Monday, April 3, 2006

Keep ‘free’ health care in perspective
In response to the article of March 8, 2006, Hospital Board nixes money for Health Center facility.

Brackets are blown but NCAA fun still available
Now that the NCAA Final Four has had its brackets broken, here is a little office pool that can be played by anyone, regardless of their knowledge of basketball. Write down the following quotes on separate sheets of paper. Let people draw them out of a hat. Select any post-game interview. Whomever holds the quote that is said first wins the pot.

Reader: Keep wilderness wild
The wilderness areas of this nation are our most important resources. They should be protected from commercialisation and exploitation. Please keep the wilderness wild!

Ideas illuminate ways to serve vision-impaired customers better
Imagine, after tripping over a few stairs, you enter a new restaurant. You navigate an unfamiliar path through the darkly lit restaurant trying to keep up with the busy waiter. As you do this you bump into a chair and then a cart spilling over with dirty dishes, making an embarrassing clatter. When you are finally seated the waiter hands you a menu you cannot decipher. Humiliated, you have to ask the waiter to read it to you. The waiter is aggravated and by the 4th item you resign yourself to having something you don’t really want. Refilling your water the waiter puts it in a different place on the table, causing you to knock it over. You can smell the food in front of you, yet you have no idea where anything is on your plate.

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

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.

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.

Good tidings for early diggers
South of Kasilof, it was a classic case of the early bird gets the clam this weekend.

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.

Board set to study $93 million budget for school district
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is expected to vote tonight on a nearly $93 million general fund budget for the coming school year.

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.

Fire station bonds up for approval
A resolution going before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday would authorize the sale of general obligation bonds totaling $2.5 million, the proceeds of which would be used to build and equip a new fire station in Kasilof and renovate another in Funny River.

KRSA doles out study money
A panel of research management experts sifting through Kenai and Russian rivers watershed research needs said that habitat research tends to be more expensive and difficult to conduct, compared to fisheries research, but it is nonetheless valuable in keeping the watershed healthy and productive.

Mayor to answer criticism
Mayor John Williams said that he’s prepared to present a formal rebuttal Tuesday night to the criticisms leveled at his administration three weeks ago by members of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers.

Mental, physical attention in 1 stop
The Cottonwood Health Center and Central Peninsula Counseling Services hope to merge into one building in Soldotna. Here’s the plan:

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.

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.

Changing tides in Cook Inlet: Study shows economic value of sport fishery surpasses commercial
In recent meetings the Kenai River Sportfishing Association briefed Governor Murkowski and members of the Alaska Legislature about a landmark economic study showing that economic values of sport and personal use salmon fisheries in the Upper Cook Inlet now substantially surpass those of the commercial salmon fisheries by every available measure.

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.

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.

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.

· Colleen and Michael Dammeyer of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Alexander Jacob Dammeyer, at 11:59 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Woman’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. He weighed 9 pounds and 12 ounces.

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.

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.”

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.

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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.

Peninsula People
Jensen named high achiever Thornton honored Soldotna Elks’ table tennis results

Around the Peninsula
Community playgroup slated Bear baiting clinics planned Boyle fundraiser set Ethics to be discussed Music workshops, dance set to play SoHi promenade tickets available YCC job applications deadline set

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

Community News
Skits, talent show scheduled Community concert scheduled Rowing class begins Class of 1976 members sought Class of 1986 members sought Skyview 1996 reunion slated

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

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

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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:

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

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