Friday, January 26, 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

Dinners do more than feed those who help us
On Christmas Day, the volunteers from Peninsula Moose Lodge and Family Center in Kenai put on their second annual emergency personnel Christmas dinner. This year they included both fire stations and EMTs in Nikiski, along with the firemen, police and EMTs in Kenai. The Moose Lodge volunteers take pride in knowing they can help their communities and at least see that all of our working emergency personnel have a nice Christmas dinner along with their families at their respective stations.

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.

Recycling bins more efficient in long run
Conserving the earth’s natural resources is a morally right thing to do. Recycling is one of the fundamental tools in cutting back on the consumption of raw materials. The Sterling Transfer Site, in my community, recycles many items (almost as many as the Central Peninsula Landfill) except for tin cans and plastic jugs. My proposal is to add one more bin to the Sterling Transfer Site with two sections devoted to tin cans and plastic jugs. A new bin would be a wise investment for the reduction of waste in the Central Peninsula Landfill.

Reader: ACT editorial biased
I read your ill informed and clearly biased editorial in the Jan. 7 Clarion about ACT. You claimed victory because the election results of Proposition 2 in 2006 favored your position. Prop 2 would have repealed the entire tax increase packaged our borough was attempting the drop on its residents. At this point the borough has yet to implement most of its issues. I would be very careful in claiming victory of defeat on a single tax issue, which has been brewing for decades. That would be like claiming victory in Iraq after just the first few short days of bombing.

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.

Council told how to make Soldotna grow
The ABCs of how to enlarge a city were presented to members of the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Weathered man
Eric Wolfe bundles up in protective clothing to direct traffic at Home Depot’s loading dock Thursday afternoon. A brisk wind blew most of the day keeping a light snowfall airborne.

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.

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.

Pebble riches grow with testing
Metal deposits in the eastern zone of the Pebble project northwest of Iliamna are proving even richer than earlier estimates suggested.

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.

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

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

T-200 mushers ready, set ...
In less than 24 hours, scores of mushers will head for the high country of the Caribou Hills in dogged pursuit of their share of the $25,000 purse in the 23rd running of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

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.

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.

Extension could mean additional energy for future
What do the Kenai Peninsula and Japan have in common?

Ecology on vacation: Bahamas show signs of global warming
The idea of a trip to the Bahamas came to my wife, Sara, as we laid plans for a January visit to Florida to celebrate my father’s 100th birthday. A round-trip ticket for the 45-minute flight from Miami to Nassau costs a modest $160. We have often gone to Central America from Miami at this time of year but not so cheaply.

Snowstorm buries some trails, is boon for others
Depending on what form of outdoor recreation you choose, the storm that surged through the area Thursday could be a boon or bane.

Tustumena 200 still on track after 20 years
Dean Osmar remembers that day back in 1984 well.

T-200: 23 years and counting
1984 — First T-200 was held with seven mushers. The race started and finished at the Decanter Inn, with the halfway point in Homer. Tim Osmar of Ninilchik won after 28 hours, three minutes on the trail. He received a trophy and dog food.

Outdoor Briefs
‘She Can Ski’ set to glide

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
CPH old entrances close todaySkyview sets pool hoursKids' carnival set for funDog weight pull set for SaturdayToboggan sled dog pull plannedCraft fair slatedFundraiser for Ninilchik library scheduledFish, game meetings scheduledCommunity movie night offered

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.

Hawks top Bulldogs
Despite a hat trick from Paul Delago, Nikiski fell to visiting Houston, 11-3, on Thursday night at Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink.

Sports Briefs
Kenai-Homer to play Monday

Colony, Wasilla to battle for NLC crown
The consensus amongst Kenai Peninsula wrestling coaches is clear —Colony or Wasilla will emerge as the conference champion.

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?”

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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

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 - Religion

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
We don’t really know what it is like to live in a kingdom ruled by a king or queen, living here in the United States. We live in a democratic state where there is independence of ownership and no state governments rule by a king or queen with everyone else being subjects of the kingdom.

Sports Briefs
Pizza Man wins Seward hoops tourney

Oilers sign Cowley County players
Cowley County Community College sophomore outfielder Michael Dabbs has signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the summer. Dabbs originally signed with Oklahoma State University and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2006 Major League baseball draft. Dabbs then transferred to Cowley County. As a freshman, Dabbs led Cowley in doubles with 17 and RBIs with 56. For the Oilers, Dabbs will play in the outfield and be used in the middle of the lineup. Dabbs calls Chandler, Okla., home.

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