Saturday, April 1, 2006

Borough: Tax exemption laws applied fairly, consistently
This letter is in response to Mr. David W. O’Dell’s letter to the editor of March 23, 2006. Mr. O’Dell and his wife own a “rather large house” along with two other couples. In fact, the property consists a 24-bedroom home (9,400 square feet of living area) on 2.0 acres of land. All three couples occupy the home and two are qualified as Senior Citizens for the purposes of the Senior Citizen exemption.

Intersection needs improvement to stop accidents
It was my misfortune to be involved in a traffic accident at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 20 at the intersection of Spur View Drive and Frontage Road in Kenai. The snow berm made it difficult to see oncoming traffic. After stopping on Spur View after leaving Senior Housing, I slowly entered the intersection and was struck by a vehicle traveling on Frontage from Bridge Access. The intersection of Spur View Drive and Frontage Road is the only intersection on Frontage that has NO stop sign !

Blood drive a success
The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office and Soldotna High School graciously hosted blood drives the week of March 20th. Ninety generous people took time out of their busy schedule to donate blood. These community events were supported by the use of a van sponsored by numerous businesses and civic organizations from the Kenai Peninsula. Thank you all!

Area job fair expands to offer more opportunities in growing industries
Representatives from more than 50 employers will set up shop in the Kenai today in hopes of snagging recruits for jobs ranging from entry-level fast food positions to advanced jobs such as engineering.

Insurance plan hassles has Soldotna eyeing change
Some of the most dreaded responses from health insurance providers are “exceeds reasonable and customary charges,” “procedure not covered” and “claim for benefits denied.”

Senior tax break could be cut
Mayor John Williams has submitted an ordinance that would roll back the long-standing unlimited senior exemption from the borough’s 6.5-mill property tax.

Teens enlisted in fight against domestic abuse
The LeeShore Center in Kenai is an organization devoted to helping others, but as their T-shirt design contest is under way, they are hoping to receive a little help from area high school students.

Weekend seminar focuses on parenting males
Author Rick Johnson says few people question the benefit of having a male role model present when raising a boy, but many, especially single moms, don’t know where to go to find one.

Photo feature: Cool exercise
Chris Hall runs with the sun on the Unity Trail in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon. The weekend will bring mixed snow and rain and possibly some sun with highs in the low 40s, according to weather forecasters.

Bill gives DMV chance to help solve problems
Recently, we’ve heard, read and seen stories of protests in Los Angeles as people have taken to the streets in opposition of new proposed immigration plans.

A refuge for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, wildlife, views
Here we are again, in late March, winding down the ski and snowshoeing season. While winter is still barely on our minds, let’s take a look at cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ski trails.

Cabin offerings expanded
Three additional temporary rental cabins are planned for Kachemak Bay State Park this summer, expanding the joys of deep wilderness recreation to more outdoor enthusiasts, minus the damp-sided tent.

Rare squirrel proves to be black sheep of the family
A nature lover from Nikiski is going nuts about a critter that recently turned up at a bird feeder in his back yard .

Around the Peninsula
Drama production set to entertainEnvironmental contest semi-finalists namedCaucus meeting setCommunity concert scheduledSkits, talent show slatedDomestic violence workshop plannedBake sale, bazaar scheduled

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableKenai Aglow meeting slatedSoldotna Aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyGroup studies book of JoshuaCross art exhibit set

Remember to enjoy the season of miracles
The season of miracles has finally arrived. Spring is no longer just around the corner.

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