Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Shutting out easy-meal-deals for Bruins
Thanks to the City of Kenai Wildlife Conservation Community Program, bear-resistant garbage containers are now available to residents of the City of Kenai at about one-quarter of the retail price. Details of the City’s new Wildlife Conservation Community Program was introduced at the weekly Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting and at an open house last week at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center sponsored by the City of Kenai and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

Researching problems, finding solutions, Kenai Watershed Forum earns $60K grant from ConocoPhillips...
For the last ten years the Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) has distinguished itself as a conservation group that researches local problems, creates solutions, and then goes to partner and initiate those solutions. At last week’s Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting KWF’s executive director Robert Ruffner announced they would be receiving a $60,000 grant from ConocoPhillips to restore fish passage along Leaf creek, where a culvert was recently crushed, preventing fish from migrating to several miles of spawning grounds.

Every since arriving in Alaska nearly eleven years ago I realized this is perhaps the most difficult place in the world to hunt. I’m not talking about being one of the lucky few that have become successful at the art of road hunting but to those who have put in their time year after year being out there in the wilderness hunting. The terrain here mixed with mountains, muskeg swamps, tundra, river bottoms and lakes combined with down timber, tag alders, willows and devils club creates about as tough of situation as you can find.

Microsoft announces new small business specialist in Kenai
Microsoft Corp. has announced that CNK Computer Solutions, Inc. has become the first Small Business Specialist in the Kenai area. According to a news release from Microsoft, to attain the new designation, CNK has demonstrated expertise in planning and building solutions for small businesses and will receive a rich set of benefits from Microsoft. “As we say on our website this means we are a trusted business ally. We are here to make sure you get the best technology and superior service to keep your software and systems in tack, and that is what Microsoft has certified us to do,” said Chuck Grimm of CNK.

Extreme summer dreaming and family fantasies highlight Sports Show...
For the last twenty one years, the Kenai Peninsula Sport Rec and Trade Show have been giving local residents a jump start on summer dreaming and family fun. Terry and Stacie Coval, of Peninsula Marketing have coordinated the event for the last seven years and continue to focus on the fun filled environment, “It’s always a great place to run into friends you haven’t seen in a long time, for kids to catch their first trout at the popular pond sponsored by the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. and then go inside and find new camping and sporting gear for the up coming summer activities,” said Terry.

Girl Scouts feasted on banquet’s success
Central Peninsula Girl Scouts Leader Appreciation Banquet was a wonderful success. We would like to thank the following people and organizations for supporting this event: Mark Claypool and the Challenger Learning Center, what a wonderful facility; Gary Hanley and Alaska Christian College Catering, the meal was fabulous; Jane Straight, executive director of the Girl Scout Susitna Council and everyone else at the council who helped with labels, certificates, recognitions, etc.; Donna Peterson, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, for her inspirational speech; David Henson, Mariah Henson, Eric Soderquist and Tony Micah, for all their help in making the slide show a wonderful presentation piece; Joyce Cox, Racheal Wilhelm and Jodie Titus, for helping with set up and cleanup; Troop 221 for making the lovely table centerpieces; and a huge thanks to everyone who bought tickets either as a donation or to attend the event — Racheal Wilhelm, Annyce and Dave Henson Sr., Crista Hippchen and friend, Margaret Martin, Loretta Bixby, Karen Ruebsamen, Connie Hocker, Kelly Greibel, Diana Tice, Teresa Wendel, Joyce Cox; and especially to Donna Peterson for her very generous donation.

Parking seniors a scheme to bail out Social Security
The week-ender issue of the Wall Street Journal (March 25-26) had an article on the campaign all across the country to get old people out of their cars and the extreme unhappiness this causes the elderly. It also said that all across the country, the elderly are fighting back.

