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Friday, February 2, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesHealth center elects board membersSmall business center hosts workshopsYouth cooking classesConsulting seminar plannedFinancing seminar slatedHealing classes offeredJA seeks volunteers

Pack parents appreciate assistance
We would like to offer belated, but very sincere thanks to the Soldotna Elks Club for their support of Soldotna Cub Scout Pack 672.

Kenai chamber awards community members
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is a time to recognize our chamber and community members who make a difference. For each event, we have a list of distinguished sponsors, those who make up the fabric of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, and we would like to thank them: Wells Fargo, XTO Energy, 1st National Bank, Tesoro, Central Peninsula Hospital,Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, ASRC, Agrium, Peterkin Distributors, Arby’s and the Alaskan Lodge.

Clear roads appreciated
This is a thank you” to the city, borough and independent snow removal people for the great job you all do keeping our roads and businesses cleared for the rest of us.

Student encourages writer to see both sides
It is with sadness and a slight banging of my head on the wall that I write this letter. I understand that the Clarion is attempting to be open-minded to student commentary by featuring Verbatim, but some pieces should have had serious editing. Being a student myself, I think it’s about time I said something about the insulting opinion from this week (Jan. 24).

Trappers code of ethics need to be followed
First, I would like to thank the many people that have called with support and similar problems of dogs trapped ,statewide. This was no isolated incident. On Jan.15, a trapper out with his wife and dog had his dog caught in a trap 75 yards from the upper Kasilof River boat launch.

Right or wrong, trappers will bear burden of problems
Editor’s note: Due to a typing error, a word was inadvertently left out of Mr. Tachick’s letter, which changed the meaning. It was printed in Wednesday’s Clarion. It is being reprinted in its entirety. The word has been italicized in the first sentence. The Clarion regrets the error.

Reader: Why would we want to repeat disaster?
Gail Phillips’ Jan. 9 editorial “Don’t be alarmed by mine” tries to assure us our state has “responsible and accountable permitting system” to protect our valuable fish and wildlife populations from the proposed Pebble Mine. She is upset Alaska groups such as the Renewable Resource Coalition are trying to create a fisheries refuge in Bristol Bay region ahead of the permitting process.

Reader to student: Stand where you are
I comment on Melissa’s (Newton, Clarion, Jan. 24) logical argument that both creation and evolution are based on nonobservable processes, but that evolution takes far more faith than does creation. In reality, evolution poses a greater mystery for itself.

Wish list: Assembly to tackle federal priorities list
As it does each year at this time, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is preparing the final draft of its federal priorities, a wish list of projects and positions the borough wants Alaska’s congressional delegation to back.

Kenai River jam doesn’t move much, still poses flood threat downstream
A large ice jam working its way through the lower Kenai River was poised to make another move downstream Thursday evening, after moving about a quarter mile since Thursday morning.

New owner to continue tradition at Kenai Golf Course
The Kenai Golf Course has marked the end of an era, but not the end of a way of doing business.

Ice jam breaks apart
Water levels that had measured at a peak depth of 20 feet Sunday continued to recede at the Soldotna bridge Wednesday, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management.

Education board weighs options in reconfiguring school space
The Kenai Peninsula Borough school board will discuss several options regarding the configuration of schools in Kenai during a work session prior to Monday’s meeting.

Rogers goes to trial Monday for killing in Beluga tavern
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Kenai Superior Court on Monday in the murder trial of Shawn Rogers.

Leah O’Reagan-Rose
Longtime peninsula resident Leah O’Reagan-Rose died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. She was 86.

Kids’ safety is all that matters
We’ve all seen it — machines buzzing

Event lets ladies take to the trails
Hey ladies, get funky.

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.

Warm, wet conditions wreak havoc on trails
Recent bouts of rain and continuing warm temperatures have taken their toll on local trails, but there still is some decent skiing to be found, and the snowmachine trails of the high country aren’t bad either.

A guide to guiding on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Guides provide many valuable services to visitors on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, such as big game guiding and hunter transporting, scenic white-water and flat-water float trips, sport fish angling, campground services, boat drop-offs, air taxi service, canoe rental and drop-off service, wildlife sightseeing, hiking and guided horseback trips. The most popular service is guided sportfishing.

Outdoor Briefs
Online cabin renters will have to waitSubsistence subcommittee to meetAlaska Community Forest grants available

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game meetings slatedHistorical society to meetCommunity group meeting slatedCommunity dance plannedFundraiser plannedDodge, wallyball tourneys planned

Around the Peninsula
Historical society to meetBeekeepers all a buzzKPC council to meetSpaghetti feed fundraiser set to dishCommunity dance slatedBirders flock togetherVolunteers sought for after prom

Soldotna hockey tops Colony
Soldotna sophomore Alex Stone scored with 3:19 left in the fourth overtime to lift Soldotna to a 2-1 victory over Colony on Thursday in the first round of the Northern Lights Conference hockey tournament at the Palmer Ice Arena.

Most area wrestlers desire upsets
While Homer senior Simeon Daigle will spend today and Saturday at the state wrestling tournament at Chugiak High School trying to avoid an upset, the rest of the Kenai Peninsula’s wrestlers will be trying to cause upsets.

Kenai rolls into conference tourney
A lethal front line comprised of 50-point scorers, Kenai seniors Jed McGlasson, Brad Fusaro and Owen Dukowitz, has provided a majority of the Kardinal’s offense this season — though coach Nate Kiel still maintains it’s his defense that can alter the game.

Fiber artists show the result of unique process
As a person walks into the Kenai Fine Arts Center this month, they will be greeted by warm, earthy tones configured in a variety of patterns and forms. The fiber arts show currently on exhibit, “Disappearing Act,” may cause viewers to redefine how they think about the use of woven material.

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Art Briefs
Time 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 schoolsArtists wanted to bug outKids’ reading program ongoingNative ghost stories wantedArts, crafts presenters wanted for festival

‘Smokin’: Plenty of firepower, not enough spark
To suggest that Quentin Tarantino completely changed the landscape of cinema may be overstating the point, but in fact that statement’s not too far off the mark.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes available for needyKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredSoldotna aglow to meetClothes available

Catching a second wind
Have you heard the term “and then I got my second wind?”

Oilers add battery to roster
University of Kansas junior right-handed pitcher Hiarali Garcia will join the Peninsula Oilers this summer. In 2006, Garcia played at Eastern Oklahoma State under current Oilers head coach Aric Thomas. At Eastern Oklahoma State, Garcia was a National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region II selection and a Division I All-Region Second Team pick. Garcia made 12 starts for the Mountaineers and went 6-3 with a 2.58 ERA, allowing 69 hits in 82 2-3 innings. Garcia struck out 89 and walked just 22. Garcia calls Windsor, Ontario, home.

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