Friday, September 21, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Wage, hour seminar slated Fisheries business assistance available

Internet buzz words: Podcast just a fancy term, not difficult to do
Internet marketers love to make up words. Imagine going back to the '80s and telling investors that our biggest companies would eventually have names like "Google" and "Yahoo." But as new words go, "podcast" is one of the best.

Library is where the people are; vote 'Yes'
Kenai city residents should vote "Yes" on Proposition 2. A new library will be a welcomed addition to your community. My wife and I shop extensively in Kenai and have often used your library. I understand that the $2 million bond will only be used when funding for the total cost is secured. However, to secure the funding the community must show its willingness to help with the building. Please vote "Yes."

Kids' behavior irks reader
I am shocked and amazed by the amount of adolescents who seem to wander aimlessly in the Soldotna area in the late afternoon. They are mostly found in the Binkley Street area hanging around in groups between McDonald's, Safeway or in the parking lot.

Day gives first-responders well-deserved recognition
A resolution was passed in the U.S. Senate dedicating Sept. 25 as National First Responder Appreciation Day. Finally there is a day to officially recognize the contributions that EMS, fire and law enforcement personnel provide every day, both paid and volunteer, in communities throughout Alaska and the United States.

Borough not listening; leave senior exemption alone
If you have a caretaker and are unable to read this message, please have someone read it to you.

Golfers, donors help 'Chip Away' at peninsula cancer
It is with great appreciation that we thank the many golfers and sponsors who generously supported our annual Chip Away golf tournament. While we cannot list each of the golfers, we would like to publicly recognize them and the following businesses for their monetary and donated gifts: Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Professional Home IV, Hutton/Mattson Certified Advanced Rolfers, Chevron USA, First National Bank Alaska, Glacier Pontiac-Buick-GMC, Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula, Northcountry Fair, Wells Fargo Bank, Soldotna Y Chevron, Binkley Street Dental, Southcentral Title, Eyewear Express, Dr. Justin Moore, Construction, Sweeney's Clothing, Dan and Reanne Pitts, Moxie Care, Arby's, Tesoro, Stanley Ford, Beemun's Variety, State Farm Insurance, Shilanski and Associates, Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic, Peninsula Internal Medicine, King Around Guide Service, Dr. Bobbie J. Behrens, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Spenard Builders Supply, Glen's Foreign Car Repair, Dr. Jay Rohloff, Columbia Paint and Coating, Lambe, Tuter and Wagner, Class Act Hair and Nails, Agrium, Dolly Farnsworth, Birch Tree Gallery, Ace Automotive, Sedona Florist, Jim and Sharon Geeslin, Grossel Photography, River City Books, Kaladi Brothers, Mykel's Restaurant, Claudette's, Uncle Lloyd's, Simply Signs, Body Mind and Spirit, Clay Otter Pottery, Best Transit Mix, Tom and Lyn Hodel, Summit Cleaners, Gamas Design, Marita Parks, Charlotte's Restaurant, Allen and Peterson, McDonald's, Donna's Gifts, Woman of Impact Ministries, Edward Jones/Ryan Kapp, Snowder Chiropractic Clinic, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Soldotna, First American Title, Maria Pacheco and Bird Homestead Golf Course. Special thanks go to George McDowell of Mac's Rod Shop and Brian Erwin of Frames N Things.

Public needs to be better served: Vote 'Yes' on 2
I've heard that opponents of term limits fear loss of expertise. After all, incumbents have invested years learning the system. Shouldn't we keep them working?

Initiative changes put off
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly agreed Tuesday to postpone action on an ordinance that would make key changes to the borough's initiative and referendum process.

Photo feature: Take a hike
Water gently laps along the shoreline of Carter Lake in Chugach National Forest.

Fresh as a mountain stream
Recent rains have resulted in standing or running water in several locations, such as this run-off stream that, earlier this week, crossed the hiking path along the Carter Lake Trail in the Chugach National Forest. Forecasters are calling for numerous showers around the Kenai Peninsula today, and continued cloudy weather into the weekend.

Kenai examines water issues
After approximately a year of testing arsenic levels in the city's groundwater system, Lori Dilley, of Hattenburg, Dilley and Linnell Engineering Consultants came to the Kenai City Council on Wednesday with recommendations for the location of a new well.

