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Friday, January 11, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Business workshops set Aromatherapy classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Enviromental lefts and rights
As pathways to the future go, sometimes we have to turn left or right to reach our goals. I believe Alaska has been led down the pathway going left on environmental issues. You know that old path that leads straight to the environmental or green votes. Our current policies concerning development seem to be predicated by where the most votes lay.

All about signs
An OSK sign on the state of Alaska highway on Nikiski Beach Road reads: Warning! Keep Out! Restricted Area! No unauthorized Persons Allowed! No trespassing! Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of our law. Entering this facility is deemed valid consent to screening and/or inspection.

Reader feels for those suffering millionaires
It was interesting to read that one in 17 Alaskans are millionaires and that the figure is actually up from one in 20 the last time they counted.

Best advice comes from those with nothing to gain
Recently, I read an article by Les Palmer. It made me upset. He seems concerned about allocation of fish, yet totally unaware or blind to survival or how proper fisheries management can sustain the maximum yield.

Community efforts make auction a success
On behalf of the Boys and Girls Club board of directors, our dedicated staff and most importantly the children in the seven community locations served, we want to thank the hundreds of donors, volunteers and attendees for the success of our 20th annual Auction Gala that took place in November. Thank you for your investment in the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula, one of the peninsula's premier youth development organizations. 2008 marks our 20th year serving the peninsula. Through your continued support we are just getting started.

Judges' efforts appreciated
On behalf of the members of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, we'd like to thank Nadine Gabbett, Denniece Lofgren and Carol Walkiewicz, the judges who reviewed and scored the 34 entries in the national Young American Creative Patriotic Arts Program competition, sponsored locally by the Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046.

Photo feature: Oh what fun ...
Casey Ellis rides through this week's deep powder alongside South Miller Loop Thursday evening. Outdoor enthusiasts are happy to see the additional snow.

Young: Corn won't solve crisis
After giving Kenai civic and business leaders a rundown of congressional votes he termed "wasted time," Alaska Congressman Don Young said 2007 was not a productive year for Congress.

Winter Games ice cutting makes a splash
When the Peninsula Winter Games decided that an ice sculpture contest would be a good event in 1997, Norm Blakeley, Jerome Near and others found there's more to ice cutting than taking a chain-saw to a frozen lake. Blakeley and Near went to Arc Lake for their ice and came back with a two-ton block the size of a desk.

Skipper takes NPFMC seat
Robert "Ed" Dersham's 8 1/2 years on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, his work with the Department of Fish and Game and his 23 years as a salmon and halibut charter operator out of Anchor Point fueled Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to nominate him to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez approved Palin's nomination on Monday; Dersham will take his seat at the first Anchorage council meeting on March 31.

Cemetery slipped into agenda
With no notice at all given to the public, the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday decided to ignore the preference of its cemetery task force and instead consider a site near the city's airport for a city cemetery.

Assembly eases exemption rules
Senior homeowners who like to travel can now be gone from the Kenai Peninsula Borough for up to half a year while remaining eligible for the borough's senior property tax exemption.

Snowmachine crashes injure 3
Three people were injured in two separate snowmachine accidents Wednesday evening.

Term limit ruling sought
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has asked a Kenai Superior Court judge to declare term-limit initiatives passed by voters in October invalid and unconstitutional.

Joseph Dale Denison
Lifelong Alaskan Joseph Dale Denison died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, from an aneurysm at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 37.

Capt. Benjamin David Tiffner
Capt. Benjamin David Tiffner was killed in action Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, when his vehicle was struck by an IED while conducting a combat operation in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 31.

Betty Leah Wright Gibson
Soldotna resident Betty Leah Wright Gibson died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Nadine Smith
Soldotna resident Nadine Smith died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 86.

Firms need to respond to smoke signals at PRISM
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Pacific Rim Institute of Safety Management training facility.

Readers pick their choices for comics
Clarion readers have spoken.

It's that time of year again: Be careful on the roads
It's that time of year when moose-vehicle collisions climb at an alarming rate. During winter months food is scarce and the big animals must travel through deep snow and ice. You can make their winter struggle a little easier by being alert when driving Kenai Peninsula roads this winter.

Rookie racers ready for trail
It's less than one month until the start of the 1,971-mile Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile Race, and while many of the 42 teams in the Pro-Class are seasoned veterans, a few teams will be taking to the trail for the first time.

Busy groomers make for happy trails
Local trail groomers have been hard at work making the most of the several inches of fluffy stuff that came down midweek.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Learn about foster care and adoption Counseling association offers classes Caregiver meetings set Presidential caucus set FCS board meeting planned Soccer registration continues

East girls down SoHi
The East girls basketball defeated Soldotna 55-53 in overtime on Thursday in the first round of the 23rd annual East High Lady T-Bird Classic.

Bulldogs trounce Warriors
With just six games before Christmas and the ensuing three-week layoff, Nikiski girls coach Ward Romans considers the season split in two.

Lively music for violin and piano
The Performing Arts Society has added a concert to its 2007-08 season that harkens back to its inception. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, local pianist Maria Allison and violinist Linda Rosenthal will come together in a concert. Their collaboration also is the first concert the Performing Arts Society produced in 1999.

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

Rarefied Light
"Rarefied Light 2007," the Statewide Traveling Photography Exhibition sponsored by the Alaska Photographic Center, will open in the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery at Kenai Peninsula College from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday with a reception for peninsula photographers showing in the exhibition.

Wilson's comedy hits a snag
In 1980, a minor Congressman from East Texas took it upon himself to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan and, consequently, end the cold war and bring about the downfall of the Soviet Union all this despite the fact that he was a lovable boozer, a womanizer, and had almost no power beyond a few convenient committee memberships.

Art Briefs
Genealogical Society event set Kenai Performers seek members Milestone moments sought Graphic art workshop planned Art donations sought UA video contest opens Writers group seeks entries

Poet's Corner
I'm over the hill and coasting to a stop.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Weeks, months of 2008 await your exploration
Exploration has always intrigued humanity.

Hasselbeck wants the ball and will score; just not enough
Matt Hasselbeck ought to be commended.

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