Tuesday, March 14, 2006

U.S. Senators and dignitaries visit Peninsula...
The Kenai Peninsula may have had more visits over the last few weeks from National, International, and State dignitaries than at any other period in its history. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski led the parade with a pre-Arctic Winter Games visit to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, “It’s great to be home in Alaska, being away is the hardest part of the job,” said Murkowski. The Senator briefed the Chamber on current federal issues such as education and energy, then went to meet with students at Redoubt Elementary School where she took time to answer questions and read one of her favorite stories, “Getting with the kids and getting them excited about reading and answering their questions about government and civics and having them relate to what we do is one of the best parts of my job,” added Murkowski. When asked if she was the President’s daughter, she replied no and explained that she was the Governor’s daughter and that while the President was the chief executive for the nation, the Governor was the chief executive for the State of Alaska.

Outdoors
March is normally the month that I start thinking about warmer weather and putting away my winter toys and start thinking about summer activities. It is also the time to start your garden plants and dig out the grow lights or putting up those new birdhouses. If you’re slow at some projects like me you even have to build them yet too. Thoughts of fresh water fishing always hit me about this time each year as well. It is also when I start thinking about moving my chickens back outside and ordering the meat birds. I get thinking about using all that grease and stuff my wife has been saving up for me for bear baiting. Soon the spring bear season will be upon us.

2005 CFK winner selected for National Prudential Spirit of Community Award
It was announced last week that 2005 Caring for the Kenai winner Hannah Watkins, a junior at Kenai Central High School has been named the winner of the 2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Winners of the Arctic Winter Games international quilt challenge
When Pat Reese of Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna learned the Kenai Peninsula had won the bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, she thought it would be in keeping with the cultural spirit of the Games to issue a challenge to art quilters of the north to create a piece around the “Release the Spirit Within” theme of the Games. Last summer Reese issued the call and over twenty quilters from the circumpolar north responded with entries. “We had a wonderful response to the call, and some fabulous entries,” said Reese, who sponsored the prize money for the competition.

Choice depends on faith
Recently there have been articles in the Clarion about evolution versus creationism. Evolution theorists believe our highly unique universe of matter, energy, space and time was created out of nothing by pure chance. Creationists believe the Bible that says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Your choice depends on your faith.

Law would shed light on traffic
Thanks to Rep. Jim Elkins, R-Ketchikan, for coming up with a very good bill (House Bill 470, which requires drivers to use their headlights from Sept. 16 through April 30). Many times I have met or had cars come up behind me in the hours of dawn or dusk without headlights on and they could not be seen, causing people to either turn in front of or pull out in front of them. This would be a great new law, one with some purpose to it. My car has sensors on it to turn the lights on in low light conditions which many of the newer cars have and they are great. Another new law.

Reader comments on state of world today
Every day the news seems to get worse, more outrage over violations at the Cuban concentration camp ran by the U.S. military, global warming is progressing at an alarming rate, big oil companies and now the telecommunications industry are growing larger and larger with it seems no checks and balances from the government — the people we have “elected” and whom are supposed to protect us from such demonic groups of persons, the ones who are all about greed and power.

Reader: What’s the fear?
Why are the Republicans so afraid of an investigation? If there was nothing to hide, there would be an immediate investigation. If Clinton had stubbed his toe or sneezed, there would be an immediate investigation.

Reasons behind clinic building opposition questioned
The Clarion’s recent article (March 8) concerning Central Peninsula General Hospital and its board not contributing to the Central Peninsula Health Centers planned clinic building stirs me to respond.

Students’ teamwork should not go unnoticed
The Arctic Winter Games are here. Whether or not a person supports the games being here on the peninsula, the fact remains that we are in the midst of hosting hundreds of athletes and coaches from many countries. Our community is involved in a huge undertaking and it is that sense of “community” that I would like to address.

Timing at Homer airport not well thought out at all
We are breathless with outrage.

Bill would help charitable gaming advertise
Nonprofit agencies that raise money through charitable gaming such as lotteries and raffles can walk into any newspaper office and buy space in which to advertise their fundraising activities.

Back to school after Games
Thanks to the generally good behavior of visiting Arctic Winter Games guests and volunteerism from the community, schools in the central Kenai Peninsula were back in session as usual Monday.

Demonstrators plan advocacy rally for disabled
Some of the issues are new, many are old issues still ongoing, but nonetheless, dozens of people who assist the disabled will be rallying in Soldotna again this year in hopes of having their voices heard in Juneau.

Fish fight no day at the beach
The recent creation of a subsistence seat on the Kenai-Soldotna Alaska Department of Fish and Game Advisory Committee was followed by an outpouring of public support for a proposal to reopen beaches to personal-use setnet fishing. But early efforts have been hampered by unresponsive officials, said Tim O’Brien, who was voted to fill the advisory committee’s subsistence seat in February.

Scientists go with the flow
Although hovering at color code orange, recent changes on Augustine Island reveal that the nature and not just degree of volcanic activity determine the hazards.

CES fees to rise
Fees charged to patients for ambulance rides and other emergency services in the central Kenai Peninsula are about to go up.

Genealogical club helps people find history in obscure records
Determined to dig up information about gold rush relatives? Uncertain if tales about Grandma Lou are actually true? Interested in finding out if any long-lost kin were kings and queens, or perhaps scoundrels and scalawags? The Kenai Peninsula Totem Tracers Genealogical Society may be able to help.

Man’s past could be feature presentation
It was late October and cold in the Vosges Mountains, the kind of weather that made you want to linger safe and warm behind the front lines. But orders were orders, and the ones just handed the soldiers of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team promised zero security and all the wrong kind of heat.

Legacy should be shared: Jesse Lee Home restoration would protect Seward history
It is a humbling moment, when elders point out the intrinsic value in that which you have never considered. Dr. James Simpson did that for me last week. He had flown up from Oregon to attend a meeting of the Friends of Jesse Lee Home. Long flight for a two-hour meeting, even if it is to organize an effort to restore Alaska’s most endangered historic building.

Around the Peninsula
Bee keepers buzzing SoHi after-grad committee to meet Safari club to meet Child abuse to be discussed Ruffner to discuss kayak adventure Flight instructors meeting set Chicken dinner fundraiser slated AFS dinner scheduled Class of 1976 members sought Civics project seeks donations

Peninsula People
Peck deploys to Australia

Work of heart
Work of Heart is a column devoted to spotlighting certain nonprofit organizations, the heart of area communities.

Births
· Constance and Joe Nicks of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Giaseena Lauree Nicks, at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds. 2 ounces and measured 20 1/8 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Women voters to meet SoHi to host parent night Band concerts set to play First aid classes available SoHi after-prom committee to meet Fundraiser dinner slated CPHC seeks members

Sports Brief
Four area skiers helped Alaska to a second-place finish at the Junior Olympics in Houghton, Mich., from March 6 to Saturday. The Junior Olympics showcase the country’s best cross-country skiers, ages 14 to 19.

Senior Menus
Homer Kenai Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Homer Kenai Soldotna Sterling

The Next Level
Hakkinen takes 25th in pursuit, 18th in relay Leman, Matson make nationals Lansing makes college golf team

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