Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Heritage Place staff commended
I would like to commend The Central Peninsula Hospital Heritage Place and the staff for excellent care given to one of our seniors recently. Several Cooper Landing seniors have resided at The Heritage Place in the past and more recently one recovering from a heart valve replacement.

Tourism industry should stand on its own
My favorite T-shirt asks "If you can't shoot 'em or gaff 'em; why do they call it tourist season?" Not all of us make money from tourism. Not many of us appreciate being crowded off the roads and rivers. If tourism is so dynamic then it should be able to thrive and survive without a government subsidy. Bravo Mayor Carey!

Students get taste of local businesses
Recently, The Soldotna High School Foods and Culinary Arts classes had a unique opportunity to visit local businesses. This field trip was called "food in my community." The purpose was for students to meet with local businesses and speak with employees about their jobs and the skills necessary to gain employment in a variety of fields working with food.

Cattle take Sunday drive
Old-timers and greenhorns alike gathered Sunday to move cattle to the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds.

Area projects make budget
Called into special session last month by Gov. Sean Parnell, the 27th Alaska State Legislature finally came to a close late Saturday night. Legislators, including Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Rep. Paul Stevens, R-Homer, returned to their homes over the weekend after passing a $3.2 billion capital budget.

Reading Runes: Kenai man shares the magic
Up Kenai's windy Strawberry Road an ancient rune master lives in a cozy, cedar cabin.

Company abandoning pipeline project in Alaska
JUNEAU -- A company is dropping its bid to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska, saying it didn't get the agreements necessary to justify continuing. Denali-The Alaska Gas Pipeline made the announcement Tuesday.

Kenai to consider $13.3 mil budget
Kenai's City Council will consider a $13.3 million budget Wednesday night that reflects only a few changes from city administration's original proposed budget.

Fire still not allowed
Permitted open burning and burning in barrels remains suspended on the Kenai Peninsula until further notice, according to a Alaska Division of Forestry announcement Monday.

Visitor increase expected; Officials say fuel prices could dampen travel
Tourism officials still expect visitor numbers to increase modestly in 2011, but there are worries that rising airfares and gasoline prices may effect independent travelers' last-minute decisions to come to Alaska.

Danielle Lynn Cunningham (Montgomery)
Danielle Lynn Cunningham (Montgomery) on May 1, 2011, met her untimely death at the age of 36.

Around the Peninsula

Order of the Purple Heart plans banquet

Around the Peninsula

Coast Guard holding vessel safety checks

Pet Photo: Who goes there?

Excellence in education honored
Katy Turnbull believes in beginnings -- getting her first-graders going in their school careers with a solid foundation of skills and curiosity, starting any visit to Seward Elementary School with a burst of flowers, initiating conversation with a warm smile so encouraging it makes one wish they had an art project or writing assignment to show her, and kicking off each day in her classroom with enthusiasm and fun. That especially goes for the beginning of the school year, where the first day of class means students' first scientific exploration -- of worms.

Around the District

School board to meet

Creating KPC scholarships leaves legacy for donors
There are a variety of reasons people decide to establish scholarships to benefit KPC students. Some do so in honor of a person as a memorial while others use scholarship award criteria to express their personal ideals, beliefs or passions. Over the years, many local individuals or families have established KPC scholarships.

Sports Brief: SoHi baseball tops Homer
The Soldotna baseball team defeated host Homer 26-7 in five innings in Northern Lights Conference action Monday. The Stars improve to 2-3 in the league and 3-8 overall.

Sports Brief: SoHi softball tops Skyview
The Soldotna softball team defeated Skyview 12-0 in 3 1-2 innings Monday in Northern Lights Conference action at Guy and Judy Hayes Field in Soldotna. SoHi is now 7-6 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Hershey meet results posted
The Hershey Track and Field Meet was held Friday at Nikiski High School. The meet, organized for North Peninsula Recreation, was for those 9 to 14 years old. There were about 300 participants coming from Nikiski North Star Elementary, Nikiski Junior High, home school, Cook Inlet Academy, Grace Lutheran School and Aurora Borealis Charter School.

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