Friday, May 20, 2011

Business Briefs

Chambers set schedules

Is university as open to ideas as it should be?
We are often told Universities/Colleges are places for thinking outside the box. People believe this is encouraged and we should hear from all sides of all issues.

Borough mayor position doesn't deserve raise
On the evening of May 17th, 2011, I attended the Kenai Borough Assembly meeting where the Borough Assembly members voted in favor of Ordinance 2011-11 to increase the mayor's salary to $99,000 per year even though there were many objections heard during public comment time. This ordinance was brought forth by Assemblymen Smith and Pierce.

Speaker's leadership applauded
Dear Mr. Speaker:

Ocean Renewable moves forward with tidal plans
When Doug Johnson asked attendees at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday how many wondered if the Cook Inlet tides could be used to create energy, most people raised their hands.

Bodies of clam diggers found; Officials begin investigation into Cook Inlet accident
ANCHORAGE -- The bodies of all five clam diggers who were reported missing from their 20-foot skiff as they returned from a day of harvesting have been found, authorities said Wednesday.

Council postpones vote on zoning change
Kenai's City Council voted Wednesday to postpone a decision on an ordinance that would change the allowed land uses in two neighborhoods. Instead, they sent it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for work, and asked city administration to notify all Kenai property owners of the upcoming changes.

Assembly wrestles with budget
Funding of the Kenai Peninsula Borough's non-departmental agencies took center stage during Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Construction season ramps up: Crews back to work on Kalifornsky Beach Road bike path
Alaska's surest sign of summer is here.

Council looks at waiving dock fees for residents
At their Wednesday night meeting, Kenai's City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance so that residents wouldn't have to pay for some fees at the city dock.

Mayor to get raise: $19,000 boost to take effect after next election
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Mako Haggerty contends residents don't run for the Borough Mayor position for the money, but rather to have the privilege to serve the public.

Still dry: Managers prepare for wildfire season
The Kenai Peninsula is one of two regions in Alaska expected to experience above average wildfire activity for the 2011 season.

Plans for jack-up rig progressing
Kenai's City Council heard an update on oil and gas development in the city and in Cook Inlet on Wednesday night.

Deidre Kathleen Littell
Longtime Alaskan and North Pole resident, Ms. Deidre Kathleen Littell, 37, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 14, 2011, at her home in North Pole.

Donald A. Fiscus
Nikiski resident Donald A. Fiscus died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. He was 60. A memorial service for June 18, 2011, at a Kenai River location will be announced.

James R. Scritchfield
Longtime Soldotna resident, Mr. James R. Scritchfield, 80, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna.

Government doesn't belong in private industry
In the question of borough funding of non-departmental entities, it's become clear to us that the debate has become muddied, especially concerning the funding of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. We are going to make our position clear.

Many ways to make a child's life better
You can make a child's life better. Easily. With little work. Or with harder work -- whatever suits your fancy. I'll use May's Foster Care Awareness Month as my excuse to mention four great volunteer opportunities, three for individuals like you, and one for businesses that want to help.

Let's all do our part to end deaths on the road
Summer means many things to Alaskans, enjoying fishing, hiking, outdoor sports and picnics. But as the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner and the Department of Public Safety Commissioner, we know the long days of daylight inevitably mean more deaths on the road.

The 'gentlemen's' sport: Billiards doesn't have to be about smokey barrooms
There's no problem with having a couple beers, getting a little rowdy, and shooting some pool at the bar with friends. There are some players, though, that want so much more than that.

Lots of summer fun at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
The kids have a few days left of school, giant mosquitoes are already being sighted, and RVs will soon flood the Kenai Peninsula. Summer is on its way. There are so many inexpensive ways to explore nature right outside your doorstep. Despite the poor economy and government budget cuts, the Kenai Refuge will still be offering many engaging programs for kids and families, visitors and locals alike. In addition to the normal recreational opportunities on the 1.92 million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, here is our schedule full of fun and educational summer activities geared towards all ages:

The first salmon
Last Saturday, I was waiting in the parking lot of a closed Sterling business to rendezvous with a friend who had a piece of fresh salmon he wanted to give me. Having eaten nothing but frozen fish for the past seven months, I took care to arrive before he did.

Around the Peninsula

Garden club hosts Saturday workshops

Around the Peninsula

Still time to get involved with solstice fest

Poet's Corner

Morning Monsters

Art inspired by life in Nikolski finds home
A collection of art inspired by a Homer artist's first teaching job in Alaska will return to the village where it was created. This month, the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association purchased R.W. "Toby" Tyler's paintings and sketches he did of students he taught in the Aleutian Island village of Nikolski while teaching there in the 1950s.

Art Briefs

Memorial Day Weekend Shindig at the Diamond M Ranch Resort

What's Happening

Best Bets

'Priest' a little late for vampire craze

'Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?)'
The Kenai Performers, Soldotna Senior Center and Midnight Sun Rowing Club present "Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?)," a melodrama by Morland Carey, directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Soldotna Senior Center. Tickets are $15 available in advance at Curtain Call Consignment and Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

Anchorage Symphony's Young People's Concert: Kaleidoscope students share their experience
The following pieces are reviews of the Anchorage Symphony's Young People's Concert submitted by students in Marianne Kasch's fifth- and sixth-grade class at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences in Kenai:

An Alaska story: Living the dream
Ten years ago, my wife Maryna and I were living on the beach in Homer in tent. We had just come back from a two month mission trip out in the Bush. The Lord was really stretching our faith at that time of our lives.

Church Briefs

5th Sunday Worship planned

SoHi girls set sights on title: Southern Division girls have taken last 3 NLC crowns
The girls soccer teams from the Northern Lights Conference Southern Division will be looking to continue a trend at the conference tournament today, Friday and Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys.

Spalding, Bak chase state titles: Area athletes converge on Fairbanks for track and field meet
Tyler Spalding's quest began on the central Kenai Peninsula when he was a freshman in high school.

Stars topple Kards
Jarret Urban went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs and Josiah Covey was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, leading the Soldotna baseball team to an 11-8 win over host Kenai Central in Northern Lights Conference action Wednesday.

SoHi, Kenai girls make NLC semis
WASILLA -- During the days leading up to the conference tournament, Wasilla head coach Amber Craig's message to her players was simple -- finish.

North sweeps South again: Peninsula boys teams lose all 4
The Wasilla boys soccer team used two Paul Sliwa penalty kicks to defeat Soldotna on Thursday in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference soccer tournament at Palmer.

Stars stop Kenai, near state berth
The Soldotna softball team needed two hits to score 17 runs in a win against Kenai Central two weeks ago.

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