Thursday, March 1, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes Food bank fundraiser set to build Wine tasting fundraiser set Seafood innovators sought Employers can learn how to train others Crimestoppers seek support

Readers miss the old days of fishing
Until approximately 10 years ago on the Kenai Peninsula, the Department of Fish and Game designated the days and area we could go to the beaches and set our nets for our fish. These were days when there would be no commercial fishing. Church groups would set their nets and fish for church members not able to fish for themselves. Families would gather, teach the children how to care for the family at the same time enjoy to process and be together as a family.

Reader has a better plan
So here we go again! The borough wants to raise the sales tax to cut property taxes and cap the senior-disabled vet exemption. How about looking at this from a different prospective?

Parking raises concerns
This letter is concerning the handicap spots at Fred Meyer. Usually, every time we go to Fred Meyer, not even a quarter of the handicap spots are filled up.

Fisherman questions creation of Pebble Mine
As an avid Alaskan fly fisherman of over 20 years, I have fished the pristine waters of the Newhalen, smaller Lake Clark streams and the Naknek for the past decade. I am hopelessly obsessed with fishing rivers where the only other warm-blooded animals are my best buddies and bears.

Keeping an open mind
Chou En-lai, the great Communist leader and Democratic icon, said, “Eventually science will know everything and there will be no need for religion.” I wish on its way to omniscience science would just cure the common cold. Or, explain homosexuality in terms of evolution. Since they don’t procreate shouldn’t they have disappeared? Religion says “anything in motion has to be set in motion.” Science says, “How about the Mexican jumping bean?”

ACT earns appreciation
I read the Jan. 23, Voices of the Peninsula editorial titled, “After everything, government belongs to all of us,” and knew a response was necessary.

Popp to take reins at nonprofit development corporation
Bill Popp, the borough’s liaison to the oil and gas industry since 2002, will leave that job April 2 to become president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Deadline looming for Homer ski trail land purchase
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is facing a June deadline in six-year efforts to raise enough money to protect 275 acres of historic and popular ski trails on Baycrest Hill near Homer.

Defense quizzes trooper
One of the principal investigators in the 2004 Beluga tavern homicide appeared unflappable as Shawn Rogers’ defense attorney hammered away at the state’s investigation for the third day this week.

Statewide commercial catch could reach 179 million fish
The statewide salmon harvest this coming season will be significantly larger than that of 2006.

Council to hear presentation on landscaping guidelines within city limits
A Soldotna woman who says she does not want to see her town clear cut by developers is slated to make a presentation to the city council tonight seeking to have the city revisit its landscaping standards.

Rogers murder trial continues with re-direct of trooper
The lead investigator in the 2004 Beluga tavern homicide explained to jurors in the Shawn Rogers murder trial Tuesday why he did not collect gunshot residue and fingerprint evidence, and recanted an earlier statement that he did not do follow-up interviews during his investigation.

Dan P. Rumley
Lifelong Alaskan Dan P. Rumley died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at his home in Sterling with his family by his side. He was 31.

Leslie M. Chastain
Soldotna resident Leslie M. Chastain died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Michael ‘Harpo’ Holzheimer
Longtime Homer resident Michael “Harpo” Holzheimer died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at his home. He was 52.

Around the Peninsula
LeeShore board meets today Little League registration begins SoHi softball registration planned School offers up entertainment Get Fido chipped and buy a lamp Community dance planned Historical society to meet Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Youth court offered Swim lessons offered in Nikiski

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski seniors host open house Quilters set to sew Asperger’s syndrome meeting slated Youth court offered Swim lessons offered in Nikiski Little League coaches needed

Legislators raise concerns as hearings on 90-day session begin
JUNEAU — The mandate for a 90-day legislative session is still a year off, but lawmakers already were expressing some doubt whether they could successfully pull it off.

Call 911: There’s no Oscar here!
As I arise groggily after a night of Oscar revelry, I think back on the exciting, well-made films that were honored in the previous evening’s award show marathon. “The Departed” — very good. “The Queen” — excellent. “Little Miss Sunshine” — provocative and heartwarming. “Letters from Iwo Jima” — probably good, but who knows; heaven forbid a foreign language film come to our area.

Poet’s Corner: “Aztec Princess”
My mom is five foot seven,

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Kasilof artist set to go global
As a potter, Libby Berezin has a broad skill set.

Art Briefs
Writers all set Artist awards deadline extended Peninsula writers wanted Quilters set to sew

Imperfections are what makes man’s best friend absolutely perfect
Dogs. People all over America and even the world can relate to that word. Why? Because an overwhelming majority of the earth’s population owns at least one. Whether it’s a schnauzer, pit bull, great dane, tea cup chihuahua, shih tzu, chocolate Lab, or even a Chinese crested — everyone seems to have some sort of dog that they are absolutely attached to like white on rice.

Redoubt students explore, share Alaska culture
The school district’s sixth-grade social studies curriculum is built around Alaska culture and history. Covering every aspect of that rich and diverse topic can be a challenge, but teachers at Redoubt Elementary in Soldotna have come up with a solution: let the students share it with each other.

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