Saturday, April 14, 2007

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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