Thursday, January 25, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesYouth cooking classes offeredWorkforce development plans workshopsNonprofit training availableHealing classes offeredJA seeks volunteersStreiff, Lewis accept limited partnershipsCPH helicopter winners announced

Reader’s research shows mining polluting state
The primary law governing mining, passed in 1872, could not have anticipated the scale of current mining operations and is inadequate for their regulation. These operations present real threats to the health of people and ecosystems in the vicinity of mines and often for hundreds of miles downstream.

Marking of pipes appreciated
Thank you to Paul Samora of Tesoro for sending a crew out to place reflective markings on the pipes sticking up on the pipeline between Tesoro’s refinery and Swanson River oil field. I rode that pipeline last weekend and the pipes are now much more noticeable.

Reader applauds ACT’s actions
Your editorial in the Jan. 7 Clarion about ACT was way off the mark! ACT filed a civil suit against the borough because they violated not only the intent of Prop 5, but also possible state law. If this claim by ACT proves to be true, does this mean the Clarion supports our government breaking the law?

Reader wants Sears to stay the way it is
I have never written a letter to the editor before, so I am approaching this undertaking with a great deal of nervousness. It does, however, demonstrate the depth of my feelings and concerns regarding the decisions to be made shortly by the Board of Education and the school district’s administration in regard to the Kenai Conversations.

Mine opponent tackles myths
Is it too soon to judge Northern Dynasty’s Pebble Mine project?

Group organizes to support Pebble Mine
Add a new group to the Pebble Mine debate. Last week at a meeting of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage, Dick Cattanach, executive director of the Associated General Contractors, announced the formation of Truth About Pebble, a nonprofit organization “to inform and educate Alaskans about the Pebble Project,” he said in a press release.

E-mail threat stops air traffic
Flight operations at Kenai Municipal Airport were interrupted for about one hour Tuesday morning while authorities investigated an e-mail threat later determined to be not credible.

Kenai bench goes cold, judges sought
With Superior Court Judge Harold Brown’s announcement last week that he will retire in June, and District Court Judge David Landry leaving the bench in February, the Kenai Courthouse may soon be displaying the “Now hiring” sign.

Photo feature: Blowing in the wind
Wind blows snow into geometric drifts in the Kenai Mountains recently. Forecasters are calling for snow.

Soldotna to cover annexation, homeless shelter, sign regs
An hour before the Soldotna City Council meets this evening, the city’s governing body will assemble for a work session to talk about stretching the city’s boundaries.

Mixing zone bill would reverse recent DEC changes
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, has filed a bill that would prohibit the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation from authorizing pollution mixing zones in lakes, streams, rivers or other flowing freshwater where fish spawn.

Airport shooting report in
The Alaska Department of Law has completed its review of an Alaska State Trooper report on the March 1, 2006 Homer Airport shooting in which fugitive Jason Karlo Anderson died and his son was severely injured.

Brown steps down
A bass player with the Brandywine Singers folk group in the early 1960s, Harold Brown tired of performing on the road all the time and one day, while making a record in New York City, he announced to his fellow musicians that he planned to go to law school.

T-200 volunteers keep trail in top racing form
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of five stories leading up to the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race starting Saturday. Friday’s story in the Outdoors section is on the race’s history.

Flood watch issued for lower Kenai River
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the lower Kenai River, from Skilak Lake to its mouth. The river level has been rising for several days, possibly due to the release of the Skilak Glacier dammed lake.

Veterinarians make sure racers are up to par
On Friday, dozens of rumbling diesel-engined dog trucks will descend on the Soldotna Sports Center to unload the best of the best from their dog yards.

James Marion Dawson
Winnett, Mont., resident James Marion Dawson Sr. died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007, from natural causes in Kenai. He was 70.

Pfc. Alan Robert Blohm
Kenai resident U.S. Army Pfc. Alan Robert Blohm died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, as a result of wounds sustained while serving his country in Iraq. He was 21.

James ‘Jim’ Kufhta
Longtime Kenai resident James “Jim” Kufhta died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 49.

Lester L. Garver Jr.
Anchor Point resident Lester L. Garver Jr. died Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at L/V Ark Assisted Living in Homer. He was 85.

Around the Peninsula
Builders nail down meeting timeFamily classes offeredCPH old entrances to closeCribbage tourney continuesKids’ carnival set for funToboggan sled dog pull plannedCraft fair slatedBook sale set

Around the Peninsula
Skiing fundraiser setWinter fun day plannedCommunity dance setValentine’s Day dinner set to dishFundraiser plannedDodge, wallyball tourneys planned

Borough may benefit from fish tax bill
Alaska’s coastal municipalities where fish are landed ought to be getting a bigger share of the state’s raw fish tax, and a bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, would do that.

Kenai boys and Nikiski girls win
Kenai led 23-9 after eight minutes and 55-20 at the break and hit six 3-pointers in dominating Nikiski, 88-40, on Tuesday night at Nikiski High School.

When it comes to wine, it’s about trial and error
These are only a few of the colorful labels one might run across in the search for the perfect vintage. However, thousands of possibilities exist out there — red or white, dry or sweet, California or New York.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Poet’s Corner: The Twelve Days of Super (Bowling)
On the twelfth day of Bowling,

‘Hitcher’ detours on out-of-control ride
Remaking decades-old horror movies has become a closet industry of late. Hollywood is pumping new life, so to speak, into everything from obvious choices like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to the zombies of George Romero’s “Dead” series. They even remade “Black Christmas,” for goodness sake. What’s next, a glossy retelling of that classic cautionary tale “Slumber Party Massacre II?”

Art Briefs
Writers’ night deadline FridayTime running out for yard sale storiesArt contest offers tech toysWriters’ group to meetYoung playwrights wantedTheater in need of artSeward hosts race to designPoetry Out Loud open to schools

Enrollment up on Kenai Peninsula College campuses
More and more people are discovering Kenai Peninsula College. System enrollment at KPC is up 5.6 percent over the same time last year. With campuses in Soldotna and Homer and extension sites in Seward and in Anchorage, the college continues to grow in student population and course offerings.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Logical: Creation makes more sense than evolution to writer
The battle between evolution and creation sciences has been argued multitudes of times, and I am getting tired of it.

Boys and Girls Club, local officers plan Police Athletics League
The best part of his job, says Kenai Police Sgt. Gus Sandahl, is when he has a chance to interact in a positive way with kids.

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