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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jump Start Father's Day: Enjoy Steak with Dad and Friends
Recipes courtesy "Steak with Friends: At Home, with

Firefighters' response, humanity applauded
Today firefighters responded to a home fire near my house on Kiana Lane in Kenai. Having moved to Alaska just one year ago from southern California (in part to get away from wildfires -- my husband and I had evacuated our home twice in five years), I didn't expect to see any fires near my home (not with so much rain!).

Donations aid students in need
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Students in Transition Program, I would like to recognize our Soldotna Fred Meyer store. Customers and store associates generously contributed to the Fred Meyer Fund via coin boxes placed at the registers, resulting in an awesome donation of $5,353.55 to our program. These funds will be used to address a variety of needs for homeless students across the Kenai Peninsula. Thank you to all who gave -- you are sincerely appreciated.

Keep the kids swinging
I would like to thank the Birch Ridge Golf Association and owners of the Birch Ridge Golf course for generously sponsoring the Hook A Kid on Golf program.

Parks planning needs better communication
Although there are several issues that I could clarify related to the budget article in Sunday's paper, for the sake of the children in the community and their families, I'd like to speak to the $10,000 "slotted for a new playground" that I did not support/ "wanted to redline."

Donations help after-grad affair
Nikiski High School and the Class of 2010 and their parents would like to thank the local businesses and agencies that donated to their after graduation party. These generous donations made for an exciting safe night of celebration. Again, thank you for investing in Alaska's children.

Shame on BP for oil spill
BP has given the GULF a "LETHAL INJECTION" of oil. The toxins continue to flow swiftly, and will not stop,

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District needs $15 million for upkeep
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wants to fix the aging roofs around the district by asking voters to decide on approving a bond for the first phase of repairs this October.

Resource Advisory Board takes shape
Members of the recently formed Kenai-Anchorage Resource Advisory Committee will meet this Saturday to schedule future meetings and appoint a group head.

Holy Assumption to close for major renovations
The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church has raised enough funds to begin much needed renovations within the next two weeks.

Photo feature: Summer nights
The setting sun illuminates clouds above the Kenai Peninsula recently. The area is receiving nearly 19 hours of daylight each day as the summer solstice approaches.

Mayor, Flat Stanley to visit Japan
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey can't read one side of his business card. It's printed in Japanese.

Kenai mill set at 3.85
The Kenai City Council set the property tax mill rate at 3.85 in a special meeting last Monday night. That means that Kenai residents will pay $385 for each $100,000 of assessed property value. The City Council planned to adopt the rate at their last meeting, but the mill item wasn't included on the agenda due to a clerical error.

Kenai city manager receives praise, raise
The Kenai City Council announced that city manager Rick Koch will receive a 5-percent pay increase after a positive yearly evaluation during the council Monday evening. His current salary is $130,625.

Alaskans watch Gulf spill with interest, comparisons
Alaskans are watching the battle to halt and contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with keen interest.

Kathryn E. Gebhard
Kenai resident Kathryn E. Gebhard, 52, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the Elkhart Hospice House, in Elkhart, Ind.

Around the Peninsula

Public health makes changes

Around the Peninsula

Public Health schedules immunization clinics

Photo feature: Best Friends
"Foxy", male, with his sunglasses in 1,000 Palms, California. He loves lying in the sun in the sunroom. His owners are Patty and Bud Keener of Kenai.

Oilers plan to rely less on small ball
Bye bye bunt.

Kenai Golf Report: Host of people help Kenai Golf Course get off to great start
Another week's worth of beautiful weather has graced the Kenai Peninsula and what better place to enjoy it than at the Kenai Golf Course. Since the kings have delayed their arrival in the river, there's no time like the present to play in a tournament, take a lesson, or just get out and enjoy a round at the KGC. The course is in amazing shape and the friendly staff is working hard to ensure that your golf outing is incredible.

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