Friday, April 22, 2011

Business Briefs

Sen. Begich to address joint chambers

Anglers enjoy all upper Kenai has to offer
Editor's note: This story was originally published in the Peninsula Clarion on April 15, 2005.

Thanks for another successful autism walk
The Third Annual Autism Awareness Walk was a huge success! There were over 200 people and we raised over $3,000. Every year we try to make it a bigger and better event and I am proud to say we have! This wouldn't have been possible without our many donors, sponsors, volunteers, agencies and community members who helped make this event such a success.

Where's the common decency?
After reading the very good editorial from the Homer News (A breath of fresh air in Homer) in the April 18 edition of the Clarion, I then read the Letters regarding off-road riders and watching the roads for moose. I think the editorial has it right. More signs will not help, but public education does. Where is the independent pride, common courtesy and good every-day sense that Alaskans used to be known for? Are we now too diluted with new people and internet input?

Tribute to a 'lion of the Alaska Judiciary'
The passing of Judge Fitzgerald marked the final passing of the four Superior Court judges I clerked for in 1965, following Joe Brewer as Law Clerk. (Judges Moody, Davis, Gilbert and Fitzgerald).

Future problem solvers appreciate support
The Alaska Future Problem Solving Program would like to thank the generous folks at College Heights Community Fellowship for the use of their facilities during the Alaska FPS State Bowl on April 18 and 19. Approximately 80 Future Problem Solvers, their coaches and chaperones from Cordova, Fairbanks, and the Kenai Peninsula participated.

Get out and complain about the noise
This coming Saturday morning a meeting is planned to include citizens input at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. One of the big issues to be discussed will be noise from motor cross and stock cars operating at our Twin Cities Raceway. This promises to be a very contentious topic.

No radiation in fish? Doubt it
Mommy! Look. My plate is glowing.

Government can't pay debt without income
When watching all the accusations directed to the government for not paying the national debt, I wonder how many of the objectors opt for every tax deduction they can find, and vote down any proposal that requires them to pay a tax? No one can pay bills without income. The federal and state governments need our tax money to pay theirs as they do not have a day job. Seems some citizens forget that.

Release terms don't seem fair
I just finished reading your article about Clarence Helgevold Jr. being released with an ankle bracelet.

Proper prom attire thanks to you
"If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't be able to go to prom."

Man pleads in DV case
An Anchorage man charged with six felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from a domestic violence incident late last year pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in a change of plea hearing.

Kenai postpones debt collection of delinquent ambulance bills
At their Wednesday meeting, members of Kenai's City Council also voted to postpone a decision on outsourcing the debt collection for delinquent ambulance bills.

Health care affects Kenai budget; City looking at increases to employees' insurance plan
The City of Kenai's employee health care plan will probably look a little different next year. But so far, no one knows exactly what the changes will be.

Board releases draft of redistricting plans
Forward into the past.

Kenai looks to roll out green carpet
At Tuesday's preliminary budget work session, Kenai's city council made just one directive regarding the FY2012 budget.

Guides away: Kenai River Guide Academy's last class before summer
For the first time, every guide on the Kenai River this summer will need to have passed the Kenai River Guide Academy.

Mayor to get pay raise? Measure draws mixed reviews from assembly
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced an ordinance to increase the borough mayor salary by nearly $20,000 at its meeting in Seward Tuesday night.

Water treatment facility on tap for City of Kenai
Kenai's city council moved ahead with a $3.8 million water treatment facility at their Wednesday meeting.

Begich visits with local voters: Energy was on senator's agenda constituents
Alaska's junior senator visited the central Kenai Peninsula yesterday to meet with various groups of constituents.

Photo: Stop and sell the roses

Terri Eddens
Former Kenai and Anchorage resident Terri Eddens died Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Magna. Utah, after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 64.

Roberta Ann (Bobbie Jo) Rutherford
Former Kenai resident Roberta Ann (Bobbie Jo) Rutherford died Friday, April 15, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz., from complications due to liver disease. She was 53.

It won't be sweet, so let's make this short
When faced with a long list of tasks and a deadline, most of us prioritize those chores into three categories: things we gotta do, things we should do and things we'd like to do, but don't have to.

Refuge Notebook: Bear-baiting regulations on the on the Last Frontier
The famous American author, Napoleon Hill, once said, "Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price." Who knows this better than an outdoorsman? Whether you hunt, fish, hike, camp or photograph there is an appreciation for what surrounds you. It could be the animal you seek for food, the serenity of the trees and mountains around you, s'mores next to the fire under a starlit sky, or it could be as simple as watching the sunrise from your front porch.

'There's always hope': Snowmachine trip ends with harrowing rescue
One minute, David Joerg stopped his snowmachine on Nelchina Glacier and walked toward some blue ice to snap a photo.

An Outdoor View: Don't feed the bears
I've known for years that it's a bad idea to feed bears, so I try not to leave anything lying around, but it's easy to forget and become careless.

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Elks host easter egg hunt

Around the Peninsula

Cabin tour guides needed

What's Happening

Best Bets

'Hanna' a very cool film
By Chris Jenness

Alaska's inner beauty: Local author's book explores people and place
In Alaska, politics are often intertwined with place.

Poet's Corner

The Dream

Art Briefs

Celebrate the arts with KPC

How 'Doubting Thomas' came by his name
"Doubting Thomas," he's been called through the centuries. Having been absent from the first meeting of Jesus with His disciples following the resurrection proved costly for Thomas because he then found it impossible to believe the report given by those who said they had seen the Lord alive. "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe," he said (John 20:25).

Church Briefs

Star of the North Easter pancake breakfast

Oilers Corner: Oilers sign 3 more
Reese McGraw, Mark Winkelman and Michael Ellis have signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the 2011 season, the club announced this week.

Back on track: Skyview's Farrington quickly recovers from car-crash injuries
After the collision, Allison Farrington panicked because her tooth was chipped.

UAF signs SkyHi's Hill
Skyview senior Jaxon Hill signed a national letter of intent this week to play volleyball next season for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Sports Brief: Nikiski boys soccer rolls past Houston
Stefan Krogseng scored a hat trick, Sam Taylor had a goal and four assists and the Nikiski boys soccer team defeated Houston 11-0 at the Dome in Anchorage on Tuesday.

Sports Brief: Nikiski wrestlers compete in Tri-Valley
The Nikiski freestyle wrestling program had six individual champions at the Tri-Valley tournament on Saturday.

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