Legislature’s PERS revision punishes wrong people
There are multiple causes of the shortfall in the Public Employee and Teachers’ Retirement systems, but employees have steadfastly contributed their share over the years of their employment. They did so with the expectation of a livable retirement wage for themselves and their colleagues. When the Senate passed SB 141 last year (and subsequently bullied the House into doing so) they effectively punished the wrong folks. Even worse, they passed a law that does nothing to reduce the financial problems of the system.

Answer to gas prices: Nationalize
The price of fuel in Venezuela is $.12 per gallon (adjusted to U.S. dollars and measurements). This means that profit for the big oil companies is what we peasants pay at the pump minus $.12. This paints a true picture of ultimate greed.

To erase wakes, give hovercrafts a try
My vote (to whether the horsepower limit of motors on the Kenai River should be increased to 50) would be no. I was on the Advisory Board to Parks in the ‘80s when the 35hp was chosen. It was a good compromise between 200 plus hp jet boats and less than 35. It was partially selected because only one builder (I think) made 35s but not enough votes for 20 or slightly larger models but below 40hp.

Fishing for dollies, or dollars?
Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s voodoo economics (Clarion, 4/3/06) credits a higher fish-by-fish value to commercially caught sport-fish than to those fish commercially caught by gill-netters. KRSA’s voodoo, dollar-for-dollar, value comparisons were concocted for allocation purposes — to hopefully justify taking fish from commercial gill-netters and giving those fish to commercial sport-fisheries. Gease, executive director of KRSA, has come up with select data in order to catch-and-release the public in yet another fishery conflict similar to the current conflict over the numbers of caught-and-released spawning rainbow trout killed by anglers ostensibly fishing for dollies.

Don’t skimp on education
Governor Murkowski’s current budget proposal of an additional $90 million in education funding for fiscal year 2007 translates into debilitating educational shortfalls for districts across the state. Students will suffer from all degrees of cuts; teaching positions will be eliminated, Pupil Teacher Ratios (PTR) will increase, specialists and counselors who help keep kids in school will be cut and art rich programs will suffer.

Bush charged to do what’s right
President George W. Bush — Please place performance above loyalty. Rise above partisan politics and do what’s right. We need a country committed to one another. After 6 years in the White House you should realize the proper course of action.

Limiting driving a scheme to bail out Social Security
The weekender issue of the Wall Street Journal (March 25-26) had an article on the campaign all across the country to get old people out of their cars and the extreme unhappiness this causes the elderly. It also said that all across the country, the elderly are fighting back.

Laboring for safer jobs
On April 28, the union of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces. More than three decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.

Alaska owns resources, not the oil companies
Through the course of my job, I meet many people daily and sometimes we get into conversations about politics and the current climate. I find it difficult to accept that so many people on the peninsula are clueless to the point of insanity. Specifically over the current issue of oil taxes and oil company profits. I can’t count the number of people who do not believe that we, the people of Alaska, own the minerals and other resources that are in our state except those that reside on private land, and the number of people who have no intention on learning the truth of the matter.

Higher oil company taxes needed
Because of world conditions beyond anyone’s immediate control the oil companies are reaping in huge profits, from the wallets of ordinary people who will have less for other necessary expenses. These oil companies should be taxed heavily in this case and the proceeds returned to the public which has been paying out through the nose.

Earth Day isn’t only time for eco-friendly events
Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year to celebrate a cleaner and healthier world. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department would like to acknowledge volunteers working to promote recycling, waste reduction, litter collection and proper hazardous waste management for Earth Day and every day.

Juneau road to nowhere a waste of time, money
Today, I write this letter not to preach to the choir (the majority of Haines, Skagway and Juneau residents who have repeatedly voted and testified against a road out of Juneau). Nor do I write this letter to Alaskans across the state who are crying foul at the misappropriation of money and time being put towards a road to nowhere. I write this letter to our delegates and representatives, especially those that represent my neighbors and myself.

Skyview skiers wax eloquent over new building
On Feb. 14, our school and ski team were given a new waxing facility as legacy from Arctic Winter Games. During the Games, Team Alaska appreciated the new space to prepare for the week of the Games.

