Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bike rodeo was good, safe fun
The Kaleidoscope bike rodeo day this year was a blustery, cold one but was a wondrous experience for everyone. The students learned about bike safety from Kenai Police Officer Mitch Langseth, had helmets checked or purchased them from Nurse Jane Fellman with Safe Kids and enjoyed riding bikes on the course.

Do we really want more tourist dollars?
Recently, I noticed the debate over funding the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Proponents maintain we need to market the Kenai Peninsula by directing funding to the KPTMC by our tax dollars to insure a healthy tourism economy.

Change might not feel good
How do we measure success? It appears it is all about feelings. If it feels good it must be right and successful.

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.

Track and field event a success
The annual Hershey Track & Field Meet sponsored by North Peninsula Recreation was once again a huge success. On Friday May 13, approximately 300 participants from local area schools came to compete in both running and field events at the Nikiski High School Track. Thankfully, this year we were blessed with clear, sunny skies for the duration of the track meet. As a result of the cooperative weather we had a stadium full of happy participants and fans. We were also graced with an abundance of helpful volunteers.

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.

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.

Tlingit leader Walter Soboleff dies at 102
JUNEAU (AP) -- Long time Juneau and Alaska Tlingit spiritual leader, elder statesman, and native icon Walter Soboleff died early Sunday morning in his home, surrounded by family.

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.

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

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.

Open burning suspended due to high fire risk
The state Division of Forestry has suspended open burning permits for all areas of the Kenai Peninsula, including Homer and the south Peninsula, until further notice. The Fire Danger Rating is very high for all areas.

Timeless fashion: Club a reason to get dressed up
Last Thursday night, a group of women traded sewing tips and fashion advice around a table at Louie's restaurant in Kenai.

Parnell: bad faith in coastal negotiations
Gov. Sean Parnell is lashing out against legislators who fought him on the Coastal Zone Management Program and defending the hard-line negotiations that led to the program's impending demise.

Jan Monroe Wright
Longtime frequent Kenai Penisula visitor Jan Monroe Wright of Klamath Falls, Ore., died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Klamath Falls. She was 51.

A.L. 'Al' Hudson
Former Kenai resident A.L. 'Al' Hudson died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, Wash. He was 89.

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.

Opportunity of a lifetime
Across the state, Alaska's high school seniors are humming the march, "Pomp and Circumstance," as they prepare to receive diplomas that will launch them into the next part of their life.

Around the Peninsula

Fencing project under way

Around the Peninsula

Air fair and poker run coming

Around the District

School board to meet

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.

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