Friday, January 12, 2007

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

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.

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.

Writer thankful for ACT
In the Sunday, Jan. 7, edition of the Clarion, the editorial was “ACT, let it go.” It seems to me that whoever wrote this editorial, which I will name Strawman, would at the least have the decency to sign a name to the opinion it made against Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, and also, to be a bit more clear to the public how they came to the extreme negative conclusions against ACT.

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.

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

Donations ease holiday stress
Holidays can be stressful times for all of us, but for those suffering from abuse it can be a devastating and lonely time, as well. We are thankful that individuals and organizations in our area recognize this and respond so thoughtfully.

Reader: Let’s not just let it go
I’d like to respond to the Clarion’s criticism of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers legal action in its Sunday editorial, “ACT, let it go.”

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.

Borough hopes to pick counsel for school funding lawsuit by next week
Bids from attorneys hoping to represent the Kenai Peninsula Borough in its proposed lawsuit against the state of Alaska over inequitable funding for borough schools are expected in by today.

Businesses unhappy with Soldotna’s proposed sign rules
Soldotna businessmen don’t approve of proposed changes to the city’s sign regulations.

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.

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.

Snow doesn’t make winter merry for moose
When the snow grows deep, skiers, children armed with sleds and snowballs, and other outdoor recreationists happily frolic outdoors. But not everyone cheers at the sight of more white, and if you watch the wilderness and roadsides during this snowy winter you may see a sullen-faced character not at all happy about the snow.

Alaska has ignoble domestic violence title
On a per capita basis, Alaska ranks first in the country for the number of women killed by their intimate partner, the head of the Kenai women’s shelter told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday.

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.

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

Bobby E. ‘Gene’ McBride
Alaska pioneer and longtime Homer resident Bobby E. “Gene” McBride died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, surrounded by his family at his home on East End Road. He was 80.

Plane crash tragedy brings hero to light
Tuesday started out like any normal day in the newsroom. Reporters filed in, checking their e-mails, returning calls and generating story ideas for Wednesday’s paper.

Moose gone wild
On a late December day Tobie Hansen was running his 12-dog team on a trail in the Kasilof area when he met with an unexpected attacker. A moose, spooked by Hansen’s team, reared up on her hind legs and then weaved through his dog team as she tried to stomp on his dogs.

Outdoors Briefs
Bids to ride with mushers soughtProgram seeks young fishermen

Fresh snow frosts peninsula ski trails
Freshly fallen snow has softened some trails, but trail groomers say trail conditions remain good for people looking to burn some energy on cross-country skis after a cold snap that had some huddling indoors for several days.

Climate change on the Kenai Peninsula: Cooked moose?
When Franklin Roosevelt established the Kenai National Moose Range in 1941, it was to protect the habitat of the “giant Kenai moose,” then considered a subspecies unique to the peninsula. Although we now know our moose were simply big and our name has changed to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the moose continues to be our patron saint.

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
Tickets for inaugural ball availableFamily classes offeredHistorical society to meetSteak feed fundraiser setCPHC board meeting slatedGenealogical Society to meet

Kenai boys run wild vs. Delta
The host Kenai Central boys basketball team scored early and often on Thursday to defeat Delta Junction 88-57 in nonconference action.

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

Nikiski girls nip Skyview
Nikiski’s Hannah Thompson went scoreless through the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game against Skyview.

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.

Church Briefs
Church conference slatedMatrix Church set for SundayKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredSoldotna Aglow to meetClothes available

Your year to overcome fear
Fear is a monster that stalks us all, bringing depression, stifling abilities, draining energy, diminishing courage and robbing life of adventure and success.

U.S. men finish 7th in biathlon relay
The U.S. men’s relay team finished seventh on Thursday in a World Cup relay in Ruhpolding, Germany.

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