Friday, May 4, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Sales adviser up to ‘Speed’ Youth cooking classes offered Small business workshops offered Crime Stoppers seeks support

Businesses make a difference for juniors
The Parents of Juniors-After Prom Event would like to thank the following businesses for their support: Acapulco-Soldotna, Agrium, AK Ray’s Tanning, All American Smile, Arby’s, city of Soldotna, ConocoPhillips LNG, Dr. Ron Martinelli, Dr. Dan Pitts, Dr. Slezewski, De Engibous, Dr. James Julien, Dr. Robert Bauder, Dr. Jerry Hu, Carmen Stephl, RDH, 4D Carpet One, Homer Electric Association, Kaladi’s, Kenai Vision, Marathon, Nancy Mitchell, Oral Surgery Associates, Pizza Boys-Soldotna, Rock, Rally & Roll, Rug Bones, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Soldotna Auto Salvage, Subway-Soldotna, SoHi PTSA, Super Floors of Alaska, Tesoro, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, Tyler Distributing, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 10046 and Wells Fargo.

Time to clean up White House mess
It’s way past time to start holding our top officials accountable for the illegal and immoral manipulations and falsifications leading up to the invasion of Iraq, as well as the never ending “War on Terror” that gives them an open season on anyone they want to attack.

River a foretelling of mammals existence?
There was a time when intelligent beings believed the oceans were infinite, that the planet’s atmosphere could not be contaminated, that cigarettes were actually good for your health, and that our pristine waters and aquifers could not be polluted.

Wildlife belongs to all Alaskans
Alaskans are faced with a growing biological crisis of which few seem aware. Global warming is already evident in reduced pack ice, spruce die-offs throughout the state and thawing permafrost in the Interior. Polar bear, fur seal, ringed seal and some sea otter, orca and beluga populations are declining. Changes in vegetation are already affecting moose and caribou populations.

Reader applauds Palin’s stance
I have to give credit to Gov. Palin for standing up to the right-wing bullies of her party on the gay benefits issue. It was quite telling to watch them throw a tantrum and threaten to take everyone’s rights away if they couldn’t have their way. Again, who are they to tell someone who they can love? I’m sure they would be a little put out if the people told them that they didn’t like the mate they’d chosen for themselves and took away their benefits until they married someone we approved of.

Legislature should invest in our children
The school year is nearly over as the Legislature deliberates the funding levels that will impact our children every day next year. Funding for Alaska schools was flat for many years. Only recently has the Legislature stepped forward, increasing the amount allocated for each student about 8 percent per year the last four years. Most of the increase has gone toward covering retirement obligations and inflation effects, but a small amount has reached the classroom.

Contributors make meeting happen
Central Peninsula Health Centers (CPHC) would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual meeting on March 15 a successful event. Thank you to everyone from Ionia for their hospitality and open arms in welcoming meeting participants into their community. We would also like to thank the following people for their participation in the program: Jeff Jessee, CEO of AK Mental Health Trust Authority; JoAnn Hagen, RN for Public Health; Marguerite McIntosh, MD; Matthew Dammeyer, PhD; and Jennifer McElroy, RDH.

Tax exemption bill passed by House
A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has changed municipal property tax law.

Assembly has quick meeting
It was a quick meeting Tuesday for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, in Seward for their once-a-year visit.

T-200 officials question claims
Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race officials are scratching their heads in response to claims made by Wasilla musher Shane Goosen who last Friday told the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s board of directors that five people saw Ramy Brooks kick and hit his dogs during the T-200 in January.

Kids out to clean up city’s storm water
Reminders that “All drains lead to the Kenai River” will soon be stenciled on all storm sewer drains in Kenai thanks to a Kaleidoscope charter school conservation program, unveiled at the Kenai City Council meeting Wednesday.

Kenai defender tops on list of district judge candidates
The names of Kenai’s Public Defender and two others have been forwarded to the governor as three final candidates for the open Kenai District Court judge seat vacated by David Landry.

Bible-reading marathon leads up to National Day of Prayer on central Kenai Peninsula
Though the 56th annual National Day of Prayer observance wasn’t held until Thursday, people on the Kenai Peninsula didn’t let that stop them from celebrating the meaning of the event several days in advance.

Going postal
Because of a communication mix-up between the military in Anchorage and Soldotnans, donated items destined for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are still sitting on pallets in Soldotna.

Earl Robert Derry
Longtime Funny River resident Earl Robert Derry died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

John P. Sellung
Former peninsula resident John P. Sellung died of lung cancer Monday, April 23, 2007, at Northern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System in Prescott, Ariz., under Hospice care. He was 60.

Seniors: Don’t lose your footing on road to future
Time is a wastin’ for Kenai Peninsula seniors. There’s not much of it left before they venture out to take their first steps out of high school.

Outdoor Briefs
Baby bird care workshop plannedRefuge plans spring cleanup Outdoor Institute to hold safety forumBegich, Boggs Visitor Center opensChugach Centennial Web site launched

Gearing up for getting down
While a few early birds already have wet their hooks, a vast majority of fishermen are only now starting to gear up in preparation for getting down to business this fishing season.

Refuge plans prescribed fire northeast of Sterling
In our ongoing efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of wildfire upon the communities of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is planning to activate the Lily Lake Prescribed Fire Plan this year. The Lily Lake project is designed to reduce hazard fuels — in this case, black spruce — within the wildland-urban interface near the community of Sterling.

Around the Peninsula
Berry growers to gather Soroptimists to meet Elks hold free skate day Car wash, garage sale fundraiser set Community cleanup scheduled Methamphetamine to be discussed

Around the Peninsula
Steak dinner fundraiser plannedRotary to host Cinco de Mayo festHistorically speakingDinner, auction to benefit churchRelay for Life planning meeting setPFLAG to meetRefuge to spruce up

Kodiak sweeps SoHi
Despite pounding out 10 hits in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Soldotna fell 7-5 to visiting Kodiak and then went on to lose the second game, 17-8.

Skyview girls earn tie with Palmer
Skyview senior Ariel Mercier certainly isn’t the tallest player on the team.

SoHi softball sweeps Kodiak
The Soldotna softball team exacted revenge for a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Kodiak on Wednesday by taking two straight from the Bears on Thursday.

Art Briefs
Writers seek conflict Artists’ work to take off at airport Vendors needed for sea fest Chorus set to sing Council offers masterful art grant Triumvirate plans drama camps Performers winging it Performers set to camp Beading classes offered Kids’ reading program ongoing

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

Duo turns concert into an evolution of sound
Who, what, where and when ...

Poet’s Corner
The people of the North have said,

Area athletes compete at NYO
A total of 17 competitors from the Kenai Peninsula traveled to Sullivan Arena in Anchorage to help keep traditions alive at the Native Youth Olympics on April 26 to 28, 13 athletes hailing from the Ggugguyni Native Youth Olympics team (Kenaitze) and the Salamatof Tribal Council and four from the Ninilchik Tribal Council.

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