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Monday, May 2, 2011

Utilities look to renewables as natural gas dwindles
Despite its high costs, renewable energy is a good risk-management strategy for Southcentral Alaska electric utilities, which currently depend heavily on natural gas for power generation. The problem is natural gas reserves are running down, and the only near-term guaranteed fall-back is imported liquefied natural gas.

Tread Softly: Nikiski student project puts tires to work as sound barrier
Kenai residents living near the local raceway will rest easier this summer thanks to a 15-year-old Nikiski student's project.

New trucking regs could raise prices in Alaska
New federal regulations to reign in the number of hours truckers can drive would raise transportation costs in Alaska, despite the fact that the state is exempt from these rules, said a top trucking company official.

On target: Program helps women take aim
Guys, say goodbye to the days of solitary hunting trips and male-bonding time at the shooting range. Women on Target, a hands-on training clinic geared toward making females more comfortable around firearms, has your daughters, sisters, wives, and girlfriends prepared to follow you out there and hold their own.

No place like the Home Show

Obama: Osama bin Laden is dead
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in a firefight Sunday with U.S. forces in Pakistan, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.

Richard Dale 'Moose' Sather
Longtime Soldotna area resident Richard Dale "Moose" Sather, 57, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, unexpectedly at his home near Soldotna.

Don't put this talk off another minute
Talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol. Speak to them early and often. Don't wait until they're older. Don't wait for the perfect moment. Do it now, because alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs are accessible to youth in our community at a younger and younger age, and your kids -- our kids, if it indeed does take a village -- will need all the guidance and support they can get to be able to say no.

Births

Mullican-Lindley welcome daughter

Budget harmony on the backs of middle class, retirees
Ever wonder why Congress doesn't want to increase taxes for the rich? Check websites on the Internet. They show that 44 percent of Congress are millionaires. For those of you who think the freshmen members, most backed by the Tea Party, will save the country from financial annihilation, over 40 percent of them are shown to be millionaires.

Around the Peninsula

KPC announces closures, summer hours

Now we're cookin'
OK, so here's the difference between men and women in the kitchen.

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank says thanks
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Garden club posts "Workshop Weekends" Saturday workshop schedule
To register for Central Peninsula Garden Club workshops, email Marion Nelson at mmkn@ptialaska.net. More information may be found online at www.cenpengardenclub.org/, or call 283-4632 or 398-8669. There is a $5 per person for most workshops; a few have a supply fee. The money goes to cover the month's overall expenses.

News and Notes

Former resident earns medical degree

Kenai 4-H Teams place in state competitions
Teenagers, horses, and sunshine combined to make the 2011 Alaska State 4-H Horse Bowl a fantastic experience for Kenai horse lovers. Horse Bowl teaches kids of all ages, 4th - 12th grade, life skills such as public speaking, decision-making, dedication, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Masons honor top students
The 44th Annual Masonic Outstanding Student Awards event was held Friday at Kenai Central High School in the Renee Henderson Auditorium. Students representing 24 schools from the Kenai Peninsula School District and one from Nome were honored for their achievements.

Around the Peninsula

Kaladi's to celebrate teachers with a free drink

Homer boys take down Kardinals
The Homer boys soccer team scored three consecutive goals to erase an early deficit in a 3-1 win over Kenai Central at Homer on Saturday in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action.

Kenai Central girls win team title at Palmer Relays
The Kenai Central girls track and field team won the team title at the Palmer Relays at Palmer High School on Saturday, coach Tim Sandahl said.

All square : SkyHi girls have tied all 3
Three games into the season, the Skyview girls soccer team is unbeaten -- and winless, too.

Kodiak baseball sweeps SoHi
Kodiak swept the Soldotna baseball team by a combined score of 24-1 in a doubleheader at Kodiak on Saturday.

Around Campus: KPC ready for commencement
KRC will hold its 41st commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 3, at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson auditorium.

At K-Beach, even the littlest voices have a say
At Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, even the littlest voices have a say.

Around the District

Cook Inlet Academy

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