Friday, May 18, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesTourism to be discussedYouth cooking classes offeredSmall business workshop offeredCrime Stoppers seeks support

Spring a good time for cleaning up government
You might title this “while you’re at it.” Since the authorities are in the indictment mode — cleaning house (VECO and the legislators) — they should not stop after they get the kitchen mucked out. Clean the basement. Clean the bedrooms. Clean the living room. Clean up the Alaska Board of Fish.

Reader looks to the future
Future scenario: A man walks to the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers. Time of year is late June at the peak of the early sockeye salmon run. In his hand is a red object and he announces to the crowd lined up in the water, “Ladies and gentlemen, reel in your lines and step out of the river. This is the start of the federal subsistence dynamite salmon season. Any stunned fish found downstream must be returned to me so I can take them home to my starving people in Ninilchik.”

Community efforts help keep kids afloat
Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and participating organizations hosted the fourth annual Water Safety Event on May 5 at Skyview High School. This year 101 children, plus parents and caregivers, attended the event and learned about water safety with 92 purchasing Mustang survival personal flotation devices for $10.

Writer: Don’t sell jet yet
I hope that Gov. Sarah Palin does not sell former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s jet just yet. The state needs that just to fly the Alaska legislators who are guilty of corruption down to the Lower 48 federal prison escorted and handcuffed by the FBI.

Special day recognizes mariners
President Franklin Roosevelt together with the 73rd session of Congress, in 1933, proclaimed May 22 of each year to be celebrated as National Maritime Day. This day was to recognized the value of a strong American merchant fleet in peacetime and in war.

Donation a great investment in kids
At this time each year, Kenai Middle School students participate in what we call our mini courses. Mini courses are either one or two days in length and include events such as canoeing, hiking and camping, horseback riding, rock climbing and river rafting.

Reader: Maximizing the return
If AGIA was an investment in the private stock market, the shareholders would have the expectation of maximum return for that allocation of their funds. Just what are we going to get from AGIA that we will not get anyway? It’s not going to get more gas or improve delivery so just what will it accomplish? Just how many pipelines have been built in Juneau, and what will giving $500,000,000 bring in return to the good people of this state?

State funding inequities leaves district shortchanged
Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of stories examining school funding. Sunday’s story will look at other factors that affect the district’s monetary situation.

Senior tax break to go to voters
Unable to agree on whether to begin limiting the property tax exemption available to senior residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the borough assembly decided to put the question to the voters.

Not scaled for economy
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of stories examining school funding. Friday’s story will look at the formulas the state uses when determining school funding.

1 caught in search for 2
One of two men sought by Alaska State Troopers has been apprehended.

Fire scorches Kenai yard after wind catches spark
A Kenai man burning materials in a barrel had done almost everything he should have, but he wasn’t expecting the wind to catch him off guard.

Kenai library still free; parking at dipnet fishery isn’t
Visitors to the city of Kenai will be able to use the library free of charge and pay the same amount as Kenai residents to park while dipnetting, at least for one more summer.

Brown bear killed after threatening tied-up dog
Bear activity across the Kenai Peninsula showed no signs of slowing this week.

Farewell planned for Sears
The Kenai community will have an opportunity on Friday to share 39 years of memories made at Sears Elementary School.

Henry R. Ferguson
Henry R. Ferguson of Palmer died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at home. He was 85.

Making it work in Juneau — 1 year at a time
Well, they did it. The Legislature managed to push through the big-ticket items before the clock struck midnight Wednesday — barely.

Drawing up a solution to canceled hunts
Hunters who have been itching to bag a brown bear may be in luck this season after the hunt was called off before it began the last few years.

Dandelion Sundae offers cool treats for invasive weed whacking
Several exotic plant species have received national attention for the widespread havoc they have wrought on native plant and animal communities. In the arid west cheatgrass has displaced native sagebrush by making the region susceptible to frequent large-scale wildfires that sagebrush cannot survive. It has degraded vast areas of formerly productive rangeland impacting both native fauna and domestic stock.

