Wednesday, March 22, 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.

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.”

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.

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.

Senior getting GED sets a good example
Many thanks to Phil Hermanek for his March 16 story on Allan Ullen completing his GED at the age of 80.

Volunteers made cookies a sweet success
Nikiski Girl Scout Troop Nos. 210 and 571 would like to extend a big thank you to all who volunteered so generously in getting Girl Scout cookies on the peninsula. All help was very much appreciated, and we couldn’t have done it without Lynden Transport, ACS, Girl Scout leaders , parents and the girls themselves. Thank you also to all who have purchased Girl Scout cookies and invested in girls’ futures.

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

Benefits of globalization as hard to find as computer help in India
The situation regarding jobs in this country has gone too far and I believe that I have seen it. Globalization is not what the president has reported it to be. The almost constant and complete outsourcing of this countries jobs overseas is overwhelming. Before you’d have a problem with something you purchased and you would call the 800 number and speak to someone who knew English and understood what you were saying and just wanted it the problem solved. Not so now. I purchased a new computer from a company that advertised everything I wanted at a price I could afford. I received the computer and the monitor did not work, I received a new monitor and came to find out that the computer itself has something wrong with it. Over 14 hours and two days later, I am still nowhere. My source of frustration comes from talking to someone in India the entire time, someone who does not know English as a first or second language but a third and being unable to speak to anyone in the U.S. They are closed until Monday. “Made in the USA” used to mean something, now the jobs are gone.

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.”

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.

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.

Reader offers ANWR reminder to politicians
While I know where my senators and representative stand on the issue of ANWR and I know how they will vote, I remind them that it is the will of the people of the United States that ANWR be saved for future generations.

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.

Soldotna eyes new position
Creating the job of assistant city manager and purchasing land adjacent to the visitors center will be among items discussed at tonight’s Soldotna City Council meeting.

Ambulance fees await assembly OK
For the first time since it was created in 1969, the Nikiski Fire Service Area has asked for the authority to start charging residents for ambulance services.

Young plans push for financing
Rep. Don Young hopes to accomplish four things before the 109th Congress completes its work in 50 days: reauthorize funds for the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and push through bills for water projects and railroad funding.

Snowmachiner survives night lost in the hills
A snowmachiner used military skills to survive cold temperatures and strong winds with blowing snow after he lost his way in the Caribou Hills on Saturday and had to spend the night curled up under a tree.

Library earns healthy recognition
Alaska has recognized the Kenai Community Library as the state’s leading library in providing valuable health information to the public, naming it the state winner for the 2005 Health Awards Competition and nominating it for the competition’s national level and the chance to win a $20,000 award.

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.

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

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

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.

Paul Russell Walluk
Kenai resident Paul Russell Walluk died March 8, 2006, in an automobile accident. He was 8.

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

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

Around the Peninsula
First aid classes available Community coalition to meet Horse development to be discussed Miners meeting slated Volunteer drivers needed

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.

ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Basketball Championships
Note — All games at Sullivan Arena unless otherwise noted

Ninilchik wins, CIA loses at state
The Ninilchik School girls high school basketball team took a step toward regaining the class 2A crown Tuesday, opening the state championship tournament with a 40-25 win over Galena Tuesday at Service High School in Anchorage.

Taking a break from everyday stressors, responsibilities necessary
Most people nowadays have what you might call busy lives.

Film series showcase features individuals with disabilities
As a part of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College provides equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities.

Around the District
No school Friday Free health screenings set Scholarships available Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori School Kenai Montessori Toddler House Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start Tustumena Elementary

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