Friday, January 7, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Help a fifth-grader learn about Alaska
Each member of our class is working on a project called the "Parade of States." We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources.

What are we thinking with coal project?
The Chuit coal project has been around long enough that most people know what it entails. I won't repeat many of the gory details involved with this proposed coal strip mine on the west side of Cook Inlet. I would like to offer a simple comparison just to make a point regarding the seriousness of this project and the potential precedent it delivers.

New-fangled gadgetry confounds
Texting and voting are supposed to be very simple. Except texting is not so easy for an old fossil like myself. You see, there are still a few people living who learned to spell, and it is difficult for us to relearn how not to spell correctly. Reads like gobbledy gook to me, but my grandkids are quite proficient at it.

Murkowski should take note from recent election
Now that the Senate race is finally over, I hope that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has realized that her last name is not as powerful as it once was and a lot of Alaskans are not happy with her. And if she doesn't improve she will not make it next election. This should be a wake up call for her.

LeeShore thanks firefighters for kids' shopping day
The LeeShore Center would like to express our deepest thanks to the Soldotna Fire Department for providing a "Shop with a Fire Fighter" activity for the children residing at our Transitional Living Center facility. The children were met by Soldotna firemen at a local business and were provided money to purchase special gifts for family members. The kids had such a wonderful time!

Nikiski community made Christmas cheer
It was truly amazing to see the overwhelming generosity of the Nikiski community poured out this Christmas through the Nikiski Neighbors program and the Outreach Council.

Keep the little ones warm
Parents, it's winter time in Alaska again. Time to put hats, mittens and boots on your children.

Reforestation plan takes root: Stimulus funds boost project reduce Peninsula's wild fire risk
In 30 years, forests may begin to spread on small-to-medium sized parcels of land around the Kenai Peninsula that are currently covered in native blue joint grass. Hopefully that means those parcels -- and the surrounding land -- will be less likely to catch fire.

Photo feature: Bound for the Capitol
Juan Espinoza of Carlile Transportation Systems shrink-wraps a pallet of supplies for local legislators Tuesday afternoon in front of the state office building in Kenai before loading it onto a truck bound for Juneau. State government workers from across the state are preparing for the opening of the Alaska state legislative session on Jan. 18.

Sterling Highway crash victim identified
Alaska State Troopers identified the victim in Wednesday's fatal car crash on the Sterling Highway as Catherine Williams, 60, of Anchor Point.

Board appointments spark debate
The Kenai City Council rejected one of several commission appointments brought forth by the mayor during after a contentious discussion and vote Wednesday evening.

Fatal collision closes Sterling Highway
The Sterling Highway was closed near Mile 62 after a fatal collision Wednesday afternoon.

Races draw a crowd: Twin City proponents, opponents share ideas with council
Following the borough's decision to renew the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions' lease at Twin City Raceway, racers and nearby residents showed up at Kenai's city council meeting to discuss the track -- and the noise the users create.

Off to the races: Assembly approves raceway lease
After rounds of public testimony supporting the Twin City Raceway at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers Tuesday night, the assembly unanimously approved a 30-year lease of borough land at less than fair market value to the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions.

'First little man' of 2011: After 3 babies New year's Eve, OB ward quiet until Jan. 4
The New Year's first baby on the Central Kenai Peninsula was a little overdue but his birth turned out to be ahead of schedule.

Medal of Honor recipients visit Juneau station
Looking out at a sea of young United States Coast Guardsmen, 67-year-old retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew Dix, a Medal of Honor recipient said, "The faces don't change, the uniforms do."

Alleged predator files suit: Civil case accuses police, witness of misconduct
Just as alleged sexual predator Richard Miller's motion to suppress evidence was denied last Thursday, another development in a different suit involving the 67-year-old Kenai man is hot on its heels. And in this one, the tables are turned.

Lena Lorene Rauh
Alaska resident Lena Lorene Rauh, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Seward Providence Mountain Haven in Seward.

Come see the future ...
Few things are more vital to our lives here on the Kenai Peninsula than a strong economy. That's why it's important to pay attention to next week's second annual Industrial Outlook Forum: "2011 and Beyond."

On avoiding cabin fever
During this time of year, the long nights and "Christmas letdown" combine to cause many of us to succumb to cabin fever. I've found that the least expensive way of avoiding this malady is to get out of the cabin and go for a walk.

The Kenai Peninsula's great snipe hunt
You have to love this time in Alaska. We are settling into a cold, snowy world for the next few months. Yet we have already turned a corner and the lengthening daylight gives us a subtle reminder that spring is about to spring. I find this to be a unique time of year because it's when I have a moment to get caught up on all of the fabulous bird sightings that people reported during the previous year. I finally get to enter the information into the database about the first record ever of a Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) on the Kenai Peninsula. With that record, you can't joke with your friends about snipe hunting. You now must ask them if they want to go hunting for Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) or Jack Snipe!

Around the Peninsula

Soapy Smith in Hope presentation

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Resilience monthly gathering

KCHS cagers hampered by flooded gym
Kenai Central High School basketball teams will play away from home for at least three weeks after a pipe burst and caused flooding in the school's gymnasium over winter break.

SoHi cagers fall to Barrow
The Soldotna girls and boys basketball teams both lost to Barrow on Thursday at the Grace Grizzlies Basketball Classic in Anchorage.

Gulliver travels to the 3-D dimension
"Gulliver's Travels"

What's Happening

First Thursday

Church Briefs

Soldotna Aglow begins new session

New Year a time to wipe the slate clean, recommit
I love January! I think it's because every January 1st, you get a new slate. Everything is new again and anything is possible. It's a new year and there is hope that this year will be better than last year.

Avalanche nip Brown Bears
The final score didn't reflect it, but Kenai River Brown Bears coach Oliver David walked away from his squad's first game in three weeks happy as a peach.

Brown Bears return to home ice: Soldotna product Fisher joins Kenai River for playoff run
Don't complain about winter on the Kenai Peninsula to Brett Lubanski or any of his teammates.

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