Friday, September 8, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Small business center host workshops

Depleted uranium bill needs support
Researching (H.R. 2410: Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act) I’ve found countless birth deformities where the depleted uranium has been used. It’s not hard to find a Web site or article that talks about this, or gives-shows (an) example of its horrible side effects. Support this bill.

Reader: Time to even numbers
Wow! How a few decades can erase things from our memories. In the 1950s, being “red” could (and most times would) put you on a blackball list (started by Senator McCarthy) that ruined your career. Who says our state is red, anyway? I think we’re more independent thinking than to be labeled one way or the other.

Bush administration’s lies responsible for insomnia
Recently I heard Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld state in a speech he was unable to sleep because Islamist groups manipulate the U.S. media and falsely blame our troops for civilian deaths. Unfortunately Rumsfeld didn’t acknowledge his failure to cover up U.S. war crimes by manipulating the media.

Support hit high note in Summer Music Festival
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra held its eighth Summer Music Festival last month and it was a resounding success. Folks from around the peninsula have made this festival a community event by contributing their time, money, energy and talent.

Eisenhower’s words worth remembering
As billions of dollars are spent on the war in Iraq we should remember the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, war hero and Republican president of the United States: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world of arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of scientists, the hope of its children.”

Reader shoots down Palin’s position on aerial wolf hunting
I recently received an email from Palin campaign staffer Anita Halterman explaining Ms. Palin’s support for aerial killing of predators. She noted Ms. Palin had read the biography of Frank Glaser, a professional wolf killer working some 60 years ago, and had formulated her views based on that book.

Community support made year action-packed for Scouts
Nikiski Boy Scout Troop 659 would like to thank some local businesses that have made donations or helped the troop.

Local support integral to KDLL
KDLL FM 91.9 Kenai serves central Kenai Peninsula listeners with a variety of local and national public radio programs. KDLL receives minimal government funding, receiving most of its operating funds from local sources. That local financial support is crucial and is a reflection of the popularity and loyalty its programming has developed amongst KDLL’s growing base of listeners. This level of local support positions KDLL to suffer less severely during budget cut discussions than other stations that may be more dependent on government sources for operating money. While public broadcasting funding is always up for debate as state and federal budgets are being built, public radio has escaped cuts in recent years at both levels of funding. Will we again this year? Only time will tell.

Photo feature: Putting a chill on fall
Fresh snow glazes Mount Redoubt on Wednesday afternoon. While the central Kenai Peninsula was cloaked by low clouds, the western shores of Cook Inlet basked under sun. Forecasters are calling for rain today and Saturday.

Global warming talks include tour of peninsula
Mayor John Williams will be among about 30 mayors from 17 states heading for Girdwood later this month for a conference on global climate change.

Downed aircraft must be moved without damaging fragile terrain
A single-engine De Havilland Otter DHC-3 that emergency landed on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wetlands more than two weeks ago remains waiting among the moose and the birds while its owners and refuge officials puzzle over how to remove it.

Home destroyed
A Kenai man returning home Wednesday afternoon, found it swarming with firefighters and seeping plumes of smoke.

And the winner is: Olson
Incumbent Republican Rep. Kurt Olson apparently squeaked out a narrow victory over his Alaska primary opponent Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey in the race for their party’s nomination for House District 33.

Kenai council lands on airport reserve plan
After nearly nine months of touch-and-goes, the Kenai City Council landed on a plan for managing the city’s airport and setting boundaries for an airport reserve Wednesday night.

Roger J. (Jack) Norris
Nikiski resident, Roger J. (Jack) Norris died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at his home. He was 75.

Katmai: Lots of bears, few human footprints
Katmai National Park and Preserve is a huge piece of wild Alaska. It has a few fly-in lodges, and a 23-mile one-lane road from Brooks Camp out to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, but that’s about it for human infrastructure in 3.7 million acres. There are few developed private inholdings and no native villages. The high volcanic mountains along Cook Inlet are often shrouded in clouds. The mountains open to the Bristol Bay lowlands to the west through enormous lakes such as Naknek, Becharof, and Iliamna that make the Kenai Peninsula’s Tustumena and Skilak lakes look like small puddles.

Find your own berry patch
Alaskans are known for their independent nature, and while friendly and cooperative — particularly to visitors and newcomers — Alaskans aren’t going to hold anyone’s hand when it comes to doing anything.

Around the Peninsula
HEA plans outage today Cruise fundraiser set to sail CPR, first aid classes available KPC council meeting slated Library plans 1-day closure Women’s group to meet Kennel club classes planned Hospice training scheduled

Around the Peninsula
CPR, first aid classes availableWomen voters to meetCruise fundraiser set to sailGala auction fundraiser slatedGirl Scout roundup slatedEMS benefit dinner plannedWalking fundraiser slated

Big games dot Week 5 schedule
Time to get down to business.

Cats sweep Kardinals
The Skyview Panthers volleyball team withstood an early Kenai Central barrage to pull out a three-game Northern Lights Conference Southern Division victory over the Kardinals on Thursday at Skyview.

‘Wicker Man’ unpredictable, but not so scary
It may seem a tad early, but it appears that the Hollywood horror season is upon us. Much like nearly every other commerce/marketing-based industry, Hollywood starts its holiday celebrations early, and Halloween is no exception. Sure, there’s been the occasional scary movie peppered throughout the summer, but September starts the terror in earnest.

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Art Briefs
Teen writers sought Watercolor workshop set to paint

Baranov goes big
When Joe Rizzo was supplied a CD for the ride from Anchorage to Nikiski, there was no guarantee for anything other than music and a two-plus hours drive.

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

The need for passion
Here’s the $100 question, surely as easy as, “What’s the opposite of cold?” or, “Name the four points of the compass.”

Church Briefs
Evangelist to speakMatrix Church gathering SundayAddictions group to meetClothes closet opensAwana classes set to beginNikiski Aglow to start Bible classesBible classes slatedWomen’s Bible class plannedKids’ Night Out slatedWomen’s group to meetFall Bible study plannedAfter-school programs offered

Sports Briefs
Racing Lions to hold night races

Birch Ridge Report
Forget the rain (if that’s possible) and check out the condition of the course, especially the greens and tee boxes. It’s fall in Alaska and the trees and bushes are starting to turn color and the course is more beautiful than ever. Even the roughs are starting to change, making it easier to find those errant shots. You know the ones I mean, right? I agree with the person who suggested the following rule change: there should be no such thing as a lost ball, since the ball will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball and the player should not make the felony worse by taking a penalty stroke.

Writer says bye-bye Birdie
My friends, it has been my pleasure to spend this summer with you all. My season has come to an end and I am leaving the Bird Homestead Golf Course. I spent this summer getting to know such wonderful people and I thank you all for the memories. Thank you Elmer and Pat Bird for the opportunity to spend this summer with you, your family and your extended family. It was truly my pleasure.

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