Friday, September 17, 2010

Business Briefs

Business workshops slated

Return of wallet appreciated
On Sunday, I accidentally left my wallet containing my credit cards, checkbook, cash and driver's license at Subway in Soldotna.

Alaska a great place for Brown Bear
My son, Jesse Brown, played for the Kenai River Brown Bears three years ago, the first year of the Bears. Jesse stayed with the Fusaros and enjoyed his host family and loved being in Alaska. He often talks of how beautiful it is there and that the nicest people in the world lived there. My wife and I hope to get to Alaska some day but are busy putting two kids thru college right now.

Vote yes for library bonds, and write to offcials for more help
For whatever reasons (budgets?), use, maintenance, and staffing of many Alaska public school libraries are decreasing. This leaves the city public libraries as one of the primary sources of adult and K-12 student education, academic recreation, internet access, and diverse community social events. Homer has a new library and Kenai's library is undergoing a major expansion, both of which were funded by three major benefactors: 1) State of Alaska, 2) Rasmussen Foundation, and 3) Community donations and fundraisers through the dedicated work of local Friends of the Libraries.

Privatizing hospital jeopardizes public services
Public service is essential to providing basic human rights to everyone regardless of income. The cornerstones of public service are education, health, and public safety. Each community has a moral obligation to guarantee these services. Privatizing Central Peninsula General Hospital will jeopardize this basic service to the citizens of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Farewell, termed-out assemblymen
Peter, Paul & Gary are Leaving on a Jet Plane. Well, actually there may be no plane involved, but they are being jettisoned by term limits. While I can't say goodbye with the talent of songwriter John Denver, I do thank Pete Sprague, Paul Fischer and Gary Superman for their years of service and leadership on the Borough Assembly.

Seniors says thanks for the tasty donation
Soldotna Senior Center would like to thank Kenai Peninsula 4-H Junior Market Livestock Buyers Club for their very generous pork donation that will be utilized for congregate and home delivered meals for area seniors. Your generosity and support of Soldotna area seniors is truly appreciated.

Preservation lessons much appreciated
Frames & Things would like to thank the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center for hosting a variety of paper conservation and handling classes offered through paper conservator Seth Irwin. It is wonderful to know the artifacts of the Russian Church will be preserved and cherished for decades to come. We are privileged to have such rich cultural history in our community, and having an inside look at the process behind the restorations was a truly great experience.

On dipnetting and harvest rates
Since I have not seen a harvest summary, the 70-percent harvest rate was a guesstimate (Clarion, Aug. 31). What I do recall is that the state, in 2009, printed 30,000 dipnet harvest reports and ran out, forcing them to print another 5,000.

Airborne veteran proud of soldier
SSG Sal Giunta Co. B.2/503rd Infantry (ABN)

Photo: Building to nourish

Bonding with books: Library expansion funding question brought to voters
Upcoming municipal elections will bring more than new faces to the Soldotna City Council. During the Oct. 5 elections, residents will decide whether the city will issue up to $2.5 million in bonds to fund the Soldotna Public Library expansion project.

Filipino community nominated for award
JUNEAU (AP) -- The Filipino Community, Inc. (FCI) of Juneau has been nominated for an award honoring exemplary Filipino-American communities. The Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Samahan Sa Amerika 2010 Award is presented annually by ABS-CBN, the largest media organization in the Philippines.

Drunk and drugged, driver strikes car during traffic stop
An alleged drunk driver struck a parked car as Alaska State Troopers pulled him over Wednesday.

Busted: Wrong number leads to drug arrest
Attempting to sell drugs to a cop usually doesn't work out too well.

Fire hire: Kenai department set to add jobs
Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly is readying the job postings to hire new firefighters -- the first additional department positions since 1994.

Sharing the caseload: System is in place to take over work of lawyer
The community said goodbye to Peter Mysing at his funeral Wednesday evening, but the attorney's work life continues and must be taken care of.

