Friday, March 28, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules RadioShack franchise nominated for award CITS training offered Business workshops offered Alaska USA opens Kenai center Children's cooking workshops offered

Dancer apologizes for performance
March 12 in the Kenai Central High School talent show there was a unique act consisting of four senior high school males.

Dipnet closure idea no surprise to reader
I would like to address the article "Attorney wants dipnet closure" in the March 7-8 issue of the Peninsula Clarion, written by Phil Hermanek.

Event has 'Souper' results
Thank you to our local community for the generous support of the annual Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 3.

Reader upset with fire coverage
My family and I read all the articles written by your paper regarding the tragic fire that took four lives. We decided it would be best not to be suspicious of foul play and wait for all the facts to come in before we jumped to any conclusions. We decided that it would be a terrible wrong to be suspicious of anything that turned out to not be true.

Reader: There has to be better way to assess property
Have you checked your property assessment notice against last year's? Chances are your "improvements" assessed value increased somewhere between 3.5 and 25 percent. Your "land value" probably didn't change at all (no doubt that will be the target of next year's increase).

Health fair offers patients another option
For people with no or limited health care coverage, a visit to the doctor can put a major dent in a their bank account. But the expense really adds up when the doctor orders preventative screenings, blood work and other tests.

Borough not expecting flooding
As temperatures get higher and snow begins to melt, water levels on the Kenai River may start to rise.

Homer residents fight new city hall
It's time to start looking for a Plan B.

Winning talent show act proves controversial
When Wes Quade bared almost all at a community talent show earlier this month, he had no idea his act would become a community controversy.

Photo feature: Let's shake on it
Demie Byram shakes Jerry Isolokwu's hand after Isolokwu explained to Byram and his wife how his company, Genacta In-Home Care, works during the Kenai Peninsula Job Fair Tuesday afternoon at the Soldotna Sports Center. "We're not looking for jobs but this is great," Byram said. "There's a lot of information here." The annual event brought employers and job seekers together under one roof for a day of networking.

Cemetery siting heads for vote
At least 11 Soldotna residents want to have voters decide where the city should site its cemetery.

Lowe's ready to break ground
Four big, yellow pieces of earth-moving equipment parked alongside Marathon Road can be seen as harbingers of the coming construction season, or more specifically, as the start of construction on the new Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse store in Kenai.

Borough mulls APOC rules
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday could add its voice to the city of Kenai's in urging a change to state financial disclosure laws.

Photo feature: Sittin' and sippin'
With sunny weather, shorts and frosty drinks making it look a lot more like summer than spring, Kathryn Vengley and Larissa Stewart talk outside the Tesoro 2Go on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon. The nice weather may be short-lived the weather forecast calls for clouds and possible precipitation this weekend.

Marsha Kay Payton
Longtime Kenai resident Marsha Kay Payton died Monday, March 24, 2008, in Soldotna after a long illness. She was 62.

Volunteering could make big difference
Face to face. That's what kind of help is best when you're dealing with a disaster.

Buddies cash in with winter whopper
It's likely not easy to convince family and friends in Salt Lake City that it's a good idea to go on a fishing trip to Alaska in March. But after winning this year's Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, John Forster and his 34-pound fish probably quieted the critics.

It's hiring season at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for students
Do you know a college or high school student who likes to work hard in the outdoors, doesn't mind getting their hands dirty, and is looking for work this summer? The Kenai Refuge has a few challenging, yet rewarding, job opportunities.

Around the Peninsula
CIRCAC to meet FASD training offered Child screening available Health center plans closure, training Spring bazaar offered Community health fair set Soccer registration begins

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Hitting the books
Spring break has come and gone. Summer approaches fast and for parents who wonder how to keep their kids reading after school ends, there are several community programs available.

Poet's Corner
I have seen beauty in your eyes

Art Briefs
Artists sought Kachemak Bay shorebird photo contest Photography contest continues Fiction contest offers $9,000 in prizes Writers' conference set Kenai Performers seek members Kids' reading program ongoing

'Les Miserables'
The Soldotna High School Drama Department, under the direction of Michael Druce, will stage "Les Miserables" at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in the SoHi Auditorium. Above, Ben Reeves and Brian Folley man a barricade in the French Revolution. At right, clockwise from top left, Austin Struthers, Amanda Norris, Brianna VinZant and Leesha Keener portray thevicious Thenardier family. At far right, Ryan Christianson plays a Prisoner of the State.

After Easter, people can still meet Jesus
It is the week after Easter, festivities are over and life is returning to normal for those who were busy.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Peninsula athletes take 32 ulus
Two years after hosting the Arctic Winter Games, the Kenai Peninsula sent a contingent of 32 athletes, coaches and chaperones to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from March 9 to 15 for the 20th version of the games.

Oilers add first baseman
The Peninsula Oilers have announced the signing of first baseman David Van Ostrand of California Polytechnic State University. Van Ostrand played for Alan Hancock College in 2007. He appeared in 43 games and batted .430 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBIs. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound left-handed hitter calls Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, home.

Flanagan sacked by Bears
Kenai River Brown Bears coach and general manager Mike Flanagan was fired by the team Monday.

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