Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Christmas spirit shared
On behalf of the 20 recipient families of our Soldotna Elementary Christmas Kindness program, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the following community contributors for their very generous giving: Chevron, Soldotna Elementary PTA, Credit Union 1, Soldotna Safeway and River City Books.

Column needs a positive change
Some things never change (Peninsula Clarion, An Outdoor View, Les Palmer, Jan. 4). Mr. Palmer, with the power of his pen, has once again shown his strong bias against commercial fishermen in Cook Inlet. Commercial fishermen have endured his assault for decades.

Drive cruises to success with community's help
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2007 Christmas Drive a success.

Hospital plans class in clinical aromatherapy
The staff at Central Peninsula Hospital have a nose for sniffing out means and methods to best treat their patients and will soon offer a series of courses for those on the scent of a certification in clinical aromatherapy.

Potters ready to throw down
Potters, sculptors and others who like to work with clay will have the chance to show their wares off for the community to vote on. The Kenai Potters Guild will accept up to three entries per person for its annual open art show Jan. 30 and 31 and each person who attends the viewing Feb. 1 will be asked to vote for their favorites.

Workshop offers business budget tips
Life on the Kenai Peninsula seems to be good when the fish are biting, especially for small business owners. Warmer temperatures make for lower heating bills and the tourist run keeps everyone busy. The real challenge for a small business owner comes when the tourists fly, drive or float away.

Borough OKs dual office holding
If sitting assembly members can actually manage to get themselves elected to a local city council while still holding their borough offices, more power to 'em, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said Tuesday.

Blood donations needed now
The waiting room of the Blood Bank of Alaska's Soldotna location was empty. On the wall above a set of water coolers was a poster reading, "In Alaska, fewer than 5 percent of eligible donors give blood."

Soldotna seeks to grow
The first ordinance introduced by Soldotna in the new year and set for public hearings could lead to enlarging the city by nearly 1,400 acres.

Comics choices revealed
We gave you a chance to make some changes in the daily comics page and offered you nine choices. We exposed you to "Bizarro," "The Lockhorns" and "Pardon My Planet" as replacements for "Rubes." And to replace "B.C." and "For Better or For Worse" we showed you "Zits," "Baby Blues," "Mutts," "Between Friends," "Arctic Circle" and "Rhymes With Orange."

Borough tackles budget
Shelling out enough to teach little Johnny and Jill their ABCs, covering the sizeable IOU to the employee retirement program, and meeting economic challenges posed by the closure of Agrium are among the major issues facing the borough as it begins writing the fiscal year 2009 budget.

Group seeks aid for safety training
In an effort to coordinate safety training and workforce development programs better, the city of Kenai will consider joining a number of organizations in support of a $300,000 state appropriation.

David Stousland
Former Soldotna resident David Bruce Stousland died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at his home in Jacksonville, Ore. He was 56.

Lula Mae Snow
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Lula Mae Snow died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 78.

Kevin David Bell
Homer resident Kevin David Bell died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, of cancer at South Peninsula Hospital. He was 53.

Alaska-Canada gas pipeline is a natural marriage
Is it not amusing to hear "talking heads" tell us how indignant they are to have TransCanada meet the requirements for the next phase of a state gas line license under AGIA (Alaska Gas Inducement Act)? Gov. Sarah Palin approved a principal, but critics spend more time criticizing and passing negative articles among one another than supporting the ultimate goal of shipping Alaska's natural gas.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Public health center plans 1-day closure

Writer endeavors to make her existence worthwhile
There is so much pressure on teens to grow into respectable, decent and productive members of society. To me, all of the above words mean someone who is high-strung, narrow-minded and dependent on "making bank" or a six-digit income, at least.

Around the District
School board meetings slated

It's not too late to register for KPC spring classes
The late registration period to attend spring semester at KPC ends at the close of business Friday. After that, students must get the instructor's approval and signature on their registration form to enroll in the class. Late registration requires students to register in person on campus; Web registration is not available. Students can still utilize the EZ payment plan at zero percent interest, through the end of late registration.

District updates software systems
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is implementing a new human resources, payroll and finance software system districtwide.

Hakkinen takes 16th in pursuit
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 16th in a 12.5-kilometer World Cup pursuit on Sunday in Ruhpolding, Germany.

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