Friday, September 14, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Nursing assistant training set Fisheries business assistance available

Reader recommends some back tracking
I read with interest Joseph Robertia's interview with wildlife tracking expert Michelle Ostrowski, "Decoding tracks takes the skill of a sleuth" (Clarion, Aug. 17).

Drumline support can't be beat
On behalf of the students and parents of the recently formed KCHS Drumline, I would like to thank our outstanding sponsors for helping us to raise the funds needed to fully equip the Drumline in preparation for our performances during the upcoming football and basketball seasons.

Festival inspires musicians
For two weeks in August we had the pleasure of visiting Alaska as the professional string quartet in residence at the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Festival. Since we live in Tucson, Ariz., we were thrilled to leave the heat for the pleasures of cool spruce forests, Kachemak Bay and the friendly people of the Kenai Peninsula.

Think about raising taxes on oil companies
If the U.S. continues to increase the tax rates on big oil companies, then they are going to have no choice but to look elsewhere to make capital investments to continue to make the profits needed to fund new oil exploration efforts and refinery upgrade.

Let representatives do their job of looking out for Alaskans
Alaskans, get out your ledger books. On the left, list the purported ethics violations that Sens. Ted Stevens, Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young are being accused of. On the right side, list all the good things they have done for this state and its people. You will run out of paper for this category.

Reader: You can believe Thompson
With the announcement that former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson has thrown his hat into the presidential ring, it should be noted that Mr. Thompson does not wear a hat. Nor do any of the other candidates of either gender. The last candidate to campaign in public with a hat was President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. But I digress.

Keystone Drive funds secured
Located along the Kenai River, Keystone Drive is a vital collector road in need of major improvements, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough is set to accept a $3.4 million federal grant for the state-borough upgrade project.

Youth sleuth: Teens introduced to law enforcement
Sam Caswell always wanted to be a police officer, but didn't take the idea seriously until last year.

Photo feature: Open season
Kyle Coleman unlaces his skates Thursday afternoon after taking the yet-to-be-named mascot for the new Kenai River Brown Bears hockey team for a spin on the ice at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Airport lot closes to campers
The piece of property formerly owned by Troy Hodges lies virtually deserted. Two months ago, the gravel lot near the Soldotna Municipal Airport on Funny River Road was packed with RVers eager to try their hands at Kenai River fishing. Now only two motorhomes remain along with a notice from the city telling campers to go elsewhere next season.

May the best duck win
If you're at Cunningham Park this Saturday around noon and 1,000 or so rubber duckies float by, don't bother looking for Ernie. You're not having a bad Sesame Street hallucination, you just stumbled upon the Kenai Lion Club's 14th annual Rubber Ducky Race.

Public input wanted
The public is invited to weigh in on a new design for Soldotna's premier park in the heart of town on the banks of the Kenai River.

Cleared for landing
Moving an airport runway, as most could imagine, is no simple task, but $12 million and 16 months after beginning, construction workers at Kenai Municipal Airport have accomplished just that.

Parnell asks for review of state voting machines
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell has asked the University of Alaska to conduct a review and recommend possible changes to the state's electronic voting system.

Council looks at white house
The white house may soon be clad in hues of cedar the Soldotna white house that is, not the one in Washington.

Fun run organized to benefit Tustumena El
While sending children out into the community to sell candy bars or magazine subscriptions may be some people's idea of a good fundraiser, the Tustumena Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization has decided to do something a little more lively this weekend. They will be holding a 5-kilometer walk or run on Sunday to make money for the school.

Robert and Natalie Gepner
Longtime Alaskans and Kenai residents Robert and Natalie Gepner died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at their home. They were 74 and 71, respectively.

Mary Ann Mullen
Longtime Homer resident Mary Ann Mullen died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from cancer. She was 75.

Robert 'Bob' and Natalie 'Nat' Gepner
Longtime Alaskans Robert Dale "Bob" and Natalie Rose "Nat" Gepner died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, in Kenai. He was 74, and she was 71.

Determining Alaska's oil value: Governor committed to working with legislators as a team
Excited and grateful to tackle the issue, my administration and the 25th state Legislature owe it to Alaskans to determine the value of Alaska-owned resources, declare that value and move the state forward as we share that value with producers of our resources.

Look up, look down, look out
The tragic accident that claimed two lives in Kenai this week is a somber reminder that power lines, while necessary to provide electricity to our homes and businesses, are extremely hazardous and may result in serious injury or death if contacted.

Friends of Alaska Refuges hosts activities
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is inviting the public to join the group on Saturday evening for fun, photos and discussion about the future of refuges in the Great Land, as the organization comes together this weekend at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for its annual meeting.

Biologists watching for pike
While the Swanson River is known as a good place to go for silver salmon fishing, the Alaska Department is hoping to keep it that way by keeping out invasive northern pike.

Swanson River has peace, quiet, salmon
While the vast majority of salmon fishing may be past its prime, there are a few last bastions of hope for those still looking to land a silver, with the Swanson River being among the most secluded of the semi-road accessible fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula.

British invasion: Plants native to Scotland turn up as exotics here
I vacationed with my family in July on Barra, an island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Although this was my third time to Barra, it was first time that I embarked from Alaska. And it was wonderful. We landed at low tide near Eoligarry on what is billed as the only commercial airport that is, in fact, on a tidal flat.

Around the Peninsula
Senior garage sale fundraiser today College council meeting scheduled Hockey registration slated Fishing documentary to show Web log class offered ACT hosts candidate forum Historical society to meet Developmental screening offered Watershed to host party

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Tomlinson will have reason to complain
San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has already proven he's one of the most versatile, athletic and shifty runners the game has ever seen.

Kodiak sweeps tri-meet
The Kodiak swimming and diving team swept a tri-meet at Soldotna High School on Thursday afternoon.

Stars root for rain against Kodiak
As the rain fell harder and harder, Soldotna seemed to get better and better.

A cornucopia of creativity
Who, what, where, when

Poet's Corner
Red currents nestle in the crook

Art Briefs
Teen writers sought Artwork wanted Gaede-Penner to give presentation Watercolor workshop planned Artists in Schools seeking applicants Poetry out loud luring students Kids' reading program ongoing

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

The Western rides again: Russell Crowe shines as bad guy in remake of '3:10 to Yuma'
"3:10 to Yuma"

Paying the price
Our church has been praying for a young soldier who was seriously injured by the explosion of a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Will third time be a charm?
The mood in the locker room sounded upbeat. The players were smiling and laughing. The head coach beaming with confidence.

A 'water' sport?
Since when did golf become a water sport? Since association members decided that staying dry wasn't nearly as much fun as playing in the Combined Tournament between the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Kenai Golf Association for the honor of displaying the trophy and being declared the winning team.

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