Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Teachers should get raises when working-class people do
I just want to respond to the letter from Richard Hahn, about Teachers raises. I would accept the fact that a lot of teachers do deserve a pay raise, as long as the other deserving working class people get the same raise as the teachers. My point is why should teachers be placed in an elites status, when the other working class folks also need a pay raise, to offset the cost of living. When the other working class people get their pay raise than the teachers should get theirs.

Kenai showed hosting prowess
Thank You Kenai Peninsula for your hospitality. A special thank you to Kenai High School, their boosters, and especially their Athletic Director Tim Delaney for a well run Region III basketball tournament. This tournament is the finest tournament in the state and what a class job done by all. The ceremony and dedication for Cliff Massie will always be with everyone in attendance. He is a very special individual to a community, a state and most important the kids he has touched. Thank you everybody who made this event a very memorable heart warming experience. Thank you again.

Kids entitled to teachers’ best
In response to: “Here’s a lesson: Put yourself in teachers’ shoes” Perhaps they could put themselves in the shoes of many hard working people in this community who work equally as hard or harder than they do for less pay and often NO benefits no respect and little recognition for what they do often with as much devotion as teachers do. I know of others who work very hard in careers that require wearing many hats too that may seem thankless at times but the people they serve make it worthwhile.

Reader: River proposal would violate eminent domain
Citizens of the Kenai Peninsula Beware. The article on the front page of the Clarion, Monday, March 12, 2007, “River Pollution Resolution OK’d” scares me. I have been involved in the controversy about the cause of pollution in the Kenai River for a few months/meetings. I do not argue that the river may be polluted. I do argue with the solutions recommended by Joe Moore. I do argue that using a closed lake study (Lake Tahoe) and comparing the results to a flowing river (Kenai River) is bad science. What scares me the most is Kenai City Council member Joe Moore. At a meeting, during discussion of disallowing two-cycle engines from being launched from the Kenai City Dock, Moore told the Council they had the power to dictate how private boat launch owners could use their private boat launches. He suggested an ordinance that would prohibit private launch owners from launching two-cycle engines from their private boat launches. During that same debate, Joe Moore said that the City Attorney had researched Council authority and agreed with the statement. Many of you may not know about Eminent Domain. If you do not, I suggest you inform yourselves. Joe Moore has an agenda that has nothing to do with protecting the Kenai River or the average Kenai River user. What say you Joe Moore?

Skijor event was tail-wagging good time
Twenty-some skijorers took off on Fun Run at the Tsalteshi ski trails (March 11), basking in the brilliant March sunshine and kicking up their heels on the freshly groomed trails. Thanks to the Tsalteshi Trail Association a skiers were given this one-time opportunity to take their dogs on the exceptional Tsalteshi trail system, which is otherwise off limits to dogs in the wintertime.

Snowmachiners riding high on community support
Snow arrived just in time for one more run, snowmachine run that is! The Kenai Winter Snowmachine Rally had fluffy white snow for the snowmachines to hit the streets and traverse through the City of Kenai, stopping at local businesses and signing up for great door prizes. It was a funfilled event for both adults and children.

One pipeline good enough
Deal or No-Deal; It’s time to flip that lid or push the button, but remember that $500 million AGIA money up on the board is already yours. That seed money properly spent could finance a major part of the size gas-pipline we really need for our energy needs in (Southcentral) AK. We have a very strong chip to play in the upcoming struggle to gain a spot in the ever changing PAC Rim energy market. That chip is we already have an oil pipeline! Face the facts a cross Canada route will double the life of the pipelines supply. We just need to convince G-7-8 that they won’t need to build another oil pipeline just bring their oil down our line and keep in running. Because folks the oil flowing at Prudhoe is going to slow to a trickle when we tap that gas pressure that pressurizes the flow of oil from those old sands. Then what will we pump down our real treasure which is the Pipeline built with the combined toil of a very talented population of overachievers and ambitious sourdoughs.

Seavey fan club expands
At least 80 additional pairs of eyes (watched) the Seaveys along the Iditarod Trail this year, tracking their progress, willing them fare travels, and whispering encouragement across the Alaskan skies. 80 pairs of eyes who personally know just how kind and caring they, their family and handlers are.

Hockey program had slick help from community
KCHS Kardinals Hockey, Region III Champions would like to take this opportunity to thank the business, and individuals who have supported us this season. Kardinal Hockey could not function without the support of the local community, and businesses like yours. Thank you so much: Airgas, Alaska Waste, Alaska West Air, Inc., Alyeska Sales and Services, All American Electric, Altman and Rogers, Antigun, Arby’s, ASRC, Audio Concepts, Big G Electrical and Engineering, Inc., Bobbie Behrens, Brewers Maui Condos, Chevron, City Of Kenai, Coca-Cola Corporation, Dan’s TV, Eagles, Edward Jones, Electric Power Contractors, Flower House, Grant Aviation, Halcyon, Homer Electric Association, Instant Replay, Kenai Municipal Airport, Kenai Veterinary Clinic.

