Friday, January 28, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Another voice opposing coal mine
Our government representatives should not buy the coal mine sales pitch. The people don't trust the permit process. Hold our leaders accountable to the will of the people. Sacrificing our natural renewable resources for dirty coal is not in the best interest of the people, or vital habitat. At the recent public meeting, our borough mayor didn't even stay to hear many of the people who traveled so far in snowy weather testify. Clearly he didn't like what he was hearing. Let the permit process go through? Theater only. We want some leadership on this.

Stronger laws needed to protect salmon
I was at the hearing about strip mining the Chuitna. I did not speak, and I've been trying since to find words to express my anguish and sense of urgency. The image that keeps coming to me is metaphorical. Imagine a world in which some people have the power to use body parts of other living individuals for their own profit. "Say! I'll bet we could sell some lung tissue for big bucks in Timbuktu! There's a healthy body! She doesn't need all her lung tissue! Let's take that! She'll get over it!"

An enjoyable project to work on
I would like to publicly extend a huge thank you to the great folks at Nordaq for hiring my company to provide trucking services for the ice road they are building to the Shadura #1 well site. Every person I have had the pleasure of dealing with at this company has been top notch. I would also like to extend my appreciation to the crew at Peak Oilfield, who have been so great to work along side of. Professionals, one and all. I have also been fortunate to work with several local businesses in the effort to find suitable quantities of snow to truck to the project. Thanks to the folks at Weatherford, Ocean Beauty, Qwick Construction, and the management at the Nikiski Recreation Center. There have been many others, including several local churches, that have offered to allow me to take snow from their property. Perhaps as the project continues we may still be able to take you up on those offers.

To those who oppose the health bill
Instead of wasting time and money on the same old arguments, why don't you come up with some practical "tweaks" that would cure what problems you deem the current bill has? The Republican party was in control for eight years and could not come up with even a basic starting point. Before you get too vehement about erasing the whole thing, please take the time to do a study on the good this plan has so far accomplished. Many of you tend to lose touch with the fact our country still has a lot of rural areas with few or no close health services, and employment opportunities for steady incomes. Communications are not all that great out of the urban areas either.

Ready to run: Teams, trails ready for Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race
Before the Peninsula Winter Games start in earnest, the Soldotna Sports Center will be filled with athletes this afternoon.

Alleged drunk driver had brush with fame
The Soldotna man allegedly responsible for hitting and killing a snowmachiner off of Brown's Lake Road last week was once a ship captain on the pilot television series that spawned the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."

Businesses urged to join debate over state oil tax
At a Jan. 11 summit for Alaska small businesses and lawmakers, the CEO of Northrim Bank championed two messages: small businesses can and should engage in current events with their local legislators and they should use that connection to champion the repeal or reform of the progressive oil and gas taxation scheme known as ACES.

Soldotna adopts Envision 2030, approves capital plan
n After years of fine-tuning, the City of Soldotna's comprehensive Envision 2030 plan was finally adopted at Wednesday night's city council meeting.

Gov's budget irks some: Parnell, legislators differ over meaning of 'deficit'
Gov. Sean Parnell is denying the budget he presented to the Alaska Legislature relies on deficit spending, but he's not disputing the state will have to dip into savings to balance the budget he presented.

All fun and games: Area readies for annual winter festival
The ice sculptures popping up around the central Peninsula signal that the Peninsula Winter Games are almost here.

Cost of retirement system draws concern in Juneau
Alaska is sitting pretty financially, with oil revenue flowing in and billions of dollars in ready cash available.

Smoking, drinking banned around play areas
It is now illegal to smoke or drink alcohol within 50 feet of any city playground equipment or skate/bike park, thanks to the passage of an ordinance by the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday evening.

Lowell Keith Suydam
Seldovia resident and commercial fisherman Lowell Keith Suydam died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in Seldovia. He was 57.

Marian Elizabeth Long
Longtime Soldotna resident, Marian Elizabeth Long, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Heritage Place, in Soldotna.

Vern Lofstedt
Former Kenai resident Vern Lofstedt dies unexpectedly on Jan. 16, 2011, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 61.

Mary Alice Backstrom
Longtime Sterling resident Mary Alice Backstrom, 59, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at her home in Sterling.

Perfect time for the Peninsula Winter Games
"There's nothing to do. I'm bored."

Kenai Birding Festival: a great winter 'first'
What season do you consider the best time to try something new? I always think of the endless possibilities of summer. It wasn't until this past December that I started seriously checking out the winter pursuits available here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Perils of Polly: Zipping around in Costa Rica
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

My part of Sterling is experiencing a "high" in the scarcity-abundance cycle of snowshoe hares. On a recent walk in new-fallen snow, I was amazed by how many tracks hares had made in a single night.

Around the Peninsula

Winter birding workshop

Around the Peninsula

New reasons to get fit

Breaking the cycle: Alaskan band making it big
Static Cycle is the biggest thing since the world-record 127-pound cabbage at the 2009 Alaska State Fair. Fitting for a band who's lead singer, Jared Navarre, calls the Matanuska-Susitna Valley home.

Reeling It In: 'The Green Hornet' is a blast
"The Green Hornet"

Poet's Corner

I Don't Want the M$ney, I'm Not Some Lost Cause, (i just miss you)

What's Happening

Best Bets

A timeless question: Whose side am I on?
It is a natural human tendency to choose up sides. Super Bowl is almost upon us and even if your favorite team didn't make it, chances are you'll choose a side and root for them to win as if they've always been the love of your life. You did it last year and the year before. If you lived 150 years ago, your choice would have been far more consequential.

Church Briefs

Community worship coming up

Kardinals shut out Mariners: Kenai faces Soldotna tonight in pivotal game for NSC seeding
Keegen Remsen insisted he did nothing special. His performance said otherwise.

Bears take out Fresno
The Kenai River Brown Bears kicked off a pivotal North American Hockey League series by beating the host Fresno (Calif.) Monsters 4-2 on Wednesday in front of 1,676 fans.

Kenai sweeps Seward
Kai Risung hit a go-ahead shot from the baseline with four seconds remaining and the Kenai Central boys basketball team earned a 51-50 win over Seward in an endowment game Thursday night at Kenai Middle School.

Kenai Central cagers sweep Homer
If the Kenai Central boys basketball game team learned one lesson in its third straight Northern Lights Conference victory, it was the importance of taking care of the ball.

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