Friday, September 28, 2007

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

Reader wants vote to count this time
Did you buy this argument? Namely, it's not fair to vote for an incumbent that term limits will keep from being seated.

Reader hopes Prop 1 fails
Concerning Prop. 1: I hope that this proposition will fail. My husband homesteaded in 1948 when there was no road past Forest Drive out the "North Road." He cleared the required acreage, built a log home and has maintained residence on that homestead ever since. The log home was moved from its original site to the west side of the homestead, where we now live.

Library's value worth expanding on
One of Kenai's most valued assets, the Kenai Community Library, needs our help.

'Yes' vote would help make library more accessible
As a handicapped person in a wheelchair, I find it difficult to browse the bookshelves of the Kenai Community Library.

Keep the good ones: Why limit your free choice?
If you pass the term limit ballot measure in the Oct. 2 election, you stop qualified and knowledgeable people from running for re-election.

Run-off may be needed in Soldotna
With five candidates vying for one council seat in Soldotna, chances are likely a run-off election will be needed to determine who replaces Jane Stein for council seat D.

Up on the roof
Shawn Larson, Keegan Fritts and John Lisonbee are silhouetted against clouds Thursday afternoon as they work on the roof at the Alaska Lodge on Beaver Loop in Kenai. Forecasters are calling for rain today and clearing skies Saturday.

B&B annual convention opening today in Homer
Marketing experts and other tourism industry advisers, as well as business owners from around the state are descending on Homer this week for the 10th annual convention of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska.

Moving on down the line
Fall colors frame Homer Electric Association lineman Cole Young as he works on a project to replace aging electric lines in Thompson Park subdivision in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Assembly accepts flood reimbursement
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has accepted a sizeable state grant that reimburses the borough for expenses incurred in responding to severe flooding at Seward last fall.

Anchor Point's growth praised
Though it is doing so slowly, economic indicators show the community of Anchor Point is growing steadily and contributing to the overall economy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Borough Mayor John Williams said in Anchor Point on Wednesday.

Board looks at Skilak hunt
The public has until Friday to submit written testimony on a proposal that will give youth ages 16 and younger the chance to hunt for grouse and hare in the Skilak Loop Wildlife Management Area this November. The proposal, which was submitted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will be considered at the Board of Game meeting in Anchorage on Oct. 4.

B&B owners get lesson in teamwork
Carrying a heavy bowl of quarters, Linda Chamberlain circled the room asking those attending Thursday's opening event at the Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska convention in Homer to simply take as much as they wanted.

Code yellow: Augustine Volcano rumbling again
As Yogi Berra said, it's a case of deja vu all over again. Last Saturday, after a week of unusual earthquake activity near Augustine Volcano, the Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the volcano alert level to advisory and the aviation color code to yellow for the volcano, located about 75 miles to the southwest of Homer.

Soldotna annexation proceeding
Taking the mayor's precautionary warnings under advisement, the Soldotna City Council nonetheless directed city administration to pursue annexation efforts as far off Kalifornsky Beach Road as Highcrest and Tagala avenues.

Hospice seeking volunteers
A person's last moments in life can be some of the most difficult for them and their loved ones to face, but it doesn't have to be. There are people out there who take on the care and support of someone dying of a terminal illness, relieving them of whatever fear and pain they have, helping them to die with dignity and their families to let go.

Kenai mayoral candidates graded
Kenai mayoral candidates were somewhat taken aback Wednesday when greeted at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce forum by a report card of sorts depicting their voting record this year on business issues brought before the city.

Gerd Manzek
Cooper Landing resident Gerd Manzek died Sept. 24, 2007 at home with loved ones by his side, after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. He was 75.

Soldotna City Council
I am now completing my three-year term as one of your representatives on the Soldotna City Council. I prefer to think of it as something akin to an apprenticeship. A learning experience if you please.

Kenai City Council
Kenai is one of the nicest cities in the state of Alaska. We enjoy a quality of life that most people would envy.

Kenai City Counci
I have served on the city council for the last 12 years and have a strong background in local issues having lived here for 22 years. I am the proud father of two Kenai High School graduates and currently have a freshman at the high school. I am a Certified Public Accountant and commercial fish in Cook Inlet with my kids every summer.

Soldotna City Council
I have lived on the peninsula for close to 30 years. I am married to Bruce, a general contractor. We have two children: Kaitlin, a senior at Gonzaga University; and Brett, a sophomore at Soldotna High School.

