Friday, January 5, 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 offers recipe for cooperation
An Outdoor View (Clarion, Dec. 29) does disservice to claim the Federal Subsistence Board’s decision to establish subsistence fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof is a recipe for conflict. The FSB’s decision is not a recipe for conflict any more than a recipe for cooperation.

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.

Veteran wants troops home
More of our youths sent to bleed and die, again, in a foreign place and in a conflict we had no business starting. I am a veteran, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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.

James Brown more than a singer
James Brown, the so-called “Godfather of Soul” died Christmas Day at 73. He is credited with influencing our present day rap, rhythm and blues and soul musicians. His passing will be memorialized with new retrospectives and old documentaries, all emphasizing his music. Brown was also known as “The hardest working man in show business.”

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.

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.

Snow fans have powder aplenty
The last few weeks have seen the arrival of a snowfall finally deep enough to satisfy skiers, snowboarders and snowmachiners alike. After months of just plain cold weather, the fresh blankets of snow that have landed on the Kenai Peninsula are a relief to those who have been keeping their skis ready and waxed in the closet, waiting for the snow to arrive.

Assembly delays South Peninsula Hospital special election decision
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday delayed final approval of an ordinance authorizing a special election later this year that will ask South Peninsula Hospital Service Area voters to OK up to $16 million in bonds to complete the hospital expansion project.

Order up: Mom, daughter to run airport eatery
The enthusiastic response from the mother and daughter planning to open the Kenai airport restaurant quelled any hesitation voiced by council members Wednesday night.

Speeders giving fellow snowmachiners bad rap
After a slow start, snow has finally blanketed the Kenai Peninsula in a thick layer of white and paved the way for a seasonal breed of motorists.

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.

Summer conference marketing Alaska food picks peninsula host
For two days this summer, people from all over the world will come to Soldotna to explore one of Alaska’s most outstanding products — food.

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.

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

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

Adam Connor Williams
Sterling resident Adam Connor Williams died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at his home in Sterling. He was 2.

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

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.

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.

Progress is good medicine for community
It’s official. As of Wednesday, the “G” is gone from CPGH.

Share the refuge with a child; it will open up a brand new world
Editor’s note: This notebook originally was published on Oct. 22, 1999.

Avalanche safety all about being aware
As December began with record snowfalls, in some areas, we face the dangers of an avalanche occurring. From winter enthusiasts trekking through the backcountry to motorists on the roads, we all need to be aware of one of nature’s most dangerous calling cards.

Groomers keeping up with snow
Ski trail groomers are working hard to keep up with heaps of snow blanketing the Kenai Peninsula this week as skiers hardy enough to handle near-zero temperatures eagerly wax their skis.

Emergency supplies save snowmachiners
In the final hours leading up to the new year, Matthew Offrink and Trent Larson thought they would be celebrating with friends in Ninilchik, but instead found themselves wading in belly button- to waist-deep snow as they climbed a ridge in Caribou Hills to make a cell phone call letting family know they were stranded.

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

Around the Peninsula
Family classes offeredExxon litigation to be discussedSuicide to be discussedHistorical society to meetArea women to take a breakSoHi after-prom committee to meet

SoHi girls blow past Seward
In the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School on Thursday, the Soldotna girls basketball team kept playing the way it had in posting an impressive 3-1 record at a tournament in San Diego over Christmas break.

Kardinals take out Seahawks
Despite beating Seward by 29 points in the season opener, Kenai boys coach Jim Beeson didn’t think Thursday night’s contest against the Seahawks would be as simple.

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.

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

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

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

Is your spiritual temperature hot or lukewarm?
Cold weather means some outdoor activities are more likely to take place.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes available for needyKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredClothes availableChurch conference slated

Sports Briefs
Jason Mackey takes Clam Gulch ClassicHakkinen, U.S. finish ninth

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