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Friday, February 22, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Healing touch, laughter classes offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Hospice appreciates help
On behalf of the board of directors, staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Central Peninsula, we would like to take this time to express our heartfelt gratitude to ACS. We deeply appreciate the waiver granted to us for DSL Internet and phone service for the calendar year 2008. The support ACS has provided helps us grow our services and better serve our community.

Reader: You are not taxpayers' responsibility
The Feb. 12 paper (Schools section) had a story about a teen mom. She blamed everyone but her and the father. 1) No one told her not to have sex; 2) The media makes it cool to have sex; 3) Birth control prices are high because of greedy companies; and 4) It feels good. Not one good excuse!

Column doesn't think it all the way through
I have tremendous respect for Bob Bird. He has given a lot to the central Kenai Peninsula through his teaching and coaching, and he and Rosemary have raised three bright, talented and responsible children who now, as young adults, give one optimism for the future.

Area roads need work
As a commercial truck driver based out of the greater Kenai-Soldotna area, and a resident, I am absolutely amazed at the conditions of the roadways in the Kenai-Soldotna area. They are by far the worst on the peninsula. It is amazing to me to see communities like Homer and Anchor Point and communities north of here, as well, how good they keep there roadways and highways. They have this area beat hands down and should be commended for their efforts.

'Unreasonable demands' should stop
Please do not hold the Kenai Watershed Forum hostage to unreasonable demands for the "White House." The KWF is and has been doing this community a great service for the Kenai Peninsula. They have limited funds as a nonprofit and use their funds to the benefit of all the peninsula to ensure clean water for all who inhabit this area.

We need the gas, too
The Lower 48 may need our gas, but Alaska needs it, also.

Utilities probe unified power pact
In the interest of providing "reliable electric service at the lowest cost possible," Homer Electric announced Wednesday it is joining with other Railbelt utilities to look into forming a unified power system.

Snow slide shuts Seward Highway
An avalanche that deposited 40 feet of snow on the Seward Highway late Tuesday night left the road impassable in both directions at Mile 21, between Seward and the Sterling Highway junction.

Vicious dog ordinance put down
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a controversial vicious dog control ordinance Tuesday night agreeing that it would be difficult and expensive to enforce.

Caribou Hills fire case postponed two weeks
A two-week continuance was granted Thursday to the California man charged in the Caribou Hills wildfire that blackened more than 55,000 acres last summer and destroyed at least 53 cabins.

Board looks at health, science
The school board spent two one-hour work sessions reviewing revised health and science curriculums before Monday's meeting.

Assembly tackles salmon streams
Protecting salmon streams is critical to maintaining healthy fisheries, experts say, and an ordinance now before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly would impose rules on developers who must construct bridges over those streams.

Airport reserve to be rezoned?
The first stone was tossed into the rezone pond Wednesday night as the Kenai City Council took up a recommendation to change all airport reserve lands surrounding the airport from conservation to light industrial use.

Photo feature: Straight shooter
Al Steele competes in a darts game at Hooligans Saloon on Wednesday morning during the fifth annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympics Games. Seniors age 55 or older are competing in an assortment of games and activities through Saturday. Contact any local senior center for information on remaining events.

Senate approves drug database bill
The Alaska Senate approved a measure creating a statewide prescription database Tuesday after making amendments meant to ease security concerns.

Peninsula Clarion - News

William Franklin Walker
Seward resident William Franklin Walker died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, after a long illness. He was 60.

Joint efforts make powerful statement
Wednesday's announcement by Homer Electric Association spokesman Joe Gallagher was a little shocking.

Ordinance doesn't have enough bite
Talk at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday turned vicious, but apparently not vicious enough.

Balmy weather halts groomers
The conditions are absolutely abysmal outside, and until the warm weather breaks, there's not much area groomers can do about it.

Mushy mushing: Sprint race organizers hope for firm trails
This week's wet weather should make it clear there is less winter ahead than behind, but the Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association is hoping the snow will hold at least through the weekend.

Breaking up the winter blues: Refuge offers cabin fever relievers
Well, it's that time of year again: the feeling that you have endured through months of long dark nights, lots of snow that sooner rather than later melts, followed by colder than comfortable temperatures (did I really bring the cold from Fairbanks?). Sure, we're gaining daylight but are we going to make it until spring? Have you found yourself experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet Builders meeting slated Moose host ball Open gym available Counseling board meeting set Strength training workshop set Gas pipeline presentation cancelled Book sale a real page turner Dinner, auction fundraiser set Steak dinner fundraiser in Sterling Caregiver meetings offered Potatoes to be discussed Rotary raffle offers hope Counseling association to meet March of Dimes walk planned

SoHi's Mucha nabs 4th place
Kincaid Park in Anchorage was ready on Thursday and so was Soldotna sophomore Kailey Mucha.

Kick, glide at a premium
Coaches normally have a say in what their athletes can do to succeed.

Poet's Corner
Why don't I start with a simple question?

What's Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Films Upcoming Events

'Jumper' a good idea gone bad
'Jumper'

Getting to know the King
n The Kenai Performers will present "The King and I" by Rogers and Hammerstein at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Feb. 29 and March 1 and at 3 p.m. Sunday and March 2 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The cost is $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Charlotte's and Halcyon Salon in Kenai, at River City Books and Sweeney's Clothing in Soldotna, at Whitey's Music Shop on Kalifornsky Beach Road, at M&M Market in Nikiski, or at the door.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

God can move us from the pits to pinnacle
The story is told of a man who was in such a state of depression that he went to a psychiatrist. Upon learning of his troubles, the doctor urged him to go to hear a world famous humorist, who was in the city.

Oilers add infielder to the mix
The Peninsula Oilers have announced the signing of sophomore shortstop Brian Horst of University of California Riverside. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder batted .294 in 21 games and had 68 at-bats with 20 hits, two doubles and 10 RBIs. The right-hander calls Riverside, Calif., home.

Peninsula Clarion - Sports News

Brown Bears develop home-ice edge
The Kenai River Brown Bears will look to continue thriving on home-ice advantage today and Saturday in a North American Hockey League series against first-place Wichita Falls.

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