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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mayor doesn't need a raise
Who wouldn't want to make $99,000 a year? It sounds pretty nice, but in a world full of budget cuts and layoffs a $19,000 raise is ridiculous, especially for a newcomer. We aren't talking about a person that hasn't had a raise in 20 years. As far as I'm concern it was a very poor decision.

Red flag Hidden Lake (again)
Since 1990 I have personally requested more conservative regulations on Hidden Lake trout. By 1995 I wrote several letters and articles about the existing and impending problems. I discussed my reasons and predicted what was imminent many times publicly and directly to ADFG.

Spreading a message of safety
The fire started in a wastepaper basket in the back of the room.

Homer woman creates map models to help businesses
HOMER (AP) -- For small town businesses trying to lure customers from near and far, the trick always has been to get noticed. Good service, a good product, advertising and a good location have all been strategies used.

Companies pursue other energy
With natural gas reserves running down in Southcentral Alaska, efforts are being focused on alternative energy on several fronts.

Down the hill of cheap thrills: Youths compete for top spot at soapbox derby
Kenai Rotary Soapbox Derby results:

Capital budget vetoes likely on the way
The Legislature's $3.1 billion state capital budget is headed for some reductions through vetoes by Gov. Sean Parnell, but it will still help steady the state's economy.

Four apply for fire chief in Anchor Point
With Benjamin Dean Maxon filling in temporarily, four candidates, including Maxon, have applied to become chief of the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area.

8 seconds, for life: Area native teaching bull riding clinic, preps to go professional
When Colten Jensen was 12, he got on top of a steer for the first time.

A different mindset for the Class of 2011
Congratulations to the Class of 2011.

KPTMC funding is money well spent
The debate over funding for non-departmental agencies in this year's Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) budget has heated up -- especially concerning the investment the Borough makes with the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council (KPTMC). This debate has been largely encouraged by a recent series of editorial columns in the Peninsula Clarion, calling for an end to government investment in tourism marketing.

Legislators did their part on gas line; now it's up to you
For much of this year Kachemak City resident and council member Dave Weber has been drumming up support for a gas line from Anchor Point to Homer and out East End Road.

News and Notes

KCHS grad performs well

Long live the pancreas!
Being a diabetic is not easy. If someone offers me a carrot I want to stick it into a huge snowball and add some pebble eyes. Or thinly slice them into coins and stuff them into a candy machine. Hearing the words "blood sugar" makes me think about red velvet cake all sugary and blood red. Odd. Also recently, I switched to soy milk to feel pompous. However when I think of soy beans I just think "beans" and end up visualizing myself pouring refried beans over my cereal. And my ultimate fail as a diabetic is not eating enough vegetables. Even now I had to use spell check, because I can't even spell "vegetables" right. Lame.

Graduates

Soldotna woman earns degree from Southern Mississippi

Around the Peninsula

Pools post summer hours

Births

Meyers welcome new son

Calving season
Gary Harris of Kenai shared this photo of a pair of moose calves taken Thursday in Kenai. Harris reported that the calves' mother is just out of view.

Around the Peninsula

Air fair and poker run coming

Kenai Central baseball tops Wasilla on walk-off hit
Kenai Central's Robert Cockrell stepped to the plate with one out, a runner on first base and the score tied in the home half of the final inning.

Soldotna softball splits
The Soldotna softball team lost a pair of games Friday to Chugiak before topping Bartlett twice Saturday in nonconference play at Guy and Judy Hayes Field.

SoHi girls keep NLC soccer crown: Kenai Central girls see season end after dropping 3rd-place game to Wasilla in overtime
PALMER -- Soldotna head coach Mike Tovoli is still looking for his team to put in a full 80 minutes.

Kenai's Spalding nabs 3 championships
No more practice. No more pressure.

Seward boys take 1st place: Title drama
Seward's Austin Gillespie took the baton from his teammate and started running.

Colony baseball blows out Soldotna
The wreckage of the host Soldotna baseball team's 17-4 Northern Lights Conference loss to Colony on Saturday: Five walks, seven errors, five hit batters and a pile of broken glass.

Around Campus: New faculty will bring wide breadth of knowledge
A combination of factors have contributed to the hiring or retention of six full-time faculty members who will start teaching in the upcoming fall semester at the Kenai River Campus. Several retirements and growing enrollments have resulted in the college filling two vacant positions and adding four term faculty.

Around the District

School board to meet

Sports Briefs

Bodybuilding winners announced

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