Friday, April 21, 2006

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

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

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

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.

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

‘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.

Paid volunteers? Paid by who?
I recently had a conversation with a vendor for certain products that were sold during the Arctic Winter Games. He informed me that someone approached him at his kiosk and asked, “what did you bring for the volunteers?” I had to ask myself if the definition of service has changed since I was a kid.

Reader disagrees with district comment
After reading the Anchorage Daily News and the Peninsula Clarion, I would like to congratulate the residents of Nanwalek for addressing their concerns to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) for preservation of the Sugpiaq language.

Mayor’s comment no laughing matter
Mayor Williams comment, “If they (the Kenai Peninsula voters and taxpayers) did know what they were doing, then to me, it amounts to domestic terrorism in an attempt to subvert government.” Mayor Williams also announced “he has files on each one of those ACT members.”

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

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: 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.

Pipeline means Alaska jobs
In response to Bob Farrell’s letter, “How would pipeline through Canada help Alaska?” (April 11), the Murkowski administration is already working with the Canadian provincial governments to ensure Alaskans work gas pipeline jobs. Governor Murkowski has met with the premiers of Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Alberta and British Columbia to ensure Alaskans can work on our natural gas pipeline and the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline.

Kenai council gets a read on library expansion plans
Not too long ago, the talk was that the Internet was going to sound the death knell for public libraries.

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

CES may not get million back
An ordinance proposing to reimburse Central Emergency Services for its $1 million contribution to the new Emergency Response Center project made it through introduction Tuesday night, but whether the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will ultimately approve it is in question.

Springing into bloom
With a dandelion close behind, a trio of crocus flowers take bloom at the Caswell residence in Soldotna earlier this week. Warm weather has been nurturing the products of spring.

Augustine scare was overblown
Large clouds and looming steam hanging over the peak of the Mount Augustine volcano caused concern of a major eruption for some on the Kenai Peninsula this week.

CES: Money could be better spent on service
The $1 million Central Emergency Services hopes to have reimbursed from the borough assembly would be better spent providing emergency response services in CES’s expanded coverage areas of Kasilof and Funny River than contributing to the construction of the new Emergency Operations Center, said Len Malmquist, chair of the CES board of directors.

Now’s the time to net seafood industry jobs
Spring has arrived, which means seasonal job opportunities in the Alaska seafood industry.

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.

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.

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.

ABATE show revs up for good cause
Thanks to spring’s arrival, members of Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) and other fans of motorcycling activities are finally able to ride again without packing on layers of winter weather wear.

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

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

Timothy Boyd Bloodworth
Lifelong Alaska and Soldotna resident Timothy Boyd Bloodworth died Monday, March 20, 2006, from complications from a seizure at his home. He was 36.

Moose need a brake; and we should give one
There are commercials on television of late with people driving, talking to friends, laughing, telling stories, when all of a sudden, a vehicle comes out of nowhere and — BOOM! — there’s a collision.

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.

Outdoors Briefs
Application deadline setDates change for cleanupClean course offeredChugach proposal perusedKayak festival on horizonBaiting permits availableSurvey training offered

Midnight Sun rowers offer opportunities for water lovers at all stages of learning
Terri Zopf-Schoessler is a poster child for a growing addiction on the Kenai Peninsula. When she talks about her highly addictive habit, she lifts her pant leg to reveal a series of telltale red marks, or “slide bites” that have scared her calves.

Dead-end trails in wildlife refuge often reminders of oil days gone by
I like to drive. I like to get out and explore open roads. I almost get whiplash every time I zoom by a new trail or opening in the forest. “Where does that path lead?,” I think to myself. Sometimes I can drive down the trail; sometimes I have to get out and walk. Either way, I am going down the trail to find out where it goes.

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.

Religion Briefs
Garage sale fundraiser todayBanquet planned tonightAddictions group meetsBaha’i classes setChristian center to host speakerGuest to deliver special messageKenai Aglow meeting slatedClothes availableSoldotna Aglow to meet

‘DaVinci Code’ stranger than fiction
Did you hear the one about the black helicopters flying over the area at night? How about, “They’re watching us through our TVs”? Or, those aliens are planning a mass kidnapping?

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