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Friday, March 7, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules New business products offered Business reopens Robinson named new director of physical medicine Business workshops offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Readers suggest peninsula dissolve borough government
Everyone is experiencing extreme hardship with regard to the current economic state of affairs. On the Kenai Peninsula we are supporting 7 multigovernments, i.e. Kenai Peninsula Borough, cities of Seldovia, Kachemak, Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Seward. All of these entities are really unnecessary today for our small population of about 50,000-plus.

Reader: Time to talk is now for the salmon's sake
Each year fewer permit holders bother to put their nets in the water. Some blame low prices for salmon, high fuel costs of the thousands of tons of farmed salmon being dumped onto the American markets each year. Commercially, this is a statewide phenomenon that grows economically worse for commercial fishing families each year. Together with sport, subsistence and personal-use fisheries it is a never-ending recurring nightmare.

Support keeps dancers moving
Peninsula Artists in Motion (PAM) Dance Company's Winter Ball held Jan. 26 was a fabulous success. Thank you for the support from our arts-minded community and all of the people who attended. PAM's mission as a nonprofit organization is to cultivate dance on the peninsula; with live music provided by Bob Ramponi's Alaska Swing Co., we kept two dance floors filled with ballroom dancers.

Contributions sweeten event
On behalf of the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ, we would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" for contributions to the 18th annual Senior Sweetheart Dinner held at the AAJC Fellowship Hall on Feb. 23. The following organizations and businesses helped to make this event possible: Alaska Cab (Brent and his drivers); CARTS; Claudette's Folk Art & Collectibles; Dennis Murray and staff from Heritage Place in Soldotna; Linda Flowers, Leah Hannahs and staff from Forget-Me-Not in Kenai; Gay Pendelton, Judy Calhoun, Pat Doyle, MaryJo Gates, Al Veldstra and Gary Manzik from Friendship Center in Homer; Jodi Reed and staff from Harbor Lights House Assisted Living in Soldotna; volunteers from Chuda House in Kenai; and volunteers from Vintage in Kenai.

Can-do spirit helps food bank
Delightful slides, dancing, dollars and donations. We got it all with the recent "South Africa: A World in One Country" event at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Thank you to Greg and Jan Daniels for taking us with them around the world and for their generosity in requesting that the admission be a donation to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in the form of high protein food or a monetary donation.

Writer backs Benson
Diane Benson will be the first indigenous women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She will get an exceptional voter turnout this November from indigenous communities all across Alaska because of the things she is thinking and doing now.

Judge grants delay in wildfire trial
It will be at least two more months before the criminal case comes to trial against the California man charged in the Caribou Hills wildfire that blackened more than 55,000 acres last summer and destroyed at least 53 cabins.

Attorney wants dipnet closure
A Kenai attorney who represents commercial fish harvesters and small processors rattled a loud sabre Wednesday night when he called for a halt to dipnet salmon fishing on the Kenai River.

Homer charter school won't get more space
Despite Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson's recommendation that Fireweed Academy be given an additional classroom at West Homer Elementary School, and after multiple attempts at motions to do just that, the school board Monday night finally just said no.

Focus on the future
In the 10 years he has been president of the University of Alaska, Mark Hamilton said 100 new programs have begun, 85 of which are in the two-year and under, work force development subject areas.

City mulls course
If the city of Soldotna does not purchase Birch Ridge golf course when its owners retire in the not too distant future, the likelihood of Birch Ridge remaining as a golf course is in question.

Kenai property assessments jump
Kenai business owners deluging city hall with complaints about recent hikes in their property assessments wrongly assumed the increases were linked to plans of Wal-Mart and Lowe's coming to town.

Slipping, sliding not much fun
Recent warm weather has caused conditions to get icy, causing residents to slip and fall on the ice.

Dennis Lloyd Stanga
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Dennis Lloyd Stanga of Jennings, La., died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at Jennings American Legion Hospital. He was 60.

