Thursday, December 18, 2008

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2008 holiday cookies: Bake with good luck and good cheer with some of the best of the best
A big thanks to the cookie bakers who entered the Blufton (S.C.) Today Holiday Cookie Contest, our third. It was difficult to select a handful of winners and finalists from the treasure trove of 50 outstanding cookie entries received, but, oh, what a gift they are.

What's cooking?

Meatball Soup (or in German, Kloppssuppe)

2008 Cookie Contest Finalists


Reader asks about mine
Nobody over on this side of Cook Inlet wants a coal mine in their backyard. It would forever change the scenery and lifestyle we enjoy so here.

Bus drivers deserve fair compensation
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has highly trained professional school bus drivers and attendants. Parents should know that their kids' school bus driver's driving record is blemish free, they have no criminal record. They posses a CDL B and school bus endorsement, current CPR/first aid.

Students best interest still focus of company
Your readers may have noted recent media coverage of ongoing communications with our local union and the possibility of a strike occurring. As the school bus service contractor for KPBSD since 1985, First Student takes very seriously its responsibility to transport students to and from school safely and reliably. Therefore, I write to offer all parents, students, First Student employees, and the peninsula community reassurance about the service First Student offers and our commitment to our employees.

Readers ask that park location be reconsidered
Is is possible for the Soldotna City Council to reconsider putting the playground in Soldotna Creek Park?

Ladd Landing lease should be reconsidered
I'm a commercial fisherman in the Northern District of Cook Inlet. Many local setnetters make a living off the incredible salmon resources near the proposed Chuitna coal strip mine on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Public safety response was most professional
Over the last few weeks, there have been many wonderful people in our community honored for their acts of bravery and heroism displayed at Central Peninsula Hospital on Nov. 26.

Keeping them off the road: Law enforcment, bars play different roles in preventing DUIs
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at the impact of impaired drivers on the Kenai Peninsula.

Suit filed over discharge permit: Trustees for Alaska says EPA manipulated, falsified Cook Inlet data
The Environmental Protection Agency repeatedly manipulated and sometimes falsified discharge data to justify its June 2007 decision to increase the amount of toxic pollution 19 aging oil and gas facilities could legally dump into Cook Inlet, alleges a suit filed in federal court Monday.

One for the road?: Impaired drivers a danger on peninsula's highways
Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series looking at the issue of impaired driving on the Kenai Peninsula.

Finding out who's naughty, nice: River use study will focus on social issues, angler experiences
This time of year, many children are extra concerned over who might be watching whether they've been naughty or nice.

Mayor plans ad-hoc group
Borough Mayor Dave Carey said this week that come January he would name members to an informal group to work on water issues.

Green light: Soldotna to pursue land deal
Soldotna City Council members emerged from an uncharacteristically brief executive session last week, giving the city manager the green light to negotiate the purchase of land to accommodate an expansion of the city's public library.

Bus driver talks stalled: Teamsters, First Student hopeful for positive results
Negotiations between local union bus drivers and their employer First Student have "stalled out," according to Rick Traini, executive director of Teamsters Union 959, based in Anchorage.

Kenai receives good news: Proposed state budget includes $8 million for city
The governor's proposed state budget for next year has some good news for Kenai -- $8 million worth of good news, in fact.

Billy D. Thoms
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Billy D. Thoms died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He was 69.

Karol N. Lampman
Longtime Soldotna resident Karol N. Lampman died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna with her family by her side. She was 80.

Around the Peninsula

Quilt raffle fundraiser begins

Around the Peninsula

Car seat checkup slated

Nikiski girls defeat Cook Inlet Academy
Nikiski on Saturday proved it can come from behind to win.

'Tis the Night Before Christmas
'Tis the night before Christmas,

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Art Briefs

Alaska Arts and Culture Conference slated

Klaatu provides food for thought: Hollywood studios finally find a movie worthy of an update
'The Day the Earth Stood Still'

Panthers, Giants battle for top seed
Tanking this game wouldn't be such a bad concept for the New York Giants.

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