Friday, February 1, 2008

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

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.

JA support gives kids a leg up on business
Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank our sponsors: Soldotna Safeway, for their contribution and support of JA at the Peninsula Winter Games, AK USA, Wells Fargo, State Farm Insurance, Marathon Oil Co., Tesoro, Harbor Enterprises, FNBA, Peninsula Winter Games, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, NALCO Inc., Agrium, Soldotna Rotary and the Fred Meyer Grant Foundation.

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.

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.

Eagles spread warmth on cold day
We would like to thank the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Cohoe Loop Road. As volunteers of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race working the crossing at North Cohoe and Sterling Highway. They might be a small lodge but you couldn't tell by the size of their heart. They stayed open 24 hours a day giving the volunteers of the race food, hot coffee and snacks. They even went so far as to deliver these things to us at the crossing where we worked.

Many make volleyball camp a hit
In December, the Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School volleyball coaches offered a camp to area middle school students.

Voters should only vote if they know what they're voting for
When I saw the Verbatim column last week written by the young girl who voted only for women (even if they were communists), I then understood why some people want to raise the legal voting age in this country.

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.

Senior center gets support it can bank on
The Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank First National Bank Alaska for its very generous donation to the center's endowment trust fund. First National Bank Alaska has been a vital partner of the endowment trust fund since its inception 11 years ago.

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

Roads ordinance gets makeover
There is a new wrinkle in the yearlong debate over how to ensure that new subdivision roads are built to borough standards.

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

Marshals, officers cleared in airport shootout
After more than a year reviewing the Alaska State Trooper report on the March 2006 shooting at the Homer Airport involving U.S. Marshals and Homer Police, U.S. Attorney Jeffery Sullivan announced Thursday that he will not file federal charges against any law enforcement officers involved.

State chamber wants economy to grow
What one could term "preaching to the converted," the president of Alaska's chamber of commerce told Kenai business leaders on Wednesday they must band together to find ways to encourage investment in the state.

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.

Looking for a good home
Cameron Carter may be gone, but he's not forgotten, and his loved ones are hoping the same will be true for the two dogs he left behind.

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.

Ebba Anasogak-Wetherelt
Longtime Soldotna resident Ebba Anasogak-Wetherelt died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, from terminal lung cancer at her home. She was 63.

Meetings are great; location could be better
There's a lot to be said about the Kenai River. While most of it is positive, when it's time for the Alaska Board of Fisheries to hold its Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meetings, Kenai Peninsula residents have plenty to argue about.

Kenai refuge plans fun day to celebrate winter in Alaska
Winter is a challenging time for Alaska animals facing cold temperatures and deep snow. Through a variety of wonderful adaptations, wildlife cope with winter. Furbearers have thick, snow resistant coats. Hare and lynx move easily over snow with large snowshoe-shaped feet. Others escape winter, like bears digging dens and going into dormancy, while voles and shrews use snow as an insulating blanket to shelter under and search for their food.

Iditarod Trail centennial celebration kicks off in Seward
While most people are familiar with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that takes place next month, not as many folks may be familiar with the 100-year legacy of the Iditarod National Historic Trail itself, but a celebration this weekend in Seward may be a great way to learn about its rich history while also having a good time.

Trails shaping up nicely for winter recreation
Skiers, snowshoers, dog mushers and snowmachiners will all have recreation options this weekend, as there is plenty of snow on the ground and cool temperatures will be keeping it there for awhile.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Brown Bears lose again on road trip
The Kenai River Brown Bears lost to the Texas Tornado 5-2 on Thursday night in North American Hockey League action in Texas.

Kenai boys, SoHi girls get wins
Kenai's Nate Byrd missed four of his first five shots and eight of his final nine attempts in Thursday night's Northern Lights Conference showdown against rival Soldotna.

Peninsula Clarion - High School Sports

Delta, Nikiski set for playoffs
The Nikiski hockey team will go into their Greatland Hockey Conference quarterfinal playoff game tonight against Delta with only eight players.

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."

'Rambo' misses the mark
"Rambo"

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Start the year by choosing to work for Christ
So, it's the beginning of February and you may be thinking about the New Year, new bills from Christmas, new resolutions for how to make 2008 better than 2007.

Oilers sign third baseman
The Oilers have announced the signing of third baseman Vince Belnome, a sophomore at West Virginia University. As a true freshman, the 6-foot, 195-pound left-handed hitter batted .355 with 12 doubles, two home runs, 24 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .464. Belnome is majoring in sports management and calls Coatesville, Pa., home.

After picking Pats every week this season, there's no reason to stop now
John Madden was oblivious to what was transpiring before him Everybody was, for that matter.

Peninsula Clarion - Sports News

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