Outdoor Briefs
Les Anderson Day set 4-H tree sale ready to growSeaLife Center offers fish-eye view of salmon

Problem bears will get makeovers to avoid trouble at Russian River
Unless it’s rifling through your backpack or charging at you on the trail, it’s hard to identify a “problem” brown bear from any other one. A plan to mark troublemakers with some bright new colors may make the task easier this summer in the Russian River area.

Around the Peninsula
Borough to collect debrisLibrary seeks volunteersCIRCAC to meetGarage sale fundraiser plannedSchool says good-byePancake breakfast to take flightBook fair, open house setOne man’s trash ...Les Anderson Day set4-H tree sale ready to growCar show, swap meet revs upBreastfeeding class offeredDandelion Sundae setCPHC board meeting slatedAnger to be discussedRowing classes availableGolf tourney set to swing

Around the Peninsula
Genealogy library begins summer hoursGarage sale fundraiser plannedElementary school says good-byeLittle League opening ceremonies set4-H tree sale ready to growDevelopmental screenings offeredDandelion Sundae setYouth club plans closureCan sealer clinic offeredFree vision screening offeredReading program registration setCowboy upRowing classes available

SoHi drops 1 to Wolves
Sitka used a four-run third inning to beat Soldotna, 5-2, in Homer on Thursday evening.

Skyview sweeps Seward
Nicole Van Ryzin and Chelsea Martin scored two goals apiece as visiting Skyview secured a conference tournament berth with a 9-2 victory over Seward on Thursday.

Region III: Beware of Bears
It was the first time this year that Skyview track coach Rob Sparks had taken a look at the Kodiak boys’ times.

Poet’s Corner: Spring Haiku collection
sun is chasing moon

What’s Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage events

Artists present a knack for nature
Sven Haakanson is one of 56 contemporary artists whose work will hang in the “Sticks and Stones: Alaskan Structure” exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. “Lest We Forget” is a poem from his artist statement in which he describes the materials used in creating his piece of the same name.

Good news: Here comes the ‘Fuzz’
My father is a recently retired teacher, which means he has a lot more time on his hands now. Some of that time is spent teaching at the community college, some is spent worrying over which part of the house needs to be fixed, and some is spent calling my brother and I at all hours of the day, usually from the new cell phone he is still trying to figure out.

Poet’s Corner: Lest we forget
Lest we forget

Art Briefs
Writers’ Group meeting plannedWomen needed to act ‘Odd’Teachers helping teachersReality show looking for AlaskansArtists’ work to take off at airportVendors needed for sea festCouncil offers art grant, fellowshipPerformers winging itKids’ reading program ongoing

Church Briefs
Church hosts open houseCommunity fun fest slatedChurch news sought

Baha’i offers alternative to electoral process
Two weeks ago Iparticipated as adelegate to the Alaska Baha’i convention and I read the following letter from theBaha’i World Centrelocated on the slopes of Mount Carmel in northern Israel, addressing the state of the electoral process:

Weather remains cool, but Birch Ridge Golf Course heats up
The temperature outside is still on the cooler side of pleasant, but that sure isn’t keeping the golfers at Birch Ridge from heating up the course. We’ve seen a higher number than usual of golfers this year anxious to get out and work on this wonderful game we call golf. I just wish I could get my score a little closer to the temperature outside, but unfortunately I’d have to quit after about five holes for that to happen (on a good day).

Melton to replace Gerloff
Chance Gerloff, who was set to return for his second season with the Oilers at second base, will not return for the 2007 season. The junior second baseman is from the University of California Irvine. Gerloff appeared in 13 games for the Oilers before suffering a back injury which shut his summer down in 2006. Gerloff hit .256 with four stolen bases and was a big part of the Oilers infield. Gerloff is being replaced by Kyle Melton of Lewis-Clark State College.

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