Thursday, September 16, 2010

Business Briefs

Business workshops slated

Canning for a new generation

Preserving nature, Part 1

Seniors say thanks
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly for the Center's Fall Round-Up fundraiser.

Privatizing hospital jeopardizes public services
Public service is essential to providing basic human rights to everyone regardless of income. The cornerstones of public service are education, health, and public safety. Each community has a moral obligation to guarantee these services. Privatizing Central Peninsula General Hospital will jeopardize this basic service to the citizens of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

3rd graders' field trips made possible with help
The K-Beach 3rd graders and their teachers are very grateful for the support we receive in raising funds for our upcoming field trips this year. Without the support of local organizations, businesses and families, we would not be able to afford these highly motivating, hands-on, academic experiences. Some of our trips include the Alaska Department of Fish & Game "Egg Take," the Food Bank, the Kenai Visitor's Center and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Although some of our destinations do not charge an admission fee, we still have bus transportation expenses.

Vote yes for library bonds, and write to offcials for more help
For whatever reasons (budgets?), use, maintenance, and staffing of many Alaska public school libraries are decreasing. This leaves the city public libraries as one of the primary sources of adult and K-12 student education, academic recreation, internet access, and diverse community social events. Homer has a new library and Kenai's library is undergoing a major expansion, both of which were funded by three major benefactors: 1) State of Alaska, 2) Rasmussen Foundation, and 3) Community donations and fundraisers through the dedicated work of local Friends of the Libraries.

Farewell, termed-out assemblymen
Peter, Paul & Gary are Leaving on a Jet Plane. Well, actually there may be no plane involved, but they are being jettisoned by term limits. While I can't say goodbye with the talent of songwriter John Denver, I do thank Pete Sprague, Paul Fischer and Gary Superman for their years of service and leadership on the Borough Assembly.

Fundraiser a success because of Realtors association
On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors and their affiliates, businesses and our community whose coordinated efforts and donations contributed to a very successful 16th annual fundraiser for hospice.

Candidates spar: Parnell, Berkowitz meet in gubernatorial forum
The gubernatorial debates kicked off on Tuesday in Soldotna with Republican incumbent Sean Parnell and Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz squaring off.

Photo: Building to nourish

School gets an 'A': District charter school receives national recognition
Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai received a national award last week only bestowed upon 254 other public schools across the country.

Sharing the caseload: System is in place to take over work of lawyer
The community said goodbye to Peter Mysing at his funeral Wednesday evening, but the attorney's work life continues and must be taken care of.

Eacker's motion for new trial, dismissal continues
Since Jimmy Eacker's August hearing, during which a Superior Court judge sentenced him to 99 years in prison for the 1982 murder of a Seward woman, lawyers have continued to debate the case.

Bonding with books: Library expansion funding question brought to voters
Upcoming municipal elections will bring more than new faces to the Soldotna City Council. During the Oct. 5 elections, residents will decide whether the city will issue up to $2.5 million in bonds to fund the Soldotna Public Library expansion project.

Busted: Wrong number leads to drug arrest
Attempting to sell drugs to a cop usually doesn't work out too well.

Small quake jolts Peninsula
A 4.98 magnitude quake shook the Cook Inlet region, jolting the Kenai Peninsula Wednesday morning.

Mary Lou Cude
Soldotna and longtime Arizona resident, Ms. Mary Lou Cude, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side.

Oliver H. "Tex" Landua
Capt. Oliver H. "Tex" Landua, U.S.N. (Ret.), 90, died Aug. 23, 2010, at the home of his son John in Kenai.

LeRoy "Mac" McDonald
Anchorage resident LeRoy "Mac" McDonald, 72, died Sept. 1, 2010, at Providence Medical Center due to complications from lung cancer.

Alice Joann Callahan
Anchorage resident Alice Joann Callahan 66, died Aug. 26 2010, at Alaska Native Medical Center of cancer.

Around the Peninsula

Cancer support group meets

Around the Peninsula

Food back holds ceremony today

Brews, brats and boogie: KDLL serves up Oktoberfest in Soldotna this weekend
Grab your lederhosen and get ready to party at KDLL's 11th Oktoberfest fundraiser at the Soldotna Elks Club Saturday.

Art Briefs

Chic Gamine concert upcoming

Poet's Corner


What's Happening

Best Bets

'Going the Distance' falls short
"Going the Distance"

Panthers sweep Kardinals
Jaxon Hill racked up 14 kills, five service points and three blocks to lead Skyview to victory over host Kenai Central 25-22, 25-20 and 25-20 in Northern Lights Conference action on Tuesday.

Kenai River starts its season off well
We were pretty good last weekend. It was great to get a win under our belt leading into the 2010 North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament, which will be held at Schwans Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The Kenai River Brown Bears won their first game Wednesday 4-1 over Springfield. The Brown Bears take on Texas today at 2 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Brown Bears down Blues
The Kenai River Brown Bears started the 2010 North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament with a 4-1 win over Springfield on Wednesday at Schwans Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The Brown Bears improve to 2-1 on the season. They take on Texas today at 2 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Golf Report: Birch Ridge Golf Course wins the Bird & Birch Combined Tournament title
The fog has been thick but it has not deterred the golfers from getting out to play. Some have commented it has been a bit difficult to see their shots, but play goes on.

Atigun Cup playoffs begin this weekend at Kenai Golf Course
As we move into mid-September we are really enjoying the good weather and increased play on the course. The course is in the best playing condition of the year. Lets hope we continue to get good weather well into October.

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