Friday, August 18, 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.

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

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.

Prop 2: Time for payback
I wish to voice my support for Proposition 2 for the following reasons:<

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.

Reader no longer a Murkowski fan
I have voted for Frank Murkowski every time he ran for any office and was on his daughter’s campaign committee. I am definitely not voting for him this time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boys, Girls Clubs athletic director stepping down from 10-year post
After 10 soccer seasons in 9 1/2 years, the athletic director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is stepping down.

Airport plan doesn’t fly yet
A council member’s motion to adopt a new operational plan for the Kenai Municipal Airport did little more than open a public hearing on the measure Wednesday night. Any action was postponed until after at least one more public hearing.

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.

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

Gregory A. Rozak
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Gregory A. Rozak died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with family members by his side. He was 57.

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.

Welcome back: Buses ready to hit the road
Although it may not feel like we’ve even had one, our brief Alaska summer is rapidly nearing its end.

Carey: 5-year plan benefits all
It is my great blessing to call Alaska my home since my family moved here in 1961. In addition to being “The Last Frontier,” I consider Alaska to be God’s country both literally and figuratively. I run for the State House because I believe the rights and needs of the people of Alaska have been corroded away by neglect for the maintenance and upkeep of our constitutional rights and privileges. The recent “discovery” of the corrosion and neglect for the feeder lines of the Alaska Pipeline speaks to the importance of reducing corrosion and promoting healthy maintenance.

Olson: Goals haven’t changed
After attending and graduating from college on the GI Bill, my wife, Barbara, and I moved to Alaska in 1977. Seeing that the Peninsula would be a great place to live and raise a family, we moved here in 1982 and still love the Peninsula as much as ever. We have raised two daughters, Madelyn and Valerie. I have worked as a commercial insurance broker, a custom seafood processor, in the tourism industry, three years as legislative staff, and the past two years in the Alaska House of Representatives for Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof and K-Beach. Having worked in the private sector, I know what it means to meet payroll, pay for health insurance and workers compensation coverage. These experiences set me apart from the other candidates.

Olson says getting gas pipeline right is goal
Question 1: As succinctly and plainly as possible, tell us your opinion of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed contract with the major producers and his gas pipeline plans.

Carey says Legislature caved to Murkowski
Question 1: As succinctly and plainly as possible, tell us your opinion of Gov. Frank Murkowski’s proposed contract with the major producers and his gas pipeline plans.

Lapping up the challenge
With nothing separating them from the frigid, 49-degree waters of Kachemak Bay but the three-millimeter thickness of their wetsuits, Chris Hodel and Bob Kaufman, both of Anchorage, dove into Kachemak Bay on Aug. 4.

Other swimmers cross bay to raise assault awareness
Four Homer swimmers also had a Kachemak Bay crossing scheduled for Aug. 4. With high winds forecast, they chose to wait out the day before risking the swim across Kachemak Bay. According to swim organizer Liz Villarreal, who teaches at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center, winds can come up suddenly, and the foursome — Villarreal, Ingrid Harrald, Kristin Siemann and Brian Stone — decided to see what the day would bring.

Don’t pitch that pink
With five children to feed, Ron Calliou of Kenai doesn’t shy away from serving humpy. Following is a recipe he said will make just about any fish delicious.

Searching for silver lining in a sea of pinks
Now is the time of year when enterprising fishermen turn their attention from the dwindling red run to silvers.

Deep-sea fishing can net some curious catches
From the seafloor deep below a halibut fishing boat to the water’s surface above, there’s no telling what mysterious sea creature a halibut hook might grab hold of. From creatures that will fit in the palm of your hand to beasts that rival some of the largest halibut, halibut fishing has plenty of surprises to offer.

Youth Conservation Corps completes another of successful summer
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s 2006 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) was once again a blazing success story. There were five 15-18-year-old girls and boys that did a mind-boggling amount of work during their eight-week program.

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

Around the Peninsula
Governor to hold town hall meeting today>Food drive revving up at motorcross races>Boys and girls club plans weeklong closureCPHC board to meetCPCS board meeting slated

In primary, some local seats hot, some not
Tuesday, central Kenai Peninsula voters will go to the polls to choose House District 33 candidates for November’s general election ballot.

Some races uncontested
Four candidates that will be on their party’s primary ballots Tuesday are facing no challengers.

Peninsula anxious about Bears
Kodiak has long been considered a comer in the Northern Lights Conference. Saturday at Skyview High School, the rest of the conference will get a good indication if the Bears have finally arrived.

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.

Poet’s Corner
The last hurrah included:

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

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.

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Autumn golfing arrives
Moose season has begun, and so has the rain. (Sigh). Welcome to the Friday report from Bird Homestead Golf Course and to autumn in Alaska, eh? We make the best of it and just play golf regardless. ‘Cause we can!

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?

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