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Friday, March 30, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Era Aviation wins safety award Youth cooking classes Crimestoppers seek support Food bank fundraiser set to build Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought Kapp moves Edward Jones office Business owners receive dividends Bones for Life seminar offered

Don’t trash the Kenai
To the person driving the red Ford Explorer ... on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. past Skyview High School, Shame on You! My son and I were following you from Soldotna when we saw something on the road in our lane of traffic just ahead of you.

Cook Inlet under attack
The west side of Cook Inlet is under attack. First there is the ‘Don Young Memorial’ bridge over Knik Arm; then the Canadian Pebble Mine project; and now a multinational corporation wants to dig a huge coal mine on the west side near the town of Beluga. Not only do they want to strip mine, they want to build a two mile long bridge and conveyor to get the coal to a shipping channel in the middle of Cook Inlet (so the coal can be shipped overseas, not for local use.)

State owes seniors longevity bonuses
Re: the March 12th editorial on Teacher and Public Employees Retirement problems. It would be very comforting to know the legislators cared enough about the State’s retirement plan for Senior’s with the same diligence. That is what the Longevity Bonus was in case they have overlooked the wording. It was granted to pre-statehood residents, most of whom were not nearly retirement age, but who had worked with primitive lifestyles and little public help to develop the territory to the point of qualifying for statehood. Then there was an added clause of “25 years continual residency” before the age of 65 intended to eliminate newcomers who had the advantages of new state aids and companies with retirement plans to join in.

Green a nice color for Soldotna
The 16th Annual Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by the community.

Coal mine would add to climate change
Coal pollutes water and air, depletes fisheries, and causes lung disease. Most of all, coal accelerates climate change.

Exchange of help made dinner a success
The Kenai/Soldotna AFS/USA Chapter of the Student Exchange Program wishes to thank all those who supported our recent fund-raiser dinner. Specifically, we thank all the attendees and those who gave of their time and services.

Banquet volunteers showed true colors
On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 672, I would like to sincerely thank Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Dave Caswell and the Soldotna Elks Club for their support of the recent Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet. Mayor Carey was outstanding in his inspirational talk to the Scouts about patriotism, the armed forces and what it means to be a good citizen. He captured the attention of every child (and parent) in attendance through his wonderful humor and passion for our great country. Thanks also to the parents and Scouts who baked deserts for the auction to raise money for our Pack. A fun time was had by all and Dave Caswell also deserves a round of applause for his auctioneering talent!

Let nature run wild
I have lived in Alaska for fifty years and supported hunting. The idea of using helicopters to hunt wolves is crushing. The image of wolves being aerial hunted was bad, but the image of a gunner sitting in the door of a helicopter shooting is horrifying. In the past I have not supported tourist boycotts in response to our states policies, on this issue I will support it. I work in a tourist reliant business and this would adversely affect me.

Deep Creek, employees victims of big government
A short time back the Clarion published an article about Deep Creek Custom Packing being fined by the EPA. I just want to write about the effects of this unwarranted fine.

Not signing off
After hearing 16 Soldotna business owners object to a proposed ordinance changing the rules regarding freestanding signs in the commercial district, the city council passed the ordinance by the slimmest of margins Wednesday night.

Have resume, will travel
Those looking for work and those looking for workers will come together today in attempt to find each other during the annual Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair.

Job seek and you shall find
What happens when you put 50 potential employers in a room and open it up to hundreds of people looking for employment? Good things, if Thursday’s Peninsula Job Fair is any indication.

Concern for bears doesn’t end with hunt
Bear-viewing advocates s ay they dodged a bullet at a recent Board of Game meeting two weeks ago in Anchorage, but something still needs to be done to fix a recent trend of declining brown bear populations around McNeil River and the Katmai National Preserve.

Coalition takes on hydrocarbons
Local government partnered up this week seeking a solution to Kenai River hydrocarbon pollution that so far has stymied many a state agency.

Time again to be bear aware
With each passing day another winter season gets farther away, and it won’t be long until fresh bear tracks are a common sight in slushy, melting snow.

Bertha M. Willis
Kenai resident Bertha M. Willis died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.

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

Alaskans have it good with taxes, PF dividends
There’s something a tad ironic about the dual deadlines facing Alaskans. The first hits at midnight Saturday, the deadline to file for the 2007 permanent fund dividend. That deadline comes just as many people are scrambling to beat the second one: the April 17 deadline for filing federal income taxes. (Yes, April 17 is correct. Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday and the following day, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, which also buys procrastinators a little time.)

Tax oil, don’t touch PFD: Permanent fund isn’t an out to avoid extracting fair price for oil
Seems lots of heavy hitters want to take one more run at persuading our legislators to tap our Permanent Fund. ...

Hyperspace: From the Yukon River to the Kenai River
Do you remember that scene in “Star Wars” when Hans Solo hits the hyperspace button on the Millennium Falcon and all the stars become blurred lines of light as the ship rockets forward through space? Well, that’s about how I feel right now, after moving from Galena to the Kenai. I’ve been magically vaulted through space and time into a completely different Alaska.

Homer tournament breaks the ice
There’s just no stopping a diehard fisherman.

Around the Peninsula
CPH spring bazaar set Soccer players, coaches sought KPFA meeting slated Beekeepers all a buzz Food bank plans one-day closure Gardening club seeks members Health fair ready to pump you up

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

Celebrity waiters hold up the sky By McKibben Jackinsky
Chicken Little was right -- the sky is falling. At least that’s how it looks at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair, where the ceiling of the 4,800-square-foot Carol Bock Hall is in desperate need of repair. At the Ninilchik fairgrounds Saturday night, the fair’s biggest fund-raising event of the year will help raise money to keep the sky, or rather the ceiling, from crashing down.

‘Out on a Limbo’
Saturday afternoon in the Renee Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School — whispers and giggles from behind the curtains at the side of the stage.

Poet’s Corner
Dancing in the morning dew,

Straight ‘Shooter’: Movie hits the mark
TBS used to have a Saturday film series called “Movies for Guys Who Like Movies.” They’d re-run “Rambo” or “Commando” or, if you were really lucky, one of the older Clint Eastwoods like “The Gauntlet” or “Escape from Alcatraz” -- before he got all respectable. Those were fun movies that didn’t require a lot of set-up beyond the traditional “they trained him, they betrayed him, and now they’re going to get their butts kicked.”

Art Briefs
Writers meet tonight Play auditions this weekend Chorus set to sing Kids’ art wanted Humanities forum offers historic grants Lower fees continue for artists in schools Art show proposals being accepted Beading classes offered Kids’ reading program ongoing

Resurrection power can change lives
He was a dead man.

Church Briefs
Family film night slated Bible study group to meet Nikiski Aglow plans activities Faith walk set to go Walk to the cross scheduled Art exhibit planned Celebration of the resurrection planned

Davis claims WPA semi-pro title
Riding snowmachines since the tender age of 3, Soldotna’s Cory Davis was born into the sport.

Isaacs to play with Oilers
The Oilers are excited to announce that local product Shawn Isaacs has signed to join the Oilers this summer. Isaacs is a freshman right-handed pitcher at Upper Eastern Arizona College. Isaacs is a graduate of Kenai Central, where he was a standout player for the American Legion Twins. In 2006, Isaacs had an 8-0 record with a 1.40 ERA for the Twins.

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