Friday, March 12, 2010

Alaska retailers upbeat about future
Despite a recent drop in sales for retailers Fred Meyer and Best Buy, the two store chains have weathered the storm and will see rising profits soon, said representatives of the companies at a retail forecast luncheon.

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Job Shadow a great opportunity
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Kenai Central High School hosted its 16th Annual Job Shadow Day on March 3. This year there were more than 100 students in the junior class that went out into local businesses for a half-day job shadow experience. We had 13 students shadow different departments at Central Peninsula Hospital, five students at the Kenai Police Department and about 15 students in the oil and gas industry with various companies such as Tesoro and Marathon.

Nikiski prom dress drive a success
I would like to thank everyone who donated tothe Nikiski High School Prom Dress Drive held on March 2. We received 100 dresses from Wisconsin and Alaska, 41 girls walked away with a free prom dress this year! I would especially like to thankNorth Peninsula Recreation Center for donating a room to store the dresses and a room to hold the event. Special thanks goes out to Kasi McClure, Maria McCaughey, Crystal Malone and Samantha Young for helping methe day of the event. Mr. O'Brien and Mrs. Falk, thank you for your support and helping spread the word to all the girls. I look forward to continuing thisevent next year.

'We the people' part of corporate government
The veil continues to be removed from corporate government. It thrills me to see the public continue to wake up. The Clarion is questioning why " corporations, unions and other narrow interest groups are now somehow equal to human beings." (Clarion editorial, Feb. 28).

Why do wee need a militia now?
Back in 2002, Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson is quoted in the Peninsula Clarion (Sept. 3, 2002) as saying that "A militia is not needed up in Alaska" and that "he doesn't plan to form a militia organization in Alaska."

Many hands make Skills USA conference a success
The Kenai Central High School "Skills USA" Organization would like to thank all of the following volunteers for making our District Conference on Feb. 18 a huge success: Aaron Turnage, KPD; Barry Hartman, Skyview High School; Bob Hammer, Kenai Peninsula Home Building Association; Bruce Gabriel, Big G Electric; Cheryl Cook, Big G Electric; Colleen Ward, Kenai Community Member; Curt Wagoner, City of Kenai; Debbie Morris, Carrs/Safeway; Doug Grzybowski, Dept. of Labor; Ed Clark, Carlile Trucking; Emily Sims, Kenai High School; Hope Kmetez-Casseri, Homer High School; Jeff Twait, Kenai Peninsula Home Building Assocation; JW Johns, Spenard Builders Supply; Larry Lockwood, Dept. of Labor; Leanne Abendroth, Kenai High School; Marty Anderson, Non-Destructive Testing; Matt Bart, Dept. of Labor; Meggean Bos, Soldotna High School; Mike Boyle, Kenai High School; Ruben Foster, State Dept. of Corrections; Scott Griebel, Kenai Peninsula Borough; Stephanie Bohrnsen, Soldotna High School; Steve Fischer, Kenai High School; Steve Schoessler, Kenai High School; Tim Wight, Skyview High School; Wally Ward, Marathon Oil; and Walt Ward, Kenai Community Member.

Free health care not really free
Free health care. That's a real joke. We are being told that "savings" from Medicare and Medicaid fraud will pay for a lot of the "free" health care proposed by the present bill in congress that is promoted heavily by the President of the United States. Why aren't we saving that money right now? Why isn't the fraud being dealt with and the money banked for a better cause? This is what is presented to the CBO to let us know that health care won't cost anything and we won't pay any more taxes. What a crock!

Schools, community value youth
I was reminded this past Saturday, March 6, how grateful I am to live in a community which values its young people. I was also reminded of the efforts of the many volunteers it takes to create wonderful opportunities for the youth of our community. On this particular Saturday I volunteered to help judge the borough forensics competition at Sterling Elementary. There was great support from the administration of several schools, teachers, support staff and community volunteers working to host this wonderful event.

