Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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.

Easter baskets deliver joy
The LeeShore Center is thankful for the support of community members who make Easter a bit brighter for shelter residents this year.

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?

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.

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:

Reader: Guided anglers must get private fishery access
Limited entry (LE) for common fisheries users by Alaska law, is unconstitutional. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s current LE attempt is the same as suggesting that Alaska generate a new Constitutional amendment.

‘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.

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.

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.

Springing into cleaning mode
From picking up a gum wrapper in your front lawn, a cigarette butt in front of the grocery store or an empty bottle alongside the road, everyone is being asked to do their part to make the Kenai Peninsula a cleaner place to live and visit.

City budget having growth spurt
Soldotna’s city budget for the next fiscal year is not quite set, but the city council is scheduled to get a look at it Wednesday and set public hearings for May 9 and May 23. It’s expected to rise.

Turn the private sector loose: Clearing up a few of the state’s requests on the Gasline Inducement Act
It astonishes me that Alaska’s political pundits think it is up to the state to get a gasline. Government doesn’t make private sector projects happen, the private sector does. That’s the beauty of Gov. Sarah Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA). It unleashes the private sector to do what it does best -- compete.

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Around the Peninsula
Spirit needed today Hospital board to meet Playing a Beatles fan Strength training for women available Bear baiting clinic offered HEA planning annual meeting

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

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 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

The Next Level
Rachel Besse, a 2003 graduate of Soldotna High School, finished off her career at Vanguard University of Southern California as a four-time all-Golden State Athletic Conference center and a three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American. Besse was a honorable mention on the NAIA All-American team as a sophomore, a second-team selection as a junior and a third-team selection as a senior.

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