Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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.

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.

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.

Stakeout: Hunters line up for baiting permits at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Mark Weigner slept under black bear hides in the back of his SUV outside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Sunday night.

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.

'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.

Photo: Tea Time

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.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Youth Restoration Corps holds raffle fundraiser

Around the Peninsula

Spaghetti feed to benefit breast cancer patient

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.

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.

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.

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