Friday, January 13, 2006

Kenai Waste Water Treatment Plant gets SHARP designation

Alaskan Physical Therapy gets SHARP designation

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Reiki classes planned Chamber to host awards banquet Credit Union 1 targeted in e-mail scam SBDC plans workshops

True Alaska tale pays off for students
The telling of a nearly 200-year-old Alaska colonial tale gave tellers the chance to learn a lot of new things, among them writing and recording a soundtrack, puppeteering to the recorded soundtrack and outfitting those puppets in 19th Century Russian garb.

Forget analysts, decide for yourself
The Best The Worst

Art Briefs
Stained glass classes offered Embroiderers sought for new club Show open to emerging artists Art center closed for remodeling Carving workshops slated Area writers’ work sought Deadline for writers’ event nears Grants for artists workshop slated Dance club seeks members Theater offering gallery space Storytellers wanted Watercolor work wanted Art sought for ag poster contest Quilting contest honors AWG Arts educator grants offered

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

Murkowski, Young did well in stand against Patriot Act
In reprinting a Voice of the Times editorial attacking Sen. Lisa for her stand on the Patriotic Act, should I assume the Clarion has the same opinion?

Patient deserved better treatment
Recently, as my husband and I were eating at Carrs, we noticed two ladies having lunch at an adjacent table. Since the tables aren’t that far apart, you can’t help but hear someone else’s conversation.

Reader unhappy with ‘moral decay’
How in the last 50 or so years have we in America become so totally decadent of absolute moral decay and debauchery?

What’s a billion dollars worth?
The next time you hear a politician use the word “billion” casually, think about whether or not you want the politician spending your tax money.

Reader: There are better ways to resolve differences
The opinion piece, “Council did well in IFQ vote,” which appeared in the Peninsula Clarion Jan. 2 is another example of how not to resolve resource allocation issues, more of the kind of rhetoric that has, for years now, divided our community over fish. Half-truths, name-calling, and finger-pointing have no place in civil discourse.

Neighbors column wasn’t broke, why ‘fix’ it?
This letter is in reference to the so-called “New Neighbors Column” — is this what we, the readers of the Clarion, waited for so long to see? This “supposedly” new format? You promised us, the readers, a great new overview of our community. Does the Clarion believe that writing a “profile” on one member of each of our respective communities should be categorized as a “neighbors column?”

Wagoner bill would limit class sizes
Alaska’s public school teachers up through third grade would lecture to no more than 20 students at a time under a bill filed by Sen. Tom Wagoner on Monday.

Augustine lets loose in possible warm-up
It started with a whimper and ended with a bang.

Augustine erupts again -- and again and again
Augustine Volcano erupted numerous times Friday morning. On an ominous Friday the 13th, the volcano 75 miles from Homer blew for 44 minutes starting at 3:55 a.m. and kept blowing, with the latest eruption at 11:30 a.m.

Schools have plan for eruption response
If ash begins falling from the erupting Mount Augustine, one of the live Cook Inlet volcanoes, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a plan in place and periodically practices for just such an emergency.

Opening statements set tone for murder trial
Jurors listened to a gripping recording on Wednesday of the 911 call Betsy M. Hester made to report she had shot her boyfriend, on their first day of hearing evidence in the Kenai courtroom where Hester is on trial for murder.

Hester jurors view photos of victim
Jurors viewed grim photographs of the scene of a Kasilof man’s death as attorneys in the murder trial of Betsy M. Hester questioned first responders in a Kenai courtroom on Thursday.

Lowe’s plans to come to Kenai
Now comes Lowe’s.

Enthusiasm without tickets will leave fans standing out in cold
Do you have your Arctic Winter Games sport blanket? Check. AWG collector’s pin? AWG beanie cap? AWG long-sleeved hoody sweatshirt? Sports bottle? Rascal the Raven doll? Check, check, check, check and you betcha. Think you’re ready for the Games then?

Maxine Reger
Former peninsula resident Maxine Reger died in her sleep Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif., with her daughter, Kathleen, and grandaughter, Jenny, at her bedside. She was 92.

John B. Hakala
John B. Hakala died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, with niece Ann (Hakala) Hagestead at his side. He was 86.

Soldotna cemetery is long overdue
Soldotna likes to cultivate the reputation of being a “nice” community — friendly people, good schools, a well-developed service industry and a government that cares about its residents.

Pike play havoc with fish stocking
Fish fingerlings that would have been used to stock Scout Lake will be withdrawn for use in other central Kenai Peninsula lakes now that northern pike have been discovered there, leaving the lake to become little more than a pike fishery, said Patty Berkhahn, a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Early refuge manager Hakala loved the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
I was saddened to learn that one of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s earliest refuge managers, John Hakala, died on Jan. 3 in Fairbanks. Although I never worked on the refuge when John was its manager, he and his wife Mae were our neighbors and friends for over 20 years. And their black Labrador retriever “Musta” was always happy to see us.

Around the Peninsula
Public Invited to Action Coalition meetingHunting, trapping rule comments soughtMusical auditions heldFitness contest to help wrestlersTotem Tracers plan resource daySeniors cooking up buffetMDA seeks awards nominationsStep-family issues to be discussedCommunity group seeking membersPeninsula fair seeks membersPeninsula Fair quilters square off

Around the Peninsula
Action coalition board to meet Hunting, trapping rule comments sought Speaker to target education trends Meditation path to be introduced Parenting classes scheduled Guardianship workshop slated Immunization clinic scheduled

Area lawmakers to keep eye on governor’s spending plans
State lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula say they’ll be eying closely spending proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski in his State of the State address delivered Tuesday.

Wagoner wants ANWR ultimatum
Saying Alaska needs to escalate the battle over opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, said Wednesday he has drafted a resolution calling for Alaska to stop doing business with Washington, Oregon and California.

Sports Briefs
Hutchison sweeps Nikolaevsk

Palmer girls nip Nikiski
The Nikiski Tipoff Tournament opened with some delightful high school basketball games Thursday as both the Cook Inlet Boys and the host Nikiski girls had chances to win with their final possessions.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes Quarters lists scheduleSoldotna begins Bible studyCatholic mission continuesLeadership strategist to speakWomen’s Bible study offered

‘Going to bat’ in life, spirit
One of the greatest moments in baseball history comes from one of its true power hitters.

LIO Schedule
The Joint School District Cost Factor task force will hold a public hearing for testimony from school districts concerning cost factors and the impact on the districts.

Sports Brief
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Midget Tier II squad had an exciting holiday break, taking first place at the Anchorage North Stars Holiday Tournament, which took place from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1.

Sports Briefs
Team Alaska announces speedskating team

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