Monday, April 23, 2007

Reader gives two cents on controversial coins
The four choices for the Alaska quarter seem to portray several major controversies in our state -- endangered polar bears on melting ice, sled dogs that might be abused, McNeil River bears that some want to hunt, and a miner working in what could be the Pebble Mine. Loved them all, but why not just mint one big silver dollar featuring a bridge to nowhere?

Accusations easy to make
After reading the letter to the editor about small town justice (printed April 12). I can tell two things about the person who wrote it:

What’s wrong with liberal?
Why do we have to deal with the big oil companies at all when they are the whole problem? I’m not being sarcastic, but really wonder why Alaska can’t build the pipeline itself -- when it wants to, the way it wants to and to wherever it wants to. Is it possible to hire our own surveyors, buy our own pipe and hire our own welders? Why not? Then we will have total control over it. Big oil, who doesn’t even respect our state enough to pay the fine it’s owed the Alaska people for 18 years, will have no part in it until it reaches Valdez.

Performances enriched by those who lead them
Last week I attended two incredible events at KCHS Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. I am again reminded and thankful of the extraordinary opportunities provided to students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. A captivating audience at both events eagerly waited to celebrate each presentations with standing ovations.

Soldotna sends fish, good wishes to soldiers
A Soldotna soldier stationed in Germany may not know it yet, but he is the winner of a brand new leather NASCAR racing jacket, a prize donated as part of the city’s Red, White and Blue Program.

Photo feature: Watered down
  Photo by Joseph Robertia Work continued, above, at low tide Friday to pump water out of four compartments on a Snug Harbor Seafoods barge that sank near the mouth of the Kenai River early last week.

In other borough business ...
In addition to dealing with Seward roads, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly addressed the following items at its meeting Tuesday:

Flood repair projects under way
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a transfer from the Road Service Area’s fund balance to affect repairs to Seward-area roads and bridges damaged by last fall’s flooding.

Nikiski firefighter poisoned
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the poisoning of a Nikiski fireman who remains in serious condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Middle school student arrested for terroristic threats
A 12-year old boy gave students a scare when he revealed what appeared to be a pistol tucked in his waistband during school Monday.

‘My child’s not the only one’
Kellie Schneider knew her son Ethan was special when, at 11 months, he could work the VCR and was able to scan a CD to pick his favorite song.

Bright idea wins Caring contest
The 17th annual Caring for the Kenai contest wrapped up last week and it was Molly Watkins, a Kenai Central High School sophomore in Rick Frederic’s science class, who walked away with first-place honors and $1,500 for her “bright idea” of changing light bulbs to change the world.

Guidelines make spring more bearable
They’re waking up, they’re grumpy

For the love of the game: Dedication, opportunity override any pain in breakup sports
On March 6, with 8 to 12 inches of snow in the forecast for that evening and plenty of white stuff still on the ground, a large snowblower cleared the soccer fields at Skyview. That night it snowed, about 10 inches, completely covering the fields again.

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Poker popularity lends a hand to those betting on a good time
Allen Auxier had a better chance of stepping outside during a thunderstorm and getting struck by lightning.

Around the Peninsula
Cheer tryouts slated Grief to be discussed Gun club aims to meet Kids’ water safety set to make a splash Car wash, garage sale fundraiser set Garden club to meet KPC plans one-day closure

Community News
Working digital cameras, photo printers sought Moms to meet Class of 1987 seeks members Class of ’97 plans reunion Skyview reunion input sought Kids reading program continues Group offers help to those in need Alzheimer’s information available Military family support group forming

Community Events
Social Security reps to visit peninsula Kenai library plans events Running team seeks support Refuge looking for youth workers Kids activities sought Free developmental screenings available

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Around the Peninsula
Kids activities sought Earth Day celebrations set Street drugs to be discussed Cheer tryouts slated Car seat check-ups planned Red Hatters to gather Immunization clinics canceled Strength training for women available Community ping pong offered Bear baiting clinic offered Water safety instructor classes offered Electronics recycling offered Fish and Game feeling froggy

A View Askew
My brother is a traitor.

Flanagan’s career starts fast
Lierin Flanagan is used to people questioning her name.

Homer soccer competes in Valley
The Homer girls soccer team defeated Palmer 2-1 on Saturday in Palmer after forging a 0-0 tie with Colony on Friday. The Homer boys notched a 1-0 victory over the Moose after losing to Colony 5-1 on Friday.

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