Thursday, April 6, 2006

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Canned food drive events planned McDonald’s to host benefit Workshop to open doors Scholarships offered

Whittier inn up for auction; operators vow to hang on
After years of financial struggles, the Inn at Whittier is in foreclosure, and is scheduled to be sold to the highest bidder on May 2.

At work with: Sarah Diamond
Name: Sarah Diamond

‘Instinct’ replays original
As pickings were slim this week on the Kenai, and since I had to be in Anchorage anyway, I thought I’d use this week’s review to see and critique something cool and different that you can only see in the big city. Unfortunately, pickings were slim all over, and I fell into the same trap that led my poor father to go watch “Booty Call.” I went to see the first thing showing at the time I got to the theater. Lucky me. “Basic Instinct 2.”

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

Art Briefs
Section name change sought Homer Council seeks talent, submissions Arts scholarships available Scholarship competition set Dance club seeks members Storytellers wanted LeeShore sponsoring contest Kenai photos wanted Carving workshops slated

Tuned into spring
Spring in Alaska is a sort of also-ran, coming late and disappearing quickly as breakup’s mud leaves little space for the flowers associated with the season.

Mayor works for people, not other way around
Domestic terrorist (Clarion, March 26)? Mr. Mayor, perhaps you should review what this country was founded on.

Reader has confidence in elected officials
I have confidence in John Williams, the borough mayor, Gary Superman, my representative and the elected assembly to make the correct decisions concerning borough business.

Is there a vote behind the talk?
I hear so many people complain about government, what our Legislature is doing, what our governor is doing or not doing and more. We listen to sound off and read Peninsula Clarion and even the Ear in the Anchorage paper. Many people need to ask themselves what they are really doing to change the situation to their liking. Are they registered to vote? Many are not. Are they participating in party politics?

Citizens should speak up to stop KRSA ‘take-over group’
Public money should never skirt public process but that is exactly what is happening with millions of dollars currently being spent by Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA). The money is part of a several million dollar federal grant obtained from Sen. Ted Stevens. It was matched by dollars from the state of Alaska. KRSA put together a wish list for studies on the Kenai River and with the full cooperation of the Department of Fish and Game in Juneau, they are planning to conduct studies to achieve questionable goals.

Friend was Santa, comedian, blessing
Many people can tell a joke that makes their audience laugh. Few people can cause the audience to laugh in anticipation of the punch line, even before the punch line is delivered. Many people can pretend to be Santa Claus, but few people are so convincing that they can persuade adults, as well as children, that he does, indeed, exist. Many people are good sales people, but few people can sell just about anything and make the buyer feel good about buying it!

Legislators earn applause for standing up to big oil
It is time for a reality check. Big Oil will not walk away from Alaska because oil taxes are raised to a level compared to other countries in the world. Nor can they take the oil fields with them if they leave. If Big Oil wants to give up its leases, there will be plenty of smaller oil companies prepared to step in and pay increased taxes to earn the huge profits available.

Senior dinner a sweet event
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped make our 16th annual senior sweetheart dinner held Feb. 25 a great success. We could not have had our beautiful evening without the help of the following: Alaska Cab (Brent and his drivers) CARTS, Dennis and Pat Murray, Lori Vetter, the staff from Heritage Place in Soldotna, Helen Ware, Evelyn Middleton, Cindy Bayer, the staff from Forget-Me-Not Center in Kenai, Joye Sarka, Cory and staff from Providence Wesely Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward, Pat Doyle, Judy Calhoun, the staff from Friendship Terrace in Homer, Jodi Reed and the staff from Harbor Lights House Assisted Living in Soldotna.

Bolea stumps for 20/20 oil tax structure
If Alaska wants a gas pipeline connecting North Slope natural gas to the Lower 48 and wants to build spur lines from it to carry gas to the Kenai Peninsula and other areas, the Legislature needs to approve Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed 20/20 tax structure.

