Friday, April 27, 2007

Workshops available
Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will host the following workshops at it office at 4335 Kalifornsky Beach Road:

Water thicker than ink
Bob Honea likes ink. He also likes water.

Peninsula Clarion promotes 4 of its own
The Peninsula Clarion has promoted four of its staff members. Geoff Long, Daryl Palmer, Natalie Casebeer and Frank Goldthwaite have stepped into the following new titles:

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth cooking classes offered Bones for Life seminar offered Alaska’s outstanding older worker sought Crime Stoppers seeks support Corporation invests in Ocean Beauty

Volunteers can help at schools
I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the marvelous staff at Kenai Middle School. Last week they hosted a beautiful luncheon for all of the volunteers at their school.

Community pulls together for benefit
At Kenai Middle School we are not surprised that Alaska is fourth in the nation for volunteerism. We recently held a benefit carnival to financially assist Ericka Reynolds and her family. The number of volunteers and contributions were astounding. Students, parents and community members were there to help all during the planning stages and through the night of the event. Families and businesses, large and small, contributed generously.

Donations, volunteers keep students up all night
Once again Kenai Central High School After Prom was a huge success. Because of this endeavor, 200 students were kept in a safe environment for a fun-filled event. This wouldn’t be possible without the junior parents volunteering hours of time planning and then supervising, or without the huge support of our generous community.

Proposed ballot measure not enough
The proposed ballot measure to establish a senior and disabled veteran property tax exemption of $300,000 continues to maintain a class of property tax freeloaders. The remainder of the residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough must pay for this excessive exemption.

Speedsters make driver’s head spin
I am absolutely amazed at road dynamics. I travel to and from Thompson Park on the Spur to the airport area every day, and I would estimate that 95 percent of vehicles pass me either fast or very fast. (I set my cruise control to whatever the posted limit is.) Almost daily, there is a race to be “first in line” as the road necks in and out just past Swires Road, let alone the race to be first in line at the traffic lights.

Rotary spins good will
The students and staff at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School would like to thank the Soldotna Rotary Club for their continued support. For the past eight years, Rotary has supported our Summer Reading Program by donating T-shirts to students who met their summer reading goal. Most recently, they have donated toner for our printers. We appreciate their dedication to literacy and education as a whole.

Easter baskets deliver joy
The LeeShore Center is thankful for the support of community members who make Easter a bit brighter for shelter residents this year.

Students benefit from community’s generosity
The Kenai Central High School Academic Banquet was held April 16. There were 150 students honored for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the fall semester.

Wasted money better spent on educating our legislators
There are some legislators who would like to impose their religious beliefs on all Alaskans. Everyone should be able to believe what they choose to believe, and lawmakers should realize there are good reasons for separation of church and state. The state should not dictate what we believe.

River repair work begins
As river walks and stairways begin to emerge from the ravages of this winter’s ice floes, property owners along the Kenai River are getting a good idea of what needs to be done to put their docks and fishing platforms back in place.

Rogers’ lawyer asks for acquittal
A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. today in Kenai Superior Court on a motion for acquittal of Shawn Rogers, the Kenai man convicted of manslaughter in the 2004 shooting death of Brian Black in a Beluga tavern.

PacRim shares plans
To allay fears of fishermen and hunters that a huge coal mine proposed for the west side of Cook Inlet might cause irreparable damage to hunting grounds and salmon streams, a spokesperson for PacRim Coal Corp. presented the company’s side of things to members of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee on Tuesday.

Kenai, Soldonta teams square off in trivia contest that’s just for fun
To hear the two mayors talk, Soldotna and Kenai are both going to win the Twin Cities Quiz Bowl this weekend.

Rescue saves 13 fishermen from plunge into Kachemak Bay
What began as a day of smooth sailing and relaxed halibut fishing ended with a dramatic rescue of 13 fishermen on Kachemak Bay Wednesday. Fast response by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary pulled the fishermen off the 36-foot Halibut Endeavor after it began taking on water about five miles off Seldovia. The Halibut Endeavor was one of eight vessels participating in an annual halibut-tagging event sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Water nearly claims 13
What began as a day of smooth sailing and relaxed halibut fishing ended with a dramatic rescue of 13 fishermen on Kachemak Bay on Wednesday. Fast response by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary pulled the fishermen off the 36-foot Halibut Endeavor after it began taking on water about five miles off Seldovia. The Halibut Endeavor was one of eight vessels participating in an annual halibut-tagging event sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Judge may grant retrial
A judge in Kenai Superior Court will take the weekend to decide whether Shawn Rogers gets a new trial.

Agrium prepares to restart
Half of Agrium’s Nikiski complex should be up and running by next week, company officials said Wednesday.

Fred U. Korpinen
Longtime Kenai resident Fred U. Korpinen died Monday, April 23, 2007, with his family at his side at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 72.

John William ‘D.J.’ Duncan
Kenai resident John William “D.J.” Duncan died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at his home. He was 70.

Paul Isaak
Longtime Soldotna physician Paul Isaak died Tuesday, April 24, 2007, on the family homestead surrounded by his family. He was 85.

June B. Scott
Soldotna resident June B. Scott died Monday, April 23, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 79.

UA should top students’ lists for consideration
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton makes a compelling pitch that when students are considering where to go to college they should take a look at the UA system. On the Kenai Peninsula this week, Hamilton presented his case to the area high school students. Among his selling points:

Kasilof River boat launch closure planned
Alaska State Parks announced the Kasilof River State Recreation Site boat launch will be closed May 7-10. The closure is necessary to allow completion of improvements to the boat launch staging area along the Kasilof River.

Baby bird care: Knowing when to help and when to stay away
The warmer weather, longer days and the quick snowmelt is a good indication that spring is just around the corner. It’s also the time of the year when the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge starts receiving calls from the public about injured or abandoned baby birds and nestlings.

Hunters learn dos and don’ts at clinic
While some big game hunters may be satisfied to wait for fall to stalk quarry such as moose and caribou, an eve-increasing number of hunters are taking part in spring hunts for black bears. On the Kenai Peninsula anyone interested in hunting bruins over a bait station must first attend a bear baiting clinic.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital board to meet Strength training for women available Bear baiting clinic offered Free developmental screenings available Community ping pong offered Water safety instructor classes offered Gun club aims for meeting

Around the Peninsula
Car seat check-up plannedPlaying a Beatles fanElectronics recycling offeredResiliency-building classes offeredCar wash, garage sale fundraiser set

Homer girls top Panthers, Bauer lifts Skyview boys
During a recent practice, Homer coach Mickey Todd used senior Claire Siekaniec to demonstrate how to properly strike a long ball.

Chick flick well worth money spent
I am becoming my father. This is a man who, despite the fact that he loves going to the movies, hates to wait for the movie to start. As a result, he goes to the movie starting closest to the time he arrives at the theatre. This strategy led a 60-year-old high school history teacher to purchase a ticket to “Booty Call” a few years back.

Orchestra to debut ‘Alaskan Symphony’
What would it look like if you put about 200 musicians and choral singers on a high school auditorium stage?

Students celebrate their work
On Friday night, visual art, literary art, music and a cause will coalesce in a Celebration of the Arts at Kenai Peninsula College. Student art will hang in the Gary Freeburg Gallery. Driftwood, KPC’s literary magazine, will debut for 2007, and local musicians will come together in the “Band-Aid” concert.

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

Art Briefs
Shaffer biography set in print Homer theater looking for actresses Writers seek conflict Artists’ work to take off at airport Vendors needed for sea fest Chorus set to sing

Poet’s Corner
Coming down from the arctic hold

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