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Friday, September 7, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Tote return scheduled Business start up workshop slated Nursing assistant training set Fisheries business assistance available Business recognized

Support humbles association
Alaska's National Barrel Horse Association is humbled by the financial support that our local businesses display to our commitment of NBHA's goals to improve the image of barrel racing and increase our membership. NBHA is the industry leader in barrel racing and support all those involved in the equine industry.

Many offer support, help for fundraiser
It is with gratitude and thanks that we write this letter. A fundraiser was held on our behalf at the Eagles Lodge on Aug. 18. We heard it was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time. An extremely generous family who chooses to remain anonymous has donated a beautiful Corvette to be raffled soon. Another anonymous donation was made to Cook Inlet Academy for our boys' school tuition. Cook Inlet Academy has been wonderful in their support for us and our boys. We feel like a safety net is around us with the love, care, support, prayers and help we have received from everyone in our wonderful community. What a humbling experience this has been for us to see how much people really care.

Donations make a difference
The LeeShore Center is very grateful for the generosity of Fred Meyer for their donation of linens to the LeeShore Emergency Shelter.

Papers appreciated
Soldotna High School would like to thank the Peninsula Clarion for its generous donation of papers to our school. Not only do they donate papers Monday through Friday, but they are gracious enough to make an additional 100 papers on Tuesday and Thursdays for our Advisory Reading Program on those days. This will help the students improve their literacy skills and keep them informed of news throughout the peninsula. Thank you again for your donation.

Practice makes perfect
"Engine respond. Engine respond."

Tax break nixed
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to allow a five-year-old property tax exemption related to spruce bark beetle infestation to terminate at the end of this year.

Photo feature: Big day
Samiel Wilson, 3, kisses his mother Sandra goodbye Thursday morning as he starts his first day of class at Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start in Kenai. The school hosted a welcoming ceremony for students and parents in the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Family House building at the beginning of the day.

Pioneer begins drilling at Stariski
Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska Inc. has begun drilling an appraisal well from an onshore location near Stariski to test the viability of an offshore oil resource first discovered by Pennzoil in 1967.

Police investigate rash of burglaries
Police are urging residents to make sure their homes and vehicles are locked after burglars struck five locations in Kenai between Aug. 22 and Labor Day weekend. The burglaries occurred at the dental office of James Julien, the medical office of Michael Merrick, Central Peninsula Counseling Services, the First Baptist Church and at Kenai Central High School.

Good news: Roads safe during holiday
Efforts by the Alaska State Troopers to curb traffic collisions, reckless driving and DUIs over the holiday weekend paid off. After troopers put in approximately 120 hours of overtime, not only were there no fatal crashes on the Kenai Peninsula, there were no highway fatalities in the entire state.

Subdivision to get fresh look
A sign of life was breathed into a Kenai subdivision that has sat idle for a generation when the city council transferred $10,000 Wednesday night toward redesigning Dena'ina Point Estates north of town.

Kenai candidates share views
All three candidates running for two Kenai City Council seats told business leaders on Wednesday they favor continued economic development in Kenai and welcome the anticipated arrival of retailers Wal-Mart and Lowe's.

Use of gravel pit has neighborhood irked
Tucked back off the Kenai Spur Highway and not far from Beaver Creek is a quiet little residential neighborhood in Kenai called Thompson Park.

Borough building secure?
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is looking to beef up security at the borough office building on North Binkley Street in Soldotna.

Traditions valued, but hunters, trappers should act responsibly
A recent incident out East End Road on the south peninsula, and one that took place in Kasilof in December shows a need to change Alaska's trespass laws and a need for hunters and trappers to police those in their ranks.

Peninsula Clarion - Outdoors

Kasilof kayaker develops carry-all accessory
For those with a passion for paddling, few things are more rewarding than kayaking deep into an obscure cove, following the twists and turns of a remote river, or exploring some other out-of-the-way location. Unfortunately, the streamline design of kayaks can make carrying enough gear to do more than a day's worth of travelling somewhat difficult.

Reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea)
This tall reed-like perennial grass grows and spreads from stout rhizomes. Stems are hollow and can be 2 to 6 feet tall. This grass looks similar to our native bluejoint grass but prefers moist sites and is an invader of wetlands in other states. Once established, it is difficult to remove and has the ability to dominate riparian areas and change spawning habitat. This grass stays green later than our native grasses and will exclude other vegetation over time.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
Kenaitze Head Start welcomes back families Caregiver support group to meet KMS open house today Resource development to be discussed Peaceful people to meet Rubber duck race slated Walk/run set for Kasilof Tutors sought CPHC board meeting set Watershed to host party

Panthers use loss to fuel desire against Kards
It's unusual for a football team to use a loss as a motivational tool.

Swimmers splash into season
Christopher Hall brought a lot to the table.

Poet's Corner
The grass grows greener

Bacon stays crisp in 'Sentence'
The big movie at the box office this weekend was Rob Zombie's blood-soaked remake of the classic horror film, "Halloween," an odd choice for a late summer release, considering it's kind of got its own date all marked out in October. Regardless, I opted out of seeing it for several reasons. One, horror movies in general are not really my style, and Rob Zombie, in particular, falls far out of my usual range. Today's horror films are often too much consumed with gore and a penchant for brutal and sadistic torture rather than scares.

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

Spacing out
Anchorage visual artist Don Mohr has made an impact in Kenai.

Art Briefs
Council offers art fellowship Get paid to create Teen writers sought Artwork wanted Watercolor workshop across the water

God's arms are open to comfort everyone
Ninety-five years ago, on April 15, 1912, a gentleman took a cruise.

Church Briefs
Women's retreat today

Take pride
I've been thinking a lot about golf lately ... probably because the end of our season is getting closer and I'll miss seeing all the wonderful people that come out to play at Birch Ridge. Having only a few more reports to write, there's so much I want to say so bear with me as I reflect on a few of the many great things I love about this crazy game of golf and why I feel such pride in being a part of the Birch Ridge "family."

Autumn's march quickens
Be careful. If you blink things seem to change in a hurry! Thanks to one of my co-workers, I was able to have a long weekend and on my way out to work on Tuesday morning, I could not believe how many colors appeared. Wow! I'm not sure I am ready for this. Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. Our weekly chit-chats will be coming to an end soon and I wanted to let everyone know how much I have enjoyed the conversation.

What could have been: Indianapolis and New Orleans open 2007 season tonight
Last season's Super Bowl was a fluke.

Sports Briefs
The Bulldogs needed four sets (26-24, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17) to defeat the visiting Kardinals on Tuesday.

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