Thursday, March 22, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Log on to manage the Web Working on marketing Construction finance seminar planned Versaw flying high Employers can learn how to train others Crimestoppers seeks support Food bank fundraiser set to build

Outdoors
This winter here in Alaska I have spent more time reading than at any point in my life. I already know what many of you are thinking, ol’ Perkovich is getting soft in his old age and just simply not spending as much time in the outdoors as he used to. Well that theory is wrong my friends as most of my reading has been done during the two weeks I spend on the North Slope each month.

New apparatus “Stops back pain without surgery!”
According to statistics 80% of Americans will experience neck or back pain in their lifetime. Here in Alaska Dr. Matthew Pyhala of the Alaska Advanced Care Chiropractic Clinic in Soldotna says that serious disc degeneration is a common problem, “On top of the general sprain and strain injuries we see a lot of herniated discs and disc degeneration due to industrial and construction accidents as well as commercial fishing injuries and by far these disc injuries are the most debilitating,” said Pyhala.

Jr. Miss Competition returns to Kenai
Aimee McClory of Ketchikan was awarded the title of Alaska’s Junior Miss 2007 at the AK State Finals held at the Kenai Christian Church March 10th. “All the girls have been truly wonderful during the last few days. I’ve made friends for a lifetime. This is such an awesome opportunity and I’m excited about representing Alaska in Mobile this summer,” McClory told the Dispatch.

Ring in Spring with Tulips
Tulips are a vibrant, timeless symbol of spring. They are available from January through May and join groundhogs, grass and new leaves on trees as indicators that warmer weather is on its way. Their delicate shape, graceful posture and vibrant colors have inspired this flower’s popularity across cultures and throughout time. They are a great way to celebrate spring holidays, including Easter.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society inducts new members at KPC
As Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) continues to draw more local students to their degree programs, the hard work and academic achievements of those students is being recognized through such esteemed organizations as the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in America higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1,100 chapters located in all 50 States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Phi Theta Kappa was recognized in 1029 by the American Association of Colleges as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

Sweet Onion Salad Is The New Salsa
(NAPSA)-The latest sweet take on salad has a surprise star-the onion.

Homeowners and Homebuilders Seek Eco-Friendly Materials
With the country going green, many homeowners are looking for eco-friendly materials when building or remodeling their home. And as more homeowners struggle with high utility bills and become more concerned about the environment, many are building and updating their homes to be more eco-friendly.

Deadline approaches for HEA 2007 Youth Rally
Students who like to travel and are looking for opportunities outside of their fundamental curriculums should learn more about applying for Homer Electric Associations (HEA) 2007 Youth Rally Contest. Once again this year HEA will select two high school students either in their sophomore or junior year within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for scholarships to attend a week-long summer camp at Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho. “This is a fabulous opportunity for students wanting to advance their communication skills, fine tune their leadership abilities, and work as a team in cooperation with other students of similar age to achieve an end result,” explained Marianne Snowden, HEA Member Advocate Supervisor.

Reader appreciates values shared in letter
I appreciate the common sense values shared by Mr. (Ed) Martin in his letter to the editor (Clarion, Feb. 27), “Something to think about.” While Mr. Martin did not direct his comments toward the administration of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, I sincerely hope that the elected members of our borough apply Mr. Martin’s simple and unchanging principles of attitude and truth to the everyday administration of our borough. By doing so, there would be no need for the current litigation necessary to enforce the will of the voters and state laws.

Reader asks: Veterans are second-class citizens?
I recently learned that Congressman Don Young voted against H.R. 4, a bill that would enable Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices on pharmaceuticals for seniors. Concerned,

Bickering wearing thin
I often wonder if anyone else on the peninsula is as tired of the constant bickering as I am. Commercial fisherman against sport fisherman, guide against nonguided etc, etc. This situation has me trying to figure out why I even want to live here (other than I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else).

Reader dislikes borough’s use of technology on Web
I recently attended the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the speaker was Shane Horan from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Assessment. Mr. Horan went over many topics during the presentation, but one item that he covered really stood out, and that was that you could access anyone’s house floor plan and a picture of the house via the borough’s Web site.

Reader supports bonus reinstatement
Gov. Sarah Palin is to be commended for her pledge to reinstate the Longevity Bonus. Former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s most flagrant wrong to Alaskans was eliminating it. Those who want the money to be used elsewhere are siding with the most deplorable governor ever elected to office.

