Friday, February 16, 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

Reader: Evolution or mutation?
I read with interest the article written by Melissa Newton in the Verbatim section of the Peninsula Clarion dated Jan 23. I would like to commend Miss Newton for bringing this article to our public attention ... and the Clarion for giving us the opportunity to express our opinions with the Letters to the Editor section.

Writer disagrees with letter
As a Christian and a Catechumen in the Catholic Church, I am writing in response to a letter aimed at atheist printed Jan. 29.

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.

Community’s help making a difference
On behalf of Ericka Reynolds and her family, we want to extend our deepest thanks to the numerous people, businesses and organizations in the Kenai-Soldotna community who have contributed to Ericka’s family through fundraisers and donations. Your generosity and goodness is an inspiration.

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.

Ideas sought on fishery regulation changes
The Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition (KAFC) would like to remind all area fishermen that the Board of Fish is presently accepting proposals for regulation changes for our Upper Cook Inlet area commercial, sport, personal-use and subsistence fisheries. This area includes all rivers, streams and lakes on the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, Mat-Su Borough area and the west side of Cook Inlet, as well as the Cook Inlet saltwater fisheries.

Borough assessor sizes up Soldotna council seat
The Kenai Peninsula Borough assessor stepped into an added role Wednesday night when he was appointed to the Soldotna City Council.

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.

Three Bears carries affected peanut butter brand
Alaska is one of the states pulling ConAgra Foods Inc.’s Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter from their shelves.

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.

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.

Retriever brings himself home
Cats may have nine lives, but a Kenai canine recently proved he’s got at least two of his own.

More delays in trial
The Kenai murder trial of Shawn Rogers ran into more delays Thursday and, after hearing testimony from one witness today, jurors are expected to be sent home for a four-day weekend before resuming Wednesday.

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.

Robert C. Dedrick Sr.
Kenai resident Robert C. Dedrick Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage following a brief illness. He was 49.

Jacob Anthony and Jared Neail Delano
Newborns Jacob Anthony and Jared Neail Delano of Kenai died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

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.

Great Backyard Bird Count begins today
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society are hoping Alaskans will help them search for seedy characters this weekend.

Trails still in good shape
While a little more snow would certainly help the situation, most local trails are still in decent shape for weekend recreation.

Owls: formidable predators of the Kenai Peninsula
Late winter is the time of the year when residents of the Kenai Peninsula often become aware of our many owls. Owls are now starting their annual breeding cycle by vocalizing to attract mates and establish breeding territories.

Around the Peninsula
Carnival fundraiser slated Movie night offered in Sterling Fishing derby Saturday Sweethearts breakfast ready to dish Work in progress Reading carnival moves to SoHi Senior dance set to entertain Community dance set to swing

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

Kenai, Homer split
After blowing a seven-point lead and falling behind by three early in the third quarter, Kenai coach Jim Beeson let his kids play.

2nd Annual Borough Sprints set
The 2nd annual Kenai Peninsula Borough Sprint Championships will be held on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School, with both the junior high and high school skiers competing.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

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

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.

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

Poet’s Corner: Ice Fog
On the inhale,

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.”

Two wings of a bird; equality of women, men
In the Bah’ scriptures the equality of the sexes is a cornerstone of God’s plan for human development and prosperity: The full and equal participation of women in all spheres of life is essential to social and economic development, the abolition of war and the ultimate establishment of a united world.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meets Clothes available for needy Kids’ night out planned Bible study group to meet Shaping your life class offered Soldotna aglow to meet Nikiski aglow plans activities

In-state players to join Oilers
Chuck Rider and Jim Pollack, two players with in-state ties, will again play with the Peninsula Oilers this summer.

Johnson, Akelstad lead Iron Dog
Tyson Johnson and Tyler Akelstad were leading the 1,971-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race late Thursday night, but Todd Palin of Wasilla and Scott Davis of Soldotna were still in great position.

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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