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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The assessment's too darn high
I recently discussed my outrageous annual property tax assessment increase of $30,000 with a real estate appraiser in the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Assessor's office. I was informed that over 60,000 properties are out there to be assessed by an office of just six real estate appraisers assigned by the Borough's department. Therefore, it is impossible to visit and assess all properties here annually. Logistically, it makes sense.

Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners get busy
We enjoyed helping with the Earth Day Fair held Thursday, April 21, at the Cooper Landing School. This was a great opportunity to share ideas for reuse, recycle and litter prevention.

Scholarships get 1st-year funds
Gov. Sean Parnell got money for his scholarship plan Friday, but not nearly as much as he wanted and maybe not enough to run the program in its first year.

Motorcyclist dies in collision
A Kenai man riding a motorcycle was killed in a collision with an SUV late Saturday night.

Firefighters rescue dog after plunge
A man walking across ice on Beluga Lake last Wednesday got lucky, but not so his dog Emma. The 40-pound mixed-breed dog fell through ice near a notorious methane seep on the north shore of the lake just below Mattox Lane. Fortunately, Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters pulled the dog out of cold water.

Students take to sidewalk in protest
Some 30 students skipped class Monday to protest the rumored cut of a teacher next school year at Ninilchik School.

Kenai residents request land-use changes
Proposed changes to the allowed land uses in City of Kenai areas zoned as Rural Residential 1 would disallow banks, mobile home parks, hotels, restaurants, retail businesses and most uses aside from day-to-day living in a single-or-dual-family dwelling.

Meal ticket: Kenai man charged for feeding young moose in Old Town
Mongo the Moose has his own personal snack stand in Old Town Kenai. Or at least he did, until the Kenai Police Department put the kibosh on his junk food supply.

Pebble partner looks to sell stake
One half of the Pebble Limited Partnership is looking to sell.

Vets for vets' pets
EAGLE RIVER (AP) -- Few people would be surprised to learn there's a vet clinic on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Electric ATV offers alternatives
HOMER (AP) -- From the outside, the Polaris LSV/EV looks like any other off-road all-terrain vehicle.

Ryan James Hodge
Kenai resident Ryan James Hodge, 57, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna.

Patricia 'Pat' Wright
Soldotna resident Mary Patricia "Pat" Wright, 80, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna, with her loving family by her side.

Redistricting plans need some work
Kenai Peninsula residents pining for the days when the north peninsula shared a Senate district with south Anchorage got their wish last week. The Alaska Redistricting Board released draft plans, including one that splits House districts between the peninsula and Anchorage. It also puts Seward and the eastern peninsula in the same Senate district as Ketchikan.

Setting the record straight on America's oil
With gasoline prices in many areas above $4 a gallon, energy concerns are once again making headlines. Prices have more than doubled since the start of 2009 and are projected to remain at excruciating levels for the foreseeable future.

Around the Peninsula

3rd annual Alaska solar tour on tap

Around the Peninsula

Potters' Guild holds Mother's Day sale

Around the District

Connections Homeschool Program

KPC commencement just around the corner
The Kenai River Campus will hold its 41st commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 3, at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson auditorium. The Kachemak Bay Campus will celebrate its 30th annual ceremony at 7 p.m., May 4, at the Mariner Theater in Homer High School. Graduates from KPC's Anchorage Extension Site have the option of participating in UAA's or KRC's commencement ceremonies, but they also host a luncheon commemorating the students' achievements.

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