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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Family creates own 'Curves'
Juline Arestad and her daughter, Joy Dysert, didn’t know five years ago they would own a Curves franchise when they started to work for the company.

Seasonal employment up, but within expected trends
Preliminary estimates show the unemployment rate within the Kenai Peninsula Borough dropped to 7.2 percent in June, an improvement over the 7.5 percent registered in June of the prior year, but nothing to shout about, according to data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules B&B association to meet CNA training classes offered

Reader: Binkley a good choice
I encourage everyone to vote John Binkley for governor in the Republican Primary. John clearly has the experience and personality to be a great governor. It has been rewarding to have the opportunity to get to know both John and his wife. They are honest Alaskans trying their best to make a difference and help lead Alaska in these exciting times.

Ballot measure should have passed years ago
How much longer should the people of Alaska subsidize the multinational cruise ship industry? We have provided them with places to park their boats, drive their big buses and airports for the flights home again.

Voter supports governor
I applaud our present governor for tackling some very bold and visionary projects during his time in office. He has made many noteworthy accomplishments for our state and its citizens. He is a governor with a strong sense of determination and fortitude. He sees things that would make life in Alaska better and makes them happen.

Time to end free ride
The cruise industry has taken a page out of the oil company playbook and is attempting to buy Alaskans’ votes. Like the oil companies, their million dollar ad campaign is short on facts and long on “feel good” rhetoric.

Readers question candidate’s intentions
The primary campaign season is in its final days. The public is close to ascertaining how they will vote and making those choices before the political advertising tsunami engulfs us.

Take money out of politics with Proposition 1
In Tuesday’s election you’ll have an opportunity to take your government back. I support Proposition 1, which seeks to limit the money special interests and wealthy contributors can give to legislators and candidates. Alaska should be a place where laws pass because you want them, not because wealthy donors and lobbyists want them.

Writer would rather see Murkowski than Knowles
Every working class person in the state of Alaska, union, nonunion, middle or low wage earners along with every small business should put pettiness aside (Lisa, Longevity, the plane) and support our current governor. Binkley or Palin can’t and won’t beat Knowles! Here is why you should support Governor Murkowski for another four years instead of Knowles.

Time for a change in leadership
The recent death of a friend has reminded me of an issue our governor has failed to address. The Exxon Valdez Settlement.

‘Yes’ vote good for Alaska
If you really believe all the propaganda coming from the “No on 2” machine then call me, because I have a “bridge to nowhere” to sell you. The idea that charging $50 for cruise ship passengers will somehow kill local business is not only wrong its just plain crazy talk.

Palin no Jay Hammond
I’ve noticed a number of Sarah Palin supporters want to believe that she is the next Jay Hammond. Numerous letters to editors from her supporters have proclaimed that but offer no supporting evidence.

Ballot measure gives Alaska a fair share
Alaskans can apply fair taxes and pollution controls to the billion-dollar cruise ship industry by passing Ballot Measure 2 on Aug. 22.

Reader voices candidate choice
I have known who John Binkley is for a long time, but I haven’t really gotten to know him until recently. I have been very impressed with his grasp of the issues and his ability to meet people and communicate well with them.

Fair set to jam
Event organizers are hoping new fun comes with the new theme, entertainment, buildings and events at this year’s Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik.

Police continue search for man in attempted abduction of girl
Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna are again asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an attempted kidnapping. On Aug. 8 at approximately 6:15 p.m., troopers in Soldotna received a report of an attempted abduction on the bike trail at the intersection of Mooring Drive and the Kenai Spur Highway, Mile 3 of the Spur.

Fungus among us
While a string of gray, wet days has left some Alaskans moping, this month’s rainy weather has not dampened everyone’s outdoor fun. Wild food gatherers who eagerly harvest mother nature’s fruits of decay every spring and fall find delight in gray skies when falling rain provides their bounty a boost.

District gets ready for school year
Shopping for kids’ school supplies and back-to-school clothes are not the only things keeping people busy this week as school is about to start on the Kenai Peninsula.

