Monday, August 23, 2010

Great visit -- broken leg and all
As recent first time visitors to Alaska in July my wife, Victoria, and I want to express our appreciation for the weather, scenery, and especially all the wonderful people of Soldotna.

Where has Stevens' can-do attitude gone?
During the recent memorial service for Ted Stevens, Sen. Inyoe remembered a 1960s conversation between the two men. Sen Stevens showed him a map of Alaska, and said he wanted to get Alaska's oil to market. "How?" asked Sen. Inyoe. The response: I will build a pipeline! Sen. Inoye answered, "you're crazy!" Was he? That pipeline has existed for more than 30 years.

President's actions applauded
One of the reasons we feel OK about violently intervening in Muslim countries is because they don't practice freedom of religion. So aren't we surrendering the moral high-ground by making it hard for New York City Muslims to practice their faith at a proposed site near the former Twin Towers?

Next step: Hospital board recommends partnership with Texas firm
More than five months after a health care consultant called Central Peninsula Hospital's governance structure "antiquated" and "nonsensical," the hospital's governing board has recommended a major change.

ASMI reaches out to Gulf
As the Deepwater Horizon sunk and oil began gushing to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, one of Ewell Smith's first phone calls was to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Senate debate comes to Kenai: Murkowski, Miller square off in chamber forum
Kenai Peninsula voters were given a last chance before Tuesday's primary election to make up their minds on the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate at a senate candidate forum at Kenai Christian Church Friday night.

Photo feature: Appreciated
Michael Dominic, 6, plays in the Kenai Peninsula Commercial Fishermen's Association set net pull contest at Industry Appreciation Day on the Kenai Park Strip Saturday. Hundreds of Peninsula residents and their families came out to enjoy the free food and activities at the event honoring the area's commercial fishing, oil, gas and tourism industries.

Something for everyone at Kenai Peninsula festival
While the produce might not be as large as the cabbages at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, the Kenai Peninsula State Fair is big on community pride.

Got bots?: From Kachemak Bay to Gulf of Mexico, robots scour the sea
A "flying eyeball" has helped the Homer Department of Fish and Game biologists study fish populations for the past five years.

DEC: No recalled eggs in Alaska
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has found no eggs sold in Alaska linked to the Wright County Egg national egg recall. The shell eggs produced by the Galt, Iowa, company are sold under a variety of brand names and have been recalled because of a possible salmonella contamination.

Exercise your right to vote
Just in case you've been fortunate enough to have been gone fishing all summer and have missed the myriad campaign ads blanketing all media over the past several weeks, Alaska's primary elections are Tuesday.

Around the Peninsula

LeeShore Center to host open house


Teen writers sought

Around the Peninsula

Business luncheon upcoming

Animals amok
Just as I was getting ready to write a warm and fuzzy tale about two dogs that worship my bride yet consider me a barely tolerable air-breather, with opposable thumbs, who provides them doorknob access to exterior delicate duties, it started raining bears.

Netters set for season
The 2010 volleyball season started for most Kenai Peninsula teams Friday and Saturday at a jamboree in Homer. Entering her 11th season as head coach of the Mariners, Beth Trowbridge knows how beneficial the preseason tournament can be.

Wasilla girls, boys runners win invite
The Wasilla girls and boys swept the Frank Dieckgraeff Invitational on Friday in Seward.

Thunder Mountain tops Nikiski
It's not how you start, but how you finish.

Soldotna edges Mariners
Homer scored twice in the final minute and a half, but visiting Soldotna came away with a 26-20 Northern Lights Conference win on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Homer is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Dexheimer defends Kenai Invite title
Birch Ridge's Aaron Dexheimer defeated Moose Run's Bryan Anderson in a playoff to defend his Kenai Invitational Pro-Am crown on Sunday at Kenai Golf Course.

Motocross results announced
The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division held its fifth city race of the season on Aug. 14. The results follow:

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