Thursday, September 21, 2006

Peninsula Clarion - Business

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Funeral home hosts open house Builders meeting nailed down Family dinners celebrated Cold Stone to hold fundraiser Small business center host workshops Breathing seminar slated

Reader won’t forget
Apparently our borough mayor and an assemblymen or two have a different definition of the democratically run government than I and many of my friends do.

Writer expands on limited trash talk
Thank you to the Solid Waste Working Group for their time, research and efforts to evaluate the feasibility of selling solid waste operations. Their recommendation to retain borough ownership is in the best interest of the borough citizens.

What? No reds?
Here is a thought. Just a common sense, rational thought. Instead of sending the boats out at the very beginning of fishing season, to block the entrance to the Kenai River with their nets, followed up by dip nets in order to catch any over flow from the boats, why not let the fish get into the river first? Just a common sense, rational, intelligent thought.

Line item makes big difference
Hospice of the Central Peninsula board of directors, volunteers and staff would like to acknowledge our appreciation of Rep. Kurt Olson. His recommendation to add a line item to the state budget to help fund our loan closet will greatly affect our organization and services to this community.

Bears need protecting
Thank you for a being a great newspaper and any articles about bears are always well received. As a bear enthusiast and photographer I am concerned about the following. The Board of Game will soon be voting on a very controversial subject, mainly opening bear hunting on Douglas Head, a peninsula southeast of the sanctuary and another area encompassing the Paint River watershed, north of the Sanctuary.

Volunteers dig deep to make day successful
Thanks to everyone who helped make Planting Day at Heritage Place a very productive, successful day. On Aug. 12, staff and community volunteers got together and planted 37 shrubs and eight trees at the grounds of Heritage Place with the goal of providing each resident room with a view of something botanical from their window.

Photo sends up red flag on etiquette
As a retired Army senior noncommissioned officer and a disabled veteran, I am continuously amazed by the lack of respect shown to the American flag by members of our community.

Time to wake up, look up
Wow watching the news these days is a lot like watching a Hollywood movie! Or is it the other way around?

Kenai to extend smoking ban list
With no opposition from the owners of Alaskalanes bowling center, the city of Kenai is considering adding bowling alleys to the list of establishments where smoking is prohibited.

Voters have 2nd chance to decide sales tax, spending issues
A controversial ordinance passed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in June 2005 sought to address revenue shortfalls by raising the boroughwide sales tax, applying the sales tax in a new way to packaged recreational sales, and allowed appropriations from the borough’s Land Trust account governed by certain conditions.

Hide and seek
Peninsula geocachers coordinated their first meet and greet event over the weekend at N 60 29.028, W 151 03.627, also known as the Soldotna Creek Park pavilion.

Birch trees under attack
Kenai Peninsula property owners who thought they would be fine because they have plenty of birch trees mixed in with their bark beetle-threatened spruce trees may be in for some bad news.

Snow removal, city-promotion top candidates’ concerns
The two of four candidates who showed up for a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Tuesday agreed on all issues except when asked what the city could be doing better.

Support for inlet drilling sought
Attendees at a Kenai Chapter of the Alliance luncheon were encouraged to support the expansion of offshore drilling in Alaska on Tuesday, but those who hoped to leave the luncheon encouraged about Cook Inlet drilling likely left disappointed.

Mayor to keep tax even
If voters opt to reject Proposition 2 on Oct. 3, the administration is prepared to set the sales tax at the current 2 percent, not the 3 percent the proposition’s defeat would require, Mayor John Williams said Tuesday.

Peninsula Clarion - News

Woman tries to run over her boyfriend
A 44-year-old Sterling man received a second surgery on his legs Wednesday, one of which he may lose, after his girlfriend caught him with another woman and hit him with her car Saturday, said Sgt. Robb Quelland of the Soldotna police.

Assembly fixes, re-adopts senior tax exemption
New residency rules governing senior citizen eligibility for the property tax exemptions adopted Sept. 5 got some technical amendments at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Naomi ‘Martha’ (Nelson) Knight-Hodson
Soldotna resident Naomi “Martha” (Nelson) Knight - Hodson died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, surrounded by family and friends following a 20-month battle with small cell lung cancer at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 50.

Ella Belle (Rogers) Bradfield
Former Soldotna resident Ella Belle (Rogers) Bradfield died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, at Providence Extended Care Center in Anchorage. She was 80.

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

Charles ‘Chuck’ ‘Beezy’ O. Tachick
Longtime Soldotna resident Charles “Chuck” “Beezy” O. Tachick died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 75.

Around the Peninsula
Kenai library to host Spanish story time Election issues to be discussed Historical society to host fall fling, membership meeting Youth science day slated CPHC board meeting scheduled Breathing seminar planned

Around the Peninsula
Recipes sought Caregiver training offered Action coalition to meet DAV to meet Kennel club classes planned CPCS board meeting scheduled LeeShore board members plan meeting Parenting class available Youth exchange program available Horse council meeting nigh

Sports Brief
The Nikiski High School volleyball team defeated Seward in four games in a Southcentral Conference match Tuesday in Nikiski.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

In tune with the classics
Kenai Peninsula listeners this weekend will be treated to a classic tale of boy meets cat, bird and duck, duck runs afoul of wolf, boy defies grandfather to save duck.

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

Art Briefs
Writers’ group to meet Pratt looking for Ritzy art Photo printing in black and white Teen writers sought Singers set for ‘Messiah’ Artist needed for installation Performers looking for performers Homer seeks fiber art Elmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska art State seeks art pros

‘Dahlia’ disappoints: Despite De Palma, movie fails to live up to potential
Sometimes it’s a bigger crime to be a flawed film with enormous potential than to be a bad film with no potential at all. In his 1940s-era crime drama, director Brian De Palma gives us a beautiful veneer that unfortunately hides a broken structure. I can just hear his pitch. “This film’s got it all, see! Broads, bullets and a beautiful corpse! Sex! Drugs! Crooked cops! It’s a mystery! It’s a love story! It’s a character study! It’s got everything!”

Join the club
How do you get 550 high school students engaged?

With Election Day approaching, it’s time to think about voting
With Election Day drawing nearer for Alaskans (Oct. 3), and the national election coming up in November, I thought it would be a good idea to give some insight on a battle many people have had to fight to have the right to vote, as well as how the white male has had it pretty good in the battle for the vote. There also are decisions that could have changed the history of the United States if it hadn’t been for just one vote. It could give you something to think about, even if you aren’t yet old enough to vote.

BP provides public forum on proposed natural gas pipeline: Kenai Peninsula College
Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus will be hosting two informational sessions regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline contract currently being considered by the state of Alaska.

Around the District
Free, reduced-cost food programs offered Home-school fellowship planned Aurora Borealis Charter Connections Cook Inlet Academy Grace Lutheran IDEA Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High READS Primary Redoubt Elementary Sear Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High School Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Soldotna Montessori Charter Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian Academy

Vote for golf
It’s that time of year again when we’re surrounded by all those wonderful political ads that seem to be everywhere and we must decide who and what will get our vote. Well, for me, that’s easy — golf gets my vote!

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