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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Peninsula Clarion - Business

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Cold Stone to hold fundraiser Breathing seminar planned Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search Workers’ compensation seminar set Food donation gets you in the movies

Reader: We’re all concerned taxpayers
An ill wind is blowing across the Kenai Peninsula. A group of tax radicals in the Kenai-Nikiski area have been fomenting this ill wind for several years and are seemingly bent on dismantling our already underfunded and financially stressed school system.

Readers: Increase a good reason to vote ‘Yes’
Why we must vote yes on KPB Proposition 2 on Oct. 3: Our living costs including but not limited to food, utilities and all energy has increased 33 1/3 percent in about a year. Have you noticed the same phenomena?

Assembly breaking the law
Let’s get down to the real issue on Proposition 2 — how the assembly broke the law.

Reader: Send a message
When elected officials within borough government willingly and repeatedly break the law, who do you call? In the last few years we have actually heard our elected officials break the law and then say, “If you don’t like it, sue us.” Most folks are too poor to go to court and file suit against the borough. Luckily, our founding fathers built three powerful tools into our state and local law that allows the citizens to respond when government runs amok.

Use common sense: Vote ‘No’
I keep hearing the words “the will of the people.” Only 28 percent of registered borough voters cast a ballot in the last election. That means only 14 percent of those eligible to vote passed propositions and elected our borough mayor and assembly members.

Reader: Voters knew what they were doing
How come the Tax and Spend Guys always threaten to throw little school kids off the bluff every time folks talk about staying within a responsible, sustainable budget? How many times must they be reminded that we are, have been and will continue to fund our schools up to the maximum allowed by law? Don’t they realize their scare tactics get old?

Reader: Don’t be fooled
I like what the people in Citizens for a Positive Future are saying. They want to continue the path that we have worked so hard to create — with good schools, decent roads, a free landfill and services for our senior citizens. I like their positive message.

Writer encourages parents’ parking area
In regards to Fred Meyer’s addition of more handicapped parking places, I applaud them for their community-minded efforts. In that vein, I would like to suggest that Fred Meyer consider the replacement of a few of the new handicapped spaces with some “parents with small children” spaces.

Reader: Shout ‘Yes’ on Tuesday
The misleading language of the Prop 2 ballot summary is just the most recent deceptive rhetoric by the mayor and the assembly to promote their unlawful act of raising taxes. The mayor and assembly claim that a “No” vote on Proposition 2 will allow them to raise the boroughwide sales tax rate to 3 percent. The borough’s twisted logic is not only confusing but unlawful in concept. Ballot Proposition 2 is only about the public accepting or rejecting KPB Ordinance 2005-09 and not about raising the sales tax rate.

‘No’ vote gets everyone involved
Many of you do not want to pay more taxes. Who does? However, wouldn’t you rather have the extra funds needed be paid for by everyone, including our many visitors? All borough sales taxes collected are used exclusively to help fund our schools. How important are our children to you?

Elected officials need to have tools to manage effectively
A small group of people are trying to mini-manage our borough. Didn’t we elect an assembly to make long-term policy decisions and to watch over revenues and expenditures? Doesn’t the borough try to hire the most qualified, most experienced and hardest working employees available?

Traffic stopper
When folks on the Kenai Peninsula order something from Outside and when it gets here they find it doesn’t fit, they usually send it back and exchange it.

Soldotna candidates opine on big issues
Big issues as seen by candidates running for Soldotna City Council seats range from activities for youth to speeding cars and how to accommodate growth.

Neighbors being neighborly
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories examining burglary trends in the central Kenai Peninsula. Thursday’s story examines some of the characteristics and motivations of burglars.

On the look out
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of stories examining burglary trends in the central Kenai Peninsula. Friday’s story looks at the legal consequences burglars face if they’re caught.

HEA aims for sky
Homer Electric Association announced Thursday it will take a lead role in developing the power generation portion of Agrium’s Kenai Blue Sky coal gasification project.

Kenai hopefuls talk natural gas, PERS
A good drink of water, natural gas for industry and preparing the way for Wal-Mart and Lowe’s are among key issues concerning candidates for the Kenai City Council.

City council OKs PRISM pact with fire marshal
Any fears of a vacant fire training center building in Kenai were allayed last week as the city council agreed to have the city manager negotiate a contract with the state fire marshal to run the facility.

Chamber told vote ‘No’ on Prop. 2
Saying he became involved with the debate over Proposition 2 to raise people’s level of awareness on the measure, Kenai businessman and former Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre told business leaders to vote “No” on the proposition next week.

On the patrol
Soldotna’s highly successful Community Patrol program was inactive this summer, but Sgt. Robb Quelland of the Soldotna Police Department said plans are in the works to revive the program this winter.

