Thursday, January 31, 2008

Internet buzz: Emotion is the key to good blogging
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Business Briefs
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Dinner celebrates the Christmas spirit
On Christmas Day 2007, the firemen, police and EMTs from Kenai, as well as both fire stations from Nikiski were again treated to a fine Christmas dinner. Members of Peninsula Moose Lodge and Family Center No. 1942, along with the Moose Lodge Teen Club, proudly donated their time on Christmas Day to prepare and deliver a fine meal to all of our safety personnel who were working.

Road status questioned
How many more people have to die before we plow the winter roads after a snow?

Something's fishy on the Board of Fish
Here's what's going down. The state Board of Fisheries (BOF) is going to hold a February meeting, put on a kangaroo court and enact regulations that will likely make commercial fishing in Cook Inlet a memory. Here's why: governors Palin, Murkowski, Knowles, Hickel, Cowper and Sheffield didn't appoint a single Cook Inlet commercial fisher to the BOF. Gov. Jay Hammond was the last to do that, with the appointment of Dannie Garroutte, a drift fisher from Ninilchik (served 1975-80).

Reader won't let new rules change path
I would like to see OSK try to restrict access to Nikiski Beach or Nikishka Beach Road the next time I try to visit.

Local businesses shine
The Kenai Beautification Committee wishes to recognize and thank local businesses for decorating their respected establishments throughout this winter season. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. The white lights and other winter decorations brighten our day and provide a little extra cheer during our long winter season. Thank you for keeping Kenai beautiful.

Reader supports elections act
We have to do whatever we can to ensure our elections are honest. I support Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and his Emergency Assistance for Secure Elections Act of 2008. It is time we got control of this mess we call a national election. It would be really nice to finally put someone in the office of president who actually won the position.

Names skipped, but not forgotten
I need to add a few others that were not included in the Applause section regarding the Nikiski Neighbors. The thank you for those who helped with Nikiski Neighbors this past holiday season listed in the Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 19 did not include the following vital organizations that helped in incredible ways: Sweeney's for its generosity in helping our shoppers to get especially warm and well-built winter clothing; and Nikiski Senior Center for adopting a family, collecting food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes and providing a place for Nikiski Neighbors to meet that is free of charge. The staff have always gone above and beyond for helping out the Nikiski Neighbors organization in a variety of ways.

Donations help make move easier
Jack and Sharee Martin would like to thank Bridges Community Resource Network, Big Jack, Aunt Shannon, Bobby Antila, Jared Swansen (Ron's Rent It Center) and Mike Sweeney (Sweeney's Clothing) for selling the tickets; to the crews at GC3 (BP) and Fire and Gas (CH2MHILL) at Prudhoe Bay for their generosity; Soldotna Safeway and all the local people and friends and family for generous support; and special elves Chelsea and Chantal for helping with the bake sale and selling tickets. Proceeds will go to fund the loss of household items stolen during their move to Alaska. Thank you.

Fish and Game AC asks for time
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee received its last book of game proposals only 11 days before written comments were due to the Board of Game. And with the start of the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish meeting barely two days away, committee members say they didn't receive the official comments of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on more than 250 fishing proposals until 4 p.m. Monday.

Anti-initiative group forms
Borough Mayor John Williams has joined statewide coalition of Alaskans pledged to fight a pair of initiatives they say would shut down mining in the state, cut jobs and damage community economies.

Nikiski water rates shock some
When residential water bills go from zero to $35 a month, people are going to complain.

Borough requests petition changes
By a narrow 5-4 vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a measure last week asking the Alaska Legislature to change state law so municipalities can alter local requirements for collecting signatures on future borough initiatives and referendums.

Borough looks for help in Juneau
Millions of dollars in road-repair funds the borough needs to complete a slew of small projects could be in jeopardy as the state moves to comply with federal regulations governing earmarks.

Assembly opposes ferry cuts
A winter ferry scheduled proposed by the Alaska Marine Highway System would cut service to Seldovia and other Gulf of Alaska communities dependent on transportation by sea beginning next fall.

Board hears from peninsula
"We should set in-river goals and give managers the authority to reach those goals."

Teresa M. Main
Former peninsula resident Teresa M. Main died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Pahrump, Nev., after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 48.

Teresa M. Main
Former peninsula resident Teresa M. Main died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Pahrump, Nev., after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 48.

Ellie Bea Talley
Former peninsula resident Ellie Bea Talley died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, in Campwood, Texas. She was 89.

Meat and Potato Croquettes
4 cups leftover seasoned mashed potatoes

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Croquettes: Better than hash browns
Croquettes are neat little packages of food that can be made with just about any bits of minced vegetables, meat, fish or chicken.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Macaroni and Cheese Croquettes
1 cup cheese sauce, room temperature (recipe follows)

Chicken Croquettes
1 cup milk

Cheese Sauce for Macaroni and Cheese Croquettes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Panthers knock off Mariners
Trailing by one point after three quarters, the Skyview boys outscored Homer 10-6 in the fourth en route to a 46-43 Northern Lights Conference victory over the visiting Mariners on Tuesday night.

'Rambo' misses the mark

Poet's Corner: A Twisted Cloud
I had a stove with spiral chimney.

Performance at Kenai Peninsula College to be hypnotic
According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, hypnosis is "a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject."

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