Preparing our children: Employers, educators put heads together for students
Task: Group up Kenai Peninsula business leaders with area educators to put their heads together and figure out how to better prepare students for the workforce in seven hours.

Sen. Murkowski mounting write-in bid for Senate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she'll mount a write-in campaign in Alaska in an effort to hold onto her seat after last month's stunning Republican primary loss to Joe Miller.

Alice Joann Callahan
Anchorage resident Alice Joann Callahan 66, died Aug. 26 2010, at Alaska Native Medical Center of cancer.

Oliver H. "Tex" Landua
Capt. Oliver H. "Tex" Landua, U.S.N. (Ret.), 90, died Aug. 23, 2010, at the home of his son John in Kenai.

Mary Lou Cude
Soldotna and longtime Arizona resident, Ms. Mary Lou Cude, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side.

Margaret M. 'Marge' Wilborg
Former Peninsula resident Margaret M. "Marge" Wilborg died at North Whidbey Adult Family Home in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

Community is what makes United Way
We all set goals in life. At work, at home, for our personal development. Setting goals keeps us moving forward, and with a little luck, upward, as well.

An Outdoor View: Many proposals for pondering
For years, it's been a good idea to have an attorney along when you fish the Kenai River. It's not because they're such good company, but because you need one to interpret the regulations.

Refuge Notebook: Unidentified Flying Object piques biologist's curiosity
Northern flying squirrels are arboreal rodents with large eyes, round ears and soft, thick fur. They have light brown backs and off-white bellies. A loose flap of skin runs from their front to back feet and allows for the amazing mode of transportation implied in their name. Flying squirrels launch and then spread their legs to glide through the forest canopy. Average glide lengths are 40-50 feet, but can range to just over 200 feet.

Perils of Polly: Moscow by Metro
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

Night Lights: Project illuminates trail system
The Tsalteshi Trails Association is lighting things up this fall.

Around the Peninsula

Cancer support group meets

Around the Peninsula

Kenai celebrates with barbecue

Playoff races heat up in football
With the playoffs around the corner, the time for learning as games progress is over. That's the mentality Kenai Central has heading into Saturday's Northern Lights Conference matchup with Homer. A win clinches a first-round home playoff game for the Kardinals. The semifinals and championship will be played at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Poet's Corner


'Going the Distance' falls short
"Going the Distance"

Art Briefs

Chic Gamine concert upcoming

What's Happening

Best Bets

Brews, brats and boogie: KDLL serves up Oktoberfest in Soldotna this weekend
Grab your lederhosen and get ready to party at KDLL's 11th Oktoberfest fundraiser at the Soldotna Elks Club Saturday.

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Voices of Religion: Removing the blame from your marriage
With the excitement of college football in the air, my mind often turns to some unforgettable words by one of the most famous college football coaches of all time: Paul "Bear" Bryant, head coach of Alabama, who led his teams to national championships in '61, '64 and '65.

Jeff's call: Racing under the lights gets blood running
The Twin Cities Raceway - Circle Track Division will hold its annual racing under the lights today and Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway.

Golf Report: Birch Ridge Golf Course wins the Bird & Birch Combined Tournament title
The fog has been thick but it has not deterred the golfers from getting out to play. Some have commented it has been a bit difficult to see their shots, but play goes on.

Tornado defeat Bears
The Texas Tornado netted three power-play goals in their 5-3, come-from-behind win over the Kenai River Brown Bears in the North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament at Schwans Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., on Thursday. Kenai River falls to 1-1 in the tournament and 2-2 on the season.

Brown Bears down Blues
The Kenai River Brown Bears started the 2010 North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament with a 4-1 win over Springfield on Wednesday at Schwans Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The Brown Bears improve to 2-1 on the season. They take on Texas today at 2 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Kenai River starts its season off well
We were pretty good last weekend. It was great to get a win under our belt leading into the 2010 North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament, which will be held at Schwans Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The Kenai River Brown Bears won their first game Wednesday 4-1 over Springfield. The Brown Bears take on Texas today at 2 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Sports Briefs

Tustumena run set for Saturday

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