Saturday, May 14, 2011

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Church Briefs

Biker prayer time planned

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.

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.

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.

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.

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