Friday, September 15, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Kenai Wild seeks totes B and B association to meet Cold Stone to hold fundraiser Ruckman top Republican Silk named DMV office manager Small business center hosts workshops Forum planned on energy

Peninsula Clarion - Business

Fair, unbiased program needed to depict major 9/11 theories
In the last year the American public has resembled a confused and somewhat truculent teenager awakening to the fact that most of his views of life and the world are inadequate. We are beginning to appreciate that the truth, the simple truth, is a vital ingredient in the life of this nation as well as in our personal lives. ABC, using the immense mass psychological effect of its broadcasting system, wants to turn the subject of the 9/11 disaster into a political football by blaming the Democrats for this event. This is wrong. What should be broadcast is a fair and unbiased program depicting all the major theories of what happened and who is responsible for what happened, including the opinion of approximately one-third of Americans who now believe that the federal government either had foreknowledge of the event and permitted it to happen, or that the federal government actually was involved in the planning and execution of 9/11.

Municipalities, Enstar need to get with the times
An open letter to the city of Kenai, city of Soldotna, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Enstar Natural Gas Co.: Please take notice! We are now living in the 21st century. All of us have computers, credit cards and bills and taxes to pay.

Writer targets bear interests
Alaska’s McNeil River supports the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world, protected, in part, by the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, the McNeil River State Game Refuge and Katmai National Park. The sanctuary is one of the world’s major sites for viewing-photographing brown bears and is the source of much tourism with economic returns to Alaska.

Helping others the right thing to do
Joseph Robertia’s Aug. 6 editorial, “Damsel’s lack of help distressing,” was certainly a wake up call to our collective community. I can imagine how I would have felt in similar circumstances with people oblivious and in too big of a hurry to at least pull over and offer assistance.

Extra space appreciated
The Fred Meyer store should be thanked, on behalf of the hundreds of handicapped people on the addition of all the parking places next to the store last week. This shows to the public and visitors to their store, they care about those that need assistance.

Byway plan nears finish
Along with being alerted to the speed limit and possibility of moose crossings, drivers along the Sterling Highway may in the future get a nonsafety-related heads up — that they’re in paradise.

Party pooper: Kenai bonfire set off early
Although Kenai Central High School’s homecoming doesn’t begin until Friday, someone has fired up events three days early.

Journal exhibit to offer glimpse of Capt. Cook
Just how Capt. James Cook could ever have imagined Cook Inlet to be a river is beyond a little puzzling, but a close read of his travel journals does offer insight into the explorer and his voyages.

Paving project gets further state funding
Keystone Drive residents can look forward to driving a paved road, thanks to a $325,080 state grant accepted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at the Sept. 5 meeting.

Recall process started: Borough mayor, assembly member targeted by ACT
Claiming that ample evidence exists that Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams and assembly member Gary Superman should be removed from office, a group of citizens has begun the formal process for seeking their recall.

Bumpy road toward paving grinds to halt
After all the dust settled Wednesday night, a dirt road in Soldotna’s commercial area was deemed unsuited for paving, at least as specified in a much-debated project before the city council.

Railing against herbicide
An Alaska Railroad Corp. plan to spray herbicide mixtures to suppress vegetation along more than 500 miles of track corridor has been opposed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Jay C. Huf
Longtime Soldotna resident Jay C. Huf died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006, at his home. He was 54.

Theodore ‘Ted’ K. Rasmussen
Former Sterling resident Theodore “Ted” K. Rasmussen died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at home in Exeter, Mo.

Donald E. ‘Don’ Delk
Kasilof resident Donald E. “Don” Delk died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 75.

Contract work equals win-win for schools
It wasn’t but a few years ago that contract negotiations between teachers, support staff and the school district left a bad taste in the mouths of all concerned — including students.

High school hijinks not all that amusing
Kids will be kids. There’s no doubt about that.

Whitewater, whiter knuckles
When whitewater rafting guide Greg Howard prepares people for a trip down Sixmile Creek, the first thing he teaches them is how not to drown. Sealed into drysuits and snapped into helmets, rafters are called, like lemmings, to jump into the icy cold waters of Sixmile Creek.

Legal snagging?
Proposals to change statewide fishing regulations are out for public review, and one would allow anglers to snag sockeye salmon.

Outdoor Briefs
Geocachers hold meet and greet event Kenai subsistence to be discussed

Unexpected wildlife encounters make lasting memories
Although I have had many memorable experiences of the natural world, the ones I recall most vividly are those of unexpected — and so far pleasant — encounters with wildlife.

After successful recovery, sea lion returns to Juneau
JUNEAU — Ajawan, a Steller sea lion, seemed to know he was back in his old neighborhood when officials took him to Benjamin Island on Sept. 5 to release him into the wild.

Around the Peninsula
Swim team tryouts scheduled POW MIA memorial set Homecoming meal to raise scholarship funds Library plans 1-day closure CPGH to host recovery rendezvous Oktoberfest slated

Around the Peninsula
Community Schools registration begins Special Management Area meeting slated Action coalition to meet Quilters set to stitch

Week 6 has playoff atmosphere
For four teams in the Northern Lights Conference, the playoffs start this weekend.

Stars topple Kards
Paige Blackburn had nine kills to lead a balanced Soldotna attack to a sweep of the Kenai Central Kardinals Thursday evening in Kenai.

Love is in the beer
Beer, bratwurst and big-bellied oom-pah bands might summarize the average American’s impression of Oktoberfest. Yes, good food, ales and polkas are to be expected, but what is missing from the thumbnail imagery above is the attitude. Oktoberfest can supply an insane amount of fun.

Oktoberfest started with Ludwig and Therese
Nothing says romance like Oktoberfest.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Art Briefs
Watercolor workshop set to paint Teen writers sought Pratt looking for Ritzy art Artist needed for installation Homer seeks fiber art Elmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska art State seeks art pros

‘Covenant’ ridiculous yet strangely entertaining
Renny Harlin is a hack. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, though with every passing movie I say it with a little more affection. His latest directorial effort, the teen-witch thriller “The Covenant,” is just one in a series of ridiculous, yet strangely entertaining, Hollywood genre films.

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

Conquer anger; use forgiveness as antidote
Alexander the Great was known to be strong in his loves and loyalties, but was sometimes swept by storms of anger.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meets Healing classes begin Praise, worship go vertical Kids’ night out slated Take a Break to meet Clothes available Awana classes set to begin Financial advice offered Catholic faith to be discussed

Birch Ridge Report
Ready or not, it’s here! And sure, I love football as much as anyone. I especially love Monday Night Football (another excuse to get together with friends). I love watching my team win (St. Louis Rams vs. the Broncos last Sunday — sorry Denver fans). I even love going to Seattle to watch the Seahawks (my beloved husband Dave’s team) beat up on my Rams, an annual event I look forward to — I’m such a good sport! And who could not love all of those football pools?

Already looking to next season
Well folks, it saddens me to say that this will be my final report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles down Funny River Road and can be reached at 260-GOLF.

Sports Briefs
Kenai, SoHi win Skyview Tri Meet Racing Lions to hold last city race

Sports Briefs
Trio of drivers each win three races Saturday; quarter midgets end season under the lights

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