Monday, August 2, 2010

Slant twists the facts
I'm still smarting from the mis-information spread by Matt Towery in this morning's paper (Clarion, July 27). He is neither an insider nor has an advantage in knowing about the health care issue facing seniors. Where has he been for the last 8 years(that I know of), when seniors in Alaska were being released by their primary care physicians, not being able to go to a "new" doctor and being advised to visit the emergency room at the hospital for everything from a common cold to cancer.

Help with stray dog appreciated
On Nov. 3, 2002, we planted roots in Soldotna, and being highly allergic to dog and cat dander, our new journey did not include owning pets. On July 11 about 7 p.m., we thought a wolf had entered our yard but it was a Malamute with no collar. It walked slowly either because it was in pain or old. He stared at us and looked around our yard then marked a spot he liked near our shed and set his body down. During the week, it moved to different spots in our yard, but never seemed dangerous.

McGee killed over $500 gun
Brendan McGee was shot in the head with a shotgun at close range following an argument over a $500 payment for a gun, according to court documents filed this weekend.

Ungulate sports unusual hooves
When Sheila Bierdeman rode down Kotsina Street in Nikiski on Wednesday night, she didn't expect to see someone wearing elf shoes in late July. Let alone a moose.

Shooting suspect arrested
A 44-year-old Sterling man was charged late Friday as the primary suspect of a recent Soldotna homicide, Alaska State Troopers say.

Economy slows EPA carbon capping
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski failed in her bid in June to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions.

Prices up for commercial catch : Better-than-expected return makes for brighter season
The originally grim looking commercial fishing season in the Upper Cook Inlet has become brighter for the industry with the increased price per pound of sockeye salmon and the above-forecast run.

Koch applies for Mat-Su manager job
Kenai city manager Rick Koch has applied to be considered for the position of Matanuska-Susitna Borough manager.

Photo Feature: What's up doc?

Brendan James McGee
Kenai resident Brendan James McGee, 22, died Friday, July 16, 2010 in Soldotna from a gunshot wound.

Central Peninsula Hospital's future is on the right path
Central Peninsula Hospital and its governing board appear to be on course to improve the institution's governing structure and make sure the hospital enjoys a strong and vital future.

Assembly should say 'yes' to MRI enclosure
A two-phase expansion and renovation project that began at South Peninsula Hospital five years ago is complete. Almost. The only detail left to finish is construction of an enclosure for the hospital's new MRI.

CPH changes will be done carefully
The dipnet has not been dipped, the fishing line stayed dry, and the boat has not bobbed in the water. Same goes for the camping gear. This has been the summer of long indoor meetings.

A clean Kenai River we can take pride in
Having the Kenai River taken off the state's list of polluted waterways is like getting a clean bill of health from your doctor.


Williams welcome a son

Around the Peninsula

Women's shooting clinic scheduled

Lead not follow : Trip offers teen insight to self, world
"Congratulations! We are pleased to announce that you have been selected as Rotary's 2010 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) recipient. You will represent the Kenai River-Soldotna Rotary Club at the four-day conference May 6-9, 2010 in Juneau. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth as participants learn about their own leadership skills and also the qualities of effective leaders and effective teams. We are confident this event will contribute to your growth as a youth leader among your peers and in you community"

Break for the news
Wow! What a week it was! The week after the Fourth of July presented us with so much news my head was spinning. First was Lindsay Lohan in court because she broke probation. It took a couple of days more or less of speculation but she was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Of course we had to discuss her fingernail decorations and her parents before it could be put to rest, but by Friday she was finally old news ... until the next transgression, which will be in about 90 days.

Around the Peninsula

Football registration continues

Oilers game changes
The Peninsula Oilers had their opening game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., moved to Wednesday.

Forrest captures Amateur
After opening the 38th Peninsula Amateur at Birch Ridge Golf Course with a 73 on Friday, Beau Forrest shot a 74 Saturday for a two-day total, 7-over-par 147 to win the men's low gross by five strokes. Nolan Rose took second with a 152. Aaron Andrus won the men's low net with a 140 and Gary Dawkins took second with a 141.

Oilers get set for World Series
The Peninsula Oilers will open pursuit of their fourth National Baseball Congress World Series title Tuesday in Wichita, Kan., against the League City (Texas) Hornets.

Heaven smashes records
Peninsula Piranhas Swim Team's Winter Heaven set two new state records in the 100- and 200-meter long course freestyle events for the 15- to 16-year-old age bracket at the Western Zone Senior Sectional Championships held July 20 to 24 in Gresham, Ore. Heaven obliterated Kyle O'Brien's previous 100-meter record of 54.69 by more than a second. After swimming a 53.76 in the preliminary round, Heaven swam a 53.15 in the finals on the second day of the five-day meet. The next day, he broke O'Brien's 200-meter record of 2:00.04 by more than two seconds, recording a 1:57.82.

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