Friday, January 15, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Wal-Mart opening on tap
The word is out: the new Wal-Mart store in Kenai is set to open at 7:30 a.m. on March 31.

Morris Publishing Group to file pre-packaged bankruptcy plan : Parent company's restructuring not expected to affect Clarion's day-to-day operations
Morris Publishing Group, publisher of the Peninsula Clarion, announced Wednesday that it expects to file a prepackaged plan of reorganization by Jan. 19 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, in order to restructure its debt.

2 stolen sleds found: Kenai Police arrest 2 men, 1 woman
Police have recovered two of three reportedly stolen snowmachines and an accompanying trailer, but they are still in pursuit of the final sled.

John Edwin McClain
Fairbanks resident John Edwin McClain, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, of complications from cancer.

Chambers should take opportunity to meet together
At its luncheon this week, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce passed out a survey to members asking if there is interest in meeting biweekly instead of weekly. The survey also says that the Kenai chamber would like to work with the Soldotna chamber in scheduling luncheons.

ACES oil tax good for business
In 2008 Exxon rode staggering oil prices to the highest profits ever earned by any company in the history of the world -- for the second year in a row. Between 2006 and 2008 Conoco netted a very healthy $7 billion, after expenses, just from its Alaska operations. Yet despite strong profits, it looks like the 2010 legislative session may bring a call by oil industry members and some legislators to reduce the share Alaskans receive from oil from companies like Exxon, British Petroleum and Conoco.

Trappers who misuse tools a sore spot for all
In terms of the recent string of birds of prey caught in traps set for other animals an old cliche comes to mind: A few bad apples can ruin the whole bunch.

Around the Peninsula

Dog obedience offered

CIA cagers sweep Hawks: Nikiski girls win, Nikiski boys lose on opening day of Tip Off
At the beginning of the season, Cook Inlet Academy girls head basketball coach Rustin Hitchcock was worried about slow starts for his team. Thursday's 53-24 rout over Houston in the first game of Nikiski's 21st annual Era Aviation Tip Off tournament put those worries at ease.

What's Happening

Best Bets

Nocturnal Omissions
Things that go bump in the night,

Art Briefs

Call for submissions

2009 on the silver screen: the best and the worst
Looking back over 2009, it occurs to me that this might have been a pretty big year for movies.

'It is more blessed to give than to receive'
The words of Jesus are sometimes printed in red in the Bible and the gospels have whole chapters that are completely red. Hopefully they are also all read by all of us. The above quote from Acts 20:35 is one instance of the words of Jesus in red print beyond the gospels.

Brown Bears back from break: Kenai River goes to Fairbanks for 3-game series: Fisher moves to USHL
After nearly a month break, the Kenai River Brown Bears resume North American Hockey League action tonight for the first of a three-game series at Fairbanks.

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Can the PA, bring on the band

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