Snowmachine riders, organizers went way out of their way
Central Peninsula Health Foundation would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support of the 2007 Way Out Women snowmachine ride. The 3rd annual ride through the Caribou Hills raised nearly $40,000 for cancer patients on the Peninsula. The event, organized and inspired by Central Peninsula Hospital Oncology Nurse Kathy Lopeman, featured 80 riders — a new participant record!

Tourneys brought tourism to Kenai
The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to thank Kenai Central High School and Nikiski Middle/High School for hosting their conference tournaments in our communities. The weeks spent in preparation for (the March 10) weekend has not gone unnoticed. This type of sports tourism brought welcomed dollars into our community, and is greatly appreciated by the local travel industry. Thank you for a job well done.

Skyview rolled out red carpet
I would like to applaud the staff and students of Skyview High School for the wonderful eighth grade open house on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. When I attended the eighth grade open house last year it was an informative meeting and slide show in the library. This year there was so much more involvement and enthusiasm by the many talented students, club directors, athletic participants, teachers and other staff. Activities presented ranged from water polo, to swing dancing to a drama performance. Educational opportunities offered were demonstrated well with class projects from welding to the great home made cookies. I believe it was a very exciting night for up coming eighth graders and their parents. Great job presenting Panther Pride.

Homer condo sale to benefit charity
HOMER — Land’s End Resort owner Jon Faulkner is known for pushing the envelope and making unexpected moves. Well, guess what?

Kenai rep reappointed to state pension board
All the bleak news surrounding the state’s pension plan for public employees would rightly send most managers running in the opposite direction, but the city of Kenai’s finance director views his recent reappointment to the retirement governing board as an honor.

Skate park vandal heads to jail
The Kenai man who admitted to crashing his vehicle into the Soldotna Skateboard Park last spring was sentenced Friday to three months in jail and ordered to pay $1,790 in restitution for the damage he caused.

Takeoff a sign of new times
When you drive by the new sign hanging on the front of the Kasilof Mercantile, you can almost hear the opening theme that was as quirky and upbeat as the characters living in the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska in 1990s hit comedy “Northern Exposure.”

Ready to kick off park work
A $265,114 contract was approved Wednesday for CIC Inc. to build the new soccer park on the north side of Kenai.

Albert ‘Leo’ Westcott
Former longtime peninsula resident Albert “Leo” Westcott died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He was 95.

Kristin Cronin
Soldotna resident Kristin Cronin died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 14.

Advisory vote a bad idea : Legislators should propose amendment, not misuse voters
As the April 3, 2007 advisory vote on the possibility of a future constitutional amendment approaches, the League of Women Voters of Alaska finds itself in an awkward position. Our mission as an organization is to encourage informed and active participation in government — we’re all about voting. How could we possibly be troubled or concerned about one more opportunity to cast a vote? But we are.

Around the Peninsula
Soccer players, coaches sought Celebrity waiter fundraiser set to serve Soccer tourney set to kick off Book fair slated Agility, obedience classes planned Shorebird festival to take wing

A soldier’s view
Editors note: Periodically the Clarion w ill print biographies and notes from peninsula soldiers stationed in northern Kuwait with the 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard. Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, public affairs non-commissioned officer with the battalion, conducts the interviews.

· Natalia and Theodore Johnson of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Nicole Alexandra, at 6:53 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22.5 inches.

Peninsula People
Tyson joins Army Stelljes joins Air Force

Community Events
Cookie fundraiser continues Skyview reunion input sought Class of 1987 seeks members Class of ‘97 plans reunion Alzheimer’s information available Working digital cameras, photo printers sought

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Peninsula Reflections
At 5:36 p.m. March 27, 1964, an earth quake, later determined to be 9.2 on the Richter scale, disrupted life in southcentral Alaska. Power, telephone communications and the roads to Anchorage and Seward were victims of the five-minute long shaking of the earth. At that time the state, the borough, and the city of Soldotna were still in their infancies as political entities, and back-up communications were not well organized, especially on the local level.

Around the Peninsula
Relay For Life meeting today Hockey sessions begin Skyview after-grad meeting set SoHi after-prom meeting slated CPH spring bazaar set Senior Easter dinner planned Dance concert set to boogie

Sport Brief
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Tier IV Squirts took second place in the 2007 Alaska State Hockey Championship at the Soldotna Sports Center on Monday. KPHA lost in the championship game 7-2 to Juneau. Grey Wilson, assisted by Toma Johnson and Stephen Brown, and Johnson, assisted by Tommy Blada, had the goals for KPHA. Juneau’s goalie made nine saves while KPHA’s Conner Pearson, who shared net time with Allison Ralston throughout the tournament, had 33 saves.

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