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Friday, April 28, 2006

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

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.

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

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

Miscommunication goes deeper than story relates
Regarding the story, “Miscommunication explains concern regarding classes; Board allays village fears,” By Phil Hermanek, it is well written but needs clarification. Within the story it is stated, “Stewart said, ‘Right now we have a teacher’s aide teaching 4.5 hours of language instruction per grade level.’”

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.

Reader: Catch and release could push kings out of reach
A recent letter by Erik Huebsch, “Catch and release a ‘killer’ sport” (Clarion, April 11) comparing the ethics of hook and release of Kenai kings to that of sport grappling for cow moose offers a disturbing image of how we are allowing our fish resources to be treated.

Absence proposal rubs reader the wrong way
Is there any wonder what is going on with the call to reduce allowable absences from the borough from 185 to 90 days in order to qualify for the senior or disabled vet tax exempt program? The two assembly members who support this reduced limit are obviously not retired nor spend much time Outside in the winter, which is the Alaska dream.

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.

Schools need state’s help
(I would like to preface this letter by stating that although I serve as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly I am writing as an individual citizen and not in any way on behalf of the borough assembly.)

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.

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.

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.

Photo feature: Cleaning up movie night
With help from a drive-through restaurant and the DVD player in his laptop computer, Gene Stockton makes laundry night a dinner date and an evening at the movies for his children. The family watched “Aladdin” at Soldotna Wash and Dry while waiting for their clothes to come clean earlier this month.

Avian experts address fowl flu fears at Shorebird Fest
Nestled among dozens of presentations and workshops to be featured during the upcoming Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer is a talk about bird flu and what it means for Alaska.

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.

Skate park idle, vandals aren’t
Starting to look more like the fortified entrance to a Marine barracks in Beirut than the entrance to a youth recreation attraction, the Soldotna skateboard park remains closed as city officials ponder solutions to the problem-plagued park.

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.

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.

Agrium still in feasibility phase of coal project
Agrium USA is moving closer to an announcement on the next phase of the Blue Sky Project, but mum’s the word of the moment.

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.

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.

Government runs better when it’s hitting all cylinders
Wrangling over a proposed North Slope gas pipeline deal and oil industry tax has had an odd affect on the state’s government — it makes branches want to pretend the others don’t exist.

Refuge summer youth work program ready to roll, dig, chop, clean
Each summer the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hires high school students for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) to work on a variety of projects on the refuge.

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 Peninsula
Kids activities soughtBasketball camp a slam dunkSpaghetti feed, dessert auction set to dishCancer fundraiser meeting slatedBeekeepers are buzzing911 advisory board to meetNational Day of Prayer services setKPC plans one-day closure

Kenai kickers cage Panthers
The elements have spent all spring working against Kenai Central girls soccer coach Dan Verkuilen, so Thursday afternoon against Skyview, Verkuilen was more than happy to finally let the elements work for him.

’Dawgs win one, lose one
Better late than never.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsBaha’i classes setKnightingale to speakKenai Aglow meeting slatedClothes availableSoldotna aglow to meetNikiski holds Bible studyYouth evangelism camp slated

When tragedy strikes, God remains constant
Twenty-six years ago — May 18, 1980 — at 8:32 a.m., Mount St. Helens erupted.

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