KPC looking for tutors
Marilyn Albright approached her first tutoring position at Kenai Peninsula College with trepidation: How do you teach a person who's never spoken English, never read English, doesn't understand English, to speak English? Where do you start?

Borough puts surplus, outdated gear and equipment on the block
While many people wait until spring to do a little house cleaning, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will be getting rid of some of their less needed, but still useful items this weekend during its annual surplus property auction.

Term limits raise legal questions
A member of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers sponsoring a pair of term-limit propositions on the Oct. 2 municipal ballot acknowledged this week that she did not anticipate certain ramifications that would result from success at the ballot box.

Prescription: Author to share inspiration
Homestead-era history buffs, genealogy enthusiasts and aspiring writers may want to drop by the Kenai Community Library tonight at 6 p.m. for a presentation featuring Naomi Gaede-Penner, author of the Alaska non-fiction series "Prescription for Adventure."

Arlene S. 'George' Rhodes
Longtime Kenai resident Arlene S. "George" Rhodes died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side. She was 63.

Anita Byers
Soldotna resident Anita Byers died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 54.

Anita J. Byers
Longtime Soldotna resident Anita J. Byers died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 54.

Jill (Danforth) Brooker Johnson
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Jill (Danforth) Brooker Johnson died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 64.

CPHF doing its part to care for communities
Even before the doors opened at Central Peninsula Hospital in 1971, philanthropy played an important role in the development of health care services available locally.

Fall fun day planned for refuge
While hiking recently, I was totally captivated by beautiful red and gold leaves all around me. Fall is such a wonderful season to be outdoors. Whether you go berry picking or fishing, each day is a feast for the eyes as the landscape changes dramatically.

Perseverance rewarded on Carter Lake Trail
Hiking can be a rewarding way to spend the day at any time of year, but there's no better time to stretch the legs on the Carter Lake Trail in the Chugach National Forest than during the fall.

Around the Peninsula
RCAC to meet POW-MIA Day ceremony set to honor SoHi parent meetings set KMS seeks volunteers for health screenings Community group to meet Donations for veterans sought Marathon to hit the streets Student housing to be discussed Prime rib dinner fundraiser set to dish

Peninsula Clarion - Community

To have chance at playoffs, Nikiski must go through Ravens
Nikiski was the odd team out of a three-way coin flip last year which determined the Greatland Conference's two playoff berths.

Area runners try to extend season a week
Some local teams are hoping to have one or two individuals qualify for the state cross country championships when runners convene at Colony High School on Saturday for the Region III meet.

'Brave' performances right, message wrong
Violence in movies is a tricky thing. Having grown up in a culture that embraces violence, especially righteous, justified violence, we tend to let it pass, either without a second thought, or, more often, with a thrill of excitement. Maybe it's because, as Americans, we've been pretty sheltered in that regard.

Poet's Corner
When I climb the mountain of the dead,

Capturing Juneau's essence
JUNEAU Renowned Southern California photographer Catherine Opie and her assistant, Nicole Belle, traveled from one end of the Juneau road system to the other over the last week and a half.

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

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Watercolor workshop planned

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Christians should strive to avoid complacency
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was a man of God. So many times, I think of his sermons and letters, his concern for the poor and needy or his design for small groups and accountability. But lately I have come across prayers he wrote and have found them to be quite a treasure. One of his prayers is a prayer to live at the heart of things.

Birch Ridge Golf Report
There are some sure signs that our golf season is winding down. We're wearing extra layers of clothing, scheduling later tee times in the morning and earlier tee times at night. We're spending more time trying to figure out how to best spend those long winter days ... doing more than just counting the days until we can get out our clubs and start all over again. Ahhh ... the wonderful life of the golfer in Alaska.

Popular glow ball tournament set to roll at The Bird
Hello, and welcome to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. We can be reached at 260-GOLF. I apologize for no article last week. I typed it up, e-mailed it to the newsroom and somehow it got lost in cyberspace. So, unknown to me, they never received it. This article is a revision of last week's, so here we go!

Saints ready to come marching in again
The New Orleans Saints are in familiar territory entering their showdown with the Tennessee Titans.

Jets edge Brown Bears
Slowly but surely, the Kenai River Brown Bears are making strides.

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