Thursday, July 27, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesPrior earns specialist designationCasebeer promoted at ClarionKasilof Salmon Derby finishes SaturdayHome Depot plans workshopsLand Trust sponsors Humpy Creek evening

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Fairy tale a little watered down
You may have noticed this column has been absent from the paper for the last couple of weeks. I went on vacation.

Musically inclined part II: Kenai-inspired work premieres for festival
For 25 years, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra has held at least one major concert event in the summer. This year, the events that start Monday have music playing every day through Aug. 13 in what amounts to a symphonic celebration of summer.

Art Briefs
Fishy photos soughtMusicians, vendors wanted in NikiskiElmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska artState seeks art prosFlower boxes help fund building remodel

Sign angers reader
Congratulations to Good Time Charlie’s for the disgustingly filthy sign in front of the bar Saturday evening: “Hot (blank) and big (blank) inside.” How many visitor and area wives, daughters and granddaughters beside mine had to drive past such smut?

Palin is key to future economy
As an Alaska resident and student, I am very pleased Sarah Palin is running for governor. After earning my masters-law degrees, I will return to Alaska, hopefully find a job and buy a home for my wife and children.

Reader: Not ‘our war’
As columnist Patrick Buchanan recently penned, this is NOT “our war,” it is the war of those seeking to establish an Empire with twin capitols at Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem. We Americans don’t want to sacrifice our family members in order to establish your Empire. We must withdraw our troops from foreign lands and put them on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Donations make moose retrieval safer, faster
The Sterling Senior Center road kill program has been going strong for the past six-plus years thanks to the help of some very dedicated volunteers. It is not easy getting up in the wee hours of the night to go out and retrieve a dead animal from the side of the road while cars and trucks go speeding by.

Congress has chance to make healthy decision
Most of the time we read in the news about what’s going wrong with health care: crowded emergency rooms, growing numbers of uninsured families, and health care costs that are going through the roof. But there is something going right in health care and Congress has the chance to ensure its continuing success. Our health center here in Soldotna, Alaska works, every day to make sure that everyone in the community receives affordable primary health care so they can stay healthy, lead productive lives, and more importantly, and stay out of the hospital. We serve men, women and children regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. People pay what they can for the care they need. Central Peninsula Health Center is part of the national network of federally supported primary and preventive health care providers. There are over 1,000 health centers across the country serving more than 15 million people in rural and urban medically underserved areas, where doctors are scarce.

A different view of school meals
What ever happened to parental responsibility? You choose to live in a small community and want the school district to provide hot lunches for five of your children.

Mayor to seek state aid for poor fishing season
Expressing deep concern over what may prove to be one of the worst sockeye salmon escapements ever recorded for the Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams has instructed his staff to begin developing an economic disaster declaration.

Sockeye closure leaves fishermen dry, seeing red
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories examining how restrictions of Kenai River sockeye salmon fishing affect diverse user groups. Thursday’s story will look at setnetting.

City goes on offense over backboards
The removal of 15 basketball hoops from Soldotna city rights of way to make room for street sweepers had some residents crying foul Tuesday.

Poor sockeye season leaves commercial fishermen’s nets, pockets all but empty
By now, the bells have sounded: 2006 represents the worst year for sockeye fishing on the Kenai River in more than 50 years.

86.5-pound king nets Oregon man big hit
Wednesday was shaping up to be a slow — albeit gorgeous — fishing day on the Kenai River for David McCoy.

Assembly to address transportation
Since passing an ordinance in 2000, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has exercised transportation powers and partially funded the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS).

Dorothy Ann Muoio
Former Kenai resident Dorothy Ann Muoio died Monday, July 17, 2006, in Sumner, Wash. She was 64.

Robert Gapinski
Longtime Soldotna resident Robert Gapinski died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at his home. He was 50.

Alan M. Bishop
Longtime Soldotna resident Alan M. Bishop died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Around the Peninsula
Fishermen’s group to meet Thursday CPGH board meeting slated Agrium continues live fire training Native cultural event planned School district plans Title Vll talk Volunteers needed for run

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Lieutenant governor candidates speak out
Neither of the two Alaska Republicans running for the post of lieutenant governor who spoke at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday thinks a 20 percent petroleum production tax is high enough.

Tiger’s back, where are the fish?
Wasn’t it great seeing Tiger Woods holding the trophy, again? You know, it was only a matter of time until he made his way back, but this was an especially meaningful tournament for him. My game has also moved me to tears at times, but for entirely different reasons!

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