Seniors grateful for event’s success
We would like to congratulate all of the medal winners and participants of the fourth annual Senior Olympic games. We would like to thank the hosts, including Central Peninsula Mall Merchants Association, Soldotna Sports Center, Hooligans Saloon, AlaskaLanes Family Bowling Center, Kenai Recreation Center and Ginger’s Restaurant. Another special thank you to the committee and many volunteers who worked tirelessly for the event. Another thank you to Kenai, Nikiski, Sterling and Soldotna senior centers for cohosting the games. We would like to also thank the Peninsula Clarion, KSRM, KBAY and Senior Voice for the great media coverage, and the Fashion of The Past Club for the wonderful era fashions show.

Heinze stumps for all-Alaska route in Kenai
As long as folks cannot agree on “the big project” to bring North Slope gas to market, the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority will be pushing for “the little project,” the group’s top executive told Kenai business leaders Wednesday.

Jury splits hospital trial verdict
A Homer jury on Tuesday afternoon split its verdict in a civil lawsuit filed by a nurse against South Peninsula Hospital and surgeon Dr. Paul Sayer. After deliberating about 10 hours, the 12-person panel failed to reach a decision on if the hospital wrongfully dismissed her, but rejected nurse Elizabeth Bashaw’s claim that Sayer engaged in a retaliatory campaign that influenced the hospital’s decision to ask for her resignation.

Kenai council to consider golf fee hike
The price to play a round of golf in Kenai this summer will be a couple dollars more per person if proposed increases sought by the new course owner get the OK from the city council.

Wagoner bill would fund ANGDA study
Sen. Tom Wagoner filed a bill Monday seeking nearly $4.53 million to fund a study of a draft in-state gas marketing plan proposed by the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

Kenai, Anchor Point fetch police dogs
The Kenai Police Department and Alaska State Troopers will get a boost this spring of two new officers. Unlike clean-cut officers, though, these two new cops are a bit on the furry side -- they’re dual-purpose, specially trained dogs.

Future bright for Chevron
More than 80 oil industry support company representatives, including some top echelon executives, turned out to hear Chevron’s top Alaska manager describe the oil giant’s position in the state and its plans for future development.

Democrats to hold statewide meeting on ethics reform
Ethics reform will be the central theme of a statewide town hall meeting tonight, sponsored by a group of Democratic Party lawmakers.

Mayor shares tax proposal
Borough Mayor John Williams has begun spreading the word about his plan to lower property taxes by transferring at least part of the revenue burden to the boroughwide sales tax.

Bill introduced to increase renewable fuel standard
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate to increase the nation’s renewable fuel standard to 30 billion gallons by 2020.

Steven Allen Two Two
Kenai resident Steven Allen Two Two died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at his home. He was 48.

John E. Feero
Sterling resident John E. Feero died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, while coming home from a Hawaiian vacation. He was 76.

Is it really getting closer?: Get ready for Exxon Valdez claim awards by the end of 2007
As we enter the 18th year of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, many of us are still wondering when Exxon will be required to pay what they owe. The good news is the distribution of the punitive damage award -- now likely based on $2.5 billion, plus interest -- could come as early as the end of year. According to legal analysts, Exxon’s appeal for a full-court hearing by the Ninth Circuit will likely be turned down. The Supreme Court also likely will turn down Exxon’s expected appeal -- as early as October when the high court convenes after its summer recess.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai chamber speaker changes Caregiver training set Reconciliation service today SoHi after-prom meeting set Flight instructors take wing Relay for Life volunteers needed Pool offers spring break hours Historical society to meet

Around the Peninsula
Public heath plans one-day closure Legion auxiliary to meet Hockey sessions slated Book club gets its read on Book fair slated

Yakutat nips Ninilchik
For the first time in nine years, Ninilchik won’t be playing in the Class 2A Girls State Basketball Championship game.

Ninilchik edges Selawik
Senior Krista Leman netted a game-high 17 points and senior Kayleigh Rice added 12 points in leading Ninilchik to a 40-31 victory over Selawik on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 2A Girls State Basketball Championship.

Foreseeing a bad time for Sandra Bullock
I wonder what it must be like to be an “A-List” movie star, after that star has begun to fade. One minute, you’ve got all of America at your feet. You can do no wrong, and then, no one cares. It’s kind of sad, and despite the fact that even the lowliest Hollywood starlet makes more money a week than I do in a year, I feel bad for them. Well, not all of them -- but I do feel bad for Sandra Bullock, who is slowly but surely transitioning from box-office gold to something nearer the pewter end of the scale. Witness, for example, the spectacular critical failure that is her latest, “Premonition.”

Poet’s Corner
Once there was a bug,

Art Briefs
Center plans closure Art show proposals accepted Artists wanted Kids’ art wanted Humanities forum offers historic grants Beading classes offered Kids’ reading program ongoing

Shall we dance?
Ballroom dancing has become a favored American pastime. We see it depicted on film and television, and there’s even a World Series of Dance.

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