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Saturday, April 22, 2006

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

‘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?

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

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