These two efforts played a huge role in the announcement made Thursday that Agrium will be leaving its doors open for at least one more year until November 2006.
Although the news isn't permanent, it is far more positive than Kenai Peninsula residents were looking at before Thursday.
Yes, jobs have been lost, and some jobs may still be lost, but the hope is that the efforts of Agrium and the as yet unnamed gas producers will help peninsula families more than hurt them.
Gov. Frank Murkowski is playing an important role in keeping the state involved in the proceedings. With support from the top and lots of discussion with the Agrium task force, we're glad to see a hopeful outcome on the horizon.
We don't want to paint an overly optimistic picture, but certainly Thursday's announcement is a much-needed shot in the arm for all involved.
November 2006 isn't far away, but there's enough distance to put a concerted effort into looking at every viable option, and hopefully enough time in which to accomplish that.
The news is not great, but it is good. Here's to more successful pursuits that will prove to benefit as many as possible.
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