Saturday, May 21, 2011

Plans for jack-up rig progressing
Kenai's City Council heard an update on oil and gas development in the city and in Cook Inlet on Wednesday night.

Council looks at waiving dock fees for residents
At their Wednesday night meeting, Kenai's City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance so that residents wouldn't have to pay for some fees at the city dock.

Council postpones vote on zoning change
Kenai's City Council voted Wednesday to postpone a decision on an ordinance that would change the allowed land uses in two neighborhoods. Instead, they sent it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for work, and asked city administration to notify all Kenai property owners of the upcoming changes.

Still dry: Managers prepare for wildfire season
The Kenai Peninsula is one of two regions in Alaska expected to experience above average wildfire activity for the 2011 season.

Construction season ramps up: Crews back to work on Kalifornsky Beach Road bike path
Alaska's surest sign of summer is here.

James R. Scritchfield
Longtime Soldotna resident, Mr. James R. Scritchfield, 80, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna.

Donald A. Fiscus
Nikiski resident Donald A. Fiscus died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 60. A memorial service for June 18, 2011, at a Kenai River location will be announced.

Government doesn't belong in private industry
In the question of borough funding of non-departmental entities, it's become clear to us that the debate has become muddied, especially concerning the funding of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. We are going to make our position clear.

Many ways to make a child's life better
You can make a child's life better. Easily. With little work. Or with harder work -- whatever suits your fancy. I'll use May's Foster Care Awareness Month as my excuse to mention four great volunteer opportunities, three for individuals like you, and one for businesses that want to help.

The first salmon
Last Saturday, I was waiting in the parking lot of a closed Sterling business to rendezvous with a friend who had a piece of fresh salmon he wanted to give me. Having eaten nothing but frozen fish for the past seven months, I took care to arrive before he did.

The 'gentlemen's' sport: Billiards doesn't have to be about smokey barrooms
There's no problem with having a couple beers, getting a little rowdy, and shooting some pool at the bar with friends. There are some players, though, that want so much more than that.

Lots of summer fun at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
The kids have a few days left of school, giant mosquitoes are already being sighted, and RVs will soon flood the Kenai Peninsula. Summer is on its way. There are so many inexpensive ways to explore nature right outside your doorstep. Despite the poor economy and government budget cuts, the Kenai Refuge will still be offering many engaging programs for kids and families, visitors and locals alike. In addition to the normal recreational opportunities on the 1.92 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, here is our schedule full of fun and educational summer activities geared towards all ages:

Around the Peninsula

Garden club hosts Saturday workshops

An Alaska story: Living the dream
Ten years ago, my wife Maryna and I were living on the beach in Homer in tent. We had just come back from a two month mission trip out in the Bush. The Lord was really stretching our faith at that time of our lives.

Church Briefs

5th Sunday Worship planned

North sweeps South again: Peninsula boys teams lose all 4
The Wasilla boys soccer team used two Paul Sliwa penalty kicks to defeat Soldotna on Thursday in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference soccer tournament at Palmer.

Spalding, Bak chase state titles: Area athletes converge on Fairbanks for track and field meet
Tyler Spalding's quest began on the central Kenai Peninsula when he was a freshman in high school.

SoHi, Kenai girls make NLC semis
WASILLA -- During the days leading up to the conference tournament, Wasilla head coach Amber Craig's message to her players was simple -- finish.

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