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Friday, May 26, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Beluga Bay topic for meeting Salmon totes available Land Trust holds benefit

At work with: Barbara Jones
  Barbara Jones, the head housekeeper at the Soldotna Inn, grimaces at a load of laundry during a recent Saturday at work. Jones, who has worked at the Inn for more than three years, said she likes the people she works with but that laundry can be a pain. Photo by John Hult Name: Barbara Jones

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

Art Briefs
Peninsula players awarded Homer council events add up KPC offers still cinema course Drama camp deadline looms Art sought for Ketchikan school

Code yellow: Animals more fun than Hanks
This weekend had a kind of David and Goliath feel to it at the movies. A giant, bloated behemoth of a movie went head to head with a frisky little cartoon, and guess what? David got stomped. I wish I could continue the analogy by saying the raccoon hurled an acorn at Tom Hanks oddly slicked-back head and took him down, but in reality “Over the Hedge” made a mere $37 million as compared to “Da Vinci’s” $224 million worldwide take.

What is it???
Ever wonder what happened to the contest the Clarion held in April to rename the “InSide” section?

Fighting for weekend action
Several modern-day gladiators will face each other this weekend, but rather than fighting in a coliseum as in days past, these competitors will fight in a cage.

Reader: Shame on assembly
Shame on the borough assembly members. The general public did not feel that the borough should be in the nursing home business and should stick to their elected job. But then again, they don’t do that very well either. But to blatantly buy Heritage Place for $999,999, knowing that by the votes in last election that one more dollar would have put it on the ballot for general election is an all-time low.

Reader: Compromise can benefit the river
I may be only stating the obvious, but I haven’t heard anyone yet offer this suggestion regarding the overwhelming number of guides, overcrowding in general, pollution; (water and noise), boat wakes and horsepower limits.

Blueprints needed before house can be built
I enjoy reading the newspaper. At the same time, I also enjoy reading the comics and watching scary movies. So it only makes sense. In the “What others say” column titled “Let’s not miss this opportunity” printed in the May 19 edition, I was able to enjoy both at the same time.

Country built on immigration should embrace more people
In his column in the May 18 Clarion, Cal Thomas says that we should not allow immigration of people south of our border because it would result in “changing the character and culture of America.”

Editorial scares reader
On May 19, the Clarion reprinted a VECO Times editorial. VECO Times editorials on the oil industry have about as much validity as the short promos for the Rush Limbaugh daily radio show. Both take small kernels of truth lathered over with mountains of distortion. Where Rush and VECO differ is that VECO takes a very active roll in political influence.

Reader: Those representing us need to be more visible
I gotta say that in recent months/years I have become much more attune to the political climate and what is going on in government and with my money and more so with my civil liberties. I have written to my representatives, as I urge everyone to do, and I seek to make them understand that my views are not the same as some but definitely in line with the majority of the people I know and talk to on a daily basis. I have received several replies from Senator Murkowski, and a couple from Senator Stevens. And that is it.

1,900 Games pretzels feed budget
Eight hundred hot dogs, 1,900 pretzels with cheese and 200 pounds of popcorn sold during the Arctic Winter Games brought a bit of a windfall to Soldotna city coffers.

Photo feature: Summer’s on a roll
Tory Coursen and Rosa McDonald make good time inline skating on the Unity Trail at Beaver Creek earlier this week. Good weather has added to the traffic on the popular byway.

Seasonal unemployment falling slower than last year
The unemployment rate in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in April fell seven-tenths of a point from March figures as seasonal industries began gearing up for the coming summer.

Not guilty
After three days of deliberation, a 12-member jury on Wednesday declared Jay Darling not guilty in the death of his wife, Wanda Wood Darling, who fell to her death from an 800-foot bluff near Homer on Aug. 24, 1997.

Living outside cities harms the wilderness people crave
A love of the wilderness has drawn two thirds of the Kenai Peninsula’s population to homes outside of cities and towns. But if the next 50,000 peninsula residents continue the settlement trends of the peninsula’s first 50,000 residents, they could destroy vast tracks of the wilderness they seek beneath the burdens of their love, according to an Alaska Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator study.

Guilty
Barry McCormack was found guilty by a Kenai jury Wednesday of the murder of Opal Fairchild in her home more than 21 years ago.

Troopers called on a report of a body in Nikiski
Alaska State Troopers were called to a “grizzly” scene on Thursday morning, as a dismembered body was discovered in Nikiski.

Peninsula senators: Line is no sure thing
Senators representing Kenai Peninsula districts say they still have reservations about provisions of the petroleum profits tax bill they voted for May 23, and have warned there is no guarantee a pipeline will ever be built.

Measure would limit borough’s ability to up taxes
According to the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, a tax targeting one segment of the population — like seniors or veterans — is a slippery slope, and one the group doesn’t want the borough to go down.

What we’re celebrating
Although it’s what many people on the Kenai Peninsula associate it with, Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about fishing. It’s a time to remember those who have died in battle for this country.

Safety should be focus of holiday weekend, beyond
At the stroke of 12:01 Saturday morning, many lines will dip into the cold waters of the Ninilchik River and Deep Creek. That process will repeat itself a thousands times before the weekend is over.

National Trails Day: ‘Experience your outdoors’
Alaskans don’t need a reason to “go out and play.” In fact, when most Alaskans are out enjoying their favorite pastime, there are probably more reasons to stay inside. If you have ever gone ice fishing in January, dug clams in early spring, or camped in the rain, you know what I’m talking about. There is, however, a great reason to celebrate in the “outdoors” on June 3 regardless of the weather or temperature.

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale fundraiser set Relay members ready to bank it Public comment on whales, water sought Organ transplant support group to meet

Around the Peninsula
Salmon totes availableBreakfast fundraiser set to flipChili feed, auction plannedBrain injury awareness walk set to take offDog jog slated

SoHi closes season
The Soldotna softball team closed its season by losing 10-0 to host Homer on Tuesday in Northern Lights Conference action. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Church Briefs
Bible school searches for treasureBible school to take a rideYouth evangelism camp slatedCommunity Bible school plannedVacation Bible school to host fiestaSummer Bible school sets sail

Memorial Day provokes thoughts on past, future
As a young child, I remember going once a year with my family to the memorial garden in town where my two younger brothers were buried. It was a traditional ritual for our family.

The Bird is open for golf
Welcome one and all to the 2006 season at the Bird Homestead Golf Course on Funny River Road. As true divotheads all know, this is our second full season at the Bird, and we are proud to say that OUR COURSE IS OPEN!

Sports Briefs
Aces take 2-0 lead

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