Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hospital donations in question
Some of us in the community recently learned that the CPGH administration donated up to $25,000 to the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association (KRSA). This money is to help support the Kenai River Classic fishing event where U.S. congressmen and corporate fat cats visit the peninsula to rub elbows, make deals, and fill the coffers of KRSA. Additionally, it appears that the hospital administration made a separate donation to KRSA to support the Lisa Murkowski fishing event. Are these donations because the CPGH Chief Financial Officer is on the Board of Directors for KRSA? Where I come from that would be considered a huge conflict of interest and should be looked into by the CPGH, Inc. board.

Technology has a downside
About a week ago, I posted a basic question on this site "Yahoo Answers." Pretty much it was "Who remembers life without a cell phone?" Now I was expecting a little of everything, maybe funnies from others stories etc. One thing I touched on in my question was the fact that the kids these days are so wrapped into cell phones, they don't pay attention anymore to the world around them. You will never guess what happened. The person that wrote back, that hit me the hardest was a 14-year-old boy from somewhere in the world. From the mouths of babes! If our own kids are feeling this way, and admitting problems like this, its time to do something people. I say no more phones in schools period. Get it back to the way it used to be when they first came out. Keep it to a minimum! Here is his story, I hope it opens some eyes:

Kenai keeps tabs on bears: Residents urged to keep attractants cleaned up
After the gunshots Saturday morning that killed a brown bear sow and her two cubs, the city of Kenai's designated "bear problem area" has been relatively quiet.

Congressman: seize energy opportunity
U.S. Representative Don Young spoke at a joint meeting of Kenai and Soldotna's Chambers of Commerce Thursday, and emphasized the opportunity the state has to diversify its energy production.

Bear skin, moose meat salvaged for education, charity
So what exactly happens to the remains when man meets nature and an animal is killed?

Joseph Procaccino
Soldotna resident Joseph Procaccino died Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 88.

Melody Kay Hein 'Mel' Rowley
Kenai resident Melody Kay Hein "Mel" Rowley died on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in Anchorage of natural causes. She was 52.

Linda Hendren
Sterling resident Linda Hendren died quietly at home with her husband at her side on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

Janett C. Garrett
Longtime Soldotna resident Janett C. Garrett died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Borough needs to address animal control
Why hasn't the Kenai Peninsula Borough enacted an animal control ordinance?

Refuge Notebook: Historic log cabins provide timeline of settlement of the Kenai
October 18, 1922, "Started down to Friman camp on our way to funny River to build a cabbin, Friday 20th Worked all day getting log and started to put up cabbin. Saturday 21 Not feeling well and did not do much to the cabbin. Sunday 22th was at work again at cabbin finished the walls. Monday 23 Krist and I splitting & putting on seeling. Tuesday 24th Put up ridgepole & started cutting scoops for water roof. Wednesday 25th finished water roof put in stove & windows, Thursday 26th Tok a walk over Funny River valley raining & snowing all day moved in to new cabbin calling it Lick House. "

Out for a spin : Disc golf soars in popularity
At some point during our imaginative childhoods, many of us believe we invented something.

Around the Peninsula

Football camp set

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Twins capture 3rd place: West Warwick topples Warriors for crown
West Warwick, R.I., continued a successful swing through Alaska by winning the Bill Miller Wood Bat Invitational on Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Bird Homestead Golf Report: Tournaments hit the Bird
Bird Homestead Golf Course is gearing up for several different tournaments. We have the Peninsula Moose Lodge 15th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic scheduled for Saturday with a tee time of 9 a.m. Entries are being accepted at the Moose Lodge in Kenai and at the Bird Homestead Golf Course clubhouse.

Oilers' task: Just win, baby
Last week, as the Oilers embarked on a 10-game road trip to Fairbanks, I wrote that they were like a golfer on the first day of a four-day tournament: They could lose the Alaska Baseball League title on that road trip, but they wouldn't be able to win it.

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