Friday, April 20, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Beauty salon to host open house today Fosi promoted to CAD manager Youth cooking classes offered Small business workshops available Bones for Life seminar offered Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought Crimestoppers seeks support

Reader responds to ‘small town justice’ letter
In response to Bob Kautz’ letter to the editor on April 12 titled “Small town justice,” I can tell him how a jury failed to find Shawn Rogers guilty of murder. Shawn did not commit murder.

Great movie, but does it have to do with Easter?
Another Easter has come and gone, and as long as I can remember, almost 50 years, the networks have shown the same movie at Easter, “The Ten Commandments,” and have made a new version, no doubt, to take its aging place.

Reader: Are we no longer welcome in Old Town?
This letter is in regards to the article in Monday’s paper (April 9) about proposed rezoning in the city of Kenai. Seventy-nine percent of affected properties are apartments and private residences, most in or within walking distance of Old Town Kenai. All apartments and private homes will go from being “permitted” to “nonconforming.”

Donation helps pass healthy messages to kids
The LeeShore Center is very grateful for the generosity of ConocoPhillips whose $5,000 donation will assists us in providing in-school Healthy Relationships/Violence Prevention education to students in grades K-12. Educational topics include bullying prevention, dating violence, healthy relationships, domestic violence, sexual harassment, self-esteem, conflict resolution and other related violence prevention issues.

Reader: Too much tourism not a good thing
Twenty thousand people come each year. Beer, ice cream and souvenirs are sold. Travel-food-lodging combos are available. There is a VIP viewing platform. “It was a very moving experience.”

Reader calculates the truth on the river
Something to think about instead of all the lies: I have never heard anything about the pollution from four-cycle engines except that the whole river problem evolves from the exhaust of the two-strokes. Well, if the four-cycle engines have not been fitted with catalytic converters yet and I don’t think so, then the oil burner that I had, which used a 50-1 oil ratio of oil to gas would be interpreted in this way: 1 pint of oil to 5 gallons of gas equals 1 pint of oil to 39 pints of gas. I had to get my calculator out for that one.

Contributions help school skate toward goal
Educating today’s youth about the importance of lifelong physical fitness is something that we take a tremendous amount of pride in at Kenai Middle School.

Plastic shopping bag fee proposed
Juneau lawmakers, hoping to change people’s habits and point out the dangers of plastic trash, have sponsored a bill that would put a 15-cent fee on plastic shopping bags.

Inlet whales face 1-in-4 chance of extinction in 100 years
The threat of extinction for Cook Inlet’s beluga whales is real, and the estimated 300 sea mammals should be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, National Marine Fisheries Service officials announced Thursday.

Lowe’s project on hold
The city of Kenai has received word that Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse will not be building a retail and garden center across Marathon Road from the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center, at least not this year.

Dog on patrol
Bad guys beware.

Caring for the Kenai final round tonight
And then there were 12.

Sunk barge stuck fast
Kenai city business stepped aside briefly to national matters Wednesday night as Mayor Pat Porter called for a moment of silence to remember students and faculty members fatally shot earlier this week at Virginia Tech.

Elephant seal rescued at Homer boat launch
An elephant seal — a species thought to be rare in Alaska — was again rescued in Alaska, the third time in three years the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward has picked up a stranded elephant seal. On Sunday, the SeaLife Center rescued a 1-year-old female elephant seal from the Homer Harbor boat launch.

Borough budget calls for tax cut
Borough Mayor John Williams has proposed a cut in the property tax levy of one full mill as part of his fiscal year 2008 borough spending package.

Great news for a valuable asset
Anytime a city can improve its airport, it is usually a good thing.

Black bear baiting season nears on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Black bear baiting season will begin May 1 on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and it’s time to review the rules and regs of this annual hunt.

Filmmaker follows 3 mushers through 1,000-mile journey
For anyone who ever wondered what it might be like to mush a team of sled dogs on a 1,000-mile journey through some of the north’s most remote and rugged country, a film shown tonight could provide some insight.

Around the Peninsula
4-H plans rallyPancake breakfast set to flipHealth fair ready to pump you upHistorical society to meetRed Hatters to gatherLeeShore board to meetAlaska items sought for troopsFree developmental screenings available

Around the Peninsula
Sportsmen’s banquet planned Women voters to meet Health fair ready to pump you up Community ping pong offered Car seat check-ups planned Gun club aims for meeting Cemetery cleanup slated

Kenai soccer ties Grace
The Kenai girls and boys soccer teams tied Grace Christian on Thursday in soccer action at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

Skyview Invite returns to Skyview
The Skyview Invitational returns to Skyview today and Saturday, which is a good sign for all of the peninsula’s track programs.

Poet’s Corner
The snow clouds have parted.

Musician uses guitar to express himself
It is an old story: Boy meets guitar, boy falls in love with guitar, boy moves to Alaska for the wilderness, boy falls in love with Alaska, boy struggles to make living playing guitar in Alaska.

‘Reaping’: Plagues aren’t that bad, but the plot is
I have to say, pickings were slim at the cinema this weekend. Though nationally there were actually eight new films released in theatres, here on the Kenai Peninsula we received only one, the Bruce Willis/Halle Berry betrayal-intrigue-murder mystery, “Perfect Stranger.” This looked, to be honest, perfectly awful, so I looked to last week’s releases.

Artists find place to get ‘Unhinged’
Susan Anderson wears two hats. By day she’s a real estate broker. By nights and weekends, her talents drift into artistry.

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

Lay your burdens, sorrows on the Lord
Sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, I was moved by the family sorrows described by a woman sitting beside me. Listening to her account of heartbreaking losses of loved ones was an experience I’ll not soon forget. She and her family will remain in my prayers.

Church Briefs
Sportsmen’s banquet plannedAddictions group meetsClothes available for needyMeaning of life to be discussedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredNikiski Aglow plans activities

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