Saturday, June 19, 2010

Schools don't need fancy extras
I just don't understand todays schools budgets: just can't run a school without millions of dollars more as extra funding, but the results seem to be a straight line if not lower on some as far as progress of students' knowledge.

Hospice appreciates contribution
On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Foundation for their contribution of $500 to our organization. Your support has helped purchase 20 backpacks for children attending Camp Mend A Heart.

Generosity appreciated
I would like to thank all that were involved in the benefit at the Riverside House May 1 in Soldotna. I really appreciate the support and generosity of everyone that helped put this event together, and all you anonymous donors out there, you rock. This has tremendously helped pay for medical bills and transportation costs during my treatment. It really meant a lot to me to see everyone come together to help someone they care for.

Avoid bad karma by returning hula hoops
Kudos to the Kenai Watershed and KDLL for an amazing Kenai River Festival. The music, booths, people, food were just so enjoyable. I spent both Friday and Saturday dancing, eating and visiting with friends. Thanks for a great time for all ages.

'Cost-recovery' halted : Fish and Game pulls nets on fishery
The Department of Fish and Game halted a cost-recovery setnet fishery Thursday night after hearing angry outcries from local fishers that the effort was targeting early-run Russian River sockeye salmon.

Body of Jean Romig, community matriarch, found along Kenai River bank
Jean Romig, the daughter-in-law of the esteemed Dr. Joseph Herman Romig, was found dead, lying face down in the Kenai River on June 11. She was 78.

In retirement, still trucking
Bruce Campbell, now nearing 80 years of age, is ever the workhorse. Even though he no longer serves as the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, he's kept busy: he restores old cars as a hobby, and has several Ford Model-Ts sitting in his garage today.

Carey picks Wilcox for new chief of staff
The borough mayor's former special assistant, Susan Wilcox, will move up to the chief of staff position, Mayor Dave Carey announced on Friday afternoon.

Duane A. Braun
Former Soldotna resident Duane A. Braun died Thursday, June 3, 2010, near Seattle. He was 27.

Thelma 'Pauline' Kahl Dabney
Longtime Soldotna resident Thelma "Pauline" Kahl Dabney, 82, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

A major change in local political philosophy
Borough Assemblyman Charlie Pierce called last week for a ballot initiative to establish a borough manager form of government. That's got to be one of the more drastic 180-degree turns in this political landscape in a long time.

'Gold in them thar creeks'
Business is booming at Southeast Mine Supply, and it's not just because the world's newest gold mine is about to open less than 45 miles away.

A walk through the forest: summer programs at the Kenai Refuge
If your children have come to the Refuge for a school field trip, then it is quite possible that I was their leader exploring and educating them along the Keen-Eye trail. As the education specialist at the Kenai Refuge I always joke that I have the best job at the refuge since I get to spend a lot time outside throughout the year, work with people of all ages, educating them about the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula; from dragonfly nymphs to cottonwood trees. Creating and facilitating such programs has indeed become my forte.

Around the Peninsula

Fishermen's Association to meet

A prodigal's father: Lessons in forgiveness
The annual arrival of Father's Day often reminds me of our Lord's familiar parable of the prodigal son: the story of the younger of a father's two sons who boldly requested and surprisingly received his portion of the family inheritance.

Church Briefs

Garage sale fundraiser slated

Duathlon to be held Saturday
The Tsalteshi Solstice Duathlon will be held at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School on Saturday, with an 11 a.m. start. Registration is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The race is a five-kilometer run and 10-kilometer bike. There are categories for men, women and team. The price, for solo competitors, is $15 for Tsalteshi Trails Association members and $20 for nonmembers. For duo, the cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Oilers topple AIA Fire
It wasn't the most exciting way to win a ball game, but the Peninsula Oilers will take it.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Activities buzz on at Bird Homestead
It has been another busy week at Bird Homestead Golf Course. We had an excellent weekend of weather and golf. We had some Anchorage golfers that took advantage of our dry camping and played 36 holes each day, the Bird Cup is on week three and we also had several match plays over the weekend.

Jeff's call: Adults in activities community deserve thanks
With another academic year in the books, the time is right to recognize all the adults that make co-curricular activities such a positive experience for students.

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