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Monday, April 20, 2009

Redoubt watch
The eruption continues. Seismic data suggest continued lava dome growth. Brief glimpses of the north base of the volcano in web camera images show no sign of significant activity. Satellite imagery shows a vigorous steam plume above and downwind of the volcano.

Airport bird issues on tap
Whether or not a Kenai freshman's idea is selected to win this year's Caring for the Kenai competition, the idea has caught the attention of city leaders.

Building for the future: Home show features new ideas for green construction
With the construction season right around the corner, many peninsula residents are starting to make plans for what they'd like to build this summer, and what products and services they'd like to use to make it happen. And the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association 30th Annual Home Show has returned to provide answers to would-be builder's questions.

Rezone opponents seek signatures for referendum
Kenai residents impacted by a recent vote to rezone 22 acres along the Kenai Spur Highway to Limited Commercial are now gathering signatures in hopes of getting help from the electorate to reverse the decision.

HEA seeks its independence
Come 2014, Homer Electric Association will be on its own.

What is the 'cap'?: Intricate formula determines school funding
If the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wanted to find a new creative way to cut spending and boost student math scores, it might consider dropping textbooks and instead teaching students how to calculate the "cap" -- the maximum amount local government may contribute to the the district budget according to state statute.

Beach access case goes to court
For the second consecutive summer, it seems Nikiski residents' public beach access via Nikishka Beach Road will remain blocked.

Shutterbugs capture historic event: Picture perfect
As the eruption of Mount Redoubt continues, so too do the photographic opportunities, at least on the days when the clouds cooperate by pulling back to reveal the stratovolcano superstar.

Mary Helen Valcho
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Mary Helen Valcho died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at her home. She was 86.

Frances Beatrice 'Bea' Smith
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Frances Beatrice "Bea" Smith of Minnetrista, Minn., died on Friday, April 17, 2009 in Minnesota. She was 81.

Thunderbolts for Jupiter: Is Mount Redoubt a god or goddess? You be the judge
I was amazed by the number of volcano experts who seemed to come out of the woodwork a couple months ago when Mount Redoubt started waking up. Perhaps a bit more subtle was the fact that the one woman I know who actually witnessed Redoubt's last eruptions in 1989 and 1990, had the least to say.

It's that time of year to be bear aware
It's never too early to start thinking about bear interactions when you live in Alaska.

Around the Peninsula

Adult scholarships available

Mount Redoubt: A primer
Several weeks ago I really hadn't been paying much attention as the first ash started to fall in the area. I had just come back from a friend's cabin and snapped on the tube to catch a basketball playoff game. A while later I received a distress call from Wild Willie.

Community News
Kids' activities sought

Lockwood, Wainamo to marry in September
Heather Lockwood, Paul Wainamo plan to marry in September.

Glaves, McGahan marry in Maui
Angela Michelle Glaves of Soldotna and Merrill "Mac" McGahan of Nikiski were married Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 during an afternoon ceremony on Po'olenalena Beach in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. The ceremony was followed by a dinner sunset cruise attended by many family and friends.

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