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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Peninsula Clarion - Business

Focus on wrong people
Why is Anna Nicole absolutely dominating national news? Yes it’s sad. Yes she, like everyone else, was-is important. But there are lots of people right now fighting for our freedom and safety. Lots of people in our country and others just trying to survive.

Community spirit is music to reader’s ears
It was so difficult to concentrate on my music when I was so overcome with awe. Just last week, I had the opportunity to practice and perform in the All-Northwest Band. Held in Portland, Ore. This four-day conference brought together the top musicians from six of the northwest states. The band was comprised of 230 students, and I got to be right in the middle of the amazing music that was created.

Change means big savings
I have recently read in your paper about proposed legislative changes in several states that would require incandescent bulbs be replaced with compact fluorescent lights (CLFs).

Store, manager go above and beyond
Educating our children well requires the efforts of many. In an age of increasing budgetary constraints, educators must work smarter to do more with less. Schools must partner with community businesses and groups in order to ensure that their students have what they need.

Kids benefit from PAL
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank the following police officers for their participation in Feb. 24th’s PAL event: Sgt. Gus Sandahl, Officer Tony Garcia, Lt. Kim Wannamaker and Officer Kelly George.

Games made more fun by hosts and helpers
We would like to congratulate all of the medal winners and participants of the fourth annual Senior Olympic games. We would like to thank the hosts, including Central Peninsula Mall Merchants Association, Soldotna Sports Center, Hooligans Saloon, AlaskaLanes Family Bowling Center, Kenai Recreation Center and Ginger’s Restaurant.

Today’s junk is tomorrow’s treasures
When I opened up the newspaper the other morning (Clarion , Feb. 15) and read: “Junk has some value; High scrap price may help rid borough of old cars,” it touched a sensitive nerve.

Collision sends 6 to hospital
A head-on collision destroyed two passenger vehicles and forced Alaska State Troopers to close Kalifornsky Beach Road near the intersection of Gaswell Road for about an hour Tuesday morning.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Silver Hand revisions may be useful, some Native artists say
Tightening rules regarding use of the Silver Hand emblem is, by and large, a good idea, but some provisions in bills before the Alaska Legislature may need to be reconsidered, Native artists speaking with the Peninsula Clarion said this week.

Board sees no way out of layoffs
If Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators and board members were expecting some good news during the board’s visit to Homer on Monday, they didn’t get it. Not from teachers. Not from students. Not from parents. And not from peninsula legislators.

Rogers denied acquittal
The judge in the Shawn Rogers murder trial in Kenai denied a defense motion to acquit Rogers of the first-degree murder charge.

Mayor asks for disaster funds
Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to replenish an empty disaster relief fund with a $200,000 appropriation, thus making money available to repair damages caused by the February ice jams on the Kenai River.

Silver hand gets tighter grip
State lawmakers are considering measures that would tighten the rules regarding a familiar emblem used to differentiate artwork created by Alaska Natives from that produced by non-Natives and foreign manufacturers.

Rogers takes stand
Testifying in his own defense Wednesday, Shawn Rogers denied shooting Brian Black in a Beluga tavern 2 1/2 years ago and denied ever saying the shooting was his fault.

Around the Peninsula
Indian education parent meeting setBike raffle continuesBerry growers gatherSpaghetti dinner fundraiser setBiathlon club to meetSouth pole to be discussedDrivers safety class SaturdayCancer fundraiser slatedAFS fundraiser dinner set to dishNuggets on moose offeredJunior market livestock registration continuesShady things afootMexican dinner, auction fundraiser planned

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Kenai, Soldotna vying for state tournament berths
The Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams are the favorites to defend their titles at the Northern Lights Conference basketball tournament, which will be held today through Saturday at Kenai Central High School.

Nikiski girls set for today’s SCC tourney
Ward Romans divides the basketball season into thirds.

Massie to be honored
Former Kenai Central High School teacher and coach Cliff Massie will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Alaska School Activities Association tonight at Kenai Central High School.

Wolverines have dominated Peninsula Conference
Ninilchik coach Dan Leman won’t come out and say it, but his girls are the overwhelming favorite to win the Peninsula Conference Tournament.

Writers group gears up for annual contest
At 10 degrees below zero and gusty winds, what better way to pass an evening than to listen to a good story?

International artist to take Kenai stage
In New York, Chicago or New Orleans, a person can hardly walk a block without tripping over a jazz club. Live jazz on the Kenai is harder to find.

Art Briefs
Ale needs logoBeading classes offeredSeward hosts race to designArtists wanted to bug outKids’ reading program ongoing

Eastwood’s ‘Letters’ tells of fascination with story from soldiers’ view
Clint Eastwood’s Japanese perspective World War II movie, “Letters from Iwo Jima,” is fascinating, not simply for the story it tells, but for the fact it got made at all. In the process of preparing to adapt “Flags of our Fathers,” James Bradley’s stirring nonfiction account of the American soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima and the iconic image that reignited the war effort, Eastwood became fascinated with the Japanese soldiers tasked to defend this remote outpost of their homeland. He decided to make a second film, focusing on the “enemy” perspective and, being that it’s Clint we’re talking about, Warner Brothers said, “Sure! Do whatever you want.” The result is what any good war movie strives to achieve, a beautiful and tragic portrait of mankind at his best and worst.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Listen without prejudice: Rock music can have a positive message
I listen to rock music because it enpowers me. Out of all the music I’ve listened to, rock is the one that makes me want to get up and dance like I don’t care what people think, and sing along even though my voice isn’t the best.

Program provides hands-on learning
Editor’s note: The following story was written by a Kenai Central High School junior participating in the school’s annual Job Shadow Day. The program is for students to get an opportunity to go out into the community to see if their dream job is what is they hoped it would be.

Kenai Job Shadow Day grows each year
Editor’s note: The following story was written by a Kenai Central High School junior participating in the school’s annual Job Shadow Day. The program is for students to get an opportunity to go out into the community to see if their dream job is what is they hoped it would be.

Showcase events come to the Kenai River Campus this week
The KPC Showcase invites the public to two events being held at the Kenai River Campus this week.

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