Tax values up 0.9 percent: Borough mayor plans to propose one-half mill reduction
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's overall taxable value increased 0.9 percent for 2010, a small increase compared to previous years.

Lawmakers split on decision to send 21 to D.C.
Sending 21 state lawmakers to an energy conference in the nation's capital last week might have been a bit much, according to one Kenai legislator.

School bus slides into ditch
A Kenai Peninsula Borough School District bus slid and tipped into a ditch on Island Lake Road near Bell Avenue in Nikiski Wednesday afternoon while taking students home from Nikiski North Star Elementary School. There were no major injuries.

Soldotna council takes on green projects
The city of Soldotna is going green with the unanimous passage of two environmentally friendly ordinances at Wednesday night's city council meeting.

Field trip: Wagoner: State, D.C., on line with gas pipeline
Alaska's energy policies and goals are in line with those of the Lower 48 according to Kenai's voice in the state Senate.

Nikiski beach access restored
There's going to be a beach party this weekend.

Photo feature: Alaska Citizens Militia
Norm Olson, right, talks to Jon Shoemaker about the Alaska Citizens Militia at the 2nd Amendment/Constitutional Task Force Freedom Rally on Thursday night at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. "It's good to see people standing up for what they believe in," Shoemaker said.

Photo feature: Just browsing
A young moose browses alongside Bridge Access Road, just out of sight of most motorists, Wednesday afternoon. The critters are still a common sight alongside the road as they look for easy to reach food.

Mary L. Diaz
Longtime Kenai resident, Mary L. Diaz died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at Providence Extended Care, surrounded by family after a battle with brain cancer. She was 84.

Audrey June Breed
Soldotna resident, Mrs. Audrey June Breed, 76, died March 9, 2010, at Heritage Place with her family by her side.

Edward V. Segura
Lifelong Kenai resident Mr. Edward V. Segura, 76, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Balancing the borough books
News of a drop in annual borough sales tax revenue should've come as no surprise this week.

Beyond the official Kenai Refuge ski trails
As an employee at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I often opt to take my lunch break out on the ski trails that run through the woods from the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road. These beautiful, groomed trails meander through quiet mixed forests and out into the sunshine and mountain views on Headquarters Lake. As varied, extensive, and picturesque as this trail system is, my need for adventure urges me to find ways farther out, to follow trails that lead I know not where.

Light and noise pollution
In the late 1940s, my cousin Johnny and I once spent a summer night sleeping under the stars in the back yard at my grandparent's house. The sky was clear, and, except for starlight, perfectly black. On our backs, we gazed in wonder at star-spangled space. That was the first time I saw a shooting star.

Around the Peninsula

St. Patrick's Day party set

Around the Peninsula

Library fundraiser slated

Mighty heave: SoHi graduate breaks 1969 shot put mark
Ryan Shelton, a 2008 graduate of Soldotna High School, broke the oldest standing men's track and field record at Weber State University on Saturday at the UNLV Open in Nevada.

Film digs in to mine: 'Red Gold' looks at issues surrounding Pebble
The film, "Red Gold," examining the controversy surrounding the proposed Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska could be a real-life, Alaskan version of the motion-picture phenomenon "Avatar."

Art Briefs

Youth art show seeks entries

What's Happening

Best Bets

Oscar worthy, indeed
'Crazy Heart'

Home Economics
Who put the eek!

Church Briefs

Bible study online too

What I don't understand about marriage
Lest the month of brides and bridegrooms escape without any attention being given in this column to its specialty, I've decided to share my thoughts about the closest of all human relationships: marriage.

Bears enter season's homestretch
Throughout this season, Kenai River Brown Bears head coach Oliver David has divvied up ice time evenly among his team. With just seven games left, the first-year coach has a new philosophy at practice -- compete for playing time.

Sports Briefs

Area skiers compete at Junior Olympics

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: 2 thoughts on conference tourneys

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