Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some cemetery rules not right
I am writing in response to some rules the City of Soldotna is proposing for the Soldotna cemetery, namely: (1) the prohibition against artificial flowers; (2) the fact the cemetery is to be inaccessible seven months out of the year; and, (3) the suggestion that someone can't resell one of their plots.

Misconceptions about property assessments
After reading the letter "The assessment's too darn high" in the April 26th edition of the Clarion, I felt compelled to write a response in order to correct some apparent misconceptions it contained.

Thanks for making prom special
On behalf of the Soldotna High School Class of 2012, we would like to thank the following people for their help and support in making SoHi's "Rainforest Rendezvous" Prom 2011 an enjoyable and memorable night for all those who attended.

HEA breaks ground: Nikiski facility will create more electricity with gas
Homer Electric Association broke ground on its Independent Light project Thursday morning under sunny skies.

City mulls budget: Soldotna budget may be up, property taxes down
Soldotna City Manager Larry Semmens released his proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2012, which predicts a 9.5 percent, or more than $1 million, increase in spending from last year.

Trash talk: Borough looks for funding for Homer waste facility
Borough Mayor Dave Carey was talking trash at the assembly meeting last week.

Soldotna council takes care of business
Soldotna City Council quickly and efficiently got down to business Wednesday night, passing a handful of ordinances and resolutions including one approving City Manager Larry Semmens' one-year employment agreement.

Borough could consider solid waste incineration
Can the Kenai Peninsula Borough burn its solid waste for energy?

Lessons in patriotism
When we ponder the ways to teach our youth about American values, some policy makers seem to think we should make laws ordering teachers to pound the Constitution into their little charges' heads.

Fishermen, drop your hooks
Sunday, it begins: the 26th annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Joking about it
Telling jokes is a customary pastime when the fish aren't biting, but it's not as easy as it used to be. Most of us have become more aware of the feelings of the ethnic groups among us, and we've stopped telling and appreciating jokes that are mean-spirited, or that debase and denigrate people. Jokes about Jews, Polish immigrants or Rastus and Liza are rare nowadays, an encouraging sign that some of us are becoming more civil and understanding.

Lake trout in Hidden Lake: What's their present status?
Hidden Lake is a popular area for recreation on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It offers great activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing and is easily accessed by the Skilak Lake Loop Road from two points on the Sterling Highway. Hidden Lake is most notorious for its popular Lake trout fishery, which is the largest sport fishery for Lake trout on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula

Model plane flyers meet

A twist in the story: Where do we go from Easter?
When I was a child I had this idea that things in black and white were "old" and somewhat inferior. The "new" photos were in color and the old ones were in black and white. It was not until I took some photography classes as a youth that I started appreciate the nuances of black and white. It was then I discovered about the beauty of contrast. A meaning of the word contrast is "it describes the differences between two or more entities."

Church Briefs

Church of God begins soccer program

Oilers Brief: Oilers land trio
Chris Mallory, Jordan Bourque and Alex Fuselier have signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the 2011 season, the club announced Wednesday.

Homer softball defeats Kenai
The Homer softball team used a 16-run fifth inning to top host Kenai Central 20-5 on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

Sacking small ball
I was approached by Shawn Maltby, the Oilers general manager, about an idea the Clarion had for a coaches corner. He said the paper wanted me to do weekly write-ups on coaching baseball, tips and anecdotes.

Sports Brief: Soccer applications sought
Applications are being accepted for the first "Soul Soccer," an eight-week summer soccer and mentorship program open to girls in grades 9-12. The program is sponsored by Kenai Church of God.

Skyview, Kenai soccer tie
Skyview forward Alicia West is known for her strong right foot.

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