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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Special CIRI dividend
The New Alliance is supporting a special dividend of $5,000 per 100 shares. From 1995 through 2004, CIRI paid five special dividends.

Ordinance makes good sense
Now and again, the folks we elect get to do something that makes good sense from every point of view. Road Ordinance 2007-10 is an example.

Cleanup crews don’t horse around to get the job done
On April 29, the Soldotna Equestrian Association had its annual cleanup/fix-it day. All we can say is “Wow!” and thank you! What an amazing turn out of volunteers. We had help from Homer to Nikiski, and everywhere north, south, east and west. We had members, 4-H, nonmembers, stock contractors, too many folks to name, and their families, who stepped up donating their precious time and energy. We got an amazing amount of work done.

Reader agrees with letter
Regarding the letter from Carol Strickland of Kenai in the April 30 Letters to the Editor: Well said, and I am in complete agreement with you.

Perfect planning?
I wonder if the person behind the Soldotna sign ordinance against Soldotna businesses knows the person who signed the building permit for the box-condo built right up to the curb in downtown Soldotna?

Photo feature: Pigging out
Suzie Kendrick, communication coordinator for Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, uses a mop to baste a pig with oil and spices Friday afternoon in preparation for the college’s end of the year luau that was held later that day. The pig, donated by Diamond M Ranch, was slow cooked for 24 hours prior to the event.

Bear kills moose at home
Low rumblings awoke Gary Lyon about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. His first thought was that Bonzer, his dog, was entertaining company on the deck of the Skyline Drive home where Lyon and his wife, Terri, live in Homer.

Salmon processing should keep pace with summer catch
State fisheries officials say a survey of fish processors in Alaska shows that salmon purchasing and processing capacity for the 2007 season is expected to exceed projected statewide harvests of all species.

Hammers, saws herald new Sterling senior housing
The busy sounds of construction are once again filling the air near the Sterling Senior Center as work gets under way for another 10-unit senior housing facility.

Historical meeting has hot topic
Alaska has seen a lot of changes in recent years. Temperature increases, sea ice melting and glaciers retreating at an accelerated rate, record-breaking fire seasons, tropical species and diseases making an appearance, and more violent storms are just a few examples.

Black cloud looms over setnet site
Fishing a shore fishery setnet lease since 1981, Terry Jorgensen has seen years when his nets hauled in 92,000 pounds of salmon.

David Curtis Headberg
Former Soldotna resident David Curtis Headberg died Saturday, May 5, 2007. He was 19.

Births
· Marcy Craemer Ray and Dan Ray of Haslet, Texas, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Theoron Ray, at 3:48 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Nutrition classes available PFLAG to meet Refuge to spruce up Dinner, auction fundraiser set One man’s trash... Breastfeeding class offered

Community News
LeeShore seeks volunteers

Peninsula soldiers say thanks
In the blistering Kuwait desert, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers from Soldotna and Kenai are often heard bragging in appreciation of their communities. They talk about receiving cards, letters, coffee, Girl Scout cookies and gifts from civic organizations, churches, businesses, schools and the mayor’s office, not to mention individuals.

Peninsula People
Watkins takes top honorsArea students named to dean’s list

Around the Peninsula
Berkowitz to speak to DemocratsResiliency-building classes offeredMethamphetamine to be discussedCommunities cleaning upFish and Game feeling froggyFree vision screening offered

Peninsula Reflections
Newcomers to Kenai in early August 1970 would have a strange sight draw their attention just past Mile 9 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Six red and orange, cone topped, round plywood structures near the back of a steel building stood out like grain silos in a fishing village.

Accident brings out kindness of strangers
On Saturday, April 28, a drunk driver ran a red light and hit me, totaling my car. Several people stopped to help me out of my car and stayed with me until the police and ambulance came. One lady put her coat on me and stayed and talked to me as I was in shock.

Infectious enthusiasm
If somebody had told Nikiski senior Joel Ribbens the day before he joined the wrestling team that he would join the wrestling team, he never would have believed it.

Kenai Golf Course tourney season kicks off
Friday, the Kenai Golf Course tournament season started with the annual Dick Morgan Kick-Off Scramble, which was put together by the Kenai Golf Course and the Kenai Golf Association. The team of Doug Jung, Richard Martin, Dana Bassel and Doug Haralson solved the strong winds the best to win with a score of 4-under. Second place, at 3-under, went to Gordon Griffin, Eldon Harvey, Barb Westermeyer and Bob Drewes.

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