Tuesday, June 22, 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.

Volunteers boost Ninilchik Senior Center
Some very energetic and dedicated seniors held this benefit fundraiser barbecue and Biggest Clam Contest for the Ninichik Senior Center. A huge gazebo style greenhouse was made available by Alaska Greenhouse for the event at the corner of Kingsley Road and the Sterling Highway. For two full days June 12 and 13, Texas style brisket, Kentucky style pulled-pork, and Alaskan deep fried Halibut were served with enthusiasm. Home baked deserts were donated and vendors sold their wares. A 6 and 5/8ths inch clam took the $50 dollar prize which was kindly donated back. Over $7,500 was generated and donated to the Senior Center!

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.

Mayor vs. manager debate needs to be honest
Charlie Pierce and Mayor Carey have the right idea. It is time for the debate to begin on a borough manager form of government. Following a good and honest debate it will be up to the voters.

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.

KCHS Class of 1980 celebrates
The Kenai Central High School Class of 1980 recently celebrated their 30 year reunion.

Wilcox 'ready' for top aide job
Susan Wilcox said she was "surprised" when Mayor Dave Carey told her he wanted her to be his new chief of staff.

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.

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

CPH consultant could earn $1.75M for successful deal
The consulting firm that is assisting Central Peninsula Hospital as it mulls possible governance structure changes will earn $1.75 million for any deal that the firm brings to fruition.

Public comment sought for dunes fence project
The public comment period for the Kasilof Dunes project will end in six days with various interest groups still uncertain about whether a protective fence will materialize before the dipnetting season hits high gear.

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.

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

Kelly Wayne Perkins
Soldotna resident, Mr. Kelly Wayne Perkins, 55, died, Sunday, June 20, 2010, of leukemia.

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.

Around the Peninsula

Quilt festival upcoming

Around the Peninsula

Open house slated

Photo Feature: Best friend
Norm Olson of Nikiski said, "This cat is named Domino. It belongs to my grandchildren: Garratt, Shaeanne, Linnaea and Weston Dohse."

Results posted for state motocross
The Alaska State Champion Motocross Series was held Saturday and Sunday at Twin Cities Raceway. The event was put on by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division. The results follow:

Area runners compete in Anchorage
Seward's Erik Johnson led the peninsula contingent by winning the Mayor's Marathon on Saturday in Anchorage.

Cowchip Triathlon winners announced
Matti's Cowchip Triathlon was held Saturday at the Diamond M Ranch. The event is named for Matti Martin, who died in a livestock accident at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik in August 2009. Martin won the first Cowchip Triathlon last year.

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.

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.

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