Thursday, April 27, 2006

Business Briefs
Area chambers set schedules Canned food drive events planned SBA changes location, hosts loan fair

Art Briefs
Homer council seeks submissions Homer seeks fire dancers Dance club seeks members Carving workshops slated Genealogy class can take you back Kenai Fjords to feature kids’ art Arts scholarships available Storytellers wanted LeeShore sponsoring contest

It’s not Clint, but ‘Sentinel’ works
Hmmmm. Kiefer Sutherland in the role of a no-nonsense federal agent in a race against time to protect the future of his country. Why does that sound so familiar? Oooohhh, that’s right. Aside from describing his role in this week’s movie, “The Sentinel,” it also is the plot to his hit, career-reviving TV show, “24.” Good plan, Kiefer, stick with what’s workin’.

Artist at heart
James Evenson has worn many hats over his fifty-odd years in Alaska.

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

Reader: Group makes happy trails
As another wonderful season of skiing on Tsalteshi Trails comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank the leaders of the Tsalteshi Trails Association. Board members and other volunteers worked hard to put together several enjoyable community events this year. The incredible volunteer grooming crew labored long hours, usually in the cold and dark, to keep the trail system in fantastic shape.

Support for immigrants riles veteran reader
The object of electing a senator or congressman is to select an employee who will carry out and represent the wishes of those who employ him. In the business world if that employee does not do so, he is terminated.

Article worth printing
I’m glad to see that this article on Medicare Part D has been published (Opinion, April 16). As I noted in my last letter to you (requesting just such an article) it is important that this information be passed along to all Medicare recipients in our area.

KPC focus should be on local youths
I was reading the article about “tuition deals for outsiders” this morning (Clarion, April 14), and had to think to myself; why on earth would our local college be more interested in educating youths from outside of our community and state, than furthering the academic success of our own youths?

Tea leaves reader with pleasant taste
Our thanks to Valerie Morin and her helpers for planning and organizing a mother-daughter tea fundraiser for the ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center. Thanks to the Carroll Martin family who prepared and served a nice salad lunch while some of the ladies presented a vintage style show.

Safety before bridges
The most recent Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP 2006-08) is now being considered by the Legislature. Plans to widen and resurface about 16 miles of Kalifornsky Beach Road are included.

Marine’s visit a good reminder
This afternoon, Good Friday, Sam Denison, U.S. Marine Corps, came by my house to visit with me at the end of a two-week visit back to his hometown before heading to Camp Lejune for more training. Sam has spent a year fighting in Iraq and expects to be returning for another tour of duty.

Reader taught to expect to pay for services in taxes
I am shocked and appalled at the attacks on paying taxes for services by our citizens. I was always taught that you must pay for services: that’s the cost of living in a civilized country. Tax rates are much lower in Rwanda and Sudan, maybe our disgruntled anti-tax folks could try that.

People should come together on borough issues
“Domestic terrorists,” “government gangsters,” “bureaucratic bandits”? It would seem that the raging debate on borough management, borough budgets and borough services is becoming very nonproductive. For Mayor Williams and the borough assembly, I suggest they print, as soon as possible in the Clarion, the complete borough budget and a complete list of the services the borough budget provides, such as hospital and health care, emergency services, law enforcement, road construction and maintenance, trash landfill, education, et al, including any budget shortfalls.

Reader: We’re not in California; houses shouldn’t be so pricey
Seniors and disabled vets have a great deal to be worried about the proposed changes in the real property exemption. Since most are on limited income they could end up being taxed out of their homes.

4-H volunteers appreciated
April is the month designated to honor volunteers. Every organization is blessed with people who give of their time and expertise — we witnessed that especially during Arctic Winter Games. I believe, however, that 4-H has the most dedicated and best.

Nikiski Fire Service Area to see tax hike
Spending in most of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s 13 service areas would increase under the proposed 2007 budget, but only property owners within the Nikiski Fire Service Area will face a property tax increase.

"We are done waiting"
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is preparing to sue the state of Alaska and ask the courts to rectify years of inadequate state funding to borough schools, Mayor John Williams announced Monday.

Proposed service area spending
Here is a quick look at the current year’s spending, the spending proposed for fiscal year 2007 and the proposed mill levies for Kenai Peninsula Borough service areas.

Soldotna seeks input from youth
City officials hope to hear from youth during a public hearing this evening seeking a solution for Soldotna’s vandalism-plagued skateboard park.

Rescue copter needs rescuing
The Alaska State Troopers’ main rescue helicopter, Helo 1, is being assessed in Kenai for repairs or possible replacement after the aircraft was damaged in a rescue mission for a missing Anchorage man.

Heavy metal due for removal, roads repair issues surfacing
As the deadline approaches for removing studded tires from cars and trucks, wintertime damage to Kenai Peninsula roads, largely attributed to the metal studs, is surfacing.

Mayors to tackle peninsula, revenue sharing issues
Borough Mayor John Williams will be in Homer on Friday for a Kenai Peninsula Conference of Mayors’ meeting, where discussion of the prospects for state municipal revenue sharing legislation tops the agenda.

George Harrison Calvin
Longtime Alaska and Kasilof resident George Harrison Calvin died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from complications due to pneumonia. He was 83.

Susan Carol Bartlett
Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Susan Carol Bartlett died Friday, April 21, 2006, at her home. She was 56.

Free as a bird — for now: Flu most likely won’t take flight in Alaska, but time will tell
One of the surest and most welcome signs of spring in Alaska is the return of our millions of migratory birds. The honk of the goose, the croak of the crane, the ripping sound of a flock of shorebirds swooping over the mud flats all announce the arrival of the new season. But this year our welcome is a wary one.

Around the Peninsula
HEA to cut power for maintenance Used book sale slated CPGH board to meet Summer soccer starts up Poetry Safari set Gene tracers to meet

Around the Peninsula
Bear safety training today Garage sale fundraiser slated Food Safety class planned Spaghetti feed, dessert auction set to dish FAS training set Salmon celebration slated Genealogy class set KPC seeks council reps

Around the District
Boyle fundraisers continue Aurora Borealis Charter School Connections Cook Inlet Academy IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenai Montessori School Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Nikiski North Star Elementary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High School Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Sterling Elementary Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Call of the wild
When he was in sixth grade, Wayne Floyd went with his class on a week-long camp. It is one of the few positive experiences he remembers from elementary school.

Commencement ceremony scheduled, Bell honored
Kenai Peninsula College commencement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai.

Elementary school, an underappreciated step in growing up
My alma mater, the Nikiski Elementary School, shut down a few years back leaving the North Star Elementary school the only one in town.

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