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Friday, March 23, 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

Reader: Fair to bring back bonus as originally planned
After reading the answers published on the Clarion’s poll (on the Longevity Bonus), I would like to suggest another alternate idea for consideration. The bonus was originally a “gift of appreciation” to the pre-statehood residents for developing the area to where it could qualify for statehood, and not a program for the poor. It does not seem to be unfair to restore it as first written to the legal recipients who still survive. That is, those who were here before statehood and who maintained continuous residency and for at least 25 years before the age of 65. Any who came after statehood, could then be the ones considered for your proposed seniors are options.

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.

Donations make carnival something to read about
The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council would like to thank the many volunteers and organizations that helped to make the fourth annual Reading Carnival such a success. About 1,000 people from across the Kenai Peninsula attended the carnival and enjoyed a variety of fun and educational activities tied to reading and literacy.

Area pitches in for soldiers
It continues to be such a great pleasure to help the community organize a program to show our support for the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. This past month has been especially gratifying, as we have collected and are sending coffee along with letters, cards and periodicals to the troops.

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.

Writer sings praises of former principal
As a prior student of Mountain View Elementary School, I feel so compelled to write a response to the transition. Understanding the decline in the number of children in the Kenai school district, I can completely understand the combining of the Sears Elementary and Mountain View; however, the removal of Jim Dawson as principal I do not.

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,

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.

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.

Gas exports irk Agrium workers
A handful of Agrium employees were at odds with Kenai Liquefied Natural Gas facility executives over a resolution being considered by the Kenai City Council on Wednesday.

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.

Cohoe wildfire trial put off again
Once again, setting a trial date in last summer’s Cohoe Loop wildfire case was put off Thursday morning.

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.

Marching toward PFD deadline
Alaskans who have not already done so have until midnight March 31 to file for their 2007 Permanent Fund Dividends.

Angela (Murphy) Nagasiak
Kenai resident Angela (Murphy) Nagasiak died Wednesday, March 21, 2007. She was 66.

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

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

Our community is truly united
You can tell a lot about a community by the way it supports nonprofit agencies. Having said that, we are lucky to be living in the Kenai Peninsula Borough where the residents’ generosity knows no boundaries.

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.

Bad and good of the Brooks scandal
Although the facts are still unfolding in regard to what Healy musher Ramy Brooks did to his dogs during this year’s Iditarod, it is already clear that some level of abusive action took place.

Spring has sprung, at least for migrating birds on the Kenai Peninsula
Spring is in the air! Our resident birds are beginning their mating behaviors -- woodpeckers drumming on tree trunks, owls hooting in showy cadences and bald eagles pairing up in cottonwood trees. The first of the migrants, elegant white trumpeter swans, have arrived at the outlets of Kenai and Skilak Lakes.

Outdoors Briefs
Festival sponsors/vendors sought Festival, SeaFair Festival and the Wooden Boat Festival. Catching kings on hold Protect grouse by eating dinner

Extreme Tubing a fast break from the ordinary
Skiing, snowmachining and dog mushing are all fun winter activities, but sometimes you’ve gotta do something different. Flying down an 800-foot hill in less than 10 seconds on an inflatable tire tube should fit the bill.

Taking a crack at walking on lake ice
JUNEAU -- You never want to hear cracking noises when you’re standing on a frozen lake.

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

Around the Peninsula
Relay for Life volunteers needed Historical society to meet CPH spring bazaar set Nikiski seniors plan bazaar Shorebird festival to take wing Book fair slated SoHi after-prom committee to meet Pop Warner registration begins Lions to host cribbage tournament

Barrow pays back Nikiski
The Barrow girls basketball team defeated defending state champion Nikiski 37-36 on Thursday in the first round of the Class 3A state basketball tournament at the University of Alaska Anchorage Sports Center in Anchorage.

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 rallies for 3rd place
Owning eight of the last 11 Class 2A state titles, the Ninilchik girls have always been one step ahead of everybody else.

Shooting Stars too much for Chugiak
Having already defeated Chugiak once this season, the Soldotna girls knew how suffocating the Mustangs’ full-court press could be.

CIA girls blow out Selawik, take 4th
One win wasn’t enough.

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.

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.”

What’s Happening
Best Bets Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage events

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

Poet’s Corner
Once there was a bug,

Church Briefs
Concert tonight Family night planned Eat up for mission trip Reconciliation service planned Kids’ night out set Bible study planned Soldotna Aglow to meet Nikiski Aglow to meet Art exhibit set

Something better than winning the lottery
The hospital technician sat directly across from me armed with a needle to inject a radioactive substance into my veins in preparation for a thyroid scan. Before beginning her needlework, she asked for the date of my birth.

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