Classes weave business and art into a fine tradition
In a conference room in Kenai last week, a group of nine students developed new strengths as they pushed and pulled their way through conquering a traditional art.

Pool repairs under way; state pays part
The aging and out-of-date ozone and filtration systems at the Nikiski Pool can no longer be maintained, but a $100,000 state grant is helping to forward a project to replace them.

Kenai RAC up for debate
Looming questions have left local fishermen scratching their heads over what to make of an Alaska Federal Subsistence Board proposal to create a Kenai Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Committee.

Patricia Mae Spencer
Former Alaska resident Patricia Mae Spencer died Thursday, Aug, 17, 2006, in Shreveport, La.

Soldotna City Council —Seat C: Hale: Quality services essential to medical growth
Name: Sharon Hale

Candidate Views: Kenai City Council, 1-year term: Eldridge: Quality must not change
Kenai is a city I have grown to love, I have been able to serve the community in a number of areas on the Harbor Commission, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Kenai Economic Development Strategy team and in various other community service clubs and other organizations.

Candidate Views: Kenai City Council, 3-year term: Ross: Planning key to city’s future
Gayle and I have a strong interest in our community. After graduation from KCHS in 1964, college graduation and military service, we determined to return here to raise our family. We have been privileged to see our sons also decide to raise their families here. We now have granddaughters in our Kenai schools from grade school through high school levels. It is important that they have the same opportunities to live and work here that all of us have enjoyed.

Candidate Views: Soldotna City Council Seat A: Stogsdill: City’s growth is key
There are a number of exciting things happening in the City of Soldotna. I have the privilege of having been appointed, as a councilman, to the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. We will soon begin the planning and fund raising process for a new Visitor Center, which, when completed, will be turned over to the City of Soldotna.

Candidate Views: Soldotna City Council Seat C: Hale out to make a difference
I am running for City Council because I believe I can represent all sectors of Soldotna fairly and that, together, we can improve the future of all members of our community. I would like to become more involved in our community and believe this would be a good way to do so.

Candidate Views: Kenai City Council, 1-year term: Lewis: Growth, PERS top priorities
The upcoming year is an important one for the City of Kenai. The coming of Wal-Mart and Lowe’s will bring big changes. We are facing a potentially overwhelming debt because of the Public Employees Retirement System. And the school district will be deciding the future of the schools we have in Kenai. As a member of the city council, these issues will be my top priorities.

Around the Peninsula
Nikiski Title l meeting today Horsepower limits meeting set CPR, first aid class offered Refuge plans family fun day NHL charity hockey game to face off Adult hockey league set for action 4-H round-up scheduled Annual pumpkin contest begins High tea set to pour

Around the Peninsula
Violence presentation slated Nikiski Neighbors to meet Quilt raffle fundraiser Bus route changes announced

Panthers take down Stars
The Skyview High School volleyball team dropped the opening game of its Northern Lights Conference match at Soldotna Tuesday, but the Panthers rallied to defeat the Stars in four games.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Elephants cool; martial arts not so hot
I love living in a small town. People are friendly, there’s hardly any traffic and little chance you’re going to get shot going to the mall. On the other hand, there’s challenges when it comes to film criticism. Sometimes theaters have to opt for movies they think will guarantee them a significant box office. That’s why the theme of this review is “I refuse to pay money to watch ‘Jackass 2!’”

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

All of a sudden . . . it’s time for a play
The Kenai Performers have something new in store for this weekend — but don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

The smell of success
Benjamin Jackinsky didn’t have to look far for inspiration of an art show to display this month at Already Read in Kenai. The answer was as plain as the nose on his face.

Campus offers variety of activities, hockey action: Kenai Peninsula College
Nonviolent Sexuality to be discussed Open Mic Night back Student officers announced UAA hockey tickets on sale

Around the District
Free, reduced lunch program available Home-school fellowship planned Students of the Month announced Cook Inlet Academy Connections home school program Grace Lutheran IDEA Kalifornsky Beach Elementary Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences Kenai Central High Kenai Middle Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start Mountain View Elementary Nikiski Middle-High Ninilchik School READS Primary Redoubt Elementary Sears Elementary Skyview High Soldotna High Soldotna Elementary Soldotna Middle Tustumena Elementary Wings Christian

Growing up should come with a warning label, manual
There are certain things in life that some of us really miss the boat on. There is always something that somebody is not telling you.

Final days
It’s sad but true — our golf season is coming to an end. The days are getting shorter and cooler. So on that rare occasion when the sun comes out, why not grab your clubs and come out to play another round of golf at Birch Ridge? It might very well be your last chance this year to enjoy the course with all the beautiful fall colors.

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