Saturday, July 22, 2006

Are all school board decisions good for kids?
Last Monday, the superintendent of schools and administration recommended the school board increase the 2007 budget to $118,093,418. A budget too high, and dollars aimed in the wrong direction.

Ballot measure a win-win
Alaska voters will decide on a cruise ship fee of $50 per passenger in the Aug. 22 primary election. If passed, this measure will raise between $50 million and $80 million annually for local, waterfront projects. One overlooked aspect is how well the passenger fee now works in Juneau. Ten years ago, voters placed a $5 fee on the local ballot. It passed, and the results have been tremendous.

Israel should be supported
I commend President Bush on his stand on Israel’s right to self-defense. I encourage and stand by Israel in her defensive military operation to destroy Hezbollah rockets and infrastructure in Lebanon, and not to succumb to world pressure to impose a false cease-fire that would protect and strengthen the Hezbollah and Hamas terror groups.

Progressing toward a good weekend
The River City kicks off its annual Soldotna Progress Days festivities today, and like the city itself, this year’s event has gotten bigger with age.

85-pounder is king of the river so far
The king salmon that may be the biggest caught in Kenai River so far this year was too short to require an Alaska Department of Fish and Game seal.

Closure schedule still up in the air
Construction-related closures of the temporary bridge across the Kenai River scheduled for next week are now off, according to state Project Manager Matt Coullahan.

Photo feature: Casting about
Chris Cusack of Anchorage reels in a red salmon on the Russian River earlier this month. Sockeye fishing hit a snag this week with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game restricting fishing in order to boost escapement numbers, but there are other angling opportunities to be had in peninsula waters.

Flu vaccination event is chance for emergency planning drill
Kenai Peninsula residents who put off getting their flu shots until Nov. 1 will be able to get them for free during a mass-vaccination exercise planned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Parents, district joint effort worth some recognition
Something good happened in Moose Pass on Thursday.

Consider the risks before enjoying the wilderness
Alaska. The great outdoors. The last frontier. Teeming waters and abundant wildlife. The chance for a great trophy of a lifetime and the bonus of a full freezer.

Fishing opportunities abound
Now that the Kenai River’s personal-use fishery is being closed and sportfishermen are limited to one sockeye per day on most of the river, some fishermen might be scratching their heads wondering what more is left.

Around the Peninsula
Rodeo saddles up Saturday, SundayVoter registration deadlines loomsCommunity concert setVolunteers needed for run

Alive and well, despite government notification
Satchel Paige had it right, when he said: “Don’t look over your shoulder. Something might be gaining on you.”

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensDestiny conference continuesClothes available for communityPCC celebrates its 30th anniversarySummer Bible school sets sailVBS set for Sterling

Fishing gets slow, tourists go golfing
In my childhood, I played on the Flint Michigan Junior League. We had to get up at the crack of dawn on the weekends to get our rounds in prior to the “real” golfers arriving at the courses. I recall soggy feet and rooster tails on the putting greens.

Oilers take 4 of 5 from Miners at Seymour Park
The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Mat-Su Miners for the fourth time in four days, winning 3-2 Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Sports Briefs
Kenai football camp starts WednesdayKenai cross country to start July 31West, Fowler post top times at rodeo groundsCharity disc golf tourney planned

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