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Friday, April 29, 2011

Kudos: Walmart employees treated this customer right
I finally was able to make it over to Walmart for the very first time last Sunday. I have asthma/copd and its hard at times just to walk a short distance. I was feeling better because of a new medication, so I thought this is the time I go check Walmart out.

Business Brief: Greiner joins Redoubt Realty
Redoubt Realty would like to welcome Mary Kay Grenier to its sales team. Mary Kay has lived on the Kenai Peninsula since 1982 where she married and raised two children. She and her husband owned and operated a successful franchise that served the peninsula until 1999. Mary Kay has 12 years local experience in the real estate industry working as a licensed title examiner and escrow officer. She enjoys working with people and being involved in the community. She enjoys cooking, crafts, and the outdoors. Her favorite times are spent with her family and friends at their cabin on the beach.

Business Briefs

A busy business meeting for city chambers

Please don't trade one resource for another
As residents of the Kenai Peninsula, we are blessed to have the Cook Inlet in our backyard. The Inlet provides innumerable resources for us all. One of the most bountiful and most valuable resources is salmon. Native Alaskans in villages along the Inlet absolutely depend on salmon for survival. Commercial, subsistence, and recreational fishing in the Inlet provides income and food for thousands of Alaskans each year. And a myriad of animal species, some of which are endangered or genetically unique, depend on the health of the Inlet for survival.

BONDing and bowling a success
The Annual Kenai Chamber Bowling Tournament was a BONDing success this year due to the many generous contributions from our community. Over 75 bowlers rolled into the Alaskalanes Family Bowling Center in Kenai to try their hand at winning first place and enjoyed a fun filled evening of games and prizes centered around the 007 theme, "Are We BONDing Yet?"

Record still not straight on oil
In reference to the column, "Setting the record straight on America's oil" (Peninsula Clarion, Voices of Alaska, April 25, 2011), Sen. Lisa Murkowski didn't set the record straight at all. In fact she deceived and mislead the people even more. Read her article again. Do you see something missing from her "explanation" of why gas prices are so high? Here's a hint: There's no shortage of wheat, corn, cotton, gold or silver, and yet those prices are skyrocketing at the same rate as gas prices.

Some cemetery rules not right
I am writing in response to some rules the City of Soldotna is proposing for the Soldotna cemetery, namely: (1) the prohibition against artificial flowers; (2) the fact the cemetery is to be inaccessible seven months out of the year; and, (3) the suggestion that someone can't resell one of their plots.

Thanks for making prom special
On behalf of the Soldotna High School Class of 2012, we would like to thank the following people for their help and support in making SoHi's "Rainforest Rendezvous" Prom 2011 an enjoyable and memorable night for all those who attended.

Misconceptions about property assessments
After reading the letter "The assessment's too darn high" in the April 26th edition of the Clarion, I felt compelled to write a response in order to correct some apparent misconceptions it contained.

Career builders: Students check out jobs in construction
High school students from across the Kenai Peninsula soldered, hammered and surveyed their way through Alaska Construction Career Day at the Soldotna Sports Center Wednesday.

HEA breaks ground: Nikiski facility will create more electricity with gas
Homer Electric Association broke ground on its Independent Light project Thursday morning under sunny skies.

Task force weighs in on CPH: Change may be needed, group finds
To protect its future, it's clear that the way Central Peninsula Hospital currently operates has to change. Exactly how, though, is still not so clear.

Alaska National Guard on data collection in Juneau
Three Humvees stormed over the Douglas Bridge Monday evening, combat helmets poking from gun turrets on top. Soldiers in camouflage uniforms carrying rifles and packsacks walked the Juneau streets on Tuesday.

City mulls budget: Soldotna budget may be up, property taxes down
Soldotna City Manager Larry Semmens released his proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2012, which predicts a 9.5 percent, or more than $1 million, increase in spending from last year.

Borough could consider solid waste incineration
Can the Kenai Peninsula Borough burn its solid waste for energy?

Soldotna council takes care of business
Soldotna City Council quickly and efficiently got down to business Wednesday night, passing a handful of ordinances and resolutions including one approving City Manager Larry Semmens' one-year employment agreement.

Trash talk: Borough looks for funding for Homer waste facility
Borough Mayor Dave Carey was talking trash at the assembly meeting last week.

Shannon Rae Conn
Longtime Alaskan resident, Ms. Shannon Rae Williams Conn, 48, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at her home in Nikiski.

David Woodburn Henley
Longtime Alaskan David Woodburn Henley, 90, died Dec. 6, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz., of natural causes.

Michael L. Gogerty
Soldotna resident Michael L. Gogerty, 55, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at his home in Soldotna.

Lessons in patriotism
When we ponder the ways to teach our youth about American values, some policy makers seem to think we should make laws ordering teachers to pound the Constitution into their little charges' heads.

Propane could be boon for Alaska
The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA), was created by voter Initiative in 2002. ANGDA, under State Statute 41.41, is still working to bring natural gas to Alaskans and the world's markets. ANGDA is also empowered to acquire and condition gas, construct, design, and operate a pipeline system or other facilities, which includes propane.

Fishermen, drop your hooks
Sunday, it begins: the 26th annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Joking about it
Telling jokes is a customary pastime when the fish aren't biting, but it's not as easy as it used to be. Most of us have become more aware of the feelings of the ethnic groups among us, and we've stopped telling and appreciating jokes that are mean-spirited, or that debase and denigrate people. Jokes about Jews, Polish immigrants or Rastus and Liza are rare nowadays, an encouraging sign that some of us are becoming more civil and understanding.

Lake trout in Hidden Lake: What's their present status?
Hidden Lake is a popular area for recreation on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. It offers great activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing and is easily accessed by the Skilak Lake Loop Road from two points on the Sterling Highway. Hidden Lake is most notorious for its popular Lake trout fishery, which is the largest sport fishery for Lake trout on the Kenai Peninsula.

Around the Peninsula

Model plane flyers meet

Around the Peninsula

Kenai Historical Society meets in Hope

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'This Ain't Broadway' hits Nikiski
What happens when a playwright can't be original, a journalist is wooing him for a story, and about 50 students from Nikiski Middle/High School get involved in bringing their story to life?

'Rio' might not soar, but it doesn't crash
"Rio"

Church Briefs

Church of God begins soccer program

A twist in the story: Where do we go from Easter?
When I was a child I had this idea that things in black and white were "old" and somewhat inferior. The "new" photos were in color and the old ones were in black and white. It was not until I took some photography classes as a youth that I started appreciate the nuances of black and white. It was then I discovered about the beauty of contrast. A meaning of the word contrast is "it describes the differences between two or more entities."

Skyview, Kenai soccer tie
Skyview forward Alicia West is known for her strong right foot.

Sacking small ball
I was approached by Shawn Maltby, the Oilers general manager, about an idea the Clarion had for a coaches corner. He said the paper wanted me to do weekly write-ups on coaching baseball, tips and anecdotes.

Oilers Brief: Oilers land trio
Chris Mallory, Jordan Bourque and Alex Fuselier have signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the 2011 season, the club announced Wednesday.

Homer softball defeats Kenai
The Homer softball team used a 16-run fifth inning to top host Kenai Central 20-5 on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

Soldotna soccer sweeps Seward
Soldotna junior Dagen Walton was mad the score was tied. He was thrilled to break the deadlock.

Sports Brief: Soccer applications sought
Applications are being accepted for the first "Soul Soccer," an eight-week summer soccer and mentorship program open to girls in grades 9-12. The program is sponsored by Kenai Church of God.

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