Sunday, April 2, 2006

Mom, son narrowly escape devastating Nikiski house fire
From the way her three Labrador retrievers were acting, Gail Bacarella said she should have known something was wrong.

Administration opts out of moving to new emergency center borough is building
The board of directors of Central Emergency Services says service area residents would be better served if CES’ administrative offices remained at Station 1 in Soldotna instead of moving to the new emergency response center under construction on Wilson Lane just down the block.

New teacher housing in Tyonek a step closer to reality
Construction of a duplex to house teachers at Tyonek should be substantially completed by the time school opens in August, borough officials said.

Employees seek opportunities at area job fair
The fair returned to Kenai on Friday, but there were no corn dogs or cotton candy sold. Instead there were resumes and references being handed out at the Kenai Peninsula Job Fair — the biggest annual employee recruitment event on the peninsula.

Measure would pave way to reopen range
A Seward shooting range closed in December when an operating lease was terminated may soon open again under terms of an ordinance now before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

CPGH has healthy ratings
Central Peninsula General Hospital’s satisfaction rates are soaring, according to a 2006 survey presented to the CPGH board Thursday.

Photo feature: Puddle patrol
Matt Vasilie and his friend Ben Tikka navigate a deep puddle last weekend to get to the drive-through window at McDonald’s in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy conditions through Thursday.

John Patrick Collins
Former Nikiski resident John Patrick Collins died Sunday, March 26, 2006, in Katy, Texas. He was 46.

Borough mayor’s proposals a good point to start at
Budget talk is no fun — especially when it centers on spending less and not more. It’s easy just to let one’s eyes glaze over, chalk up the need for belt tightening to a bloated bureaucracy and ignore the debate.

Pebble critics should keep their powder dry
“Ready, aim, fire” is the traditional litany of any marksmen hoping to hit his target. But critics of the Pebble mineral development have confused that sequence, firing aimless broadsides at the project even before a clear target has emerged.

Serious thoughts about a funny man
In the age of multiple career changes and attention deficit disorder, it’s impressive to find longevity in anything. That’s why it’s with sadness that we announce that in today’s Clarion you’ll find the final column of A.E. Poynor’s Of Moose and Men.

Doctors with questionable nicknames last thing patients need
Supporting a loved one through a serious illness can lead to a deeper understanding of profound life truths.

Higher taxes discourage business
As a longtime Alaska resident and small business manager, I defend the oil and gas industry’s position against raising its taxes because like them, I intend to be here for the long haul. The future of our business, that of our employees and my family, are closely linked to the future of the oil and gas industry and the investments it makes in upcoming years.

Fitness programs use competition, prizes, peer pressure to elicit results
You are healthy. All four limbs working. Utilize your youth. Not one of us in this contest is old. At least I didn’t see any 90+ contestants.”

Around the Peninsula
1964 earthquake to be discussedCheerleading registration loomsSpaghetti dinner fundraiser set to dishRowing class beginsVolunteer drivers neededFoster care, adoption workshops availableClass of 1986 members sought

Lancaster, Cox marry in Kenai
Misha Lancaster and Thomas Junior Cox of Kenai were married in an afternoon ceremony Friday, March 10, 2006, at the Kenai Courthouse. Hilary Martin officiated.

Don’t miss winter sky’s last hurrah
Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. We’re also leaving the freezing cold behind. As we all love winter’s benefits, we surely regret that our beloved starry skies will take a back seat soon.

Hua, Hu announce engagement
Yi-Hui “Sharon” Hua of Taiwan and Jerry C. Hu of Soldotna plan to be married in an afternoon ceremony Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

My best friend
Sasha, a member of the Barrett family in Soldotna, loves to play dress up with her kids, Allison, Megan and Wyatt.

My best friend
Cotton, a 2-year-old Maltese, snuggles with his buddy, 10-year-old Forrest Carlson, in their Kenai home.

Sports Briefs
Ice Dawgs complete successful seasonBiathlon Club to hold meeting Tuesday

Area skaters get chance to shine
Quite a few hockey players calling the Kenai Peninsula home have gone on to play at the junior, collegiate and professional levels. Here is a roundup of players who took the ice during the past season:

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