Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kudos: Curves help appreciated in food drive
A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half-empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half-full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty. -- G. Donald Gale

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Pioneer Potluck

About being adopted

Good Health, Good Taste, Good Sense

Farmers Market

Seniors really appreciate support
From of the Board of Directors of the Kenai Senior Connection, Inc., Director of the Kenai Senior Center and aLL the seniors, we wish to express our thanks for the outpouring of community support for the "March for Meals" fundraiser on March 30. The people of the Kenai Peninsula, again, showed what a generous caring place we live.

Student musicians performed well at state
Every year in May, after our Peninsula students return home from Anchorage following the State Solo-Ensemble Competition, I find it so incredible that not one word is mentioned in our local papers about all their competing, their hard work, their awards, and their achievements. I am thrilled to see our young people featured in the sports pages, and am always glad that they get the kudos they deserve. But it does seem odd, when so many students are involved in musical competitions and various musical events, and there is zero coverage.

HEA member appreciates co-op process
I would like to thank the HEA Co-op for their annual meeting last Thursday. I know a great deal of effort went into putting all of it together. The food, fellowship, prizes and the booths were all wonderful.

Borough cuts to KPTMC gut the agency
Re: Editorial of Sunday, May 8, "Borough government shouldn't be in tourism business."

Long-distance learning thanks
Brittney and I would like to say thank you to some additional people that were very helpful keeping her connected during her treatment. Thanks to Scott Shelden at Dan's TV for loaning us the 42-inch flat screen television that gave Brittney's classmates a clearer picture of her every day. Thank you to Anna Balmaseda, who was Brittney's teacher at the hospital in Oregon. Brittney is back home after almost six months of treatment and doing great.

Teachers appreciate PTA support
On behalf of the Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School teachers and support staff, we would like to thank the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and volunteer parents who have gone above and beyond to make Teacher Appreciation Week so special, and for helping make our school a great place to be all year long. Their nice gestures make a cheerful, wonderful way to complete a school year.

Clam Gulch man killed in rollover
A Clam Gulch business owner died late Monday night after his truck rolled over into a southbound ditch along the Sterling Highway.

Kenai considers changes for employee health care
Kenai's City Council asked the administration Monday to pencil out a new employee health care plan after a contentious and long budget work session on a plan no one was completely satisfied with.

Peninsula projects in budget: Senate's energy package includes funds for infrastructure
While Alaska's lawmakers wrestle through a contentious budget process, energy projects on the Kenai Peninsula are on the table.

Mayor, union clash over health costs; Non-union members see increase in premiums
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor David Carey said he was recently prompted to investigate ways to adjust for a recent spike in borough employees' health care costs.

Plea entered in sexual assault case
A man accused of sexually assaulting the daughter of a family friend entered a guilty plea Tuesday to the charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

Winds cause power outages
Homer Electric Association reported two power outages in the Robinson Loop area on Wednesday morning.

CPH earns high praise: Patients rank hospital high for satisfaction, survey finds
Gregg Motonaga, an anesthesiologist and chief of staff for the Central Peninsula Hospital, contends people are feeling more and more empowered in today's world.

Homer transfer site funds in House capital budget
There may still be hope for state funding the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Homer Solid Waste Transfer Site.

KPC funds back on block; Mayor to propose cutting college funding
Last week, Kenai Borough Mayor David Carey said he started investigating ways to provide the Kenai Borough Assembly with a balanced budget.

Photo: Burning interest

Barron Butler
A Celebration of Life and potluck will be held for former north Kenai resident Barron Butler on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the American Legion Hall, in Kenai, at 2 p.m. Mr. Butler passed away March 28, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. For more information call Connie Wilson at 283-4331.

Changes needed to keep America bright
The justice represented by the death of Osama bin Laden and the courageous work of the Navy Seals and our intelligence community should prompt the American people to demand that our heroes in the regular Uniformed Services, our Reservists and our National Guard members be brought home to their families and communities, and that all economic efforts at "nation-building" be redirected to the creation of jobs for Americans and strengthening our reduced transportation and energy infrastructure.

Around the Peninsula

MOMS meets on Monday

Around the Peninsula

Sterling seniors host fundraising dinner

Latest super hero movie is all fun

What's Happening

Best Bets

Poet's Corner
The following poems earned awards in the Flag Poetry/Essay Program sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046:

Homer boys nab top seed
The host Homer boys soccer team clinched the top seed from the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division by tying Soldotna 1-1 on Wednesday.

Nikiski girls, boys sweep Skyview
David Carpenter's frustration finally boiled over.

Sports Brief: Juneau-Douglas sweeps Soldotna softball
The Juneau-Douglas softball team swept host Soldotna on Tuesday in nonconference action.

Sports Brief: Homer softball blanks Skyview
The Homer softball team defeated Skyview 26-0 in three innings Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference action in Homer.

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