Thursday, September 23, 2010

Canning for a new generation cont'd

Preserving Nature: Part 2

Proposition 2 the wrong way to go
A strong assembly-weak mayor is not the way to go. I am sure some KPB Assembly Members seek to have total control of hiring and firing a "Borough Manager." Proposition 2 will allow the Assembly Members to basically direct all the Borough activities. If Proposition 2 passes this year, the Mayor, which every voter in the Borough now votes for, would be relegated to conducting ceremonial activities with no real power over Borough politics. The Assembly Members, who are are elected only by folks from each of the various regions of the Borough, would become the new power base. We need a strong Mayor, who: 1) is voted in or out by the entire Borough population; and 2) who would not be overly influenced by a local issue of a single Assembly Member. Had this system proposed by Propisition 2 been in place during the recent Hospital (CPH) discussions, I am sure the sale would have been a done deal. It took a strong Mayor with real political power to protect the Boroughs interests. For a real-time look at the problems with adopting Proposition 2, just take a look at the mess the Mat-Su Borough who adopted this form of government. Vote "No" on Proposition 2.

Survey says ...
If Alaska voters are going to listen to talking heads to suggest the voters of Alaska want to continue the Murkowski dynasty, then they would also listen to the distinguished Rasmussen Pollster after polling 500 likely Alaskan voters on September 19. Rasmussen's report tells us:

Write-in gives voters a reasonable option
On the issue of Republican closed primaries, I agree with Debbie Brown, as she spoke on "Sound Off" today, that maybe the people are tired of politics as usual. I joined the Republican Party a few years ago because I could not agree with a lot of the issues in the Democratic platform, i.e. abortion, too much welfare for people that refused to work because they could get more money from the government by not working, taxing the middle class to support the welfare programs, gun regulations, etc. The Republican platform followed my way of thinking a lot closer.

Kenai mayoral candidates debate future
In a re-match for the Kenai mayor's seat, incumbent Pat Porter and hopeful Mike Boyle faced off at a candidate forum Wednesday hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at the Merit Inn.

Zoning, wood burning requests come before council
A few concerned citizens presented at the Kenai City Council meeting last week, petitioning the governing body to make some changes to the city's residential zoning.

Pike found in Tiny Lake
After a night of sitting, nets pulled up northern pike in Tiny Lake last Friday.

Mayor argues for task force: New CPH study group met with skepticism
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is standing by his plan to create a task force to study the future ownership and management possibilities for Central Peninsula Hospital, despite initial resistance from Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members on Tuesday.

Inlet upstart shows promise: Cook Inlet Energy continues oil, gas development plans
A new independent oil producer operating on the west side of Cook Inlet is reporting that it's on track with production goals and has big plans for the future.

A different perspective: Iraqi woman shares her story with Kenai students
Asmaa Almaliki, an Iraqi ex-pat now living in the U.S., used to work as an interpreter for U.S. troops on the streets of Baghdad.

Nikiski man survives bear mauling
A Nikiski fisherman brought a punctured hand, nipped ear and 10-inch scalp wound back from a fishing trip Tuesday night.

Photo: Stop for a bite

John Edward Rheuby
Soldotna resident, Mr. John Edward Rheuby, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Margaret Pauline Woods
Wasilla resident Margaret Pauline Woods, 86, died peacefully of natural causes Sept. 13, 2010, with her loving husband and daughters by her side, at Wickersham House Assisted Living in Wasilla.

William J. "Bill" Hays
Longtime Soldotna resident William J. "Bill" Hays, 73, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital from complications due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Earl Beauford Bolvin
Sterling resident, Mr. Earl Beauford Bolvin, 84 died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Anchorage.

Around the Peninsula

Charity hockey game slated

What's Happening

Best Bets

Poet's Corner

He is the living bread, John 6:51

Art Briefs

Homer film festival slated

Providential play: Kenai native to perform one-man show
Tom Atkinson felt called to perform the one-man show, "Arthur and Esther."

Sophisticated Sounds: Canadian quintet Chic Gamine set to perform tonight
With a blend of beat box, gospel and some 1950s girl group grooves, the Canadian quintet Chic Gamine sings sweeping a capella tunes amid a back drop of expressive percussion.

Affleck proves a man about 'Town'
"The Town"

Skyview netters down Soldotna
Skyview notched a come-from-behind, Northern Lights Conference win over crosstown rival Soldotna in five games, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-9 and 15-5, in front of a full crowd on Tuesday at Skyview High School. The Panthers improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the NLC. SoHi falls to 3-2 and 2-2.

Golf Report: Johns wins 2nd straight Atigun Cup; Murray claims Gross Division title
The Atigun Cup playoffs, a season points race competition, was held this past weekend. The competition was very close with many of the matches going into extra holes. In the Net Division, Jeff Johns defeated Kirk Hyman, setting up a showdown in the finals between Jeff and Joe Deveaux. Joe received a bye in the semifinals. Jeff defeated Joe 1-up and then beat Kirk Hyman in extra holes. Jeff claimed his second straight Atigun Cup championship in the Net Division. Congratulations Jeff, Joe and Kirk, the first, second and third place winners. To Mike Kebschull, Mike Houghton and John Glidden, sorry your schedule would not allow you to participate in the playoffs.

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