Thursday, January 11, 2007

Deployment risky business
When the president calls members of the National Guard to active duty the law guarantees that most soldiers will have their jobs waiting when they return home. Self employed soldiers are the exception; they are on their own.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSmall business center to host workshopsWorkforce development plans workshopsJA seeks volunteers

Jet deal questioned
Why did the state buy Gov. Frank Murkowski a jet for $2.5 million that is only

Reader wants Bush impeached
The only way President Bush will start pulling out troops from Iraq is to threaten him with his life. Since he will never put his own life at stake, only thousands of American and Iraq troops, this will never happen under his rule.

Time for bickering done, it’s time for toleration
For two weeks running now, Les Palmer has made it painfully plain (An Outdoor View, Clarion, Dec. 29, Jan. 6) that he disagrees with the Federal Subsistence Board’s decision to allow subsistence fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof. Les is entitled to his view as are we all.

Inviting the homeless?
If Love INC builds a homeless shelter, the homeless will come.

Writer: People of Alaska getting short-changed
Halibut is like oil. Both Alaska halibut and Alaska oil are public resources. Alaska halibut resources like Alaska oil resources are both owned by the people of Alaska.

Eagles help mom be mother
Thank you for your financial help during the difficult times following my daughter’s automobile accident. I am a single mother, working 60 hours a week to make ends meet. When Laurie Booth slid off the highway and rolled her car, her injuries were severe, and she and I needed me to be at the hospital in Anchorage for two weeks.

Reader: Cities should merge
Sokenna: pronounced “so ken na.” The name just rolls off the tongue. The idea it represents is far more important than any name. The merger of the cities of Kenai and Soldotna is an issue whose time has come.

Petro Express stores close
Petro Express gas stations and convenience stores in Soldotna and Kenai closed their doors Tuesday and will not reopen.

Forest Oil to divest Alaska-based assets
The Osprey oil platform off Nikiski is among Alaska assets being spun off by Forest Oil Corp. as it attempts to reduce its debt following its takeover of Houston Exploration Co.

Fishermen encouraged to take pike
As the battle to save Kenai Peninsula native fish populations from northern pike continues, ice fishermen have been asked to come well armed to slay the invasive fish in Scout and Arc lakes.

Engine problems reported
Pilot and retired Alaska State Trooper Director Randy Crawford remained missing Tuesday evening, after a plane he had been flying was retrieved intact from the icy waters of Cook Inlet.

Plane crashes in inlet
Retired Alaska State Trooper Commander Randy Crawford, the pilot whose plane crashed into Cook Inlet on Tuesday, is regarded by many as being “a superb pilot who’s been flying a long, long time.”

Fire claims Sterling home
Firefighters endured minus 25-degree temperatures while battling a house fire on East Scout Lake Loop Road in Sterling Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported.

Photo Feature: The sun also rises
Fog and cold temperatures distort the sun as it rises above the mouth of the Kenai River on Tuesday morning.

No sign of missing pilot
The search for a retired Alaska State Trooper resumed along the icy shoreline and waters of the Redoubt Bay area in Cook Inlet on Wednesday, but more than a day after his plane went down, Randy Crawford, 55, of Soldotna, remained missing.

Ronald E. McMillan
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Ronald E. McMillan died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at his home with his family by his side. He was 79.

Stanley Edwin Long
Former peninsula resident Stanley Edwin Long died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was 84.

Around the Peninsula
Suicide to be discussedCancer fundraiser set to climbMonopoly tournaments to be heldNYO seeks competitorsSoHi after-prom committee to meetFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduledAnnual wine tasting, auction to be heldReading carnival seeks vendorsFundraisers for cancer victim continues

Around the Peninsula
Youth volleyball, basketball offeredIndian education committee to meetHistorical society to meetCribbage tourney continuesKenai chamber to host awards ceremonyHorton coming to libraryFood bank directors to meetArea women to take a breakMaster gardeners think springCancer fundraiser set to climbMonopoly tournaments to be heldNYO seeks competitorsSoHi after-prom committee to meetFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduledAnnual wine tasting, auction to be heldReading carnival seeks vendorsFundraisers for cancer victim continue

NLC South boys looking to make state tourney runs
Prior to this past weekend’s SoHi Tipoff, the Soldotna boys basketball team was on the minds of many people.

Nikiski, Ninilchik girls looking to repeat
When it comes to Kenai Peninsula basketball, small schools tend to play like bigger ones.

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

Art Briefs
Ready to learn?Writers’ night needs authorsAlmanac looking for writersKids’ reading program ongoingArt contest offers tech toys

Best and worst picks for 2006
Last year I griped that all the critics were saying what a bad year for movies it was, when there were actually a lot of great movies to see. This year, I’m forced to throw my lot in with the rest of them; this was a bad year for movies. Sure, there were some good ones, but overall, bad movies and movies that didn’t live up to their potential ruled the day. With wave after wave of disappointment, even the holiday season had difficulty granting us some real classics.

Photo Feature
Kenai Peninsula College graduates listen to a commencement speaker last spring.

Attending a small school isn’t always easy
My high school career has been a bit of a struggle. There are only two people left in my class who started preschool with me. Over the past few years, several of my close friends have transferred to larger schools and it has been difficult emotionally and socially. My class size has decreased from 18 in my freshman year to 12 my senior year and two of the seniors are new students.

Around the District
Infant, preschooler screening availableYouth summit plannedNursing scholarships availableFlag poetry contest beginsConnectionsCook Inlet AcademyGrace LutheranI.D.E.A.Kaleidoscope School of Arts and ScienceKenai Central HighKenai MiddleMountain View ElementaryNikiski North Star ElementaryNikiski Middle-HighNinilchik SchoolRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna MiddleSoldotna HighSoldotna ElementarySoldotna MontessoriSterling ElementaryTustumena Elementary

Kenai Peninsula College walk-in registration opens Thursday
The spring semester at Kenai Peninsula College begins Tuesday. KPC will hold walk-in registration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Registration online will be available at until the end of walk-in registration.

Program teaches suicide prevention for teens
Alarmed by the rising number of suicides among teen-agers in Alaska, schools on the Kenai Peninsula are arming their students with education and advice to battle the growing trend.

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