Friday, August 11, 2006

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vandalism tempers council’s joy over After the Bell idea
Excitement over a proposed operating plan for Community Schools and a resurrected After the Bell program for Soldotna’s youth was tempered somewhat Wednesday night by a report of residential vandalism.

Photo feature: Whale of a cruise
Above, a small male orca surfaces in Kachemak Bay near Homer last weekend. A pod of the animals delighted a boatload of passengers on their way to a concert associated with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival. At right, a humpback dives into Tutka Bay at sunset following the concert. Captain Jack Montgomery of the M/V Rainbow Connection said whales have been common near Homer recently. The orchestra closes the festival with a gala concert 7:30 tonight at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mariner Theater in Homer.

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.

Mayor backs school funding lawsuit
Mayor John Williams is looking for state money to fund education. Now he’s also looking for money to sue the state over its lack of education funding.

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.

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.

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

Irene Fay Bilyeu
Kenai resident Irene Fay Bilyeu died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna following a short illness. She was 80.

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.

This time, let’s do it right
Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five opinion columns the Clarion will run from the front-runners in the gubernatorial race for the primary election on Aug. 22.

Contracts without contention a good lesson in teamwork
Congratulations to the teachers, support staff and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on their successful three-year contract negotiations.

Lichens, bears, tectonic upheaval on the Katmai coast
There is a reason why the marine weather forecast for the Shelikof Strait is always the worst. The winds coming up the Aleutian Chain are channeled between Kodiak Island and the Katmai coast of the Alaska Peninsula. Seas of 10 to 20 feet are not uncommon; the state ferry is known as the “Dramamine Express” for its passage down this wind tunnel. A persistent North Pacific low pressure center hung out for weeks during July, bringing clouds, wind and rain to the Katmai coast, frequently shutting down bear-viewing flights from the Kenai and leaving unhappy campers stranded on the beach.

Even novice hikers can experience alpine beauty on Lost Lake Trail
Alaska offers countless opportunities to escape civilization and quietly gaze down on the world below from above the tree line. But getting those views often requires a dauntingly steep climb.

Kenai River is red hot with sockeyes
The old cliche of better late than never couldn’t be any more applicable than to the upper Kenai River this weekend.

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

Around the Peninsula
SoHi holding registrationSenior center to celebrate anniversaryDeadline for fair quilts loomingRock, alpine gardens to be discussedAgrium continues live fire trainingNutrition classes held at food bankCar seat check ups setChili contest plannedFraternity to celebrate anniversary

Prep football season set to start
For the first time in Alaska high school football history, the reigning large- and small-schools state champions will face off in a regular season game Saturday when the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears travel to Kenai to face the Kardinals at 2 p.m. at Ed Hollier Field.

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

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.

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

God’s promises found in nature, Bible, fellowship
There we were, standing at one of our favorite places, near the end of a pier extending into Lake Michigan at sunset.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensClothes availableBible classes beginFall Bible classes beginSchool supplies sought

Tourney provides lots of fun
What an absolutely superb week it has been! Welcome everyone to the Friday report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles down Funny River Road among the woods, wildlife and wonderful folks of Funny River. Need more info? Call us at 260-GOLF.

New nets almost finished
In addition to my handicap, there’s a lot more UP at Birch Ridge these days. For starters, there’s the netting on the driving range. After several years of planning, scheming, begging and dreaming, the infamous net project is close to completion.

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