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Sunday, July 29, 2007

School funding takes time
Alaska's problematic foundation formula used to determine how much funding is appropriated to education each year is in need of a thorough review, but that isn't likely to be the result of this summer's analysis by the Joint Legislative Education Task Force, said one of its members.

Borough reviews term-limit ballot issue signatures
Calling it the most challenging petition the group has ever attempted, the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers submitted petition signatures to the borough clerk Wednesday seeking a ballot measure this fall that would limit assembly and school board officials to two terms.

Making progress is fun work
Not even the Grinch could steal the fun at the 47th annual Soldotna Progress Days parade, although the green-skinned grouch was in attendance Saturday. He was one of many characters of the roughly 100 groups that took part in the festivities.

Bikers lose in bear near-collision
Traffic was bumper to bruin on at least two occasions near Cooper Landing this week.

Elizabeth Jane Rusk
Longtime Soldotna resident Elizabeth Jane Rusk died Monday, July 23, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 85.

Carl Fredrick Baker
Nevada resident Carl Fredrick Baker died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, after a short illness in Anchorage with his family by his side. He was 71.

Clifford Allyn Massie
Longtime Kenai resident Clifford Allyn Massie died Monday, July 23, 2007, from pancreatic cancer and a pulmonary embolism at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Don't quote us on that, please
We've asked and you've answered.

There's never enough time: Hectic summers cause longing for winter's lower expectations
On Wednesday, I started my day with a jog at Tsalteshi Trails. Next, I went dipnetting at the mouth of the Kenai River, got nine reds, filleted them and put them in the freezer to prepare for vacuum packing. After a quick and late salmon dinner, I then spent the night vacuum packing my reds and smoking a king salmon that I had caught on "Super Tuesday."

Prescription for hospital not healthy
Is it broken? That's the question Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members need to ask before they consider an ordinance that would rescind powers previously delegated by the assembly to the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, aligning the provisions that govern the board with those of the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board.

Good old times
The court assembled before their majesties Cyrus and Caitriona, prince and princess of Oertha. The sun glimmered on the backs of the lords and their ladies with a warmth rare in this land far to the north as two by two the citizenry stepped forward to receive accolades and huzzahs for their services to the principality.

Motherfessions Tales from the 'Hood
Remember thy mother and keep her carpet holy. Make no graven Playdough images while you are on or near the carpeting, upholstery or any person, place or thing that requires dry cleaning. Neither shall you track any uncleanliness onto Her freshly mopped kitchen floor. Though the ground be covered with the snow of winter, the muddiness of spring or the hard-to-remove grass stains of summer, removeth thy footwear before entering thy abode. And shut the door! Were thou born in a shed?

Pet Photo
Pippin the 17-pound shih tzu and Kramer the 22-pound cat cuddle up when they think no one is looking. They belong to Terry and Sally Kaas, of Kenai.

Sports Briefs
The cross country season for Kenai Central High School will start Monday with a 6 p.m. practice in the Little Theatre. There will be an informational meeting and time to fill out paperwork. All runners need to have a school physical before they can begin running. Those with a physical will do a short run on Monday night. For more information, contact Sandra Lewis at 283-3870.

King, queen of hills
With summer still in full swing, there's not too many kids on the Kenai Peninsula wanting to think about school yet. Skyview High School senior Tommy Honer showed on Friday at Tsalteshi Trails that he's ready for at least one aspect of school to start — cross country running.

Oilers headed to NBC
The Peninsula Oilers failed to take advantage of a second chance in Saturday's 8-6, 12-inning loss to the Mat-Su Miners at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. It remains to be seen whether the Oilers will take advantage of a second chance when it comes to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.

Plate, Hayden marry in Nikiski
Cessna R. Plate of Soldotna and John R. Hayden of Kenai were married in an outdoor ceremony Friday, July 20, 2007, in Nikiski.

Driskell, Saltzgiver marry in Las Vegas
Callie Driskell and Ryan Saltzgiver of Logan, Utah, were married Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Las Vegas.

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