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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Sweetest legacy of all...
The sweet smell of springtime may not have arrived in the northland yet, but Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula is savoring the sweet success of the Arctic Winter Games and the honor of having been chosen to receive the internationally coveted Hodgson Trophy. At each Arctic Winter Games, the AWG International Committee presents the Hodgson Trophy to the contingent whose athletes best exemplify the ideals of fair play and team spirit. Team members also receive a distinctive pin in recognition of their accomplishment.

Outdoors
Why do you fish so much was the question that I was asked by the stranger on the lake? I see you out here just about every time I come out. I like to go fishing too but I just don’t have the urge to get out almost every day like you. I replied "Fishing has been a source of relaxation for me for most of my life." I have used fishing as a form of therapy to escape many stressful moments in my life and also through the years I have met a whole lot of neat people while out fishing.

Senator Stevens calls Alaska scientist to testify about volcanic impacts
At the invitation of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Dr. John Eichelberger testified at a hearing held last week by the Commerce Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction. The hearing examined the current state of volcano monitoring and the potential threat volcanoes pose to aircraft and surrounding communities.

Of "Tears & Triumphs," Canadian producers film TV series on indigenous sports...
There were probably more international media, freelance journalists, and independent film producers on the Kenai Peninsula during the Arctic Winter Games then at any other time in history. One independent producer, Brenda Chambers, of Brenco Media in Kelowna, British Columbia, brought her film crew to follow athletes during their struggles to succeed in the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. A First Nation American, Chambers is a well known TV personality in Canada who got her start in broadcasting some 20 years ago, “Truly I believe I was destined to be in this profession, I didn’t think that when I was graduating high school, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, but I did know whatever I pursued I’d have to have a passion for it and live it in my life everyday,” said Chambers. She credits her grandfather to opening her mind to a broadcast career, “I was in grade nine and my grandfather brought out a tape recorder and asked me to show him how to use it, and when I asked why, he said because our languages are dying and we need to preserve them and that day has stayed with me through out my life.”

Legislature right to limit eminent domain
The Alaska Legislature is correct in restricting the improper use of eminent domain. Eminent domain was intended to be used to allow the government to take private property for public use with payment of just compensation to the owner.

Buying Heritage Place a bad fiscal idea
I was shocked to receive the assembly packet from last night’s (March 14) borough meeting! Slipped in the middle of the book, on pages 74-75 is a letter from Mr. Gilbreath to Mayor Williams requesting funds to purchase Heritage Place for “under $1,000,000.00.”

Program a success because of others
On behalf of the Junior Achievement of the Kenai Peninsula board of directors, I would like to thank all of our sponsors in the last year and years previous.

Generosity makes Sterling a great place to live
Local individuals, businesses and organizations continue to show their support for Sterling Community Club’s activities.

Story of tuba player hits a good note
It was a pleasure to read the story you had in Thursday’s (March 16) paper, about the young woman tuba player who was selected to play in the Philadelphia Orchestra. It’s important for our young aspiring musicians in the community to know that these things can and do happen out there in the Outside world.

Platinum ulu should be awarded
Now that the Games are over and all the ulus have been awarded, we know who the winners are; but, do we know who the heroes are? The ones that deserve the platinum ulu (the hero award that comes from the heart)? Could it be those young men and women mentioned below?

Enough is enough with ANWR
How many times must We The People tell you in Congress that the ANWR is off limits to drilling?

Seniors deserve Olympic-size praise
I would like to congratulate the medal winners and participants of the third annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympic Games.

Peninsula should be proud of Games effort
Congratulations to the Kenai Peninsula Borough for hosting a successful Arctic Winter Games! As an official I had access to many areas which were supported by volunteers. The kindness and courteousness extended from cooks, medical, security guards, to the many volunteers.

Kasilof Mercantile sale worries residents; new owners pledge to keep same service
After a dozen years in the business of providing her community with just about anything people might need, Mary Lambe has sold Kasilof Mercantile to a couple from Georgia.

Dignitaries head to Russia for exchange
Two Kenai dignitaries departed for a two-week socioeconomic exchange visit to the Russian Far East.

On the road to change
Two projects that would widen portions of Kalifornsky Beach Road and resurface some 16 miles of its length are waiting for funding by the Alaska Legislature.

Gravel plan needs work
There still is much work to be done before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be ready to adopt revised regulations governing the operations of gravel pits.

Bill might change rates
Alaska’s mining concerns get off relatively easy compared with other industries when it comes to paying state taxes on extracted resources, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, proposes to even the playing field.

Kenai council decides who has right to appeal
After some debate and testimony from a half dozen residents Wednesday night, the Kenai City Council decided who has the legal right to appeal final zoning rulings made by the Board of Adjustments.

State tries to foil fraud
Many see Alaska as a great place to retire, and Alaskans of all ages enjoy the quiet of the state’s small rural communities. These are two of the factors that have made the state popular for scam artists, and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development has streamlined fraud monitoring procedures to deal with the problem.

Jack-up rig coming to inlet
This summer, a jack-up oil rig will be in Cook Inlet.

Keith A. Ragains
Longtime Nikiski resident Keith A. Ragains died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 66.

Perry L. Hawkins
Longtime Soldotna resident Perry L. Hawkins, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 71.

LaVonne L. Morgan
Longtime Alaskan LaVonne L. Morgan died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 86.

State must focus on oil tax: Changing oil, gas tax structure most important issue since oil found on Slope
The most important issue to face our state since oil was discovered on the North Slope is now before the legislature in the form of the governor’s Production Profits Tax (PPT) bills, HB 488 and SB 305.

Births
· Nicole Marie Dukowitz and Justin Bradley Allen of Anchorage announce the birth of their son, Brawley Elijah Allen, at 2:23 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. 2006, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Berry growers set to sprout Relay for Life meeting set Youth court called to order Alliance to meet Genealogy meeting planned Chicken dinner fundraiser slated Swim lessons available Autism to be discussed Fair fundraiser slated

Peninsula People
Coursen keeps tabs Durham inducted Lousberg studied abroad Blohm recruits for U.S. Army Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Around the Peninsula
SoHi girl’s softball meeting slated Little League registration up to bat Concert fundraiser set to play Fairy tales to be told

Kopp, Tuter inducted into Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of 21 inductees into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame includes two inductees with strong local ties.

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