Friday, January 19, 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

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.

Trapping experience saves dog this time
This letter pertains to trapping and the story of Willie, Mr. Murray’s dog who was killed in a snare in Kasilof recently (Clarion, Jan. 16). I would just like to express my concern for the area trappers who do not take in consideration the immediate areas they trap. If you are going to trap, please make sure recreational users do not use the area publicly.

Time to get out of Iraq
I think it’s best we just go ahead and get out now. I admire our military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as elsewhere, for their courage, spirit and willingness to serve their country. I think we should leave Iraq and honor our service men and women who have served by providing them with excellent, complete, life-long health benefits, accessible health care and everything they need to continue their careers, inside or outside the military.

Cooperation the key between trappers, others
I want to respond to the article in the Jan. 16 paper regarding the Kasilof dog who was killed by a snare. I agree with Mr. Lahndt that just because we live in a rural area doesn’t mean one should just let the dogs run loose. Living in a rural area does not release one from being a responsible dog owner, but we should be able to accompany our dogs out on a run or a walk and not worry about coming back with them all alive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commission looks at charter halibut restrictions
A proposal now before the International Pacific Halibut Commission could halve the current catch limit for sport-caught halibut in Cook Inlet, Shelikof Strait and across the Gulf of Alaska as far south of Juneau.

Kenai council fails to act on anti-pollution ordinance
Efforts by the Kenai City Council to curb pollution in the Kenai River hit the skids Wednesday night, resurrecting fears that nothing is going to be done to clean the river.

Busted: Vendors caught selling to alcohol minors
Many local alcohol vendors stumbled into trouble earlier this month when a trooper investigator sent minors out searching for someone to sell them a hard drink.

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

Emmett Jordan
Longtime Soldotna resident Emmett Jordan, Jr. died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, from complications of ALS at his home in Soldotna. He was 66.

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.

School board is talking, but who’s listening?
One-on-one. It’s a common phrase, but it’s not one that’s used much in earnest anymore. In fact, nowadays we believe it’s most commonly used in basketball.

Preparation and perseverance make all the difference
JUNEAU — Josh Shrader knows what it’s like to feel helpless. On a July 2001 hike to the icefields above Juneau, he got lost in a fog bank and fell down a crevasse. He spent almost two days stuck in the wild with a broken wrist and a gash on his face that wouldn’t stop bleeding.

Big back yard: Winter activities abound on wildlife refuge lands
Most folks who make use of the resources of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge do so during our splendid Alaska summers. Fishing, hiking, camping and wildlife watching are favorite pursuits of refuge visitors.

Kenai Peninsula Nordic ski trails
· Tsalteshi Trails — Located behind Skyview High School, with trail heads at the high school parking lot and on Kalifornsky Beach Road just across from the Soldotna Sports Center. Difficulty — Trails for all levels.

Trails favorable for fun
No matter whether you want to ski, skijor, snowshoe or snowmachine, the trail conditions are looking favorable for fun this weekend.

Heavy accumulation has Seward musher digging instead of running
Dori Hollingsworth of Seward is a lot like other mushers when it comes to wishing for snow to fall, but this season’s accumulations have her saying enough is enough.

Outdoor Briefs
Subsistence subcommittee to meetAlaska Community Forest grants available

Peninsula Winter Games sure to bring a smile
Let the games begin!

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

Around the Peninsula
Family classes offeredCancer fundraiser set to climbCribbage tourney continuesHistorical society to meet

SPH bond special election authorized
Voters in the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area will vote May 8 whether to approve a $14.7 million bond issue, the proceeds of which would pay to complete expansion of the hospital.

Sports Briefs
High school bowlers get rollingDelta hockey tops NikiskiCIA drops game at Heritage Invite

Kardinals skate past Moose
Kenai coach Nate Kiel has talked all season about his team’s resiliency.

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

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

‘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.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes available for needyChurch conference slatedKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredPeace to be discussedSoldotna aglow to meetClothes availableChurch photos wanted

A January thaw needed outside, inside churches
Now that the message of peace on Earth, good will toward men, is neatly packed away with the Christmas decorations, we’re in danger of entering our annual relapse into business as usual. Though totally inconsistent with the message of the season we’ve been celebrating, this happens too often.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen finishes 63rd in sprint

Two Trojans join Oilers
University of Southern California sophomore John Dunn, a right-handed pitcher, will join the Oilers bullpen this summer.

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