Friday, January 14, 2011

Who should serve?
The truth is our military is few in number and spread very thin. We are fighting wars in the Middle East that never seem to end. We are also using our military in South America, trying to keep drugs from coming into our country.

Looking for father's boat
I have been trying to find information on the foundering of the fishing boat Winabob on July 10, 1954. This is the first boat built by my dad, Ad Cummings. She was lost southwest of Kalgin Island, Cook Inlet. I would appreciate any information you might have. Thank you.

Legislation that makes sense
This Congress has the power to determine the course of our republic. Will it super size or downsize the federal government? Here are three common sensible bills about to be introduced by a few brave statesmen:

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Snowmachine use essential in the Refuge
Mr. Johnston's Dec. 31 Refuge Notebook was interesting but ignored crucial facts regarding snowmobile use in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR). Sections 1110 and 811 of ANILCA permit use of snowmachines in all federal Conservation System Units (CSUs), including Wilderness Areas.

New charter rules should be no surprise
I read the article in the Monday, Jan. 10, Clarion (Charters grapple with permit issues) and thought it might be interesting to give insight to some facts about the issue.

Playing a waiting game: KCHS teams hoping gym recovers from water damage
For the past two weeks Kenai Central High School students have been swimming or playing broomball at the Kenai ice rink for their gym classes after a broken pipe caused water damage to the school's gym floor and temporarily closed the facility.

Business robbed at gunpoint: Less than $500 taken from Soldotna Subway sandwich shop
A Soldotna Subway sandwich shop was robbed early Wednesday morning.

Soldotna police arrest suspect in armed robberies
A suspect in Wednesday’s armed robbery of a Soldotna Subway shop has been arrested.

Road work ahead: Ice road provides access to drilling site on Refuge
Employment in the central Kenai Peninsula has received a temporary spike as the result of an ice road currently under construction at the end of the Kenai Spur Highway, beginning at Captain Cook State Park.

Legislature to take up fishery issues: Bills address personal-use licensing, guide qualifications, management goals
When the Alaska Legislature starts its session on Jan. 18, they'll begin to discuss a number of bills already filed that could affect residents and visitors on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai home damaged in fire
A home at 113 Deepwood Court in Kenai was considerably damaged by a fire Thursday morning. No one was injured.

State keeping close eye on Sterling Highway erosion
There's a spectacular view of Cook Inlet and the mountains to the west near Mile 153 of the Sterling Highway, between Happy Valley and Anchor Point. If the bluff gets much closer, there also will be an excellent view of the beach, hundreds of feet below.

Soldotna to add lieutenant to police department
The Soldotna Police Department's chain of command is set to receive an upgrade, thanks to a hefty grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Peninsula economy looking up: Experts see bright spots as business, industry moves forward
The economic outlook on the Kenai Peninsula is looking up, said government representatives this week.

Kenai signs off on CINGSA permits: City board of adjustment denies appeal
The Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska's proposed natural gas storage facility in Kenai is a step closer to reality.

Charles 'Sailor' Ellison
Nikiski resident, Charles "Sailor" Ellison, 71, died Jan. 10, 2011, at his home in Nikiski.

Katherine E. Shaw
Katherine E. Shaw died Dec. 19, 2010, in Juneau. She was 101.

Joshua J. Cheeseman
Lifelong Soldotna resident Joshua J. Cheeseman died Dec. 31, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 20.

Just say no -- to drug testing
We think the Kenai Peninsula School District board and administration made the right call this week in rejecting a random drug-testing program for student athletes.

Voices of Alaska: Oil tax needs to be competitive
I recently wrote an article describing why ACES, Alaska's oil tax system, needs to be adjusted sufficiently to cause the producers to again invest in Alaska's North Slope fields and to promote an aggressive exploration program. Oil taxes now supply 90 percent of our state revenue -- the highest ever. The rate of decline in oil flow through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is increasing. Producer investment in Alaska is decreasing -- and no wonder.

Perils of Polly: Should have known -- dangerous way to San Jose
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Refuge Notebook: The influence of a father on a career in the outdoors
New Year's Day for me is not only a day for reflecting on the events of the past year and anticipating those of a new one, it is also the date of my late father's birthday. Born on January 1, 1910 -- the year Halley's Comet made a spectacular reappearance -- he wondered if he would live to see the comet when it returned 75 years later. He saw it return in 1985 but chuckled at its then rather lackluster return appearance. I also thought of my father earlier in December when I read a newspaper article about the overall declining number of hunters in the United States.

An Outdoor View: Grilling at zero
Some people think cooking outdoors is only for summer, a time they refer to as "barbecue season." At my house, it's barbecue season all year long.

Around the Peninsula

Polar Plunge this Saturday

Around the Peninsula

Public health center to close for holiday

Poet's Corner: Another Year - With Me!
Bunny Chong, Soldotna

Reeling It In: The best of films, the worst of films
2010 had kind of a rough start, movie-wise. With a few exceptions, things looked pretty dismal going into the summer, but then "Iron Man 2" perked things up a bit, and "Toy Story" roused us out of our stupor enough for "Inception" to blow our minds.

What's Happening

Best Bets

Art Briefs

Call for metal and wood artists

Off to see the Wizard: Triumvirate's Class Act opens popular musical
A Monday night dress rehearsal of Triumvirate Theatre's "The Wizard of Oz," was typical chaos for the children's theater group.

Church Briefs

Soldotna Aglow begins new session

Voices of Religion: Add this greeting to the lexicon: Happy New You!
In addition to common greetings like "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" and "Happy New Year" around the holiday season, there can be another one: "Happy New You!"

SkyHi boys snap 40-game skid
One by one, after the hooting and hollering had subsided, members of the Skyview boys basketball team walked out of the visitor's locker room.

Bears collect tough win in Wenatchee
The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the host Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild 3-2 on Thursday in North American Hockey League action.

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