Drake Thomas, a sixth-grader at Soldotna Montessori Charter School, won First Place at the 6th annual KPBSD Middle School Math Meet on April 1. Drake won the grand prize for having the highest cumulative score for the Target and Sprint Rounds. The competition is a joint effort between the Kachemak Bay campus of the Kenai Peninsula College and Homer Middle School. This year 84 students from 10 district schools participated at Homer Middle School. Donors Homer Electric Association and ConocoPhillips Nikiski LNG Plant contributed to the grand prize of an iPod Touch and an iTunes gift.

Around the District

Cook Inlet Academy

Around Campus: Fall semester registration open
General public registration opened for the fall at 12:01 a.m. this morning, April 18 and classes are filling rapidly.

KCHS takes part in the Caring for the Kenai
Science teachers at Kenai Central High School don't root for their students to hit snags in their Caring for the Kenai projects, but it's also difficult to mind much when they do, since that's when the most real-life learning takes place.

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.

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.

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