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Friday, May 25, 2007

Business cards still a necessity
AMARILLO, Texas — Exchanging business cards is a ritual steeped in tradition.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesAllstate opens new agency in SoldotnaBrennan earns certficationBriggs joins OfficeTECHYouth cooking classes offeredSmall business workshop offeredDirect marketing for fishermen program setCrime Stoppers seeks support

Cures for the ‘Big C’ have come a long way
You may remember a time when the word “cancer” was not even spoken aloud, or referred to in hushed voices as the “C” word or the “big C.” There was a time when it seemed possible to not know anyone who was a survivor of cancer. There was a time when it seemed cancer was a death sentence.

Shame on Alaska Legislature
Around 7,000 of our senior citizens here in Alaska just got the snub from our Legislature. Our Legislature, in their infinite wisdom, failed to renew a bill that has since 2003 helped out our more needy senior citizens with their drug prescriptions. Have you check out the prices of what not to long ago was fairly reasonable drug prescriptions? I have and it is not pretty.

An idea to help out schools
Well, here’s an idea to help the school funding: Why can’t they have the money that should be left over from the area’s home-schoolers? They sure don’t give it to us.

Reader: School board meetings would make good reality series
For those reality TV junkies out there, turn off your television sets and attend a school board meeting or two. You will be amazed at the actions of people that will have you amused, astonished and bewildered.

Reader: Problem isn’t the bears
The Peninsula Clarion should stop participating in the “Bear Scare” campaign being conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists to justify and promote their desire for brown bear permit hunts on the Kenai Peninsula.

$9 million for district
With $9 million in relief approved by the Legislature and awaiting the governor’s signature, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators now are revising next year’s budget to reinstate staffing to current school year levels.

Community minister heads south
Never one to shrink from reaching for the higher fruit, the Rev. Jon Walters will undoubtedly be missed by many central Kenai Peninsula organizations he helped in the seven years he has been pastor of United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai.

Photo feature: Hello world
A newborn moose calf calls out for its mother alongside the Kenai Spur Highway on Thursday evening. This year’s crop of baby animals are starting to make their appearance.

Peninsula mushers to the rescue of homeless dogs
Sled dogs aren’t the only creatures that run in packs. So do some of their owners, as a small group of sled dog rescuers will demonstrate this weekend.

Kenai man, EPA agree on restoration plan for creek
A Beaver Loop Road property owner who altered a section of Boat Launch Creek in Kenai in 2006 violating the Clean Water Act has agreed to a plan to restore the salmon-rearing stream and nearby wetland, the Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

Be wary, bears everywhere
“Bears everywhere” is a good way to describe bruin activity this past week, and as a result the Kenai Peninsula recorded another bear shot in defense of life or property.

Photo feature: Main attraction
Wednesday’s showers nourish Sheryl Main’s flowers in her yard off Walker Lane in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies with a chance of rain.

Agencies respond to 2-acre Kenai fire
Firefighters from Kenai, Nikiski and the Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna responded to a 2-acre brush fire at the end of Evergreen Drive at 9:48 p.m. Tuesday.

Philip Turkington
Soldotna resident Philip Turkington died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at his home. He was 76.

John Mathies
Soldotna resident John Mathies died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at his home. He was 67.

John B. Mathies
Soldotna resident John B. Mathies died Wednesday, May 23, 2007, from cancer surrounded by family at his home. He was 67.

Weekend requires extra caution
At the stroke of 12:01 Saturday morning, many lines will dip into the cold water of the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. That process will repeat itself a thousand times before the weekend is over.

Fish, fishermen return to peninsula rivers and streams
The Memorial Day holiday means many things — honoring military members that have fallen, an extra day off from work, barbecues and camping trips.

Moose Range Meadows unusable; facility may take years to repair
Everyone living here on the Kenai Peninsula knows the Kenai River is an unrivaled resource for the local community. The thought of landing a record king salmon or a monster trout lures folks from around the country and, indeed, the entire world. Fishing on the river has always been popular, and the opportunities for harvesting the unparalleled fishery resources in the river are numerous and varied.

Around the Peninsula
Use green thumbs with restraintClasses set to reuniteKasilof cemetery cleanup slatedPancake fundraiser set to flipCowboy up

Around the Peninsula
Pancake fundraiser set to flipPublic health plans one-day closureConstruction academy nails down datePeaceful people to gatherCanning classes offeredUsed book sale scheduledBrain awareness walk, barbecue setRelay For Life plannedDog jog set to goWomen go on the defensiveSummer day camp available in NikiskiCommunity fun run set to startMidnight Sun festivities set

Soccer squads hunt state berths
Confidence is running rampant amongst Kenai Peninsula soccer teams as they travel to the Northern Lights Conference tournament in Wasilla today.

Self-publishing in the Wild West of the Internet
In the age of e-mail, text messaging and the World Wide Web, the way people communicate has definitely changed. Contact is lightning fast. You want it? You can have it in your home almost overnight — no matter what it is. Music can be downloaded, sampled or shared without ever walking into a store.

Shrek: Third time’s just as charming
I guess it’s appropriate that, in the summer of sequels, Shrek should rear his lumpy green head once again. Naturally, it will be the biggest film of the weekend, and vie for the biggest of the year, but I just wasn’t all that excited to see it. Before I sat down to write this, I decided to look back at the previous “Shrek” reviews I’d written and see how they jibe with my memory. Oddly, though I remember the first film to be somewhat amusing, yet offensive, the review I wrote was as glowing as they come, including the phrase, “not too offensive.” Hmmm. I remember the second film as funnier than the first, although my review describes the beginning as “boring.” Obviously I’m a little conflicted on these films, and considering the fact I thoroughly enjoyed this third installment, I’m sure that, in a year, I’ll describe it as “so-so.”

Contest keeps artists chained to their work
If the thought of chain saw competitions conjures up images of flying wood chips and tall trees crashing down onto the forest floor, you’re partly right. Flying wood chips, yes. But there’s a whole lot more that can be done with a chain saw than cut down a tree.

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Religion can kill you; choose life instead
People hear me say I am not a religious person. Hearing this from an ordained minister raises an occasional eyebrow. However, it is true.

Church Briefs
Patriotic celebrations plannedPastor Dockery farewell setVacation Bible schools slatedChurch news sought

The Bird kicks off season
Spring has finally arrived, the 2007 saga begins. Hello and welcome to the Bird Homestead Golf Course, 11.8 miles out the scenic Funny River Road, or 260-GOLF will get us one the phone.

Machado joins Oilers as coach
Former Kenai Central High School standout Dennis Machado will be joining the Oilers as the pitching coach. Machado has coaching experience dating back to 1994. Coaching stints have included pitching coach for the American Legion Twins from 1994 to 1997, assistant head coach/pitching coach at East Anchorage High School from 2001 to 2005 and pitching coach of the Alaska Baseball Academy from 2004 to 2005. During his four years with East over 10 pitchers went on to the college level (three at the Division I Level), two were drafted and one is now playing professionally.

Soldotna baseball picks up 1st win
The Soldotna baseball team defeated Palmer in Homer on Thursday, 7-5, for the first victory in the program’s history. The big moment for the Stars in the game was the fifth inning, when they broke loose for six runs. Soldotna pitchers held Palmer to just two hits. After the game in Homer, the Stars traveled to Kodiak for weekend games.

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