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Friday, March 14, 2008

Alaska-made salsa, beer featured in movie
ANCHORAGE Alaskan-made salsa and beer will be featured in an upcoming romantic comedy film about a pushy boss who forces her young male assistant to marry her to avoid being deported to Canada.

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Caldwell joins Redoubt Realty Hoyt joins CPGH, Inc. CITS training offered Business workshops offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Closing dipnetting a 'very bad' suggestion
This is in regards to (Jim) Butler's suggestion about closing down dipnetting (Clarion, March 7).

List needed to make energy credit more fair
Being born right after the Depression and crying for a five-cent ice cone when we had no money, I would like to comment on the energy bill in progress right now.

Many contribute to make Job Shadow Day a success
The 14th annual Job Shadow Day took place in Kenai on Feb. 2. The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Kenai Central High School's partnership, along with members of our community, are the reason for the programs continued success.

Two programs needed to get students ready for work force
This letter is for parents of K-12 students and the students, who may not be interested pursuing academic curricula (college, university) after high school, but who are interested in being qualified to obtain a good job to support themselves within a few years after graduation.

Reader praises special section
In February, the Clarion produced three special sections in its paper called "Transitions." It was excellent, and I want to congratulate your reporters and editorial staff for such a great document on the economy of the central Kenai Peninsula.

Agrium to mothball Nikiski facility
The last flicker of hope appears to have finally gone out for the Agrium plant in Nikiski on Thursday with the company's announcement that it will not go forward with a coal gasification project.

Afternoon gives kids Head Start on reading
"Uh oh!" students at Kenaitze Head Start cried as a mouse awoke a bear with a loud sneeze.

Quick thinking saves house
A Funny River family may have sustained damage to much of their home as a result of a structure fire Tuesday afternoon, but things could have been a lot worse had they not called 911 at the first signs of smoke.

ACT seeks term limit ruling
Voter-approved ballot propositions setting term limits on Kenai Peninsula assembly and school board members do not violate the constitution and should be enforced, the attorney for the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers said in a motion for a summary judgment filed in late February.

IRS to send seniors info on stimulus act
Senior citizens who no longer need to file income tax returns are waiting to learn how to sign up for the federal economic stimulus payments promised by the U.S. Congress and President Bush.

Assembly supports Serenity House relocation
It didn't take long for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to conduct business Tuesday, as the members disposed of a short agenda in about 90 minutes.

Annexation veto goes unchallenged
As expected, the mayor of Soldotna formally presented his veto of an ordinance Wednesday evening that sought to annex four neighboring areas into the city.

Community rallies for injured snowmachiner
One night at 4 a.m. the phone woke Mark Lockwood up.

Bill Saffell
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Bill Saffell died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at his home surrounded by family. He was 80.

Forecast: No Blue Sky for Agrium
When you look up "mothball" in the dictionary, it says: a condition of protective storage. It also says: a state of having been rejected for further use or dismissed from further consideration.

Opportunity is knocking: Alaska salmon need protection from mixing-zone loophole
Gov. Sarah Palin should be applauded for moving Alaska's habitat biologists from the Department of Natural Resources to their rightful place in the Department of Fish and Game. Regardless where the biologists are located, however, there needs to be enough of them to review the many projects coming down the pike, and they need to have the independent authority to play a meaningful role in project oversight. But Gov. Palin did the right thing in response to strong public support for fisheries and habitat protection.

Snow still remains for spring skiing
The warm weather this past week may have sent much snow going, but it's not too far gone to enjoy some spring-like skiing in most locations.

Americans losing interest in nature, replacing the outdoors with electronics
We Americans are apparently losing our interest in the natural world.

Fit to be tied: Tier set to share craft
With each passing day the temperatures are getting warmer, the rivers are opening up, and spring is getting closer: It won't be long until it's time to wet a hook in the hopes of catching fish. A workshop this weekend aims to aid would-be anglers in their upcoming piscatorial pursuits.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
St. Patrick's Day parade set Seattle getaway fundraiser begins Bear baiting clinics set Toastmasters to meet Dinner, auction fundraiser planned

Sports Brief
Skyview High School graduate Erick Romig, now at the University of Alaska Anchorage, placed fourth in the Older Junior 10-kilometer freestyle interval start race in the Junior Olympics at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Wednesday.

10,000 B.C.: Mammoths? Really?
Occasionally I go to see a movie that I think must be a joke. Not a literal joke, as in one of the "Naked Gun" films, but a hidden-camera, I-can't-believe-you-fell-for-it, did-you-really-think-we-were-serious bad movie. Most of the time, these films are so obliviously silly that it's hard to even be angry about the loss of the ticket price. At the very least, the pure ridiculousness of it all is worth a laugh or two. The epic pre-history blockbuster "10,000 B.C." is just such a movie.

'Pen' proves mighty
Alaska communities are as widely varied as the landscape of this, the largest state in the nation. A community of the same size in the Interior will have a very different set of challenges than those of a community in Southcentral, or in Southeast.

Poet's Corner
In my forty years of living here

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Will we see God if he shows up today?
The lone violinist played for 45 minutes, putting his soul into his music in hopes of making a few bucks. He was standing near a trash basket in the Washington, D.C., Metro station wearing jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals' baseball cap, with another hat at his feet already filled with some starter money.

Blizzard roll into Soldotna
Mathematically eliminated from the postseason and mired in a nine-game losing streak, the Kenai River Brown Bears are just looking to close the first season in franchise history on a positive note.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen takes 43rd in sprint

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