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Friday, May 13, 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

In favor of proposed tourism tax
As the owner of a tourism related business in Cooper Landing, I have to take issue with your editorial of May 8.

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.

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.

U.S. needs better immigration policy
Rafael Mora-Lopez got me thinking. Remember him? His real name is Rafael Espinosa and he was the Anchorage ex-police officer who is alleged to be in the country illegally.

Hospice grateful for Credit Union 1 support
On behalf of Hospice of the Central Peninsula's board of directors, volunteers and staff, we want to thank Credit Union 1 (Soldotna Branch) for the honor of receiving funds generated in the amount of $9,500. The members, staff and community gave donations, their time, efforts and most of all their Hearts to host a fundraiser for Camp Mend A Heart. This gift will support our entire camp scheduled for Aug. 8 -- 10 at Solid Rock Bible Camp and will allow 20 children to participate. We are grateful to Credit Union 1 in helping to support our mission.

Council looks at water, sewer
While Soldotna City Council members agreed to raise the city's water and sewer rates on Wednesday night, they postponed passage of an ordinance prohibiting residents from connecting to only one of those two services.

Men arrested in Nikiski bar armed robbery case
Authorities arrested two men earlier this week for their alleged connection with the April armed robbery of a Nikiski bar.

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.

Darin's discipline: Soldotna man ready for Saturday competition
Soldotna resident Darin Hagen became good friends with Josh Braun as he trained for a bodybuilding competition in Anchorage in 2008.

Photo: Burning interest

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

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.

'So much more than physical': Soldotna resident finds balance between bodybuilding, motherhood
Growing up, Amy Vinson said she faced a number of struggles, the largest of which was becoming a mother at an all too early age.

Douglas Wayne Cather
Beloved husband, Douglas Wayne Cather, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Cottonwood, Ariz., surrounded by family and friends.

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.

The budget and the art of debate
Borough Mayor Dave Carey has ideas about how next fiscal year's budget should look. Overall, we either dig into the borough's savings account by about $1.7 million, or we cut some spending. The cuts Mayor Carey is proposing involve some pretty high-profile entities, including the so-called "non-departmentals:" mainly Kenai Peninsula College and the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council.

Smoking time
If any of last year's salmon is taking up space in your freezer, now would be a good time to take it out and turn it into something tasty.

Ent draughts and birch sap
In the Lord of the Rings, the two hobbits, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took, grow taller and feel their hair curling after downing a few Ent-draughts between chasing and being chased by orcs. This drink is provided by the Ents, the tree-like shepherds of their arboreal kindred.

Row, row, row your Maki and Mahina boats
In Marianne and Dave Aplin's Amerow rowing boats, you could row from Seattle to Skagway and along the coast of Norway and Greenland. Adventurers Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler did that in their own Amerow boats, as described in Fredston's book, "Rowing to Latitude."

Horsing around: Spring the perfect season for riding on beaches
Imagine galloping along a sandy beach, splashing in and out of the water -- an image right out of "The Black Stallion," or perhaps some romantic travel getaway advertisement. But right here in Kenai, there are great beaches for horseback riding, and now is the best time to do it.

Around the Peninsula

Public ping pong done for season

Around the Peninsula

Sterling seniors host fundraising dinner

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:

Latest super hero movie is all fun
"Thor"

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Church Briefs

Biker prayer time planned

Happy Birthday, King James Version, May 2, 1611!
Those who read their Bibles usually have a favorite version they like to use. Some choose one because of how easy it is to read; some seek the most accurate reflection of the languages the Bible was originally written in.

Track athletes seek state bids
Track teams from across the Kenai Peninsula will fan out across the state this weekend looking to extend their seasons one more week by qualifying for the state meet.

Sports Brief: Correction on Nikiski girls soccer
In a correction from the Sunday sports section, the Nikiski girls defeated Grace Christian 2-1 on Saturday. Tessa Lewis scored on an assist from Britany Tuttle, while Bailey Buchholz had the game-winner.

Sports Brief: Nikiski wrestlers compete at Alaska USA Championships
The Nikiski freestyle wrestling program had 39 athletes compete and earned 36 medals at the Alaska USA Wrestling Championships April 21-23 in Wasilla.

Comeback Kardinals: Kenai girls, boys top KayHi
With his team trailing by a goal and getting beat to loose balls, Kenai Central boys soccer coach David Landry issued a halftime challenge: Be aggressive and play with more courage.

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.

Desire separates the best
I was going to talk more about the physical side of baseball but decided to tell you the truth instead. The best athletes in the world all have something in common. Yes, they are physically talented, but at their level -- the top -- everyone is physically talented.

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