Friday, June 2, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Land Trust holds benefit Shareholders grab dividend

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‘X’ doesn’t mark the spot
Rarely have I been as depressed as I was leaving the theater after a late showing of one of the movies I most anticipated this summer. The third “X-Men” film doesn’t just end the series, it clubs it to death and then buries it in a shallow grave. Man, oh man.

Gamers gear up for busy year in gear
Last month brought big news for tech enthusiasts from the E3 technology conference, held in Los Angeles in early May.

What’s Happening
Best Bet Events and Exhibits Entertainment Upcoming Events Films Down the Road Anchorage Events

Finding the ‘Pulse’
When the Clarion decided to rename its arts and entertainment section, previously dubbed “InSide,” the idea was to cull ideas from the community taking in the arts we report on.

Hip hop guru ready to shake up peninsula
The words krump, harlem shake, snap dance, blood walk, clown walk, hill toe, booty pop, crip walk may not mean anything to you — even if you’re into dance. Chances are they mean something to Oliver Crumes III, however.

Art Briefs
Pier One seeks thespians Homer council events add up KPC offers still cinema course Drama camps to train future stars

Safety Day made possible by many
Many thanks to those who participated in this year’s Soldotna Safety Day. The gray weather could not stop the smiles of the Gold Wing Road Riders and Peninsula Disaster Responses team as they hoisted both tents in place.

Letter needs more support
I am impressed by William Phillips’ diligence and passion which is obvious in his letters to the editor.

Sad times
The inordinate amount of time that it took for Capital Hill Police to determine that what sounded like gunfire was actually just construction sounds shows us just how thoroughly we, as a “victim society,” have been cowed by a few terrorists and a few trial lawyers.

Family appreciates coverage
I just wanted to thank your paper, the Peninsula Clarion, and the great reporting on the Barry McCormack trial by Patrice Kohl. Her day-by-day reporting of the trial was excellent.

Hot day, hard work earns cold soda
Each year we pick up litter along the highway near our home. This year Sherrie Egbert from Soldotna Animal Hospital made our litter pickup memorable. She brought us cold soda on a very hot day. It was very much appreciated. We want her to know we will be passing on such kindness to others picking up litter along the highway. Many thanks.

Design idea doesn’t float
Who is responsible for the logo that is being used for the “King of Spring” and was also utilized for the “Les Anderson” celebration?

A little tongue in cheek
Our governor has a recurring favorite dream wherein, when he zooms throughout the country in the new jet, he makes sure that everyone knows that he is the governor, and dresses the part.

Era takes student higher
On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Transition/Homeless Program, I want to thank Mike LeNorman of Era Aviation for the donation of two

Moose experience worth sharing
My son, Jason, and I saw a mother moose have a baby (May 24) outside the fence of the airport on Funny River Road. It was amazing.

Rain helps lift open burn ban
A bit of moisture from Mother Nature has given the Alaska Division of Forestry cause for lifting the open burn ban that had been in effect on the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo feature: Rite of spring
Carmen Smith stocks a small boat with flowers in her front yard in Kenai as the family dog Heidi rests behind her.

Oil exec pitches gas line in Kenai
Concurrently with teams of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s pitch men, an executive from ConocoPhillips was in Kenai this week stumping for the Alaska gas pipeline project that would bring stranded natural gas from the North Slope down to the Lower 48 market.

Governor’s advisers tout potential payoffs
Its engineering complexities are staggering, the financial risks enormous, but if successful, the potential payoffs over the next few decades for Alaska would be written in 10-figure amounts.

Group wants zero discharge in inlet
Sky-high oil prices, advances in technology and favorable Alaska royalty tax rates make a compelling argument for the Environmental Protection Agency to set a zero-discharge requirement for pollutants from oil and gas production in Cook Inlet, says a new report released this week by Cook Inletkeeper.

Rising costs shorten roads lists
A host of borough roads have been proposed as maintenance projects for this summer, but rising costs are forcing some off the list of those likely to be funded this year.