Roy James Evans Jr.
Nanwalek resident and Alaska Native Roy James Evans Jr. died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at his home in Nanwalek. He was 47.

State must diversify for jobs: Mining can play an important role in the future of Alaska
Mining is a growing industry in Alaska, bringing family wage jobs to Alaskans, paying substantial taxes to state and local governments and forming important partnerships with private landholders, such as NANA and Calista corporations. Estimated 2007 economic impacts of Alaska's mining industry recently were released in a report prepared for the Alaska Miners Association by McDowell Group Inc., a well-known economic consulting firm with offices in Anchorage, Kodiak and Juneau. This report can be downloaded from www.alaskaminers.org.

Education worth the investment
Coming off the heels of last week's Job Shadow Program day for Kenai Central High School students, an appearance by University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, UA Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer and Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner is well timed.

Weather makes lakes, roads hazardous for Refuge users
Editor's note: Refuge law enforcement officer Chris Johnson wrote this Refuge Notebook in February 2006. It is being rerun in light of changing weather, snow and ice conditions on the refuge.

Spring means restless, hungry bears
As the daylight hours grow longer and the snow melts, bears begin to emerge from their dens. Some are content to sit outside their den and soak up the sun, others have cubs in tow, but generally all bears are in search of one thing: easy food.

Visitors should keep informed on conditions
It's that time of year again. The days are getting longer and warmer. Yippee! Unfortunately, longer, warmer days aren't always such a good thing.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Community talent show planned Rotary raffle offers hope Democracy to be discussed Excellent teachers sought SoHi welcomes eighth-graders Scholarships offered

Seldovia boys nip Eagles
To say Levi Harkness was a beginner when he first tried out for Seldovia as a freshman would be an understatement.

Ninilchik boys defeat Nikolaevsk
Tyler Sutherland netted a game-high 20 points, including 16 of his team's 21 points in the third quarter, in leading the Ninilchik boys to a 60-24 victory over Nikolaevsk on Wednesday in the opening round of the Peninsula Conference tournament at Cook Inlet Academy.

NLC tournament promises high drama
Northern Lights Conference girls basketball is back.

Powerful group of 4 advances to NLC girls semis
Four of the top nine girls teams in the state will play in the semifinals of the Northern Lights Conference basketball tournament today at Palmer High School.

Seward squads both win
The Seward girls and boys basketball teams advanced to the semifinals of the Southcentral Conference tournament on Thursday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

Nikiski girls set for Grace
Ward Romans knows precisely what it takes to qualify for the state tournament. He just won't come out and say it.

'Semi-Pro' is no 'Major League'
Will Ferrell has carved out a pretty comfortable niche for himself playing loveable buffoons at the top of their game, whatever that game may be, from news anchor to ice skater. I'm sure it seemed like a perfect fit when the idea came along for him to play Jackie Moon, owner, coach and power forward for the Flint Michigan Tropics. After all, loveable basketball buffoon is obviously next in line.

Take a song, make it your own
The jazz/cabaret week will begin with lessons and classes held in Soldotna High School's green room, starting on March 16 with a meeting at 7 p.m., followed by five afternoons and nights of lessons from March 17 through 21. The week will end with a Gala Concert at The Crossing Restaurant in Soldotna on March 22.

King's Highway runs through Kenai
"Camino Real," plays at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Kenai Performers' Playhouse in Old Town.

Poet's Corner
Tears Slowly Streaming Down my face,

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Rich heavenly Father can carry our cares
My working associate was a top-notch salesman and highly respected by our employer and others, but he had a severe drinking problem that nearly ended his life.

Oilers announce signing of pitcher
The Peninsula Oilers have announced the signing of junior right-handed pitcher Dave Roberts of Long Beach State University. In 2007, Roberts made 28 appearances at Long Beach State. He went 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 37 innings. Roberts, who is 6-foot-0, 215 pounds, is majoring in communications and calls Renton, Wash., home.

Sports Briefs
Peterson wins at Tsalteshi

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