Friday, April 7, 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

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.

‘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.”

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

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

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.

Support helped propel hockey team to victory
The Bantam IV Nikiski Ice Dawgs wish to thank our dedicated and outstanding role models coach Felix Martinez, assistant coaches Bill Thompson and Mark Stynesberg for our successful hockey season. We send our greatest appreciation to our sponsors and parents who have given us a chance to prove that we can go the distance.

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.

No more magic — borough must make cuts
The secret’s told when the trick is sold. That’s what they say when you buy a magic trick. Magic is amazingly simple, even the more elaborate kind like David Copperfield performs. We’re mesmerized by the craftiness, sleight of hand and smoke and mirrors we are entertained with. But, if you know the secret, it’s no longer “magic,” and it ruins the fun.

Alaska should lead way in energy research
On March 28, the Clarion printed letters about opening ANWR and producing our own oil here in Alaska. I agree with both and neither. Why do we have to keep worrying about the cost and issue of oil and petroleum products? Why can’t we become one of the leaders in the nation and have serious money put into alternative fuels and alternative energy?

Mayor should use more honey, less vinegar in remarks
My grandmother always told me you could catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar.

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?

Companies hope to turn peninsula prospects into working wells
Drilling begins today 10 miles northwest of Homer in the first stage of what could become a major new oil and natural gas development push in the Cook Inlet Basin.

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.

ACT wants mayor censured for ‘domestic terrorism’ remarks
The head of a taxpayer group critical of the local government’s spending has accused borough Mayor John Williams of blaming the group for the borough’s fiscal problems, and of attempting to marginalize their influence by labeling them as domestic terrorists bent on subverting government.

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.

Mayor: ACT’s claims flawed
Mayor John Williams delivered a formal rebuttal Tuesday to Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers’ allegations that his four-month-old administration is heading in the wrong direction, and that it would depend on raising taxes to cover the cost of government, rather than cut spending.

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.

KDLL riding wave of relief
A central Kenai Peninsula public radio station and its Homer affiliate are breathing a sigh of relief after the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday rejected a recommendation to cut state funding for public radio stations by 24 percent.

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.

Building new life in same old place
New doors may be opening soon for Nikiski senior citizens who have longed to live out their years in the same place they’ve lived for much of their life.

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.

Andrew Grosvold
Lifelong Alaskan and Alaska Native Andrew Grosvold died Thursday, March 23, 2006 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 80.

James Cissell
Longtime Kenai resident James Cissell died Thursday, April 6, 2006 at his home. He was 73.

Meeting halfway a good lesson in communication
Communication is an essential part of life. To be able to say what it is we need and what we want to others in a language they understand is certainly better than waving our arms about in frustration and getting nowhere.

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.

For better or worse, Wildland fire season fast approaching
I was looking out my window early this week, contemplating the gray skies and all of the snow piled up in my yard, and watching the water dripping from the eaves.

Clinic teaches all about bait stations
Hunters and bear enthusiasts flooded the Kenai River Center Tuesday as an Alaska Department of Fish and Game bear baiting clinic bagged more than 60 participants.

Around the Peninsula
Nursing topic of sessionSenior housing ground breaking setHospital celebrates medevac helicopter’s takeoffBoyle fundraiser setAWG debriefing up for discussionCheerleading registration loomsCaucus meeting setEthics to be discussedGenealogy help available

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

Herrin, Romans take top honors
Nikiski girls basketball coach Ward Romans and player Sarah Herrin have a lot more in common than earning the highest honors in Daily News/Alaska Media All-State Basketball voting announced Thursday.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsBaha’i classes continueSpaghetti dinner set to dishCommunity concert plannedMatrix Palm Sunday service setCross art exhibit slatedKenai Aglow meeting scheduledClothes availableSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds bible studyShroud of Turin lecture slatedGood Friday service scheduledGarage sale fundraiser scheduled

Not giving, asking for forgiveness can incur great cost
It’s a beautiful Christmas morning and despite the holiday, James Bennett, famous newspaper publisher, sticks to his normal routine.

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