Monday, May 1, 2006

Consider ramifications of sportfishing industry
The recent flurry of activity by the Kenai River Sportsfishing Association makes me uncomfortable. It appears to be an attempt to further politicize Kenai River Management and polarize various “stake holders.” Yes, the “Tides are Changing” in Cook Inlet (voices of the Peninsula — Ricky Gease). The report (or rather I should say the interpretation presented) is an attempt to effect resource allocation. Like any hired mouthpiece, Ricky Gease can and does spin statistics to whatever end he desires.

Reader: Alaska deserves more for its oil
I’ve been listening and seeing all the oil companies ads (how much money are they spending along with lobbying in Juneau) on don’t tax us or we may leave or spend less. Many years ago the similar debate was waged on the economic limit factor (elf) and I remember an ad with the lights going out on the BP building representing that they may leave if taxes went up and thought why don’t the just leave then. This time they have stooped so low to even threaten the non-profit groups that they would cut funding even though they are making considerable more money now and would continue to even with a tax increase.

Borough tax exemption cap unfair to seniors in cities
The state mandates a $150,000 property tax exemption for seniors and disabled veterans, however, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has allowed those living outside of the cities an unlimited property tax exemption. This excessive exemption is costing the borough and the taxpayers over a half million dollars and is climbing. All residents must make up this shortfall. It is grossly unfair to load this burden on us.

Fast track
There was a blur of blue and gold this past weekend at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna, as scores of Cub Scouts were revved up for the Tustumena District Pinewood Derby.

Fun with the environment
Finding high quality yet affordable fishing and hunting gear can almost be as difficult as getting a salmon to strike or a bull moose to walk into the cross-hairs of a rifle scope.

Soldotna council sees ’07 budget, sets hearings
As expected, the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday got its first look at the city’s budget for the coming year and scheduled public hearings on the budget for May 10 and May 24.

Charter school growth up to school board
The board of education is slated to look at whether or not to allow the expansion of Kaleidoscope Charter School when it meets at Seward High School tonight.

Petition: Daylight doesn't need saving
Along with almost everyone else in the nation each April, Alaskans twist those little dials on the backs of their clocks and start observing daylight-saving time.

Report: Sportfishing hooks big profit for Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE — It’s a safe bet that once the summer salmon runs start, the Kenai and Russian rivers are the last place to go to find solitude.

Budget holds several boons for the peninsula
State lawmakers have turned their focus to the fiscal 2007 capital budget, which includes funding for several projects on the Kenai Peninsula.

Mayors grapple with growing debt
The huge unpaid bill owed by Kenai Peninsula municipalities to their public employee and teacher pension programs is getting bigger.

Teen dies in car crash
A 14-year-old Sterling teen was killed in a car crash Saturday night in Sterling.

Pup gets seal of approval
Employees at Pacific Star Seafoods in Kenai are always looking to land a huge haul, but not the kind they got last Monday when a baby elephant seal washed ashore.

Cody Geesey
Sterling resident and Soldotna Middle School student Cody Geesey died Saturday, April 29, 2006, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway. He was 14.

Rita Monica Sipary
Soldotna resident Rita Monica Sipary died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 70.

Legislators should do math, avoid lawsuit over school funding
It shouldn’t take a lawsuit.

Sustainability on the Kenai: Now more than ever farming in Alaska needs to be supported
After eight months of public outcry, testimony, phone calls and letters to congressional delegates and to the USDA and its Farm Services Agency asking for a transparent public process to examine the “Restructure Plan” that will close three of the four County Offices in Alaska, “the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau is circulating a petition to recall the FSA Executive Director and the Chair of the FSA State Committee.” (see the Alaska Farm Bureau “Update” March 2006 newsletter.)

The woman in the moon: Science of astronomy owes much to Henrietta Leavitt
Over billions of years, a pulverizing rain of meteors has cratered and re-cratered the surface of the moon, forming the familiar face in the night sky.

Club News
Refuge set to clean up Open house geared for dog owners Class reunions set Farm Family nominations open SeaLife Center offers day camps Host families sought Kids activities sought

Drawing on Memory
Soldotna sculptor Connie Tarbox is a believer in the theory that where an artist lives plays a part in their work.

Around the Peninsula
Kids activities sought 911 advisory board to meet Basketball clinics set Sears carnival fundraiser set to entertain KPC seeks council reps Kenai shorebird festival takes wing KPBSD programs committee to meet

Work of Heart
Sterling Head Start opened its doors in 2001 and serves eligible, low-income families in the Sterling and Soldotna areas at no cost. It serves families with children ages 3 but not older than 5 by Sept. 1.

Potato late blight and the home gardener
Editor’s note: The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna prepared the following article on potato late blight disease.

Peninsula People
Caring for the Kenai winners announced

Around the Peninsula
Kids activities sought Salmon celebration slated Garage sale donations sought KPC seeks council reps TOPS information available Refuge set to cleanup Open house geared for dog owners

My best friend
Tiger, a shar-pei owned by Barbara Brinkerhoff of Nikiski, is a couch potato, but is not impressed with football.

A season on fast forward
Start your season on Thursday, qualify for the conference tournament by Saturday afternoon — not a bad three days of work for the Nikiski High School boys soccer team.

Kenai boys take Homer Invite
The Kenai Central High School boys and the Anchorage Christian Schools girls laid claim to the team titles at the Homer Invitational track and field meet Saturday in Homer.

Kings kickers sweep Skyview
The Skyview High School boys soccer team was able to rally for a late goal, but the Panthers weren’t able to get the equalizer, falling 4-3 to Ketchikan on Friday in a nonconference match.

SoHi gets historic start
The Soldotna girls softball team was already making history Friday by playing the first games in the program’s history.

Water can't slow runners
There were puddles all over the track at Skyview High School Friday during a tri-meet, but, with just two weeks until the region meet, beggars can’t be choosers.

Senior Activities
Soldotna Nikiski

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