Tuesday, May 4, 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.

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.

Health care law benefits CPH: Hospital, patients will feel direct, tangible results in Medicare funding
Though many locals may be cool toward the new federal health care law, Central Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula patients will see a direct, tangible benefit.

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.

Burn ban begins
The Alaska Division of Forestry has suspended open burning in the Kenai-Kodiak area until further notice. The suspension is a result of high winds and no forecasted precipitation for the Kenai Peninsula. The ban includes burn barrels.

Photo feature: Blessed bikes

HEA to meet on Wednesday: Association members to vote on 3 board of directors seats
Homer Electric Association members who haven't yet cast their ballots for three open board of directors seats will have one last chance at the company's annual meeting on Wednesday.

Photo feature: Vantage point
Bill Sadler scopes the bluff in Kenai from the lawn at Vintage Pointe Manor, where he lives. "Pretty nifty spot," he said. "Not too bad of a day either." Forecasters are calling for sunny skies.

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.

Parties must work together
No one disputes the need to corral Wall Street and rein in the largest financial institutions that were responsible for the economic crisis. A major piece of the back and forth debate in the Senate this week has centered on whether the pending financial reform legislation casts too wide of a net, ensnaring small, community-based banks and credit unions that had nothing to do with the economic meltdown.

Around the Peninsula

Library ground breaking slated

Pet photo
Trey Zimmerman, "son" of Gary and Paula Zimmerman of Nikiski, lies in wait atop Mr. White Tail. He will attack any other animal when they get in range. He is a lover, not a fighter, but when he is in this mode nothing is safe.

Soldotna softball topples Kardinals
The Soldotna softball team defeated host Kenai Central 14-3 in six innings on Monday in Northern Lights Conference action.

Kenai, Nikiski play to tie in boys soccer: Kardinals nip Bulldogs in girls game; Soldotna boys notch shutout against Seward
The Kenai Central and Nikiski boys soccer teams played to a 1-1 tie on Monday in Nikiski in Northern Lights Conference Southern Division action.

Results posted for Palmer Relays
Runners from the Kenai Peninsula competed at the Palmer Relays on Saturday after competing at the Palmer Invitational on Friday. The results from the relays follow:

Around the Peninsula

School board to meet

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

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.

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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