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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Writer wants golf course to stay open
It is so unfortunate that our local leaders and bureaucrats can't see the opportunity of the future for their quaint little city. I have had the luxury to use this great facility for the past 18 years and would feel cheated if the passing of the guard fell into the hands of an unprepared proprietor.

Blood donors appreciated
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the blood donors out there. Thank you for the time, discomfort and the real desire to help others.

Helpers make prom special
The Nikiski High School junior class would like to say thank you to all the people who helped out with Nikiski's prom this year.

Reader comments on letter
Concerning Robert Small's letter to the editor in the May 13 issue of the Peninsula Clarion: From small minds comes small thinking. This guy is so far off base I am wondering why you even gave him newspaper space.

Donations keep food on the table
During the months of March and April, we passed on a challenge, the Feinstein Challenge, to supporters of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The generous response during this time helped us not only to leverage our donations through the challenge, but also to help meet the growing hunger needs in our community.

Blood Bank in need
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, but only five percent of the population donates blood in any given year. The situation is similar in Alaska and it's causing a concern.

SPH works on critical access certification
State delay in certifying South Peninsula Hospital as Critical Access Hospital is costing the Homer medical facility roughly $60,000 a month in lost Medicare reimbursement payments, according to the hospital's CEO, Bob Letson.

Soldotna putting for dough
Five months after hearing large sums of money have been granted to Alaska cities to help develop municipal golf courses, Soldotna gave the nod Wednesday to exploring the possibility of such a grant to help buy Birch Ridge.

Borough clerk resigns post
Borough Clerk Sherry Biggs has resigned her post citing family matters as the reason.

Hot topic: Extinguish that burn pile
Let's face it, it hasn't been much of a spring on the Kenai Peninsula.

Skyview senior uses Crooked Creek venture to earn Eagle Scout badge
During the flood of 2002, a lot more was lost than just the southern access point to Johnson Lake Road in Kasilof when two culverts along Crooked Creek failed. The flood also caused viewing platforms and stream stabilization structures to be lost.

Get outdoors and connect with the refuge this summer
The Kenai Peninsula is often referred to as "Alaska in Miniature" since it has many of the fantastic outdoor things Alaska has to offer in an easily accessible location. Unfortunately, those of us who live in Alaska sometimes take for granted that this playland is in our own back yards. There is a national trend of adults and children spending more and more time indoors, and less and less time outdoors. With this decrease in outdoor time, there is a disconnect between the American people and nature.

Around the Peninsula

Garage sale set

Local athletes set for regions
Interesting and different were two words commonly used to describe today's and Saturday's Region III track and field meet.

Kenai boys, girls defeat Skyview
It's tempting to say the Kenai Central girls soccer team notched a 4-0 victory at Skyview on Thursday due to Holly Perkins and Casey Coupchiak.

Pastor says 'Mom would always be by my side'
A man was applying to be a New York City policeman. He had passed a wide battery of tests and was in his final phase. A panel quizzed him on different situations he might encounter in the field. He answered well but then came a hard, unexpected question. "You've just been sent to arrest your own mother. What do you do?"

Church Briefs

Garage, bake sale slated

Kenai Golf Report: Kenai version of FedExCup to start soon
Hello, golfers. It is my pleasure to be with you again this year reporting on all the fun and games at the Kenai Golf Course. It's early in the season and I am happy to report that the Kenai Golf Course is open and ready for action. The nets are up on the driving range, the pro shop is stocked and bursting at the seams, and the course is ready to welcome you back, along with Gordon and Debbie Griffin and the entire staff of the KGC.

Birch Ridge Golf Report: Mother nature in control
Mother's Day was this past Sunday (belated best wishes to all the mothers out there)! Evidently Mother Nature still wants some attention, though. Or maybe she's just unhappy with golfers like me who hack our way out of the rough destroying her handiwork. Whatever the reason, the weather has put a damper on some of the planned events for this past week, but certainly not on the golfing spirit at Birch Ridge.

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