Monday, June 21, 2010

State needs to fund test fishery
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game should be funded to an operable level in order to prosecute the test fishery and research that aids accurate timely management.

Society needs checks, balances
For years the national economic philosophy has been, "what is good for the corporation is good for America." This corporate culture eliminated the checks and balances our founding fathers understood we needed. This corporate paradigm has trickled down to the Kenai Peninsula Borough. We just had another legal judgment against the corporate hospital. You can see the judge's decision at the NLRB web site. It will be ignored as usual because what is good for the corporation is good for the Borough, regardless what happens to the employees.

Triathlon, road races take gumption, no matter the athlete
Congratulations to all of the participants in the Tri-the-Kenai as well as the Run for the River races. It takes a lot of hard work and gumption to be able to run in any type race. I was a little taken aback by some of the comments left after the Tri-the Kenai article that was posted on June 14. To say that one type of athlete "deserves" more recognition than another is not only arrogant, it is rude. It is a slap in the face to the "stroller moms" who work hard at a sport that they love. I think that being able to include their children in something they have a passion for is far better than leaving their kids with a baby sitter while they go off to do their own thing. We need more moms who are willing to teach their children, by example, ways to be happy and healthy, and if they are able to show that family is the most important aspect of the lesson then they deserve to be commended, not looked down upon by the "real" athletes who are mad that they didn't get their scores posted in the paper on time.

Wilcox promoted as Carey's top adviser
When Duane Bannock assumed the mayor's acting chief of staff position in February, he said his intention was to eliminate a top job from within the mayor's office.

Catch picks up on Kenai River
Anglers from all over were trying their luck Saturday on the Kenai River, after bait use became legal at 12:01 that morning.

Kenai pond to become a park
The City of Kenai plans to turn the pond on Marathon Road into a full-fledged community park starting this summer.

Alaska State Champion Motocross Series rolls through Kenai Peninsula
Father's Day is supposed to entail sons and daughters doing some extra work for the old man. But at the races of the Alaska State Champion Motocross Series held at Twin Cities Raceway on Saturday and Sunday, many dads were hard at work for their young racers.

Parnell zapped for energy fund cuts
Gov. Sean Parnell is taking flak for his June 3 vetoes of state funds for energy projects.

Soldotna City Council ready to discuss new junk ordinance
The Soldotna City Council will hold a public hearing for its revised junk ordinance Wednesday.

Georgia L. Poppin
Former Soldotna resident, Georgia L. Poppin, died May 9, 2010, in Grass Valley, Calif., died at home with family by her side of pancreatic cancer. She was 73.

Richard 'Skip' Isham
Soldotna resident Richard "Skip" Isham died Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 84.

Volunteers make this community a great place to be
Kudos to the organizers and competitors of last weekend's Tri the Kenai triathlon. The inaugural event was, by all accounts, a smashing success.

Gulf spill requires new actions
The tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill should serve as a wake-up call for stronger oversight to prevent another such massive spill and a comprehensive national energy policy that must include more domestic oil and gas production.

Exercise shields cells from stress-induced aging
Editor's note: "Focus on Fitness" is a Clarion feature with healthy lifestyle advice from local and national health and fitness experts. Check here weekly great information and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Around the Peninsula

Open house slated

War on bugs
When my hub and I first bought our home, we gazed in wonderment at the large patch of weeds out yonder and naively declared, "Lets make a garden!"

Community

Book donations sought

Sports Briefs

Frontier to hold World Series

Twins earn split with Chugiak
The American Legion Twins earned a split on the road against Chugiak on Sunday, losing the first game 11-1 in five innings before notching a 6-5 victory in seven innings. The Twins are now 4-5 in the league and 5-14 overall.

Oilers nip AIA Fire with 9th-inning rally
Patrick Wisdom did it again.

Arneson, MacPhail take duathlon
Cook Inlet Academy graduate Lars Arneson has raced at Tsalteshi Trails countless times, but rarely on a bike. On Saturday, Arneson ran and biked to victory at the Tsalteshi Solstice Duathlon. He finished the five-kilometer run and 10-kilometer mountain bike in 42 minutes, 9 seconds.

Oilers complete sweep of Fire
Oilers starting pitcher Geoff Broussard had a tight arm entering the top of the third inning on Sunday, but he's not complaining.

FIU's Wittels joins Oilers
Like many summer visitors, Garrett Wittels has come to the Kenai Peninsula to get away from it all for a while and do some fishing.

Peninsula bats shine
The Peninsula Oilers tallied 13 hits in beating the Athletes in Action Fire 5-1 on Saturday night in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

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