Friday, March 21, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Sleep apnea to be discussed Realtors to meet CITS training offered Business workshops offered Children's cooking workshops offered

Reader: Assembly doesn't know as much as engineers
In reference to the article, "Assembly to look at speed limit law," in the March 11 Clarion, in the late 1980s a woman in Anchorage took the DOT to court over a traffic zone and won. The '87 assembly picked up on that and decided to exercise their authority. They chose Cohoe as none of them lived here.

Two women, different endings
Two 22-year-old women are in the news these days. One was a pretty blonde student body president at the University of North Carolina, the daughter of a wealthy second-generation Athens, Ga., financial planner and his college professor wife. She was the valedictorian at her local high school.

Choices are up to us
A month ago Brittany West's column (Clarion Schools, Feb. 12) told of a future life as a result of decisions that where made and not made. I am thankful this young woman didn't abort her baby like 5,000 women/girls do each day because of bad sex. We all are faced with decisions daily that will affect our lives and others. Some are for good, some not.

Initiatives meant to better the state
Here we go again. Recently, in a "What others say column," the Clarion reprinted an editorial from the Ketchikan Daily News filled with extreme, and quite frankly, false information about the Alaska Clean Water Initiatives.

Head Start director chosen for panel
The director of the Kenaitze Head Start has been chosen to participate in a national panel concerning new Head Start policies.

Domestic violence workshop planned
For the last 28 years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked Alaska among the top five states in the United States with the highest numbers of forcible rape, according to the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's 2007 annual report.

Calling all local dodgers
For those who miss this elemental elementary school game of dodgeball, an adult version of the skin-stinging sport is returning to the central Kenai Peninsula. And there is still time to sign up.

Council members ponder Kenai esthetics
Two measures aimed at improving the esthetics of Kenai commanded the full attention of the city council for a time Wednesday night. One seeking to stop clear cutting lots passed after being amended; one seeking to dress up storage sheds was put on hold.

Ionia revisits wood as fuel
While skyrocketing oil prices are driving many to renewable energy options such as solar, wind and even tidal power, a group of families living a communal lifestyle in Kasilof seems to have taken a step back, revisiting the use of wood for heat and hot water.

Marie Therese Niemiec
Anchorage resident Marie Therese Niemiec died Monday, March 10, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center surrounded by family. She was 46.

Christina Elaine Hunt, Judy Mariah Jones, Frank Tyler Hunt, Ryan Matthew Hunt
Kenai residents Christina Elaine Hunt, Judy Mariah Jones, Frank Tyler Hunt and Ryan Matthew Hunt died Saturday, March 15, 2008, in a fire at their residence at the corner of Beaver Loop Road and the Kenai Spur Highway. They were 31, 13, 7 and 4, respectively.

Gary Kline Chisholm
Ninilchik resident Gary Kline Chisholm died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at his home in Ninilchik. He was 76.

Roxie Jackson
Longtime Kenai resident Roxie Jackson died Monday, March 17, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side. She was 79.

Robert Johnston Sr.
Anchorage resident George Robert Johnston Sr. died Saturday, March 15, 2008, at home. He was 82.

Herbert William 'Bill' Saffell
Kenai resident Herbert William "Bill" Saffell died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at his home surrounded by family, pastors and close friends. He was 80.

Dolores Elizabeth Whaley
Longtime Chugiak resident Dolores Elizabeth Whaley died Thursday, March 6, 2008.

Giving it the old college try: Legislature must address lack of need-based aid for students
There is a well-known aphorism, often attributed to Mark Twain: "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session." While the issues currently before the Alaska Legislature are, perhaps, not quite so threatening, there is one issue before them of great significance to those citizens who try to take the long view regarding the future economic health of our great state. That issue is need-based financial aid to Alaska college students. Or, I should say, the lack of such aid.

Preparing for spring -- and bear encounters
The longer days and slowly warming temperatures mean activities on the Kenai Peninsula are heating up.

Modest snowfall awakens area trails
The modest midweek dusting of snow that fell on the central peninsula wasn't much, but it has prolonged the ski season for a little while longer, at least.

Refuge trapper from 1911 violated many game laws
Animal trapping is perhaps one of the first methods of hunting. Traps were used by central European people to hunt mammoths thousands of years ago.

Fishermen hit the river early for rainbow
After many months of staring at sheets of ice on the frozen Kenai River, most anglers are chomping at the bit to wet a hook in flowing water.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet Fisherman's fund meeting today Community egg hunt set CPCS board meeting planned Youth court offered LeeShore board meeting slated Red Cross offers disaster training Health center plans closure, training Garden club set to bloom Sexual assault awareness workshop available Alzheimer's to be discussed

Eagles advance to 4th-place game
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team turned its second-half woes to second-half wows and defeated Galena 43-32 at the Class 2A state tournament on Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.

Galena defeats Otters in semis
Listed generously at 6-foot-6, Seldovia's Levi Harkness rarely has anybody who can guard him inside.

Ninilchik returns to finals
Recalling her experience as a freshman on Ninilchik's 2006 Class 2A state championship team the last Wolverines squad to achieve that milestone Grace Ehlers said she celebrated as if she had played the entire game.

Early wake-up call gets CIA 4th place
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team found a good reason to get up at 6 a.m. during the middle of spring break.

Seldovia takes 5th
In some ways, basketball is a lot like life. Cherish it while you can.

Kards upset Dimond behind Gustkey's 29
Forget the NCAA Tournament.

Yakutat defends crown
Minutes after capturing a second consecutive Class 2A state title on Wednesday night at Sullivan Arena, Yakutat head coach Joe Klushkan approached Ninilchik head man Dan Leman, patting him on the back in the hallway just outside the locker rooms.

Poet's Corner
She entered the ballroom in grace

'Job' does what it's hired to do
"The Bank Job"

The shape of things to come
A new crop of clay artists is budding at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. As of last Friday, the Kenai Potters Guild began its most recent eight-week pottery course for artists of all levels.

Art Briefs
Artists sought Kenai Performers seek members Kids' reading program ongoing

Church Briefs
  Photo courtesy of Susan Pike Room for more

Yes, Easter changed everything
A college student had reached a point in his life where he was questioning things taught him by his parents and church: the meaning of life, the reliability of the Bible, how the world began, how to prepare for eternity, to name a few.

Sports Brief
The Cross Country Alaska Championship Race will take place on Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails, although there are several modifications to the original format.

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