Photo Feature: Cruise
Holland America Line's Veendam steams south through Resurrection Bay on Sunday after departing Seward. The 720-foot long ship can carry up to 1,266 passengers and a crew of 560 according to Holland America's website. Seward will receive 43 ships this year, according to the Seward Chamber of Commerce.

Lieutenant governor hopefuls discuss funding, trust issues
A political forum for lieutenant governor hopefuls in Soldotna on Tuesday drew just half the candidates in the race.

Assembly declines to fund education lawsuit
A lawsuit alleging the state of Alaska has failed in its constitutional duty to fund education adequately that is set for an Anchorage Superior Court date in October will not get the financial backing of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Airport land leases top council agenda
Should Kenai lease lands currently held in its airport reserve or sell the land at some time in the future?

Shutdown an act of God?
DALLAS — ExxonMobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. are notifying customers they cannot meet contract obligations to supply crude oil from Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oil field because of unavoidable events beyond their control.

District 33 voters have variety to choose from
Voters in Kenai, Soldotna and Kalifornsky would appear to face an attractive dilemma this election year — choosing from among candidates clearly qualified to represent House District 33 in the Alaska Legislature next year.

Pearl Elizabeth 'Betty' Saling
Lifelong Homer resident Pearl Elizabeth “Betty” Saling died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital from complications of pneumonia. She was 87.

Morris L. ‘Bud’ or ‘Morry’ Porter Junior
Washington resident Morris L. “Bud” or “Morry” Porter Junior died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006. He was 65.

Melinda 'Starlene' Goff
Longtime Nikiski resident Melinda “Starlene” Goff died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at her home in Nikiski. She was 54.

Alaska should get cut in industry fees
The Miami based cruise ship industry supports both a statewide sales tax and a statewide income tax. They prefer a tax on Alaskans rather than a tax on cruise ship passengers. Alaska’s citizens disagree with them and placed over 25,000 of their signatures on a petition to bring this question to a vote. You will see this initiative on your ballot this (primary) election day as Ballot Measure 2.

Peninsula Briefs
Disabled vets to meetFood drive revs up KPC barbecue set

Measure 2 would cut deeply into state
I have been in the restaurant business in Anchorage for 25 years. I have been on the boards of the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and other groups. I am concerned about the devastating effects of Ballot Measure 2 on the future of our visitor industry and Alaska businesses.

Around the Peninsula
Old-timers lunch set Chili contest planned Play auditions set Food bank fundraiser planned Fraternity to celebrate anniversary Head Start begins enrollment Radiothon set to go School supplies sought

Poet’s Corner
The last hurrah included:

Recount tells positive story of negative day
When it was announced that there were, not one, but two 9/11 movies coming out this year, many people let out a groan of disgust. What could be tackier than to subject our nation’s darkest day to the movie-of-the-week treatment? It felt greedy and exploitative and, frankly, the wound was far too recent to explore with any objectivity.

Area-based band opens door to new direction: South
Change is an important part of music. Those who don’t, feel stale after some point in their career.

Art Briefs
Fair offers information Play auditions set for stage Teen writers sought Homer seeks fiber art Chamber seeks fishy photos Elmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska art State seeks art pros Flower boxes fund museum remodel Stained glass class shines through Carving workshops slated Kenai photos wanted Rasmuson expands arts fund

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

Sports Briefs
City league basketball registration begins Motocross/quad racing this weekend

Birch Ridge Report
Someone told me that when it starts raining on the golf course, it's God’s way of telling us we’re playing too slow. OK, God, if we promise to pick up our pace of play, would you please make it stop?

Rain doesn’t dampen golfers’ spirits
Okay, who ordered up all this wet stuff? Enough already! I am beginning to be convinced that it is going to stop raining when it starts snowing and that is just too depressing to contemplate! Hopefully, the rain will stop soon and the sun will come out because I can just imagine the jungle that will be waiting when the grounds crew gets those mowers back out on the course.

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