Games organizers say "thank you"
The Arctic Winter Games are over, but the Kenai Peninsula is still stuffed full of volunteers, and the Games left plenty of themed merchandise lying around, as well.

Agrium looks for more gas
Agrium USA is looking for more natural gas in an effort to prolong its North Kenai operations beyond October, according to spokesperson Lisa Parker.

Mixing zone ban bill hearing today
A measure that would continue the practice of banning pollution in Alaska’s freshwater spawning areas is scheduled for a teleconferenced hearing in the House Resources Committee this afternoon.

Assembly rejects senior cap
By a narrow margin of one vote, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly said no Tuesday to introducing an ordinance meant to cap the now unlimited property tax exemption extended to seniors and disabled veterans.

Board OKs new charter school policy
Not everyone talking about charter schools at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting approved of a new policy under consideration, but most accepted the compromise pact and board members voted 8 to 1 in favor of it.

Language cuts protested
About 15 Native Alaskans, some speaking in Sugt’stun, joined more than 100 people from Russian villages at Monday’s school board meeting protesting cuts in language classes proposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Paint job eyed for Kenai Rec Center
With spring weather knocking on the door, the Kenai Recreation Center may get a fresh coat of paint if the Kenai City Council approves.

Denise Marie (Bullard) Smith
Soldotna resident Denise Marie (Bullard) Smith died Friday, March 31, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 39.

Dorothy S. 'Dotty' VanOrman
Longtime Clam Gulch resident Dorothy S. “Dotty” VanOrman died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at her home in Clam Gulch. She was 77.

Antonio 'Tony'Moreno Montesinos
Longtime Homer resident Antonio “Tony” Moreno Montesinos died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, from a massive coronary at the Homer Safeway store while picking up food for the Homer Food Bank. He was 64.

Dorothy "Dotty" W. Van Orman
Longtime Clam Gulch resident Dorothy “Dotty” W. Van Orman died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at her home. She was 77.

Playing with the future: Legislature's changes to tax bill hurts consumers, Cook Inlet
The Alaska Legislature currently is considering changes to a Petroleum Production Tax (PPT) under House Bill 488 and Senate Bill 305, which, at today’s prices, would more than triple production taxes on the oil and gas industry.

Beware of deep ponds: Legislators’ tinkering could be at cost of future revenues
There is an old proverb about a cute puppy carrying a yummy bone past a calm, deep pond. He stops to peer into the water. It is so calm that it reflects his face, holding the bone, perfectly. Thinking his reflection is another dog holding another yummy bone, he opens his mouth to grab the bone from the other dog. In doing so, he drops his own bone into the deep water. He goes hungry.

Around the Peninsula
Section name change sought Volunteer firefighter meeting today Wildfire preparedness training set

Around the Peninsula
Bazaar fundraiser planned Genealogy help available Saturday Spaghetti fundraiser set to dish Habitat begins building season

Around the District
Boyle fundraisers set Scholarship offered Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Home school Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Middle Tustumena Elementary

Leadership program uses history to inspire next generation
While many students on the Kenai Peninsula used their spring break as a respite from homework, Morgan Wensley, a sixth-grader at Kenai Middle School, actually took on more work — all in the name of better international relations.

Summer, fall, scholarship registration available
Online and walk-in registration for the Kenai River Campus summer session opens Monday. Classeswill be offered at in-state tuition rates for everyone. The summer class schedule is available at

Teenager tells of anorexia recovery
Standing in front of Duncan Wannamaker’s health class earlier this month, Hallie Hudson looked like an average 13-year-old girl. She wore fashionably torn jeans and a bright blue top. Other than an occasional nervous gesture — tucking her shoulder-length brown hair behind an ear or putting her hands in her front pockets — she spoke confidently.

Well-intentioned, but is implementing a wellness policy practical?
According to Yahoo! Health, the rate of obesity in the United States has more than doubled for preschoolers and adolescents in the past 30 years, and it has more than tripled for children ages 6 to 11.

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