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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSmall business center hosts workshopsYouth cooking classesFood bank fundraiser set to buildJA seeks volunteersWine tasting fundraiser setMade In Alaska workshops slated

Freedom for all citizens?
Well I would say it’s fortunate that your readers who write in and insight hatred for any “different” people are safely tucked away in Alaska, but alas, the sentiment is rampant throughout this country.

A salute to those who help Girl Scouts
On behalf of Central Peninsula Girl Scouts, I would like to thank each and every business and person who worked together to help make our Nikiski Girl Scouts Winter Fun Day (Jan. 20) on Daniel’s Lake a huge success.

Reader asks why it’s so hard to accept differences
I am an atheist. On Jan. 29, I had the privilege of reading a letter sent to you telling me to get out of the country. I do not feel like arguing about the justifications of such a notion, but I do not feel it is right that my lack of religion should be used as a scapegoat for crime in America.

Writer: Diversity is country’s strength
I’m writing in response to the letters of Alice Shannon and Robert Ralls, (Jan. 29 and 30). While I am no longer shocked by such outrageous and frustrating claims as were made in these letters, I am disappointed that my community would in any way support such bigotry.

Reader: Are ‘friends’ telling the truth?
The “friends” of the Pebble mine project, the Truth about Pebble, need to insist upon the whole truth and nothing but the truth from the mining companies. No more corporate newspeak and “Limbaughisms” — a kernel of truth lathered over with distortions and deceptions. No more denigrating opponents as spreading false information — especially for telling the truth about what Northern Dynasty has filed with the state of Alaska.

Canine program possible with help from community
The Kenai Police Department wishes to thank Chevron USA for its sponsorship of the newly formed Canine Unit at the police department. The growth of the city of Kenai has brought about an increase in the volume of calls that canine units are especially suited to handle. The main function of the police canine include tracking suspects and lost persons, evidence recovery, building searches, narcotics interdiction, fights-disturbance response, officer assistance and public relations.

Country’s arms open to everyone
In response to the letter written by Alice Shannon on Jan. 29 — kicking atheists out of the country. What an interesting concept. Who do we throw out next? Muslims? Jews? Buddhist? Then do we start on race? I see she covers religions and only mentions Christian faiths, which leads me to believe she is suspect of the non-Christian flavors.

High scrap price may help rid borough of old cars
High prices for scrap metal have made getting rid of that junk vehicle on your property a relatively cheap proposition, says the director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s solid waste program.

Jury hears details of Black shooting
Lawyers in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Tuesday continued to painstakingly extract details for hours of a Beluga barroom shooting that lasted just seconds and left one patron dead in July 2004.

Borough declares disaster
Responding to millions of dollars’ worth of damage along miles of Kenai River shoreline caused by the recent ice jam, Borough Mayor John Williams signed a disaster declaration Tuesday, opening the door to possible state and federal financial aid.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Deep Creek on the block
A Ninilchik seafood processor who recently agreed to pay a $10,500 fine for violating the federal Clean Water Act said his business never caused any environmental damage, and that the fine has contributed to a decision to sell the company.

Soldotna council chips away at ice
Huge chunks of ice flowing down the Kenai River this winter have made it onto the Soldotna City Council’s agenda.

50th celebrations in the works
Planning is under way for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood, and the chair of the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission said in Soldotna last week that she hopes statewide festivities would promote tourism, foster economic development and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Superintendent to recommend consolidating Mountain View, Sears schools
At Monday’s school board meeting, the district administration will recommend to the board that Sears and Mountain View elementary schools in Kenai be combined and housed in the Mountain View building, and that the Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, a district charter school, be offered the Sears facility.

Kenai DA asked to testify in trial
Testimony by a state witness in the murder trial of Shawn Rogers on Wednesday resulted in the judge asking that the Kenai district attorney address the court this morning.

Commission looks at future state energy policy idea
Though Alaska’s growth and economic health will depend on meeting current and future energy needs, no long-range, coherent statewide energy policy currently exists.

Gloria May Daugherty
Sterling resident Gloria May Daugherty died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Stone Brook Inn Assisted Living in Soldotna. She was 78.

Katayoun Zakikhani
Soldotna resident Katayoun Zakikhani died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer. She was 50.

Steady drip a call for rainy day PERS/TRS funding
There are a number of public policy and funding issues that continue to grow unchecked, and which the Legislature must sooner or later resolve. These include such items as the state operating budget, the need for a workable fiscal plan, and the unfunded liability of the public retirement systems.

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life kick-off setSenior Olympics slatedGenealogical society to meetSpecial Olympics meeting setBypass support group availableDinner, slide show fundraiser plannedBook club activity setFood bank fundraiser set to build

Around the Peninsula
Skyview after-grad meeting slatedBypass support group availableIditarod team fundraiser set to howlPublic health plans one-day closureBook club activity setRelay for Life kick-off setGenealogical society to meet

Ninilchik sweeps Nikolaevsk
Despite being outscored 17-9 in the fourth quarter, the Ninilchik boys held on to defeat host Nikolaevsk, 70-61, on Tuesday.

Dinner and a show will leave you laughing
Film noir. The term carries images of shadowy lighting, twisting plots and characters meeting on rainy streets for conversations rife with subtext. The term speaks of darkness as the meaning of the word “noir,” in fact, translates to “black.”

Art Briefs
Writers set to meetBeading classes offeredJudged show accepting entriesArtist awards deadline extendedStabenow to talk writingSeward hosts race to designPoetry Out Loud open to schoolsArtists wanted to bug out

Where it started: ‘Hannibal’ not so delectable
Prequels, thanks to our buddy George Lucas, have become the film flavor de jeur lately and, though I usually support any continuation of a great story (I’d love to see Peter Jackson get the chance to do “The Hobbit”), sometimes there’s just one story too many.

Poet’s Corner: Ice Fog
On the inhale,

It’s a throwdown... Event gives filmmakers a chance to strut stuff
Natasha Ala is nervous about “besmirchment.”

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Loan officer shares tips to handle student debt
LUBBOCK, Texas — According to MSNBC, it costs around $13,000 for a full year of tuition including room and board, at a public university, or $28,000 for a private university.

Students train for high growth, high demand jobs
On any given day of the week, the Workforce Development Center at Kenai Central High School is a bustle of activity.

Carnival celebrates reading
The fourth annual Kenai Peninsula Reading Carnival is scheduled for Saturday at Soldotna High School, giving an opportunity for readers of all ages and abilities to celebrate Love of Reading month.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Girl power: Women in high places becoming the norm
A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Caribou Hills with a friend and her family. We happened to get up there in time to watch part of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. It was dark and we could barely make out the mushers and their dogs as we watched from our parked snowmachines.

KPC Student Union representatives give legislators an earful
Despite weather that forced their plane to be diverted to Sitka and then to Ketchikan, KPC Student Union officers and representatives arrived in Juneau to participate in the 22nd annual University of Alaska Southeast Legislative Affairs Conference.

Youth City Bowling Tournament held
The fifth annual Youth City Bowling Tournament was held on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 with bowlers ranging in age from six to 18.

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