Friday, January 18, 2008

Peninsula Clarion - Business

KDLL thanks volunteers
Thanks to our volunteers for a great year! DJs for their gift of music: Laura Faeo, Bill Gronvold, Patrick Parker, Roy Mullin, Robb justice, David Edwards-Smith, Frank Kassik, Cheryl Wickstrom, Mary Anderson, Bill Kent, Uriah Balke, Gabe Van Zee, and Vickie Tinker.

Nikiski Neighbors applauded
Nikiski Neighbors wishes to thank the following business and individuals for their contributions to the Noel Tree program this past Christmas. The annual Noel Tree benefits needy families in Nikiski and so many people came together to make this happen this year. They are: G&G Machine; Steve's Chevron; Spenard Builders' Supply; Sharon Burdick; David and Carol Unruh; Cook Inlet Lions Club; Jim & Nedra Evenson; M&M Market; American Legion; The Place; Penny Carty; Vera Koskela; James and Patty Herrick; Herrick's Aero-Auto; Hunger Hut; L&J Enterprises; Ocean Beauty; Agrium; B.J. Romine; Redoubt Homemakers; Janice Wilsack; Peterkin Distributors; Lamplight Bar; Nikiski Post Office; Tesoro; Treehouse Restaurant; Tesoro 2Go; Hi-Speed Gear; Nikiski Chamber of Commerce; Home Video; and Great Northern Video.

Reader supports initiative process
In response to the "Voice of the Times" on Jan. 15, I cannot see how getting the people's voice out of our goverment would be a good thing. Perhaps Hitler or some other socialist/totalitarian type of ruler would go along with this type of opinion. But here in America the goverment is supposed to work for the people. If anything, we need more people voicing their opinions, more people voting, more people watching our goverment at all levels and more people getting involved to keep our politicians in line.

Conductor appreciates community involvement
I just want to express my profound thank you to the entire community of the Kenai Peninsula, the singers of the Homer High School Concert Choir and the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus, and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, its Board of Directors, and the many volunteers who all worked so tirelessly to make our community production of the "Messiah" such a success. A special thank you needs to go out to four people who I did not get listed in the program, but who were particularly important in the success of the production. They are: Laura Norton, production manager; Maria Allison and JulieAnn Smith, accompanists; and Jean Brockel, assistant conductor. It was a most memorable weekend for me and would not have been so without the tremendous effort put forth by so many.

No Pebble Mine
The truth is that Pebble (Mine) is engaged in a massive public relations campaign against ordinary citizens and their rights to clean water, undamaged lands and unpolluted rivers for spawning salmon.

Sailor grateful for support
My name is Robert Small. I am a member of the United States Navy. I would like to thank every one for your support. Without the hope and support of friends and family, it would make it hard to be gone for so long. It is a privilege no, it is an honor to defend our home and our nation. Once again, I thank you for your support and so do the members of all of the branches of are armed forces.

Restricting one user group in favor of another a bad idea
Arguments, like An Outdoor View's, for further restriction of "commercial" fishing for the sake of increased sportfishing opportunity are poorly considered for a number of reasons.

Reader: We have become desensitized
As I read the Clarion after starting my day with information from the Bible, I was so excited to read about the very important comic choices made for the good of mankind as well as the very important letters received about this matter. It made my heart leap with joy to read the Clarion's proclamation that this is our paper and what we say and want matters to the editor and staff of the Clarion. Especially on comics!

SoHi cagers grateful
The Soldotna High School boys basketball team would like to thank its supporters, sponsors, parents and student-athletes for helping to make the 2007 PowerAde/Sohi Tip Off Tournament a huge success.

Restless bears, hungry moose
Snow blankets the ground, but that doesn't necessarily mean Yogi's asleep. Reports of a bear nosing around Kalifornsky Beach Road Wednesday should warn Kenai Peninsula residents that even though most bruins snooze their way through the winter, it's not unheard of to find one wide awake and hungry.

Fish and Game AC elections slated
After next week, the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee may be an entirely new body, with new faces and new ideas. If you're a guide, a commercial fisherman, a hunter, an angler or just a member of the community and want a say in fishing and hunting issues on the Kenai Peninsula, the advisory committee encourages you to either cast your vote or throw your own hat in the ring and run.

Kenai discusses dipnet parking fees
With little on its formal agenda, the Kenai City Council on Wednesday had time to float some ideas for change, ranging from upping the price to park during dipnet season to working more closely with the local governments of Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Borough seeks millions from feds
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials have begun the annual exercise of preparing a wish list of projects in need of federal funds.

Traffic delays expected today
Late night motorists on central Kenai Peninsula roads may experience some delays tonight and Friday night as Homer Electric moves some power lines to make way for oversize Chevron oil platform modules being trucked from Anchorage to the OSK dock in Nikiski.

Foster parenting poses many tough questions
Does your home have a working carbon monoxide detector? If children are allowed to play in the basement, is there a direct escape to the outside?

New hope in Hope
More than 50 members of the Hope community attended a recent meeting with Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones to discuss the future of Hope School.

Drug bust nets guns, cash
Investigators seized quantities of cocaine and other substances, weapons and more than $61,000 in cash and arrested three men and one woman suspected of drug trafficking between the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage on Jan. 10.

Subdivision roads ordinance on tap
A controversial measure imposing new subdivision road requirements on some developers that won a majority of votes Dec. 4, yet still failed, is back before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Big oil bid lives on
Since Governor Sarah Palin's rejection of ConocoPhillips' pipeline proposal last week, representatives of the company have been on the road discussing the project with Alaskans, including meetings in Kenai and Soldotna over the past two days.

Evelyn Ferguson
Former Ninilchik resident Evelyn Ferguson died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Victoria, Texas. She was 70.

Billy Don Thompson
Kenai Peninsula resident Billy Don Thompson died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2008, of a heart attack while diving in Guam. He was 61.

Let's take a look at all the options
Gov. Sarah Palin earlier this week said she was supportive of the Legislature's plans to solicit public feedback from applicants that did not meet Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) criteria to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Fresh snow keeps groomers busy
There's lots of white covering the ground finally, but fluffy snow consistency combined with warm air temperatures are making challenging conditions for groomers attempting to establish a good trail base.

Dangerous mail trail holds significant past
The unsung heroes of the early years must surely have been the mail carriers who braved the elements to maintain that thin thread of contact with the outside world.

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Peninsula Clarion - Community

Sports Briefs
Nikiski basketball game times change

Kenai sweeps in Nome
Behind 22 points from senior Nathan Byrd and 17 from senior Daniel Gustkey, the Kenai boys easily defeated Bethel, 80-45, in the opening round of the Nome Subway Showdown on Thursday.

Artists explore their space
We all use the terms "three-dimensional," and "two-dimensional." Sometimes the context is in terms of personality, sometimes in terms of images or ideas.

The good, the bad and the ugly of 2007
Some years are good for movies, and some are bad, but rarely have we seen a year like 2007 in which there was literally almost nothing new under the sun. There was a glut of returning titles this year, including a part five, a part four and an inordinate number of part threes to go along with the usual sequels and prequels.

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Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Getting a New Year's passion for God's presence
"Hey coach, good to see you. Glad to see you haven't lost your passion for the game."

Expect a replay of Week 2
Talk about coincidence.

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