Friday, January 4, 2008

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Funny River Restaurant becomes general store Brad Evans takes over Chugach Electric What's new in your business? What's new in your business? Aromatherapy classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Time to think for yourself
Hasn't the Bush Administration taken enough of our civil liberties without the House and Senate jumping on board, too?

Actions of one are worth remembering many who serve
As we take to time to reflect on this past year I would like to offer a moment to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice to save others. Our son called from Hawaii Christmas night to wish us a merry Christmas. As we talked, he told about the news story on the Internet about his infantry unit based out of Schweinfurt, Germany. This is home of the 1-26th 1st infantry division.

From the ashes of tragedy, other medic teams will form
It is my honor to have served with Alaska's pre-hospital care providers over the last many years. Flight medics, flight nurses, ambulance medics and those who volunteer as medics are characterized by compassionate, hard-working, intelligent people doing the toughest job in medicine.

Photo feature: Sweeping view
The rising sun illuminates clouds behind Chuck Haney on Wednesday morning as he sweeps snow from the roof of an Alaska USA Federal Credit Union branch under construction in Kenai. Workers said they expected the branch to open in mid-March.

Central Peninsula Hospital welcomes first baby of '08
Tosha Whitmore didn't look tired the day after giving birth to her new daughter and understandably so. The birth only lasted two hours.

Budget, lawsuit top issues
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams kicked off his state of the borough address at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon by pointing out that the borough's economy isn't only fueled by taxes.

Missionaries safe from harm
Two Sterling women are resting easier today knowing their missionary loved ones have managed to escape the violence in Kenya that has left 300 dead.

Flood risks for Big Eddy area subside
The risk of flooding along the Big Eddy area of the Kenai River has subsided thanks to stable temperatures keeping the formation of ice jams at bay. The National Weather Service lifted a small stream flood advisory for the area last week and hydrologists say if temperatures stay above 10 degrees or the river freezes over, Big Eddy residents can expect flooding to be minimal.

Bright idea: Kenai looking to future
Keeping the Christmas spirit alive and peering a bit toward Christmas Future, one Kenai councilman on Wednesday suggested the city add some light poles and budget for additional Christmas decorations in anticipation of Wal-Mart and Lowe's coming to Kenai.

Youth workers get new digs
After literally working out of their garage for 30 years, Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center professionals moved into a brand new, $1.2 million office building just before the end of the year.

New ordinance would tame vicious dogs
Numerous complaints from residents have led one assemblywoman to propose a new borough law aimed at controlling vicious dogs outside borough cities.

Photo feature: Count it
A bald eagle flies low over the Soldotna landfill Thursday afternoon. The birds are a common sight there, especially during the winter months. See Sunday's paper for an update on the annual Christmas bird count for the area.

Linda Polyefko
Former peninsula resident Linda Polyefko died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at her home in Anchorage. She was 54.

Joseph Edmond Berthelot Jr.
Anchor Point resident Joseph Edmond Berthelot Jr. died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at his home. He was 72.

Virginia Leah Piland
Soldotna resident Virginia Leah Piland died after a brief illness Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 surrounded by her family at Central Peninsula Hospital. She was 73.

Ursula C. Finch
Longtime Nikiski resident Ursula C. Finch died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 62.

Beverly Ann Love
Former peninsula resident Beverly Ann Love died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 at her home in Anchorage. She was 68.

Doggone good idea for new law
Grace Merkes is proposing an ordinance with some teeth in it.

Clarifying a funny situation for our readers
Over the last three weeks, we have offered nine different cartoons in an effort to update our weekly comics page.

Tsalteshi Trails to host 'Wood, Wool and Wassail' family ski event
If you plan to ski the Tsalteshi Trail system at around 6 p.m. on today, your fellow skiers may look like they stepped off of a winter fashion plate from five decades ago. You didn't walk into a time warp and you haven't stumbled upon some 1950s reenactment, but you may be asked to join in some wassail at this year's "Wood, Wool and Wassail" holiday ski event.

'Hippie race' takes to the hills
While it may not be the largest or most prestigious sled dog race in Alaska, this weekend's Calm Gulch Classic always lives up to it's moniker according to mushers, as it has done for the past 24 years.

Snow conditions improving
Snow remains scant in many locations around the peninsula, but with daylight growing longer each day, there's no time like the present to enjoy what little accumulation winter has provided.

Around the Peninsula
Writers' Group meeting Fish and Game AC to meet PFLAG to meet Williams speaks on climate change Totem Tracers to meet Trav'lin' Tales presents 'Fantasies and Dreams' Advanced Internet workshop planned

SoHi boys edge Braves
The Soldotna boys basketball team held off Mt. Edgecumbe 53-48 on Thursday in the opening round of the Dimond Prep Shootout.

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events Down the Road Anchorage events

True crime: Gumshoes, thugs and puppets
Meet Davenport Flagstop. Occupation: detective.

'National Treasure' has little of value
When the original "National Treasure" film came out a couple of years ago, I remember being incensed that it was essentially trying to pull the rug out from under "The Da Vinci Code," releasing an American version of the story before the real one made it to the big screen. This criticism was totally valid, but since "Da Vinci" didn't end up being much to write home about, the point is moot. "National Treasure," on the other hand, was a huge success and spawned an inevitable sequel, this time drawing on the titular "Book of Secrets" to flesh out the action.

Poet's Corner
If men tried to be good

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Someday we'll get 'it'
Did you get it? You know, it: That one great gift for Christmas that you so desperately wanted and that promises to make you happy always and never let you down.

Emotion will carry Redskins
Nobody would have blamed them. Nor could they have.

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