Kenai City Council
I'm excited about the possibility of being a member of our city council. I hope that my experience and willingness to invest my time and energy in our city will encourage you to consider voting for me.

Getting the money is great, however ...
This year the dividend will make slightly more than 600,000 Alaskans $1,654 richer.

Soldotna City Council
As a young parent, in a small-town, working-class family, I bring new eyes and a fresh perspective to the City Council. I love Soldotna. I have made it my home and intend to stay.

Soldotna City Council
I've been actively serving the community of Soldotna since 1983 and remain committed to defending the quality of life, health, safety and security of Soldotna resident families. My wife Erin and both of our daughters (Madeline and Sophia) were born at CPGH. Although we have been offered transfer opportunities from my employer of 23 years, ConocoPhillips, Soldotna is our home of choice. I will fight for a promising future for our children and grandchildren.

1 door closes on the Kenai ...
Agrium: The end of an era; the begin-

Winter wonders
With winter weather closing in on Alaska, many birds already have headed to the Lower 48 for the season, but not all of the Kenai Peninsula's avian species are such fair-weather fliers. A few hardy birds attempt to eke out a living through the cold weather months, and among them are the massive and majestic trumpeter swan.

An Outdoor View
My first clue that I had fallen in with a bad crowd was when one of my hunting partners came up behind me and shot a Steller's jay off the cabin roof with his deer rifle.

On the refuge, two halves don't make a whole
I read an interesting essay by Lance Petersen, called the Fragmentation of Kenai. Published in 1983, he bemoaned the loss of community that was the result of rapid population and economic growth after he moved to Kenai in 1953. Mr. Petersen was writing about the human community. But the same notion can be applied to wildlife populations, as they adapt to a world with a heavy human footprint.

Young hunter bags a bull
Going hunting isn't new for 10-year-old Kilina Klaich of Anchor Point. Hunting has been a family event since her parents Steve and Bea Klaich were married in 1992. It has continued to grow as a group activity with the birth of each of the couple's four children.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball leagues forming Deadline for KPBSD committees today Hockey registration, sports swap planned Marathon to hit the streets

Around the Peninsula
Cameras, photo printers sought Kids reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel Social Security reps to visit peninsula Community resource directory available Swim lessons to make a splash Pingpong returns

River, economy are top priorities
As most eyes in Kenai are focused on the city's economic future with the anticipated arrival of two new big box stores, one of three candidates running for two open city council seats has turned his attention to the Kenai River.

Micciche: Raising tax rate should be last choice for council
Name: Peter Micciche

Kenai City Council 3-year term
Name: Hal Smalley

Vadla: Imperative city council address development issues
Name: Penny Vadla

Murphy: Soldotna should advocate stricter controls on river
Name: Linda Murphy

Sleater: City working toward cemetery; deadline not needed
Name: Ed Sleater

Kenai City Council 3-year term
Name: Barry Eldridge

Horan: Market trends, supply, demand will dictate land use
Name: Shane Horan

Bower: Study needed before city decides to buy golf course
Name: Lydia Bower

Kenai City Council 3-year term
Name: Joe Moore

Kenai is next in line to try and slow SoHi's potent attack
Soldotna coach Galen Brantley Jr. compared Saturday's highly anticipated showdown with Kenai to a chess match.

Seward counts on sisters' acts
Just about everyone involved in the world of cross country should know the story of the dynamic sisters from Seward.

'Dragon Wars': So bad it's good
Chris Jenness

It's one thing after another
"Sudden Theater" will run Friday through Sunday and Oct. 5-7 at the Old Town Playhouse. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for seniors and students and $12 for general admission. Advance tickets are available for purchase at Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna.

Dinner and a movie
Much like the Cannes Film Festival in France is used to demonstrate that European cinema is art, not just entertainment, so, too, will the local festival with a similar name demonstrate movie patrons care about more that just taking in a flick.

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

Poet's Corner
Leaves fall

Church Briefs
Children's group planned Children's Bible club offered Soldotna Bible study slated Clothes Quarters open Thursday Bible study set Grief support offered Financial study group slated Church seeks volunteers, begins Bible study Old Testament seminar set Catholicism seminar offered Parish nursing workshops offered Church news sought

Bird Homestead Golf Report
As I drove down the road and rounded the corner by the golf course I could see glowing movement on the course. What is that? I ask myself. Now I remember the Glow Ball Tournament was going on. Golfers have to be crazy!

Pigskin Pick 'Em
It's a simple word to learn.

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