Woman stopped flat to help when others wouldn’t
I would just like to ask one question to the proud citizens of the Kenai Peninsula.

Earth Day a hit at Sterling Elementary
Sterling Elementary PTA would like to thank the following people and businesses for donating their time or items to our Earth Day Family Fun Day on April 22 at Sterling Elementary. Our earth celebration encouraged recycling, reusing and safety.

Bowling tourney scores a strike
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the third annual Up Your Alley Bowling Tournament. Those who worked throughout the evening: Natalia Johnson, Lori Goodman, Lisa Strothers, Penny Furnish, Katie Rogers, Ted Johnson, Jason Miller and Paul Flannigan.

Contact lawmakers to help fix drug problem
A recent poll in the Clarion showed that 87 percent of respondents claim there is a drug problem among Kenai Peninsula youth. Many comments from students indicated that drugs are infesting our schools and damaging our society in several ways. One only has to note the number of juvenile cases in our courts for drug related crimes to realize the extent of the problem.

Kenai PERS plan put off again
Even in his absence, a Kenai City Council member managed once again to forestall an attempt to exclude elected Kenai officials from the state retirement system.

Agrium project in line for $5 million from state
Agrium USA’s proposed Kenai Blue Sky coal-gasification project could get a significant boost from a $5 million state appropriation currently in the fiscal year 2007 state capital budget bill.

Trial lays out grisly scene
A jury in the murder trial of Barry McCormack Sr. listened to opening arguments and testimony from four witnesses in Kenai Superior Court on Monday.

Area owners kick off National Pet Week at club’s open house
Those who prefer to spend the day with a best friend with four legs, instead of two, were in luck as the Kenai Kennel Club held an open house Saturday.

Turf talk: Covering concrete would extend facility use
Thinking somewhat as a visionary, the student representative to the Kenai City Council presented an idea to use the city’s multipurpose center for more than just ice hockey in the winter.

Students clean up in Caring for the Kenai program
It’s easy to find summer recreational opportunities on the Kenai River, but not always so easy to find a good place to go when nature calls.

Soldotna teen is Alaska’s Jr. Miss
If this year’s Alaska Junior Miss were to turn into a food and had any say in it, she would become Jell-O.

Beetle-kill clearing job set to start
Homer Electric Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have signed a cooperative agreement to remove beetle-killed trees between Tutka Bay and Sadie Cove on the south shore of Kachemak Bay.

Dorothy E. Emerton
Longtime Funny River area resident died, Sunday, May 7, 2006, at her home. She was 78.

Lovina Iris Miller
Former Kenai resident Lovina Iris Miller died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Thermopolis, Wyo. She was 88.

Hero of the Week
Couple grateful for guidance

Community Events
Kenai library has busy week Class reunions set Farm Family of the Year nominations open

Around the Peninsula
SoHi pool closes for maintenance Byway corridor planning set Kenai shorebird festival takes wing Pancake breakfast, auction set to serve Historical society to meet Acting troupe holds membership meeting Museum cleanup set Tree sale set to branch out

Peninsula People
Kumpe joins the Army Keller to graduate

Around the Peninsula
Peninsula cleanup begins Women voters to meet SoHi after-grad committee to meet Pops concert set to entertain Beautiful volunteers sought Summer camp set to entertain Cemetery cleanup slated

· Jamie Dooley and Jared Gilliam of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Trenton James Lee on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 21 3/4 inches long.

A believer in the soccer, football diet
There was no South Beach Diet for Soldotna senior Kevin Laurion. No carb counting, no Tae Bo, no Jazzercise, no Spinning, no searching late-night commercials for a solution.

Local Sports Briefs
Skyview soccer sweeps Seward Borough middle school track takes place Tebughna students take medals

Senior Menus
Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

Senior Activities
Kenai Nikiski Ninilchik Soldotna Sterling

The Next Level
McGlasson to hurdle for UAA Besse stars for Vanguard

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