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Monday, May 3, 2010

Baseball team grateful for support
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the support of the organizers and the community participation for the Soldotna High School Baseball Team 2010 DARE Lock-In fundraiser held at Soldotna High School.

'A sense of warmth, of family, of community': Mother's Day tea to feature traditional Russian samovars
Dorothy Gray loves to drink tea.

Photo feature: Blessed bikes

Homer halibut derby under way
It's time once again for the Homer Chamber of Commerce's Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. While much of this year's derby will look a whole lot like last year's derby, there are two important additions.

Hospital to change hands?
A financial adviser specializing in the health services industry recently presented seven possible governance models for Central Peninsula Hospital. Of the seven models, five involve a change of ownership.

On guard: Drills simulate impact of mega-quake
If you noticed Army or National Guard personnel patrolling the area recently, don't worry; they're only responding to the 8.5 magnitude earthquake that struck just outside of Anchorage on Monday morning.

Researchers, entrepreneurs find use for fish byproduct
For every 6-pound salmon caught this summer in Bristol Bay, only about 2 pounds will make it to a plate.

So far, so good: Permanent fund doing well this year
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is having a good year so far, experiencing a nice rebound from the meltdown in financial markets in 2008 and early 2009.

Photo feature: Snack time
Celeste Cannon of Kenai helps Hunter Smith of Ninilchik unhook a rainbow trout from his hook at the kids' trout pond at the Sport, Rec and Trade Show Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Cannon was volunteering at the trout pond for the second year with her youth group from Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna. Smith, whose parents own a fishing lodge, agreed that the rainbow would provide "a little snack." The sport show continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sports Center.

George Tweedy
Longtime Kenai resident George Tweedy died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital. He was 68.

Kateri Ann Guidry Smith
Former Soldotna resident Kateri Ann Guidry Smith died Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Church Point, Lousiana. She was 51.

Peninsula can't have it both ways
We have become a society that wants to have our cake and eat it too. At all levels of government we refuse to come to terms with the reality of looming consequences entwined with our business as usual attitude. On the federal level, we just print more dollars (or borrow from the Chinese) to finance our grand Great Society schemes. In Juneau, we depend way too heavily on that federal coin and act as if the Pipeline will eventually, miraculously, fill to the brim, thereby allowing us to go on our merry way. At the local level, we vote to cut our taxes (sales), with no mind to effect on the only recipient of that revenue and blissfully assume funding will continue to incline it's way up the graph line annually. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your orientation, some of us are getting the drift; and it's not because we watch and listen to too much Fox News or talk radio.

Taking choices out of the people's hands
Borough Mayor Dave Carey's decision not to veto an ordinance restricting assembly members from simultaneous service on a city council or as a city mayor is another instance of what has become a disturbing trend on the Peninsula: as a citizenry, we are taking too many steps to dictate to other voters the candidates for whom they may or may not cast their vote.

Funding to the cap: an entitlement?
This is the text of the memo submitted with the Assembly resolution which set the Borough contribution to the School District at $4 million below the maximum allowed by the state:

Around the Peninsula

Library ground breaking slated

Community News
Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

Eagle Lady remembered: Artist shows idea for Jean Keene memorial on Spit
At the Homer City Council meeting Monday night, Homer artist Brad Hughes presented his plans for a proposed Jean Keene Memorial to go on city land near the Seafarers Memorial on the Homer Spit. The $15,000 memorial would be on the side of the Seafarers Memorial closest to the old home of Keene, Homer's Eagle Lady, who died in 2009.

Around the Peninsula

Container gardening planned

Lose weight and look great this summer
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" features healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

'I wanna rock'
"Dad, this is real rock!"

Kenai girls topple Palmer: In boys soccer game, Kardinals, Moose can't break 1-1 tie
Kenai Central senior Taylor Matson netted a hat trick Saturday to lead the Kardinals past visiting Northern Lights Conference rival Palmer 5-2.

Around the Peninsula

School board to meet

Decisions to come, student ready for bright future
It felt like someone had physically hit me. Our counselor had come in to my language arts class to discuss schedules for next year and I was shocked. Somehow I had survived the last three years of high school without realizing that it all had to end.

Students build computers, aim for college
Here's a deal.

Commencement ceremony marks students achievements
Tomorrow night will be the culmination of many quizzes, tests, hours spent reading, writing and studying all sorts of subjects, depending on the graduates' field of study. Earning a GED, college certificate or degree are all major life accomplishments, and for the last forty years KPC commencement ceremonies have seen families gather to celebrate this milestone.

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