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Friday, September 22, 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 encourages support of bill
Anyone who is concerned about the growing numbers of our friends, neighbors and loved ones who have no health insurance and no place to go for health care should know there is a solution.

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.

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?

Business goes above call of duty
On Sept. 4, Labor Day, the steering rack on my John Deere Trail Gator 6x4 broke because a support bracket was never installed during production. Replacement cost: $500, plus labor and shipping.

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.

Spur line needs to come to peninsula
Gov. Murkowski’s proposed gas line would take gas from the North Slope south to around Delta Junction make a left turn to Canada ending up in the Alberta Hub and on to Chicago. The pipeline is designed to deliver 4.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the Lower 48 at a construction cost of $21 billion to $25 billion.

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.

Does lack of city sidewalks violate law?
A front page story in the Peninsula Clarion on Sept. 12 addressed the new plan by the city fathers (and mothers) to make “the central city more pedestrian friendly.”

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.

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.

Kenai’s pension liability reaches $16.9 million
Not unlike other Alaska municipalities, the amount of unfunded pension liabilities facing the city of Kenai is on the rise.

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.

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.

Wet, not so wild
Don’t let the groans and moans of recent transplants and warm-weather hopefuls fool you, this summer’s cool temperatures represent a true Alaska summer.

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.

Controversial representation
The Alaska Federal Board of Subsistence has decided to take a slow approach in determining whether the Kenai Peninsula should have its own Subsistence Regional Advisory Committee.

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.

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.

Propositions in a nutshell
When voters go to the polls Oct. 3, they will be asked to do far more than select members for the Kenai and Soldotna city councils, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, the school board and an assortment of service area board seats. They will be asked to help shape the future of the city and the borough through a variety of propositions that will be on the ballot.

Outdoors Briefs
Meeting slated to discuss game issues Clarion collecting outdoors stories

What bit me?
Beyond knowing that mosquitoes bite, moths hang around the porch light and beetles killed the spruce trees in the backyard, many people are pretty uneducated about the multitude of insects in this area.

Fall a time for learning and fun on refuge
“Is it called fall because all the leaves fall to the ground?” asked a kindergartner on a recent refuge field trip. I told her I thought it was. That same evening at home while sipping a cup of tea, I again wondered about the origin of the word fall.

Backwater considers branding
The other day, I was trying to paint that “just right” shade of nail polish on some plastic beads for trout fishing when sometime fishing guide J. Binkley Backwater called.

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

Around the Peninsula
Youth science day slated Historical society to host fall fling Hockey refs to face off Mountain View hosts Title 1 meeting

Prep football cooks up enticing matchups
Homecoming festivities, playoff hopes and rivalries will add plenty of spice to this weekend’s offering of football games on the Kenai Peninsula.

Nikiski netters sweep Kenai
Nikiski’s third-game problems nearly wrecked an otherwise fabulous night.

Nikiski to host region runners
The Region III cross country championships come to Nikiski Saturday, and while the Kodiak boys look poised to repeat as 4A champions, the Skyview boys have a chance to make the trip to the state meet next week.

‘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!”

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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

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

Church Briefs
Concert set to praise Kids’ night out planned Christian convention set Clothes available Awana classes set to begin Catholic faith to be discussed

Satan has no power in God’s presence
It was the middle of the afternoon as young David came with the meal from his parents.

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!

Season’s end not far away
Fall is in the air, colors are beautiful and the course is playing superbly! Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. Welcome to another week in the continuing saga of fun here at the course. As we are all aware, the season is quickly coming to an end, so come out and get in a few more rounds before the snow claims the fairways and greens and the only golf here will be in our dreams of the upcoming year.

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