Friday, April 4, 2008

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules New business Business workshops offered CPH offers diabetes education Wage, hour seminar slated

Contributors get a 'WOW'
The team of the "Wilder Hoggs" would like to thank the organizations, businesses and individuals that supported us to help make the 2008 Kenai Peninsula W.O.W. Ride the success that it was. They included Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Vagabond, Petroleum Equipment & Service Inc., Laurel Pickering, Joe Grossl, Rus Hitchcock, Mike Sournart, Craig Cacorel, Nick McGahan, Joe Flaecid, Denise O'Connell, Margaret Dolchok, Bill Soares, Jeannie Smith, Diana Zirul, Ed Marsh, Jim Hakkinen, Josh Overtuf, Ted VanAntwerp, Fred Vaslilie, Randy Connelly, Rolf Mansek and Bonnie Larson.

Officers take a hit to build youth relations
On March 28, three Kenai police officers paid a visit to the Boys and Girls Club Kenai Clubhouse for a "little" game of dodgeball.

Lost package changes reader's perception
This is to the person who picked up a lost package and found an anti-virus program: Shame on you for not turning it in to the store or not placing a found ad in the paper. To you it was probably just a bonus find, but to the person who lost it, it was six months of saving nickels and dimes.

Reader has concerns about message performance sent
This is in response to the story called "Talent" in the Clarion on March 28.

Reader advises: Talk now or hold your tongue
On March 27, the House passed HB256, Gov. Sarah Palin's bill that allows for no science based same-day airborne hunting of wolves and bears, opens the doors to game-farming in Alaska and allows the lieutenant governor to remove Alaska's ballot measure to vote again on aerial hunting, thus taking Alaskans right to vote away.

Reader backs HEA candidate
Local residents who are served by the Homer Electric Association have an opportunity to vote for members of the board of directors of our Rural Electrification Association Co-operative, and ballots recently should have been received or soon will be.

Achievement by young man earns appreciation
I was thinking about a concert that took place last Thursday, which was a fulfillment of a civics project, a "Konzert" which was organized by Hayden Sterling and featuring a group of his friends and musician colleagues who performed about 14 numbers in solo or ensemble and presented a wonderful and talented view of the young people.

Support for family appreciated
The Cody Honrud benefit was such a huge success. We can't thank everyone enough.

Visitors Center tests program
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is preparing to test a new national program that may end up benefiting thousands of museums and historic houses across the country.

SPH gets Certificate of Need
State officials have granted a new Certificate of Need to South Peninsula Hospital, allowing the medical facility to proceed with the next phase of its $32.6 million expansion project.

Assembly OKs regs for roads over fish streams
Developers intending to build roads over salmon streams will now have to meet new borough permit conditions covering design and construction of crossings and approaches.

Culvert repair funding nixed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday turned down a request for financial support by the Kenai Watershed Forum for its ongoing program of repairing damaged culverts blocking salmon streams.

Shed, Conex law stalls
A plan to regulate the look of storage sheds in the city and the use of Conex boxes as storage sheds stalled once again in the Kenai City Council chambers Wednesday.

Neighbors fuming over plans
A group of Mackey Lakes residents have called for a meeting with the borough to find out what's going on at the Central Emergency Services training facility in their neighborhood.

Debra L. Anderson
Sterling resident Debra L. Anderson died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at her home in Sterling. She was 56.

William 'Bill' Thomas Snow
Former Funny River resident William "Bill" Thomas Snow died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in Tyrone, Ga. He was 80.

Opal Ruth Robison
Longtime Kenai resident Opal Ruth Robison died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at the Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 77.

Group helps keep crime out of communities
Thirty-two years ago, an Albuquerque detective made a public plea following a televised re-enactment of the murder of a gas station attendant. The detective offered anonymity and a reward from his own pocket for help in solving the case.

Agencies, residents to raise bear awareness
As the days grow longer, the snow melts and the temperature continues to rise, it won't be long until bears brown and black are back in action around the state. As such, several agencies and individuals have formed a partnership in an effort to teach people throughout the month how to coexist with bruins.

National Wildlife Refuge System celebrates 105th anniversary
In March, the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) marked its 105th anniversary as the only network of federal lands devoted specifically to the conservation of wildlife and habitats. From its humble beginnings at Pelican Island in Florida, the National Wildlife Refuge System now consists of 548 refuges and 37 wetland management districts on more than 96 million acres. And as it so happened, I spent that anniversary day traveling between two of our National Wildlife Refuges: from Santa Ana NWR in the southern-most reaches of Texas to my home unit here at the Kenai NWR.

Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling hits tourneys
The Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club participated in a pair of tournaments in March. The club was at the Cook Inlet Greco-Roman Wrestling Tournament on March 14, then held the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club Tournament on Saturday. At the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Club Tournament, Nikiski Freestyle finished first, Anchorage Avalanche finished second and Homer Popeye finished third. The results for the Nikiski wrestlers follow:

Art Briefs
Kachemak Bay Campus to host art workshop Artists sought Kachemak Bay shorebird photo contest

Poet's Corner
Yesterday, Flat Stanley came to Alaska to visit us.

Silly songs, they say so much
The Kenai Community Library's silly song contest will start with auditions at 2 p.m. Sunday and conclude with a live show at 6 p.m. Monday. For more information, call 283-4378.

'21' a good bet for moviegoers
I have a special fondness for movies about gamblers. "The Cincinnati Kid," "The Hustler," "Rounders"; each of these are tense and action-packed, but have a special handicap. There's generally no real action in movies like this, just a lot of people sitting around playing a game, and with card-playing movies, it's even tougher.

Have a great rest of your life
Evelyn lives in Tennessee and listens to my radio program, "Higher Ground" over Sky Angel, a satellite carrier of programs called the Sacred Favorites group.

Church Briefs
Matrix salutes spring

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