Friday, March 9, 2007

Peninsula Clarion - Business

Shoppers willing to travel
This is in response to Kathy Ramsey’s letter printed in the Feb. 28 edition of the Peninsula Clarion.

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.

Efforts help children ‘DARE’ to be successful
The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 14 years to teach fifth-grade students the D.A.R.E. program at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. Through hard work and dedication, the school district and police department have graduated well over 2,500 students since the beginning of the D.A.R.E. program in Kenai.

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.

Rotarians give students reason to ‘say cheese’
Soldotna Middle School appreciates being a part of the Soldotna Rotary Club Digital Arts Project. Recently attorney Joseph L. Kashi donated a new Sony Digital 8 handy-cam video camera, case, battery pack and tapes to our school. In addition to the camera set, he also donated Photoshop Elements 5.0 software and three cameras and film to go with the cameras.

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).

The nature of politicians, wolves
On the subject of eliminating the property tax benefits to the elderly and disabled veterans:

Reader favors Susan Butcher Day
I want to respond to the public opposition documented through the TV news “call-in” survey to the declaration of Susan Butcher Day as a yearly event. I am in favor of having this recurrent celebration.

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.

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.

Group votes gainst gillnets in rivers
The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee agreed Wednesday to recommend to the Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council that gear for new subsistence fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers be limited rod and reel or dipnet.

Assembly may increase borough’s contribution to almost $38 million
Last spring’s increase in the state’s base student allocation coupled with a the fall’s larger-than-expected enrollment have borough officials considering an increase in local spending on Kenai Peninsula Borough schools.

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.

Closing arguments in Rogers trial set for today
After nearly five weeks of testimony in the Shawn Rogers murder trial, the defense rested its case Thursday morning with Rogers maintaining he did not point his gun at anyone in the Beluga tavern 2 1/2 years ago and he did not shoot anyone.

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.

Elementary kids learn to do good deeds for local dogs
Children in instructor Jason Daniels’ fourth-grade class at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School have taken on a pet project — literally.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Policy won’t change for one problem letter
We have been betrayed.

Deep snow means lots of work
Based on the two feet of snow a midweek blizzard brought to some areas of the Kenai Peninsula, perhaps the old cliche, “When it rains it pours,” should be changed to, “When it snows it dumps.”

Hard knocks 101: Spring slash pile burning can be a risky business
Over my now-considerable lifetime, 50 years and counting, I have become somewhat of an expert with regard to burning things. And while some have accused me of pyromania, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about me.

Tsalteshi Trails to host skijor event
For everyone who walks or jogs the Tsalteshi Trails with their dogs in summer, but laments at having to leave their canine companion at home for winter, woe no more.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

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

Heritage boys top Nikiski in opener
The Heritage Christian boys basketball team used a solid defensive effort to top Nikiski 54-18 on Thursday in the opening round of the Southcentral Conference basketball tournament at Nikiski.

Panthers will play Stars in NLC semis
After scoring 16 of Skyview’s 21 first-half points, Nicole Van Ryzin alerted coach Ronnie Kier to an astute observation.

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.

CIA girls, boys get upset in Homer
The Cook Inlet Academy girls and boys basketball teams, both seeded second, suffered upsets on Thursday at the Peninsula Conference basketball tournament in Homer.

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

Kardinals get past Kodiak
The recent torrid play of Kenai’s Nate Saltzgiver made Kodiak’s defensive plan obvious.

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

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.

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?

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 - Religion

Hakkinen finishes 40th in individual
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen finished 40th in a World Cup 20-kilometer individual race on Thursday in Oslo, Norway.

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