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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Speedsters make driver’s head spin
I am absolutely amazed at road dynamics. I travel to and from Thompson Park on the Spur to the airport area every day, and I would estimate that 95 percent of vehicles pass me either fast or very fast. (I set my cruise control to whatever the posted limit is.) Almost daily, there is a race to be “first in line” as the road necks in and out just past Swires Road, let alone the race to be first in line at the traffic lights.

Donations, volunteers keep students up all night
Once again Kenai Central High School After Prom was a huge success. Because of this endeavor, 200 students were kept in a safe environment for a fun-filled event. This wouldn’t be possible without the junior parents volunteering hours of time planning and then supervising, or without the huge support of our generous community.

Wasted money better spent on educating our legislators
There are some legislators who would like to impose their religious beliefs on all Alaskans. Everyone should be able to believe what they choose to believe, and lawmakers should realize there are good reasons for separation of church and state. The state should not dictate what we believe.

Community pulls together for benefit
At Kenai Middle School we are not surprised that Alaska is fourth in the nation for volunteerism. We recently held a benefit carnival to financially assist Ericka Reynolds and her family. The number of volunteers and contributions were astounding. Students, parents and community members were there to help all during the planning stages and through the night of the event. Families and businesses, large and small, contributed generously.

Water nearly claims 13
What began as a day of smooth sailing and relaxed halibut fishing ended with a dramatic rescue of 13 fishermen on Kachemak Bay on Wednesday. Fast response by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary pulled the fishermen off the 36-foot Halibut Endeavor after it began taking on water about five miles off Seldovia. The Halibut Endeavor was one of eight vessels participating in an annual halibut-tagging event sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Judge may grant retrial
A judge in Kenai Superior Court will take the weekend to decide whether Shawn Rogers gets a new trial.

Kenai, Soldonta teams square off in trivia contest that’s just for fun
To hear the two mayors talk, Soldotna and Kenai are both going to win the Twin Cities Quiz Bowl this weekend.

River repair work begins
As river walks and stairways begin to emerge from the ravages of this winter’s ice floes, property owners along the Kenai River are getting a good idea of what needs to be done to put their docks and fishing platforms back in place.

John William ‘D.J.’ Duncan
Kenai resident John William “D.J.” Duncan died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at his home. He was 70.

UA should top students’ lists for consideration
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton makes a compelling pitch that when students are considering where to go to college they should take a look at the UA system. On the Kenai Peninsula this week, Hamilton presented his case to the area high school students. Among his selling points:

Baby bird care: Knowing when to help and when to stay away
The warmer weather, longer days and the quick snowmelt is a good indication that spring is just around the corner. It’s also the time of the year when the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge starts receiving calls from the public about injured or abandoned baby birds and nestlings.

Hunters learn dos and don’ts at clinic
While some big game hunters may be satisfied to wait for fall to stalk quarry such as moose and caribou, an eve-increasing number of hunters are taking part in spring hunts for black bears. On the Kenai Peninsula anyone interested in hunting bruins over a bait station must first attend a bear baiting clinic.

Kasilof River boat launch closure planned
Alaska State Parks announced the Kasilof River State Recreation Site boat launch will be closed May 7-10. The closure is necessary to allow completion of improvements to the boat launch staging area along the Kasilof River.

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check-up plannedPlaying a Beatles fanElectronics recycling offeredResiliency-building classes offeredCar wash, garage sale fundraiser set

Homer girls top Panthers, Bauer lifts Skyview boys
During a recent practice, Homer coach Mickey Todd used senior Claire Siekaniec to demonstrate how to properly strike a long ball.

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