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Friday, April 9, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers set luncheon schedules

Rescue drill a great opportunity
I want to thank everyone involved in the March 27th search and rescue training exercise.

Alaskans in need of militia
For years I've known that we as Alaskans have been in need of an "unorganized, well regulated militia." The true purpose of a militia is to protect and assist our community in times of need. These needs can arise from many kinds of disaster, be they generated by our government or natural types we need to prepare.

Kenai LNG plant owners will ask two-year extension for export permit
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and Marathon Oil Co. will seek a two-year extension of the liquefied natural gas export license for the Kenai Peninsula LNG plant owned by the two companies, a ConocoPhillips spokeswoman said Thursday.

Dual service sustained: Borough Assembly won't bar members from holding city council seats
Local leaders are still allowed to serve on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and on a city council at the same time.

Shuttered for the summer?: Kenai Landing owner upset with city operations
An owner of Kenai Landing said it might not open for business this summer due, in part, to alleged competition for his business from the city of Kenai.

Independent Light a good plan for HEA members
What experience or expertise would you bring to the board?

Scholarships will improve schools
The Governor's Performance Scholarship proposal would award substantial postsecondary scholarships to Alaska students who take a challenging curriculum in high school and meet thresholds for performance on grades and tests. The scholarships would be used at Alaska institutions, both technical and academic.

'Communing with nature': Early season fishing not just about the bite
After months of changing out lines and tying new flies to pass away the winter months, another fishing season has begun, and last weekend in Cooper Landing numerous anglers took to the waters of the upper Kenai River in pursuit of trout.

Gulls' return signifies the first days of spring
On a recent Friday afternoon, we were viewing the NEXRAD radar images from the Kenai station on the National Weather Service Web page. My co-worker and I noticed some peculiar bands crossing Prince William Sound between Middleton Island and Whittier. At the time we were just a little intrigued and I told him they looked suspicious. It looked like we might be watching the first waves of waterfowl making their way to Alaska. I have looked at these signatures before and there is a lot of quality work being done around the country, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, where researchers have used radar to track large movements of song birds making landfall in the gulf-states like Louisiana and Texas. In most of those cases the birds travel at night, so you typically see them make landfall just before first light and then just after sunset you see a large exodus on the radar on an otherwise perfectly clear night.

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Events and Exhibits

Arctic Spring
Pussy willows, soft as pillows

Nikiski grapplers take 1st at own tourney
The Nikiski freestyle wrestling team won the Nikiski Freestyle Wrestling Tournament held on March 27. Fifty-one of Nikiski's 84 participants earned medals. The results are as listed below:

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