Thursday, April 20, 2006

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedulesCanned food drive events plannedGas Authority to meetMcDonald’s to host benefitSBA to host Loan Fair

At work with: Jessica Atchison
  Gardener Jessica Atchison of Soldotna waters Bacopa plants at Fireweed Herb Garden in Kenai. Atchison works in Fireweeds greenhouse during the summer and in the gift shop and espresso bar during the winter. Photo by John Hult Name: Jessica Atchison

‘Benchwarmers’ not so ‘Scary’
Wow. Was this ever a red letter weekend at the movies. I took care of the hard part, and you get to reap the rewards. In this review you get two, count ’em two, lamebrain, low-brow comedies for the price of one. I unfortunately had to pay for both, but it just goes to show how dedicated I am.

Characters find meaning at the ‘Bus Stop’
Cultural historians like to point out that behind the wispy, carefree demeanor of Marilyn Monroe was a dark intelligence.

Art Briefs
Wanted: Talent, submissionsHomer seeks fire dancersDance club seeks membersCarving workshops slatedGenealogy tracers open classesKenai Fjords to feature kids artArts scholarships availableStorytellers wantedLeeShore sponsoring contestRiver festival booths up for grabs

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

Reader: Community not for sale
Ricky Gease, director of Kenai Peninsula Sport Fishing Association (KRSA), recently wrote a Clarion column highlighting the economic benefits of sport fishing as opposed to commercial fishing (April 3). Interestingly, the article he quotes has no authors listed, so it is difficult to know what expertise the authors have or to direct questions to them.

Discussion, donators get vote of approval
The Alaska League of Women Voters would like to thank the following who spoke at this week’s conference hosted by the Central Peninsula League.

Reader: It’s a tough world
Kevin R. Smith wrote a beautiful article (Clarion Opinion, April 11) if we were living in the Middle Ages; but we are not. There are any number of multimillionaires living on the Kenai Peninsula who do not pay one cent in property taxes. Do you qualify? They use all the borough services the same as the people do who would not pay taxes until after the 200,000 exemption if enacted

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.

Schools get limit, but ...
Mayor John Williams’ administration rolled out its proposed fiscal year 2007 budget Tuesday night that will fund education to the cap, but seeks to raise the property tax mill rate by two-tenths of a percent.

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.

Tracking moose getting technical
Editor’s note: This is the final of five stories examining the high number of moose road kills on the Kenai Peninsula.

School board abuzz about caffeine, sugar
Highly caffeinated soft drinks and sweet treats are out as far as Kenai Peninsula Borough schools are concerned.

Smoking locker sends fire trucks to Skyview
Students evacuated Sky-view High School on Wednesday morning after a small fire ignited in the boy’s locker room, burning shoes and clothing in three lockers.

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.

John F. Speedy
Kenai resident John F. Speedy died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 73.

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.

Alaskans should share in oil producers’ mega-profits
This is a voice from the Kenai Peninsula, rebutting Scott Hawkins’ Voices of the State “Beware of deep ponds,” Peninsula Clarion, April 6. Mr. Hawkins is a businessman and economist who deals with the Alaska oil producers.

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.

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

Around the Peninsula
Food bank to teach nutrition lessonsDine, discuss seasonal asthmaSoHi PTSA set to meetFood safety class plannedFarm Bureau eats up meetingCaring for the Kenai finalists to presentRecycling round-up setUsed book sale slatedKPC seeks council reps

Skyview Invitational meet moved to Kenai
Due to poor track conditions at Skyview High School, the Skyview Invitational Track and Field Meet has been moved to Kenai Central High School.

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.

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.

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

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