Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Donations bring smiles to many
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.

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.

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.

Time to teach actions have consequences
As a 25-year Alaskan who spends her winters in Missouri, I felt compelled to comment on the letter from Coleen Jones (Dec. 27) re: The Golden Rule. Hurrah for you, and ditto, ditto, ditto!

Reader: Gov. Palin, please help
The state's Department of Administration has recognized a tremendous recruitment and retention problem facing the state of Alaska. So what are they doing about it? It appears as if the Department of Administration wants to alienate its current supervisors with an inappropriate and insulting contract offer.

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.

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.

Carey to lead KRSMA board
David Carey doesn't fish and he doesn't plan to, he simply loves the Kenai River. As mayor of a city that takes its fishing seriously, Carey's lack of fishing experience and knowledge of the political and public process may be what prompted members of the Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board to elect him president.

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.

School board prepares for budget process
Mountain View Elementary opened Monday's school board meeting with a slide show and a performance by their "Bee Bopping Band."

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.

ANGDA pushes for spur gas line
Even though the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority's bid to build an Alaska natural gas pipeline was not accepted by the governor, ANGDA does not appear to think any less of its plan.

Wish list sent to Juneau
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is asking state lawmakers, who began the legislative session yesterday, to appropriate nearly $4 million for four major borough capital projects that top this year's state-funding wish list.

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.

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

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

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

Judy Humphrey
Kenai resident Judy Humphrey died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 58.

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.

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Area chefs share winning recipes to help the medically underserved
The annual Low Country Soup Challenge is one of several events that raise funds for the clinic.

Old Fashioned She Crab & Sherry Soup
  Chef Richard Lipton oversees the simmering of Old Fashioned She Crab & Sherry Soup. Tuilles, shaped like spoons, are filled with crabmeat and Japanese caviar and used to garnish the soup. Photo by Sue Ade/Morris News Ser 3/4 medium onion, diced

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Shrimp and Oyster Bisque
  This bisque is thick, rich and creamy. Its texture is smooth and even. The judges loved it. Photo by Sue Ade/Morris News Ser 3 cups shucked standard oysters

Brown Bears fall at Wichita Falls
Adam Cardwell and Luke Salazar each scored two goals and Mike Jarboe denied all 23 shots that came his way as Wichita Falls blanked visiting Kenai River, 6-0, on Tuesday night.

SoHi tops Homer
After squandering a lead in a 4-3 loss at Palmer on Saturday, Soldotna made sure that wasn't about to happen again.

Panthers edge Mariners
The Skyview girls opened the Northern Lights Conference season in style.

Around the District
School board meetings slated

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

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.

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.

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