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Friday, August 10, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Elite Health and Fitness grand opening set Fisheries business assistance available Youth cooking classes offered Food manager course offered

Tattoos, piercings could affect job chances
AMARILLO, Texas - That tiny heart on your shoulder may not keep you from getting a job, but that giant dragon down your arm could.

Resident appreciates work on road project
I would like to thank, first and foremost, Sen. Tom Wagoner for his diligence and effort over the last three years for ensuring that our expanding residential area along Jones Road receives the badly needed upgrade to our substandard road. I would like to recognize Sen. Wagoner in his efforts in ensuring that the residents would have a community meeting with Carl High, Peninsula District superintendent for the Alaska DOT, and Mike Penrod, project manager for Jones Road Rehabilitation.

Don't give in to fear
The news of the tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis created apprehension for many of us Kenai Peninsulans who have relatives in the Twin Cities area. The collapse was followed by TV talking heads wondering about the "mystery" of a 40-year-old concrete bridge that has had probably up to 10 times more traffic than it was built for and severe Minnesota winter weather, to boot, to make it age before its time.

4-Hers all abuzz
Bug Buddies 4-Hers would like to thank Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking for the exciting, insightful and tasty tour of his honeybee hives; entomology expert Janice Chumley with the Cooperative Extension Services office for a fantastic Alaska bug walk and colorful insect booklets; biologist Ginny Litchfield with the Kenai River Center for a superb aquatic bug outing and easy-to-follow ID keys; and Sayde Riding, our informative high school entomology adept and supplier of Madagascan hissing cockroaches.

Packages mean a lot to soldier
I would like to take a few moments to say thanks to those at home for being so supportive of those of us deployed overseas.

Volunteers, donations help bind library with community
We'd like to thank all the children, teens, parents and volunteers who helped make the Soldotna Public Library's summer reading program a great success this year.

Boots left leave quite an impression
To whomever, in early July, found my Xtra Tuf insulated boots and neatly arranged them off the side of the Spur Highway, I'll buy you a coffee at Kaladi Brothers. They fell off the back of my motorcycle on the way to the setnet site in North Kenai. I got to the site and realized I'd lost them. After riding all the way back, watching the side of the road, there they were, sitting just outside Soldotna, upright together as a pair, just like they do in my garage.

Art, grill make successful match in library contest
Kenai Community Library would like to thank Home Depot for its generous donation of a barbecue grill, which was awarded as the first prize in a recent art show held at the library in July. Artists of all ages were asked to create artwork reflecting "A World Without Books" to support a month-long community read of "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury.

Local business makes big impact
All of us at Frontier Community Services wish to send out a big thank you to Dan "Mort" Mortenson and staff at 4-D Carpet One for their generous support and time in helping us acquire flooring for one of our consumers.

People get there, luggage doesn't
How does one guarantee that your checked baggage leaves Kenai on the same plane as you do when flying to Anchorage on Era these days? The answer is you can't.

If only the Bible got as much attention as Harry Potter
As the River Thames rises in England, the people fearfully watch. As Harry Potter fans get their long-awaited seventh book, God watches and waits. As the world slowly turns, the lines are becoming clearer and clearer. The Shepherd calls come to me, my sheep, please change your ways, wolfs, while you still have time.

Soldotna man makes it to the big screen; prefers the Coast Guard
When it comes to rescues, Kevin Morrison says he's done almost everything but pick up a dead person. So when he and his fellow Coast Guard rescuers flew out in subzero temperatures on a frigid January morning to pick up the survivors of a sunken fishing boat in Shelikof Strait, Morrison was happy to see them all alive.

Soldotna extends its buffer zone
Soldotna patched a hole in its zoning code and will now require residential developments in the commercial district to be at least 40 feet back from the curb line.

Photo feature: Photo op
Above, wildlife watchers crowd the bridge over Quartz Creek near Cooper Landing last week to watch a brown bear sow and two cubs fish for salmon in the stream below. At right, one of the cubs chases a fish through the stream.

