Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Save non-departmental budget cuts
On the Kenai Peninsula, we care about our businesses, schools, hospitals, churches, families and we value each and every citizen. These are the institutions that form our communities. We've demonstrated this through the communities we've built. We as Alaskans are known for ability to work together as Alaskans through crises. We look after neighbors kids when their families can't. At the SBDC, we help small businesses understand and reduce the risk of forming small businesses, which in turn creates jobs, infuse capital and become the foundations of our local economies. Other non-departmentals help seniors with rides and meals so they can live in their own homes longer. The KPTMC market our Borough in a very competitive tourism industry resulting in an infusion of dollars. The EDD works together with business owners, legislators and citizens to build strong and resilient economic foundations. We do this and more because we know that by building the systems to do these things, we build the foundations for healthy communities and a strong middle class.

Fascism alive and well in USA
In the early part of the last century the banking industry was made up of a few mega-corporate banks. The commercial banks, Wall Street investment banks and insurance industry were allowed to join together. They were in control. In 1929, they brought down the economic system of the world and it led to the Great Depression.

Speak out against noisy raceway
On Wednesday, May 11, the City of Kenai's Planning and Zoning Commission will meet to consider the Twin City Racing Lions application for use of the raceway for the coming year.

Thanks for quality time on the range
I would like to thank everyone who made the Women on Target shooting clinic on April 30 possible. I had attended the Teens on Target for high school girls this fall and was invited to clinic. I was also able to bring my mother, who hasn't had a chance to shoot since she moved to Alaska in 1994. My thanks go to the National Rifle Association, Women of the NRA, Friends of the NRA, Kenai Peninsula Chapter, Shoeshoe Gun Club, Kenai Peninsula Safari Club International, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Hunter Heritage Foundation and Wilderness Way. Also, without the time of the volunteers it would not have been possible.

Short on gas: Solid supply requires more Cook Inlet production
More drilling is under way in Cook Inlet natural gas fields, but the pace is still short of the number estimated to needed to forestall shortages of gas in the region.

NACo Rx card use down: Borough mayor promotes discount card to offset high medication costs
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor David Carey thinks health care costs -- specifically that of prescription drugs -- should always be a point of conversation in the community.

It's a boat, it's a plane: Prototype 'Gweduck' aircraft takes flight
JUNEAU (AP) -- New and improved is always used when marketing the latest adventure, boat, car, or dream destination. However, when those four items are wrapped into one flying apparatus, you have the Gweduck, a composite twin-engine flying boat-style amphibian aircraft that splashed out of a rain cloud in a stream of sunlight and softly plopped down in Auke Bay on Monday.

Industry: Mining increases economic clout
Mines operating in Alaska are injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the state's economy, particularly benefiting the state's larger communities where support companies are based.

Early Birds: 2 Kenai women make swimming a daily deed
Students come and go, but Joanna Hollier, 86, and Shirley Henley, 87, have been coming back to the Kenai Central High School pool for nearly three decades.

'This is what I was supposed to be doing': Peninsula woman recognized for caregiving dedication
When Debbie Jenkins' boss off-handedly remarked one day, "That's why I nominated you," Jenkins thought nothing of it. She was a bit confused, but brushed it off as a joke she probably just wasn't getting.

Crab still the deadliest catch: State workplace death data shows fewer fatalities
Reality television has made clear Alaska will always be home to some of the world's most dangerous jobs, but the state was a much safer place to work in 2009.

Business to business expo shares important message
There was once a time when there were many goods and services unavailable to Kenai Peninsula residents in local shops and store fronts.

Around the Peninsula

USPS food drive coming soon

Around the Peninsula

Borough can help with debris removal

Sports Briefs

SoHi softball topples Skyview

Kenai boys, SoHi girls notch wins
Jake Iverson had no time to think before he kicked the ball. He won't forget what happened.

'You get what you put into it': Two area teachers honored for classroom excellence
John Harro started working in Alaska schools during early efforts to integrate computers and technology into the classroom.

Around the District

Connections Homeschool Program

In Cooper Landing, learning is hands on: Students can see, hear, smell, touch and taste what they know
When learning is hands on, it helps the brain hang on to information. The more senses involved in an experience, the more of an impact it will have on young minds.

Adult Basic Education and GEDs at KPC
By the end of June, more than 100 students will have earned their General Equivalency Diplomas, commonly referred to as GEDs, through the Kenai River Campus Learning Center this academic year. Thirty-nine of the GED graduates participated in the Kenai River Campus commencement held May 3 at the KCHS auditorium.

Middle school track results posted
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School track meet was held Friday and Saturday in Nikiski. The results follow:

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