Saturday, April 8, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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