Saturday, April 21, 2007

Reader: Too much tourism not a good thing
Twenty thousand people come each year. Beer, ice cream and souvenirs are sold. Travel-food-lodging combos are available. There is a VIP viewing platform. “It was a very moving experience.”

Reader responds to ‘small town justice’ letter
In response to Bob Kautz’ letter to the editor on April 12 titled “Small town justice,” I can tell him how a jury failed to find Shawn Rogers guilty of murder. Shawn did not commit murder.

Great movie, but does it have to do with Easter?
Another Easter has come and gone, and as long as I can remember, almost 50 years, the networks have shown the same movie at Easter, “The Ten Commandments,” and have made a new version, no doubt, to take its aging place.

Reader calculates the truth on the river
Something to think about instead of all the lies: I have never heard anything about the pollution from four-cycle engines except that the whole river problem evolves from the exhaust of the two-strokes. Well, if the four-cycle engines have not been fitted with catalytic converters yet and I don’t think so, then the oil burner that I had, which used a 50-1 oil ratio of oil to gas would be interpreted in this way: 1 pint of oil to 5 gallons of gas equals 1 pint of oil to 39 pints of gas. I had to get my calculator out for that one.

Sunk barge stuck fast
Kenai city business stepped aside briefly to national matters Wednesday night as Mayor Pat Porter called for a moment of silence to remember students and faculty members fatally shot earlier this week at Virginia Tech.

Inlet whales face 1-in-4 chance of extinction in 100 years
The threat of extinction for Cook Inlet’s beluga whales is real, and the estimated 300 sea mammals should be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, National Marine Fisheries Service officials announced Thursday.

Elephant seal rescued at Homer boat launch
An elephant seal — a species thought to be rare in Alaska — was again rescued in Alaska, the third time in three years the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward has picked up a stranded elephant seal. On Sunday, the SeaLife Center rescued a 1-year-old female elephant seal from the Homer Harbor boat launch.

Great news for a valuable asset
Anytime a city can improve its airport, it is usually a good thing.

Black bear baiting season nears on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Black bear baiting season will begin May 1 on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and it’s time to review the rules and regs of this annual hunt.

Filmmaker follows 3 mushers through 1,000-mile journey
For anyone who ever wondered what it might be like to mush a team of sled dogs on a 1,000-mile journey through some of the north’s most remote and rugged country, a film shown tonight could provide some insight.

Around the Peninsula
4-H plans rallyPancake breakfast set to flipHealth fair ready to pump you upHistorical society to meetRed Hatters to gatherLeeShore board to meetAlaska items sought for troopsFree developmental screenings available

Skyview Invite returns to Skyview
The Skyview Invitational returns to Skyview today and Saturday, which is a good sign for all of the peninsula’s track programs.

Kenai soccer ties Grace
The Kenai girls and boys soccer teams tied Grace Christian on Thursday in soccer action at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

Church Briefs
Sportsmen’s banquet plannedAddictions group meetsClothes available for needyMeaning of life to be discussedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredNikiski Aglow plans activities

Lay your burdens, sorrows on the Lord
Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, I was moved by the family sorrows described by a woman sitting beside me. Listening to her account of heartbreaking losses of loved ones was an experience I’ll not soon forget. She and her family will remain in my prayers.

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