Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Era Kenai Station wins safety award
The Era Aviation Safety Department presented their Kenai Airport Station with the “2006 Most Improved Station” Safety Award on Friday March 16th. The award is given annually to the station with the best safety record, “We look at the overall safety performance, employee injuries, equipment damage, and most importantly safety attitudes that embodies the safety culture, including identification of hazards in the workplace, and proactive in the involvement in finding solutions and corrective actions to make the workplace safer for our customers and employees,” said Michelle Fabry, director of safety for Era Aviation.

A New Day for Chevron in Alaska
Members of the Kenai Chapter of the Support Industry Alliance filled the meeting room at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai to hear Chevron’s Alaska Asset Development Manager Stephen Wright present Chevron’s vision for their corporate investment in Alaska. “This was one of our best turn outs in recent months and I think the people here today were happy with what they heard and excited about Chevron’s future investments in the Cook Inlet,” said Dan Grove, chairman of the Kenai Chapter Alliance.

A Grand Day for the Irish in Soldotna
It was 16 years ago that Soldotna entrepreneur and Irishman Michael Sweeney thought the Peninsula should have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So he and a couple of friends got their trucks washed up and some shamrocks and green ribbons and drove south from the “Y” in Soldotna to the Bridge. Spectators were few the first year and the parade didn’t even stop traffic according to Sweeney. “A St. Patrick’s Day Parade just seemed to fit the theme of my store so I got the media and the Soldotna Chamber involved and it started growing from there. I think we’re the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alaska if not the only one,” said Sweeney.

Final 12 selected for 17th Caring for the Kenai competition
From more than 450 entries submitted in this year’s Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental and disaster preparedness contest, a panel of eight judges from the professional community has selected twelve Kenai Peninsula Borough high school students to compete for over $26,000 in cash awards in the oral presentation phase of the CFK program sponsored by Agrium and Chevron.

In May of 1995 I flew to Alaska from Wisconsin to find a place to live and then fly back and began packing for our move here. I remember driving on Turnagain arm and seeing the many cars parked by the many streams that empty into the ocean from the mountains. I stopped and observed people of all ages and all races dip netting hooligan along streams. Some of the people had small fires burning and many were sharing the same fires from time to time. I visited with many of these people and was even offered a bucket of smelt by an elderly black man who almost insisted I just needed to try these ocean fresh hooligan on my table in Wisconsin.

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.

Assembly violating law with sales tax increase
In October of 2005, the Voters of the Kenai Peninsula Borough passed a citizens initiative capping the sales tax at a rate of 2 percent and requiring a 60 percent majority vote to increase the rate. However, our Assembly is now considering an ordinance that would increase the sales tax rate to 3 percent effective January 1, 2008. Can’t the assembly members read?

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?

Brooks’ actions hurt Iditarod
All I know is how I feel about this outrageous act that has taken place on the trail of the worlds greatest, toughest and most historic race.

State’s priority should be education, not sports
How come the State of Alaska cannot afford a quality academic or vocational education for our K-12 students but it can afford the inordinate costs of sponsoring almost every interscholastic sport known to man, all over the State, except tiddly winks, AND it can afford to pay for the aviation gas for hunters to kill wolves from their airplanes plus $150 bounty on each wolf taken?

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.

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.

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.

Police arrest bookkeeper
A 36-year-old bookkeeper for Salamatof Seafoods Inc. was arraigned Tuesday on charges she embezzled at least $67,000 from the company and two other firms for which she kept books.

Sign ordinance may get green light tonight
A highly unusual fourth public hearing will be conducted tonight to hear from business owners on a proposed changes in the Soldotna municipal code governing free-standing signs in the commercial district.

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.

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

Rita M. McBride
Anchor Point resident R ita M. McBride died Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 78.

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.

Indiscriminate wolf killing : Governor should find a scientifically credible predator control program
Alaska’s promising new Governor, via the Department of Fish and Game, is now offering airborne wolf hunters $150 for the left front leg of shotgunned wolves, but nothing for the wounded wolves that got away. This “management” is supposed to be from any of five areas of “intensive management” stretching across about 60,000 square miles of wild Alaska; but our guess is that it’s pretty hard to tell where a leg came from just by looking at it? We know from court convictions that these airborne shooters wander far outside their prescribed areas. It was pure luck that two of them got caught a couple of years ago.

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

Around the Peninsula
Used book sale planned CPGH Inc. board members to meet Peaceful people to meet Play auditions set Cheerleading registration continues ACT event set Family ski event slated Kasilof book fair planned

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.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Around the District
Optional high school to be discussed Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Home-school Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Redoubt Elementary Nikiski Middle- High Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Tebughna Tustumena Elementary School News Wings Christian Academy Peninsula DDF results Forensics meet results

Engineering inspiration
Students at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai learned what engineering was all about with a visit from the University of Alaska Fairbanks chapter of the Society of Women Engineers earlier this month.

Thought of school uniforms makes writer cringe
I recently heard that the Legislature is considering passing a bill that will require elementary and middle school students to start wearing uniforms, and require high school students start wearing them later as well.

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