Thursday, January 18, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSmall business center to host workshopYouth cooking classesWorkforce development plans workshopsNonprofit training availableJA seeks volunteersPeninsula residents learn about earning opportunity

Reader questions taxing the elderly
It was with real regret I read that property taxes on the elderly were robbing the Kenai of so much income. I have been retired for 16 years and watched my fixed income steadily buy less.

Reader: Bureaucrats, guides will kill the Kenai
It is the federal bureaucracy and uncontrolled guide traffic that will kill the pristine quality of the Kenai River, not people like me who run their little two-stroke motors up the river a few times a year.

Reader shares retirement experience
As time passes, people start to forget about the past. The older I get, the forgetter I get, but as my recollection goes, a few years ago we had a big drop in the economy and loss in the stock market and my retirement money, which I thought would safely provide for me, took a huge hit, and like most people it was being managed by an investment broker.

ACT members commended
Recently, the Peninsula Clarion showed their true colors by bashing the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (ACT). For the Clarion to claim that ACT is doing something negative or undemocratic shows their collective lack of understanding basic civics and/or of the facts related to this legal action.

One week, 3 different figures
Three world figures died within hours of each other just before the New Year: Gerald Ford, Saddam Hussein and James Brown.

Land sale, boat launch on tap
A proposed contract to sell 38 acres of city land to Wal-Mart is slated to get a first look by the Kenai City Council tonight.

Photo feature: Snow boots
Like boots made for a mobile snowman, a hikers footprints rise above the snow on Skyline Trail in the Kenai Mountains earlier this month. The snow boots are an example of snows ability to sinter, according to Matthew Sturm, a snow expert from Fort Wainwright with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Snow crystals, close to their melting point, were bonded together by the hiker s weight. When the wind came up later, the surrounding snow was carried away, leaving the forms behind.

District faces loss of 75 teachers
The Kenai Peninsula school board got it’s first look at next year’s budget during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting, and members were not happy with what they saw: a $2.1 million deficit and elimination of 75 positions.

Borough picks lawyers
The Kenai Peninsula Borough took the first significant step Tuesday toward suing the state of Alaska over inequitable school funding when the assembly passed a resolution awarding a contract to a joint venture of two long-time Alaska law firms.

Crawford memorial planned
Mackey Lake resident Randy E. Crawford died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in a plane crash in Cook Inlet. He was 52.

School board tackles Kenai Conversation
The Kenai Peninsula school board used a Monday afternoon work session to share with district superintendent Donna Peterson their impressions of discussions relating to housing of charter schools and configuration of neighborhood schools in the Kenai community.

Parker plans to resign from Soldotna council
Soldotna City Council member Lisa Parker has notified the city that she plans to resign from her council seat due to job responsibilities.

State appeals Ninilchik ruling
Squeezing it in just under the two-month deadline, on Tuesday the state filed an appeal to a Federal Subsistence Board decision to give the community of Ninilchik a subsistence priority in the Kenai River drainage waters on federal land.

Pastors gather for international conference
The fact that God loves them came as little surprise to the dozens of pastors and missionaries from around the world attending the “Blow the Trumpet of Fire” conference this week at Kalifonsky Christian Center in Kenai.

Sterling man missing
An 18-year-old man has inexplicably disappeared after he was last seen at 2 a.m. Saturday at a house party on Borealis Avenue in Kasilof.

Stephen Eugene ‘Nikiski Steve’ Martin
Kenai resident Stephen Eugene “Nikiski Steve” Martin died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at his residence in Kenai. He was 53.

Thomas David Toupalik
Kenai resident Thomas David Toupalik died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Chesterton, Ind. He was 48.

Scott Eugene Cook
Soldotna resident Scott Eugene Cook died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at his home. He was 48.

Lonzy Lamar Stanford
Longtime Kenai resident Lonzy Lamar Stanford died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer. He was 76.

Lawrence ‘Bud’ Snyder
Longtime Nikiski resident Lawrence “Bud” Snyder died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 79.

Clara ‘Rachel’ Gibson
Alaska pioneer Clara “Rachel” Gibson died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at her winter home in Fort Mohave, Ariz. She was 73.

Randy E. Crawford
Mackey Lake resident Randy E. Crawford died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in a plane crash in Cook Inlet. He was 52.

Randall Lee Jensen
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Randall Lee Jensen died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at home. He was 54.

When it comes to habitat, keep professionals, avoid tweaking
A few weeks ago, the Board of Fisheries decided to send a letter urging Gov. Sarah Palin to return the habitat protection function from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Fish and Game, reversing Gov. Frank Murkowski’s earlier move.

Around the Peninsula
Flight instructors take flightSkyview after grad parent meeting slated

Around the Peninsula
Skyview after grad parent meeting slatedDAV to meetMaster gardeners think springCancer fundraiser set to climb Monopoly tournaments to pass goReading carnival seeks vendorsCommunity dance plannedSoHi after-prom committee to meetSalmon sellers to have meetingDodge, wallyball tourneys plannedSteak feed fundraiser set

CIA boys, girls sweep Nikolaevsk
The Cook Inlet Academy basketball teams swept Nikolaevsk on Tuesday night in Southcentral Conference action at Cook Inlet Academy.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

‘Happyness’ is an eye-opener
In this week’s “Pursuit of Happyness,” Will Smith is Chris Gardner, a down-on-his-luck medical supplies salesman with a family to support and no way to do it. He sells bone density scanners, an item he was unlucky enough to invest his life savings into before realizing that hospitals and doctor’s offices simply didn’t need them.

Three group art shows light up the Kenai
“Rarefied Light 2006,” “Triad: Two Sourdoughs and a Cheechako” and “Four Visions.”

Art Briefs
Writers’ group meets todayLearn to protect your antiquesTheater in need of artWriters’ night needs authorsAlmanac looking for writersArtists wanted to bug outKids’ winter reading program launchedArt contest offers tech toysSeward hosts race to designPoetry Out Loud open to schools

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Christmas season loses some of its magic for high school student
The Christmas season has come and gone, not taking much from me on its way. I remember when I would wait for Christmas morning all year long, always thinking up the things I wanted the next year, scribbling them on a scrap of paper, and then stuffing it somewhere and forgetting about it.

Kenai Peninsula College, Clarion collaborate on newspaper
Beginning next month, the college’s newsletter, the KPC Connection, will elevate to a newspaper and will be distributed as an eight-page insert, tabloid style, in the Peninsula Clarion and Homer News. Current plans have the college newspaper being distributed at the end of the month in Monday editions with a circulation of 6,500 in the Clarion and 4,000 in the Homer News.

Advisories keep students engaged in school
In an effort to get every student more engaged in the things going on at Soldotna High School, Principal Todd Syverson has been going by the book — actually, he’s using a stack of books, thick, green three-ring binders loaded with exercises for use during the school’s advisory periods.

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