Optimism on Soldotna bridge going down river
The goal of bridge workers in Soldotna continues to be completing the new Kenai River bridge this year, but the optimism that once characterized their speech is on the wane.

Kenai seeks operator for PRISM fire training center
Six months ago, a Pacific Rim Institute of Safety and Management official told members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce how the fire training center on Marathon Road supports the community.

James Warren Blanning
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident James Warren Blanning died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna surrounded by his wife and children. He was 84.

Hazel ‘Ruth’ Rember
Longtime Kenai resident Hazel “Ruth” Rember died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

James W. Blanning
Longtime Kenai resident James W. Blanning died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 84.

Doris D. Brody
Longtime Ninilchik resident Doris D. Brody, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the Main Street Assisted Living Home in Homer. She was 84.

Reader content makes Clarion stronger
All of the changes are designed to make the Clarion a better paper. Our goal is to make it easier to read, easier to locate features and, of course, to provide you with the most interesting and beneficial information to help you live on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Be careful out there
A story on the front page of Wednesday’s Clarion is a reminder that we’re in summer mode on the peninsula. Boat accidents, guns, fires and all-terrain vehicles mishaps left some battered, bruised and in jail over the Memorial Day weekend.

Wild greens add flavor to any meal
With the coming of spring many turn to the outdoors for their table fare by fishing for salmon and halibut, or by hunting a variety of game animals. But, the backcountry buffet doesn’t have to stop with the entree.

Dandelion sundae: An opportunity to learn about invasive plant species
The exotic or non-native plant persisting in your backyard lawn may not be as benign as you think. It may have the potential to escape into the larger landscape and become an invasive plant affecting not only our urban landscape but the larger landscape as well. Accordingly, natural resource agencies and local citizens are becoming increasingly concerned about non-native, invasive plants and the many problems they pose for native flora and fauna and the quality life we residents often take for granted here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Good weekend to take the kids
Piscatorial parents may want to head south with their young fry this weekend for the annual return of the Homer Spit Youth Fishing Day.

Around the Peninsula
Cancer awareness walk planned Plant sale set to bloom Rowing classes set to stroke Jet boat auction revs up Dandelion hunt set Swim lessons available Peace group to meet Golf tourney fundraiser set Swim team seeks members Red Cross golf tourney set Team seeks work Volunteers wanted for garden

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale continuesRelay for Life todayPlant sale set to bloomBrain awareness walk set to take offHistorical Society to meetDog jog slatedGot a question?Pandemic flu seminar slated

Former Soldotna mayor runs for Lt. gov.
Ken Lancaster, a former Republican member of the Alaska House and former mayor of Soldotna, has filed to run as an independent for lieutenant governor.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes availableNikiski holds Bible studyBible school gets fired upBible school searches for treasureBible school to take a rideNikiski Bible school plannedCommunity Bible school plannedVacation Bible school to host fiestaSummer Bible school sets sail

Peace can be found in the earthquake psalm
In the May 5, 1906 issue of Colliers Weekly, Jack London wrote the following:

Sports Briefs
Motocross races slated for Saturday Stock cars all revved up Aces can’t close out Kelly Cup

Twins ready to get ball rolling
The Twins are ready to play ball.

Aces win Kelly Cup
The Alaska Aces defeated the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 on Thursday in Georgia to win the best-of-7 Kelly Cup Finals in five games.

Enjoying the sun
What a wonderfully sunny week it’s been here at Bird Homestead. We want to thank everyone who came out this past week for a visit. We had back-to-back golfers on Sunday but their patience was rewarded with one of the finest days for golf yet this season. To our “trunk slammers” from California, it was a pleasure to have you out to visit our course and we hope you can make it back again before you have to return home. Young Mr. Lamey, you and your mother were a joy! Here’s hoping your new wedge gets you to the hole, putt free.

Sports Briefs
Pair of Stars named to all-Northern Lights Conference first team

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