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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Railbelt funds reinstated
When Gov. Frank Murkowski signed Alaska’s capital budget earlier this year, it didn’t include $73.5 million he had originally promised to Railbelt energy suppliers, including the Homer Electric Association.

Chambers set schedules
· The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will host a forum with candidates for lieutenant governor at noon Tuesday at Froso’s in Soldotna. For more information, call Michelle at 262-9814.

Soldotna artist uses didgeridoo, bass to create unique sound
Chances are, if you’ve looked at an arts calendar or perused any wall full of posters over the past few months, you’ve seen the name of solo artist David Edwards-Smith.

Art Briefs
Teen writers soughtSoup Supper setHomer seeks fiber artChamber seeks fishy photosElmendorf seeks Alaska artGovernor’s awards open upState seeks art prosKids offered market spaceFlower boxes fund remodelFair offers informationStained glass classes shineCarving workshops slatedKenai photos wantedRasmuson expands fund

Style trumps substance in “Vice”
A sordid tale of undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, heroes of the iconic 1980s cop drama “Miami Vice,” is possibly the last place I would have expected a talented filmmaker like Michael Mann to mine for material. But I shouldn’t have been surprised — after all, Mann produced and, essentially, created “Vice,” giving it its trademark neon, hard-driving, quick-cut style.

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Reader voting for change
We have a chance to change the leadership in this state for the better. John Binkley has stated that he thought Murkowski was doing a good job early in his election bid before Murkowski announced his intent to run again so a vote for Binkley will be a vote for no change. But we do have a choice, that’s why I am voting for Sarah Palin. She is smart, energetic and has shown a strong ethical side to her that is lacking in the current administration. Sarah will put the interests of the people of Alaska first instead of playing to special interest groups.

Summer helpers earn good words from library
We’d like to thank all the children, teens, parents and volunteers who helped made the Soldotna Public Library’s summer reading program a great success this year. Thank you Phil and Gail Hoekman for the loan of a dog sled, and the mini dog sled and team that were used to decorate the library; Betty Phelps for the loan of the hamster cage; and program volunteers Amy Baxter, Patty Mullins, Sue Williams and Jenni Larsen. We’d also like to thank the many parents who donated cookies, door prizes and support.

Help earns high-flying praise
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank PRISM training center for our new glorious flag. It is 12 feet by 18 feet. To put it up we called upon our friend Herb Stettler and then the Kenai Fire Department. The fire department sent over their truck, put up our new line and secured it for us.

House forum addresses timely issues
Candidates for the Alaska State House of Representatives District 33 seat squared off in a forum-style debate Tuesday that had the group of three agreeing on solutions — but not details — for most of the issues presented.

Dog foils abduction
A 15-year-old Soldotna girl is crediting her dog with saving her from a would-be abductor along the Kenai Spur Highway near Kenai on Tuesday evening.

Photo feature: Bragging rights
Riley Edwards, Marcus Thornburgh and Tommy Johnson try to outdo each other as they weigh pink salmon caught Tuesday during the Kenai River Salmon Adventure in Soldotna. The event, which was hosted by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and sponsored by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, gave about 40 youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club an opportunity to fish from boats with commercial fishing guides. Participants also learned about boat safety and the life cycle of salmon during the daylong outing.

Gubernatorial candidates trade talking points
Two candidates for Alaska’s governorship appeared at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday and had state-provided services on their minds.

Peninsula summer tourist season a mixed bag
Late-arriving red salmon, high gasoline prices and even cloudy weather seemed to have conspired to create a mixed-bag summer tourist season in the central Kenai Peninsula, say visitor industry members.

Teachers, support staff to vote on new contract
Teachers and school support staff will get a 3.5 percent pay hike in the first year of a three-year contract worked out by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and education associations.

Cliff Massie ill, resigns post
First-term council member Cliff Massie has resigned from the Kenai City Council for health reasons, Mayor Pat Porter told the council last week.

‘Suspicious’ fire destroys Sterling building
Flames shot 100 feet in the air as Central Emergency Services arrived at a Monday night fire, which is being investigated as “suspicious.”

Denise A. Drake
Longtime Homer resident Denise A. Drake died, Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 81.

Seeking an honest leader: Binkley aims to restore trust with ethics platform
Editor’s note: This is the second of five opinion columns the Clarion will run from the front-runners in the gubernatorial race for the primary election on Aug. 22.

Palin: Alaskans should be able to trust decision-makers
Editor’s note: This is the third of five opinion columns the Clarion will run from the front-runners in the gubernatorial race for the primary election on Aug. 22.

Around the Peninsula
Hospital entrance closed Self-defense class offered SoHi holding registration Volunteers needed for run CPHC seeks board members Chili contest planned Fraternity to celebrate anniversary Radiothon set to go School supplies sought

Around the Peninsula
Rotary plans changeGas line project to be discussedRaft race fundraiser set to floatFood bank board to meetClubhouse closure plannedPrimary elections slated

Art Briefs
Teen writers soughtSoup Supper setHomer seeks fiber artChamber seeks fishy photosElmendorf seeks Alaska artGovernor’s awards open upState seeks art prosKids offered market spaceFlower boxes fund remodelFair offers informationStained glass classes shineCarving workshops slatedKenai photos wantedRasmuson expands fund

Style trumps substance in “Vice”
A sordid tale of undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, heroes of the iconic 1980s cop drama “Miami Vice,” is possibly the last place I would have expected a talented filmmaker like Michael Mann to mine for material. But I shouldn’t have been surprised — after all, Mann produced and, essentially, created “Vice,” giving it its trademark neon, hard-driving, quick-cut style.

Soldotna artist uses didgeridoo, bass to create unique sound
Chances are, if you’ve looked at an arts calendar or perused any wall full of posters over the past few months, you’ve seen the name of solo artist David Edwards-Smith.

What’s Happening
Events and Exhibits

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