Thursday, January 4, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesShaklee open house setSmall business center to host workshopsWorkforce development plans workshopsJA seeks volunteers

Moose hunt takes many to be a success
Once again the cultural moose hunt, sponsored by 4-H, the Safari Club and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, was a success. On the second day of hunting, Joe Hardy of the Safari Club shot a barren cow. Students from Kenai Alternative High School and 4-H were able to field dress the moose with the help of Joe and Larry Lewis and Jeff Selinger from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Greg Wilbanks, principal of the Kenai Alternative, transported the kids on the hunt and helped, also.

Reader asks: Water or air?
Coal, Pebbles and Clear Skies. In case you have not been watching, plans are in the making for a major change in local electrical economics. The entire consumption of electrical power on the Kenai provided by HEA is just under 80 megawatts. The coal fired project starting up for the Pebbles Mine will be around 450 megawatts of generation. The coal gasification will also set the economic anchor that keeps Agrium solvent and providing jobs on the peninsula.

Who is to judge chosen lifestyle?
Prejudice’s many definitions include “unreasonable hostile feelings toward or hostile opinions of a broad group of people.” Discrimination may be defined as “making an unreasonable distinction against a category of people.” And, hypocrisy can be defined as “a pretense of having a virtuous character and moral principles.”

Decisions need to be made for good of all
The 110th Congress begins shortly and I have had some observations of late. The story in Iraq has continued to be grim and with the changing of power from Neo-Con Republicans who blindly follow an agenda that has no end and fails to see the direction of the war as disastrous to sanity and balance where a Democratic power base will seek to make the government work again.

Reader: Speak up against Exxon
Sometimes in this day and age I wonder why people will not stand up and be heard, when I read that Exxon got another break from the courts for a deed that transpired in 1989 and the people most impacted are getting the shaft again.

Photo Feature: A peek behind the curtain
Kim Vester, Central Peninsula Hospital surgical services director, gives guests a tour of an operating room in the hospital’s newly built wing at the hospital’s open house Wednesday.

Cold winters add up for Wilkinson
As the effects of the cold, dark season add up on the Soldotna finance director with each passing year, she has opted to retire and head south.

New sales tax put on hold
When voters declined in October to repeal a controversial 2005 revenue-enhancement ordinance, they said yes to a portion of that law meant to revamp the way recreational sales are taxed throughout the borough.

Williams to revisit property tax exemption
The unlimited property tax exemption enjoyed by Kenai Peninsula senior citizens is once again being looked at as a tool for stabilizing borough finances, the borough mayor told Kenai business leaders Wednesday.

Construction on bridge to resume
Some work is slated to resume on the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna next week. Just how much remains in question.

Soldier with Kenai ties killed in Iraq
Starting when he was 14 years old until he enlisted in the United States Army six years later, Alan R. Blohm left his Midwestern home in Kawkaw-lin, Mich., to fish a setnet site for salmon on Salamatof Beach in Kenai.

ACT sues borough
The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers has filed a civil suit against the Kenai Peninsula Borough alleging that it is violating ordinances governing the collection of sales taxes and spending on capital projects.

Fire destroys Sterling home
Firefighters raced over slick roads to battle a fire as it gobbled its way through a Sterling home Tuesday morning.

Shelf life of resolutions increased by setting small, reachable goals
The new year offers a promise of change and self-improvement, and offers businesses a promise of higher sales. People want to lose holiday weight now that the new year has started and are turning to the health professionals for assistance.

Lila Ardell Pace
Former Kenai resident Lila Ardell Pace died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, after along illness at her home in Willow, Okla.

Abigail Maurine Verhelst
Former Soldotna resident Abigail Maurine Verhelst of Brighton, Mass., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Kent, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 22.

George Pederson
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident George Pederson died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at home. He was 74.

Calvin Munson Fair
Longtime Soldotna resident Dr. Calvin Munson Fair died Friday, Jan. 1, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center with his family by his side. He was 74.

Willis Clifford Wheeler
Longtime Kenai resident Willis Clifford Wheeler died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, of emphysema at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family at his side. He was 83.

Jeremiah Keith Chunn
Kenai resident Jeremiah Keith Chunn died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 20 days old.

George Pederson
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident George Pederson died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at his home in Kenai.

Patricia Ann Holstrom
Kenai resident Patricia Ann Holstrom died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at home. She was 51.

Around the Peninsula
Recycling group to meetHistorical society to meetFish and game to meetStoryteller comes with strings attached

Around the Peninsula
Dessert auction, drama skits slatedImmunization clinic canceledAfter school club setSuicide to be discussedArea women to take a breakSoHi after prom committee to meet

SoHi girls place 3rd in San Diego
The Soldotna girls basketball team went 3-1 in a tournament held in San Diego, Calif. last week, finishing third out of eight teams.

Art Briefs
Writers’ night needs authorsKids’ reading program launchedArt contest offers tech toysPoetry Out Loud open to schoolsAlmanac looking for writersSeward hosts race to design

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming eventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage events

Film brings a little ‘Sunshine’ your way
This time of year is usually either feast or famine at the movies. There are a multitude of worthy films released in a glut, virtually assuring that we, with our limited screening capabilities here on the Kenai Peninsula, will miss more than our share.

Filmmaker challenges peninsula to a throwdown
“I guess we have a phrase, it’s, ‘Shut up, make movies.’”

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