Friday, April 24, 2009

Labor, business spar over Free Choice Act
It was like two freight trains headed for collision, neither one yielding track.

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Is borough really open and transparent?
Did the Kenai Borough Assembly purchase land for the proposed "sports dome" at its April 7 meeting? The main purpose of Ordinance 2008-19-43 was to purchase four acres on Kalifornsky Beach Road (not far from the existing fire stations) for a future Central Emergency Services fire station.

Reader responds to letters
Whoa Troy! Why so harsh (Clarion, April 10)? You won! You and your forces have banished the Dub and his neocons back to the caves from whence they came. You sound like you want to assault someone. Take your medication and simmer down. I'm personally sleeping much better now knowing that the French and Hamas don't hate us quite as much. Once the pirates get the Obama news, well, the sky is the limit.

Team skates, thanks to many
The Nikiski High School hockey teams, past and present, would like to express our gratitude to coach Irv Smith. His dedication and encouragement throughout the years have allowed us to overcome the challenges that our team has faced. There are also many people in the community that have helped the program in a variety of ways.

Here we go again
Ah, it's that time of year again. Springtime. Don't ya just love it? Yep. Our friendly oil companies are at it again. Seems (like for the past 20 years, at least) just like clockwork between March 1 and May 1 they start easing up the prices in advance of the supposed tourist season. Problem is, we live here all year long and pay up, too.

Oil companies bringing down belugas
This is in regards to an article I read about beluga whales and how their numbers have continued to drop for the past 10 years, even after the hunting of the beluga whale was curtailed in 1999.

Art show reflects on statehood
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has a long-standing tradition of putting on large-scale art exhibitions in summer, and this season will be no exception as a statewide, invitational, contemporary art show celebrating the anniversary of statehood opens today.

Redoubt volcano remains restless
As of 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Mount Redoubt remained on watch status, with an aviation alert level of orange, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

River City Academy expands to 7th, 8th grades
River City Academy in Soldotna has gone through all sorts of changes in the past year.

Council turns down Knight Drive parcels: Redoubt will get a look as site for Soldotna cemetery
It's back to the airport property for the city of Soldotna in its seemingly never ending search for a cemetery -- and even that's on hold for the time being.

'Budget can be reduced': Sen. Wagoner reflects on Legislature's first session
The budgets approved by the Alaska Legislature this year were still "too high" in Sen. Tom Wagoner's opinion.

Fish guide policy passed
New legislation passed this month will allow commercial sport fishing operations on the Kenai River to replace injured or lost guides, keeping their clients hooks in the water.

Photo feature: Showtime
Justin Krigbaum of A-1 Enterprises polishes a Polaris ATV on Thursday afternoon during preparations for this weekend's 24th annual Sport, Rec & Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. today and the show continues Saturday and Sunday.

Marjorie 'Marge' Elaine Adolf
Longtime Soldotna resident Marjorie "Marge" Elaine Adolf died Sunday, April 19, 2009, from cancer at Our House II Assisted Living Home in Soldotna. She was 84.

Corneal Mae 'Shirlee' Manson
Homer resident Corneal Mae "Shirlee" Manson died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Maria's Assisted Living Home in Homer. She was 88.

26th session over -- for better or worse
Well, it's finally over. The 26th Leg- islature wrapped up its business, and lawmakers are home.

It takes an eagle eye... to spot a Harlan's hawk
Their raspy scream seems to almost resonate in a person's primitive consciousness, bringing them back to a long-ago time in human evolution. Those with sharp eyes have probably seen them, perhaps sitting atop a spruce tree scanning for prey. Or, if luckier, spotted one riding the thermal updrafts, or soaring overhead, slowly turning circles high in the sky.

High hopes: Local track athletes set for short season
Kenai Central junior Lierin Flanagan is working tirelessly on starting quicker in the 100-meter dash, an event in which she took 5th at state as a freshman and third in last season.

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