Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Mayor gets response in rhyme
To John Williams, borough mayor, I have a question: Who will vote for you at the next election?

Reader: Home building vision needs to start today
After reading this article (“Inlet Woods sale put on hold,” April 9), I did some math on property taxes on 26 homes the first year the income from tax using $15,000 a year and there will be $39,000 added to the selling price the city would receive $317,000, plus $39,000 with a total selling land value to $356,000. I know that the borough receives the taxes from real estate, but a percentage goes to the cities in kind for roads and community projects.

Iraq war should be debated
The war in Iraq, illegal by any standard of international conduct, has turned into a bloody quagmire for the American soldiers who are engaged as mercenaries to the state of Israel. There is no honest basis for this war. It must be ended. To be ended it must first be debated. I support a open debate about this war.

Buying Heritage doesn’t add up
Heritage Place nursing home is up for sale by its owner, Banner — a giant corporation. Heritage, like other “nonprofit” Banner properties, has been exempt from paying taxes. Recent cuts in Medicaid have reduced Banner’s income so much that Banner is selling off nursing homes nationwide — acting more like a for-profit business than like a charitable entity. So several states have forced Banner to reimburse previously unpaid taxes.

Reader: Mayor should refrain from contest
While I enjoy watching a good name-calling session as well as the next resident of the borough, I would suggest that Mayor Williams focus on making constructive proposals rather than denigrating the voters for making decisions he dislikes. If Mayor Williams really believes that the sales tax in the borough should be increased from 2 percent to 3 percent, let him make his case and then put it to the voters this fall.

Proposal to up horsepower to 50 on Kenai River stalls at DNR
A recommendation to raise outboard horsepower limits on the Kenai River from 35 to 50 sputtered and stalled in the wake of an Alaska Department of Natural Resources letter.

Peninsula economy holding steady, strong
The Kenai Peninsula employment market managed to produce only a few new jobs last year, but that wasn’t a reflection of an economic downturn, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Gas line advisers pitch pluses of pipeline
North Slope natural gas could flow south through Alaska and to Lower 48 markets within six to nine years under the new petroleum production tax Gov. Frank Murkowski has proposed. to replace the outdated Economic Limit Factor.

Peninsula isn’t only place dealing with ungulate accidents
Editor’s note: This is the third of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Wednesday’s story will focus on high moose-collision areas of the peninsula and what drivers can do to avoid accidents.

Slim budget getting a look
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s fiscal year 2007 proposed budget calls for cuts in several areas, including personnel, meant to reduce expenditures by the central government by about $600,000, according to administration Chief of Staff Tim Navarre and documents already made public.

Commercial fishermen cast support for climate impact commission
Local commercial fishermen are steadying their land legs to stand behind a bill that would create a commission to help Alaska communities determine how climate change will impact them and how to respond.

Spur Highway among the most dangerous routes, say cabbies
Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula. Thursday’s story will focus on research aimed at preventing moose-vehicle collisions.

Closed bridge raises issues
With gasoline prices hovering just below $3 a gallon you can be sure to hear a few groans from motorists as they loop through Kenai to reach opposite sides of the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna this week. But emergency responders have more to think about than just burning extra fuel when the bridge closes to traffic each night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Saturday morning.

Miscommunication explains concern regarding classes
Even when everyone is speaking the same language, miscommunication can lead to misunderstanding.

Council to check out plan for Kenai library
Kenai residents are expected to get a first look tonight at plans for an expanded Kenai Community Library.

Norma Jean White
Longtime Kenai-Soldotna resident Norma Jean White died Monday, April 17, 2006, surrounded by her family at her home in Soldotna. She was 67.

Gunter Manzek
Longtime Cooper Landing resident Gunter Manzek died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at his home in Cooper Landing. He was 77.

Challenge is to maximize state’s return on resources
The first year you sent me to the Legislature, Alaska took in $2.1 billion in oil revenues. The year I retired, the total had dropped to $1.3 billion, and then it tanked in 1999 at $913 million.

Long-term commitments what’s best for Alaska in long run
Thirty-one years ago, my brother and I turned two tractors into a trucking company that eventually grew into Carlile Transportation Systems. We worked hard, formed long-term relationships, hired smart people, served our clients well and made some money along the way. Almost all of our profits have been reinvested in our business.

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Around the Peninsula
Social Security reps on handPotato presentation plannedSterling roads focus of talkCoalition meeting setSterling seniors to host saleSterling Elementary plans fun dayBake sale, bazaar scheduledSafari Club fundraiser setStoryteller comes with strings attachedSoftballers meeting to plan season

McGlasson embraces calculus, hard workouts
Ask Amber McGlasson what her favorite class is in school right now, and her answer quickly shows how the Kenai Central senior feels about a little hard work.

Kenai River Campus programs receive UAA Chancellor’s Awards
As a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College falls under the purview of UAA Chancellor Dr. Elaine Maimon. Each year the chancellor selects individuals, groups and departments that promote student success by cultivating excellence and inspiring pride for UAA. Nominations for the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were submitted by faculty and staff.

Graduation: Look forward to the future, but don’t forget the past
Life twists and turns, and is abundant with inconsistencies. Time holds the boundary between birth and death, and the only guarantee is an end for each beginning. It is what we do with the time we have that matters. As the beginning’s end draws near, the experiences and realities are made apparent. Readiness depends on what has been learned and how it is to be used.

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Students share talents
Many of the benefits of art, such as the ability to think creatively, are intangible. But for those looking for examples of the talented artists in Kenai Peninsula high schools, there is plenty of concrete evidence — and ceramic, watercolor, photographic, sculptural and charcoal evidence as well — on display this month at the Kenai Fine Arts Center.

Soldotna, Kenai students show off skills
Breakup can mean different things to different people — even here in Alaska.

Sports Briefs
Area athletes compete in martial artsSoccer games postponed

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