Photo feature: River of dreams
Drift fishers paddle into the headwaters of the Kenai River below Kenai Lake at the start of a trip last week.

Filing deadline looms
With less than a week left in the filing period, candidates are beginning to line up for elected borough municipal seats to be filled by voters in the Oct. 2 election.

Fire is not cause for alarm
Fire management officials at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are telling Cooper Landing residents not to be alarmed after a 60-acre wildland fire just west of Swan Lake sent smoke through the area Tuesday morning.

Assembly votes to shorten notice to service area boards to rescind powers
Powers delegated to service area boards by legislative action of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly can be rescinded with as little as 30-days notice, following action by the assembly Tuesday.

Borough's cash earning interest
Cash flow is said to be the life's blood of any successful enterprise, and in that respect, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is little different from a private company.

Board powers curbed
The South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board likely will get to send a nonvoting observer to the negotiating sessions, but beyond offering advice to Mayor John Williams, the board will not have a seat at the table when the borough administration begins hashing out a new contract later this summer with the entity that actually runs the facility, South Peninsula Hospital Inc.

Edgar Wilson Sipple
Soldotna resident Edgar Wilson Sipple, Jr., died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 66.

Morris A. Quale
North Kenai resident Morris A. Quale died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Eric Scott Monette
Anchorage resident Eric Scott Monette died Aug. 1, 2007, at his home. He was 47.

Term limits: For better or worse?
Citizen initiatives that will appear on the Oct. 2 ballot asking voters if they want to limit assembly and school board members to two terms are likely to generate some debate.

Silvers still to show; sayonara sockeye
Howard Wray of North Kenai knows early fishing for silvers is a lot like playing the lottery. The odds may be one in a million, but almost every week someone defies those odds to win, which is why early Thursday morning he was steadfastly soaking eggs at Cunningham Park.

Forest detective notices strange purple plants in muskeg
The forest detective prides himself on noticing the small details of daily life in the natural world, and on knowing the names of a good many of them. He has, however, found that he probably will not see something if he doesn't have a name for it.

Caribou Hills fire makes moose season a wild card
Time to start sighting in the rifles and stocking up on ammo, because hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula is fast approaching. Bow hunters can let arrows fly at moose today, while rifle hunters get to squeeze the trigger on Aug. 20. Wildlife managers are predicting the 2007 hunting season should be productive for both.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

SoHi looks to defend its Small Schools State Championship
Entering his 18th season as head coach of the Kenai Kardinals, Jim Beeson knows a thing or two about local football.

'Bourne' again: Part 3 no slouch
In addition to dabbling in art and movies, in my spare time I help run and co-own a used bookstore. I mention this because when I saw there was another "Bourne" movie coming out, I went over to the Ludlum shelf, pulled a copy of "The Bourne Ultimatum" and flipped it over to check out the synopsis on the back.

Poet's Corner
nowhere left to go

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

Making music
Twenty-five years, 30 different events at two ends of the Kenai Peninsula and more than 85 musicians: It's a busy two weeks for Laura Norton.

Art Briefs
Writers pencil in date Workshop planned Boat ride leads to printing workshop Get paid to create Artists in Schools seeks applicants Poetry out loud luring students

Christian churches needed for those in need
There is an old joke that isn't far from reality. My son-in-law opened a sermon with it ... in my church ... at my expense. It goes like this:

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Birch Ridge Golf Report
Remember when the Soldotna Elks Lodge had their first golf tournament? If so, your memory is better than mine, but I can remember at least 10 years (maybe more) of golfing with the Elks. One thing is for sure ... Phil Turkington is part of the memory, being the driving force behind it for so many years. Last year was Phil's last Elks Tournament, so it was only fitting that he was on the winning team.

Busy as a beaver
What a beautiful week. After the wet weekend and now the sunshine and warm weather, the grass should jump out of the ground. Hello and welcome to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

Sports Brief
The Peninsula Oilers had three members of its 2007 squad honored Wednesday when the Alaska Baseball League's Post Season Awards were announced.

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