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Friday, April 13, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Spenard Builders buys Polar Supply Reasner earns realtor e-PRO certification Youth cooking classes offered Small business workshops available Bones for Life seminar offered Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought Crimestoppers seeks support

Time to move on
We think the Palin administration and the Legislature have spent too much time with the North Slope producers over the proposed gas pipeline project.

SMS says ‘thank you’
Soldotna Middle School would like to thank Beemun’s for all of its support this last ski season for our middle-schoolers. Each year Beemun’s has provided us ski wax and any other equipment we need at their cost. In fact, they do this for all of the schools.

Reader hopes ‘gifts’ earned with hard work appreciated
To the person who found my Home Depot refund card that you probably found in the Safeway parking lot and used it instead of finding the owner: I know you used it. I know when you used it. I know what you bought.

Doing what’s best for the river
During July for the last 16 years, our Kenai River has become so polluted with gasoline and other hydrocarbons (HC), the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Environmental Protection Agency have listed the river as Category 5 “impaired.” This means pollution levels exceed limits for aquatic life.

Reader: There’s a better way when it comes to taxes
The borough and city property tax mill rate caps are only half the equation. The proposed House Bill 23 or something similar is the other desperately needed half. As ad valorum real property assessments continue to rise, often at excessive and unpredictable rates, our annual property tax bills keep getting ratcheted up.

‘Small town justice’
How can it be that a jury in Anchorage could find a man guilty of murder after 11 years with no eye witnesses, no physical evidence and no murder weapon, while in Kenai a man is tried on murder charges with eight eyewitnesses, a murder weapon and physical evidence out the whazoo gets a slap on the wrist of manslaughter.

Bookkeepers baial lowered; third-party custody approved
The bail amount was reduced and four people were approved as third-party custodians Wednesday for the Salamatof Seafoods bookkeeper accused to embezzling more than $150,000 from the Kenai corporation and two other firms for which she kept books.

Property taxes going up
Editor’s Note: A story looking at pending borough and state legislation addressing property values and taxes will be printed in Friday’s Clarion.

Bills could bring tax relief
As the price of real estate rises and owners face ever-higher tax assessments, interest in some form of legislative relief appears to be growing in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and in Juneau.

Mayor vetoes sign ordinance
The look of Soldotna’s business district will not change as a direct result of a new sign ordinance, as it was vetoed by the mayor Wednesday night, but the appearance may improve due to language in the mayor’s statement of his reasons for the veto.

Walking dead offer teens a lesson in alcohol awareness
A memorial service for 24 Kenai Central High School students, killed in alcohol-related accidents, was held Wednesday afternoon at the school. While the deaths of those students might not have been real, the tears shed for them were.

Fish and Game advisory committee fights for rights
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee discussed several proposals for next fall’s joint Boards of Fisheries and Game meeting and threw its support behind measures that would enhance the roles of advisory committees in the board process.

Taxable values reach a milestone
Property values increased an average 10.9 percent across the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the passed year; a fact not lost on recipients of latest round of municipal tax assessment notices.

28th annual Home Show growing in attendance, amount of offerings
April showers may bring May flowers, and the fourth month of the year also brings with it the Home Show, sponsored by Spenard Builders Supply and the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association.

Cohoe house fire blamed on candle
An unattended candle has been determined to be the most probable cause of a North Cohoe Loop fire Wednesday morning that completely burned a family’s home and its contents.

Kenneth H. Smith
Former Soldotna resident Kenneth H. Smith, died Monday, March 26, 2007, in Las Vegas of heart complications. He was 59.

Celebrating state’s 50th: Alaskans working together to make anniversary special
Since its creation in 2005, the Alaska Statehood Anniversary Commission has been working diligently to prepare for the celebration commemorating our 50 years of statehood.

Mayor brings common sense back to the table
Eight months of nothing.

An Outdoor View
I have it from a trustworthy source that at least two proposals for another day of “non-motorized” fishing on the Kenai River have gone to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Looking for ideas
The snow season may be winding down for skiers and snowmachiners, but participants in these two user groups may want to attend a public meeting this weekend to give input on future seasons of winter recreation in Chugach National Forest.

Time to slow down and give caribou a break
Very soon, motorists in the Kenai-Soldotna area should be seeing some of the 130 or so caribou of the Kenai Lowland herd. Caribou are commonly seen on the Spur Highway, Bridge Access Road, and Kalifornsky Beach Road, where road signs caution motorists to watch for crossing animals. I often see them grazing in the gravel pit next to the Alaska Division of Forestry headquarters on the Sterling Highway east of the Mackey Lake Road intersection.

Around the Peninsula
Kasilof book fair continues Dance encore presentation set Academic banquet planned Swim tryouts make a splash Fish and Game feeling froggy Beach access road warning issued Optional High School to be discussed Health fair ready to pump you up Storyteller set to entertain Street drugs to be discussed Immunization clinics cancelled Free developmental screenings available Water safety instructor classes offered

Around the Peninsula
Sock hop set to bop Seniors host steak fundraiser Refuge to host fun day ABATE hosts biker show Mother, daughter tea poised Spaghetti fundraiser set to dish Ladies’ night is nigh Immunization clinics cancelled Free developmental screenings available Water safety instructor classes offered Kids activities sought

Art Briefs
Chorus set to sing Triumvirate plans drama camps Performers set to camp

Skyview students get in the swing of things with show
Who, what, when and where ... The sock hop will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at Skyview High School. High school students from any area school may attend. Adults and family may check out the sock-hoppers’ performances, as well. Students under high school age must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the door for $5. For more information, call Skyview at 260-2300.

Film grinds entertainment to a halt
“Grindhouse”

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

Poet’s Corner
The Fruit of Love is ripened

Church Briefs
Addictions group meets Clothes available for needy Spaghetti feed fundraiser has a mission Bible study group to meet Shaping your life class offered Nikiski Aglow plans activities

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