Saturday, June 7, 2008

Do we or do we not have a gas shortage?
The Department of Energy sages must be thrilled with the thought that they have made an oracular decision. The decision I take umbrage at is a statement that I read on the KSRM Web page written by Joe Nicks on June 3. The Department of Energy has officially granted the Kenai LNG plant a two-year export extension license for its facilities.

Volunteers give much to youth facility
The staff at Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility would like to thank the volunteers who donate time and services to the residents at KPYF. The skills they have passed on to the residents here are immeasurable. Their willingness to be mentors is invaluable.

Readers lists state's priorities
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Gasoline is $4-plus per gallon. Gee whiz, if one buys a bottle of water at a restaurant or an airport, the cost can be more than $6 per gallon and few people complain.

Festival celebrates Kenai River
Like the blooming lupine and returning salmon, the annual Kenai River Festival has become a summer staple of the Kenai Peninsula, and this year's shindig will be the biggest and best ever, according to organizers.

Rising food prices mean families sometimes do without
Editor's note: This is the final story in a weeklong series looking at the effects of rising prices on the Kenai Peninsula.

2 Kenai areas may get problem bear tag
Two Kenai subdivisions are being considered for the dubious distinction of being the first declared problem bear areas under a recently enacted public safety ordinance.

Food tax petition cleared
An initiative petition proposing a seasonal exemption from sales taxes on groceries has been certified by the Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk's office, and signature pamphlets should be hitting the streets shortly.

Man indicted for attempted murder
A Kenai grand jury has indicted a 45-year-old Kasilof man on one count of attempted murder and four assault charges following an alleged drunken escapade involving rifle fire May 25.

William F. Gavin
Longtime Soldotna resident William F. Gavin died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at his home in Soldotna. He was 61.

Tough school decisions need to be considered
It's a hard question, and ignoring it won't make it go away.

Changing tides could change anglers' luck
As the calender has flipped to June, fishermen are ever closer to the piscatorial peak of the early run for king salmon. Once the big water wanes, the Kenai and Kasilof rivers may only be days away from seeing the water boil with a big push of fish.

Four more brown bears killed
The Memorial Day holiday was a bad weekend to be a bear, as three bruins lost their lives in separate incidents, and a fourth bear had to be put down in defense of life and property, or DLP, this past Tuesday.

Lingering La Nia about to end; El Nio in sight, say ocean models
It has been a long winter and a late spring in Alaska. We've had some sunny days on the Kenai, but nighttime temperatures can still dip close to the frost line. Basically, we are coming off a 10-month La Nia and a classic La Nia winter. It appears that now, however, the tide is turning and a warm El Nio may be on the way.

Photo feature: What bears do in the woods
A brown bear sow looks out from a wooded area alongside Quartz Creek Road near Cooper Landing last weekend. The bear and her two cubs, not pictured, ambled next to several cabins before disappearing in the brush.

Around the Peninsula

Military members' information sought

Young Stars prepared for state softball tourney
Bats and balls weren't the only things flying during Soldotna's doubleheader sweep of Homer on May 27.

Soldotna baseball game starts late
The Stars state tournament game scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday against North Pole was delayed after previous games ran long at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

Economy doom sayers may be wrong again
A banker and financial advisor once shocked me by saying he had become so worried about the state of the economy he found himself walking around his backyard looking for a good place to bury his money. Books by panic peddlers had convinced him that a major economic depression was near and he thought burying his treasure might be the only way to survive.

Church Briefs

Conference, guest speaker set

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