Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Who's being helped by tax breaks?
Wonder why Congress doesn't want to eliminate the tax break for those making over $200,000 or even $1 million?

A big thank you to Marathon
On Nov. 23, 2010, Marathon Oil provided the Kenai Peninsula Area seniors to an early Thanksgiving Dinner. This has been an annual event that started many years ago beginning with UnoCal, continuing with Agrium and now Marathon Oil. I would like to thank Marathon Alaska Production, LLC, Kenai Gas Field volunteers and their manager, Carri Lockhart, for carrying on the tradition to our seniors.

Christmas Comes to Kenai a great success
The magical festivities of Christmas Comes to Kenai 'Just Believe' 2010 were proof of the pride we have in our community and the success you can achieve when we all network our recourses together.

City planner has Soldotna thinking ahead
Stephanie Queen always knew she would come back. Despite her forays into academia at Cornell University and a research stint in Istanbul, Turkey, Queen couldn't resist the tug of her home in small-town Alaska, where she has worked as Soldotna's city planner for almost three years.

Online safety added to curriculum: District schools to try out i-SAFE program
This spring some students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will get the opportunity to pilot a program on Internet safety education.

Good food, great people: Fireweed Diner serves up hot lunch with side order of caring
When Valarie Casey serves up soup or a casserole at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Fireweed Diner, she also serves up some compliments.

Diverse candidates tapped for leadership spots
The new leadership team at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is taking shape, and it appears that the commissioner job will be interim head Cora Campbell's for the asking.

HEA rates may bump up slightly next year
Homer Electric Association customers may see a slight increase on their bills after the new year.

Photo: Ripples

Helen M. Wiltsie
Sterling resident Helen M. "Bunny" Wiltsie died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at her home near Sterling. She was 66.

Charlotte Marx
Former Soldotna resident Charlotte (Char) Marx died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in Redding, Calif., with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was 62.

Alaskans deserve fair share of oil revenue
Alaskans deserve a fair share for the oil produced in this state. Alaska's Constitution says all Alaskans own our oil in common, and it should be developed for our "maximum benefit." We also need to encourage production, and jobs. That's something the Army Corps of Engineers didn't help with when it blocked needed oil development in the National Petroleum Reserve this year. The truth is that achieving both goals is complex, and if we want strong production and a fair share of oil profits so we can fund our schools, roads, public safety and savings, we need to put aside the sound bites of campaign season.

Around the Peninsula

Come contra dance

Around the Peninsula

Fish and Game advisory board meets

Pet Photo: Friends forever

Plugged in at Seward Middle School
Seward Middle School has a new leader with Principal Jason Bickling, and a fresh new approach to every aspect of their learning community.

Verbatim: Should commitment be questioned before it's made?
I walked into class on the first day of my junior year with the expectations of having hard classes. What I didn't expect was the attitude of my teachers. In my first four classes, all of my teachers started with, "This (class) should be the most important thing to you, and if you're not ready to commit, you need to get out now."

Around the District

School board to meet

Around Campus: Future schedules now available
Over the past few years the team responsible for putting KPC course schedules together has accelerated the process with the goal being ahead one year in advance of the current semester. With each passing semester, progress has been made and now the drafts for both the upcoming 2011 summer and fall schedules are posted online at the KPC website, in a searchable format. This improvement will make it easier for students to look ahead and plan more effective course sequencing to earn their degree in the shortest time period possible.

Sports Brief: Masters swimmers compete in Anchorage
Six swimmers from the area competed at the Short Course Masters Swimming Meet held Saturday at the pool at Bartlett High School. The swimmers were from the local group, TOWS (Top of the World Swimming), which trains at Skyview on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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