Friday, September 29, 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

Voters do know what they’re doing
Tuesday, Oct. 3, we will again be voting in a borough election and, yet again, I will be voting whether to keep the borough sales tax at 2 percent or to allow it to be raised. Thought they had to wait two years after a petition vote to change the results of the vote. Not so. It seems the voters didn’t really know what they were voting for; at least that’s how the rhetoric has been going during the year by people who evidently refuse to accept the results of a public vote.

Reader plans to vote ‘No’
The ACT group, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, continues to tell us that our borough government is wasting money. When anyone asks them to be specific, the only example of poor management that they can give is the Emergency Response Center. Well, the ERC building is nearly built, and as far as I am concerned it is an old issue.

Taxes not high compared to others
Proposition 2 is a hot topic and will be a very important vote in next week’s election.

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?

Residents have an obligation
What do you know about Proposition 2?

Reader: ‘No’ is less confusing
I looked at the municipal election booklet and read Proposition 2. Why did the ACT group purposely write it in the negative, which confuses the voters?

Former mayors oppose Prop 2
During our years in public office we spent many hours listening to and participating in public policy debates. Of course we didn’t always agree with each other and sometimes the discussions could get pretty heated. We come from different backgrounds and experiences, subscribe to different political philosophies and belong to different political parties. Getting us to come to a consensus on any political issue is a definite challenge.

Reader: Can ACT justify it?
I’m really confused about ACT and their Proposition 2. They say they want to cut borough taxes, but it seems to me that they are doing just the opposite. Furthermore, they say they are protecting local citizens, but it seems to me that they are doing everything to drive up real property taxes and protecting the visitors.

Reader: Taxes not a burden, they help provide services
Haven’t taxes and other public revenues brought our communities quality schools, public safety and health that are valued as democratic treasures? Without such public resources these benefits are not done well or at all.

Prop 2 meant to get voters’ attention
I would like to clarify a letter written by Jane Madison in Wednesday’s Clarion. Please be advised that ACT also has a positive message for the voters. It is not doom and gloom. It is about responsible sustainable budgeting. It is vote “Yes” to repeal Ordinance 2005-09.

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.

Burglary convictions bring serious penalties, years in justice system
Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series examining burglary trends in the central Kenai Peninsula.

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.

Racers tuck in to raise funds for scholarships
As the days get shorter, some find getting out of bed more difficult. The Soldotna Lions Club is hoping to convince people not to bother this weekend.

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.

Alaskans contribute to national cancer fight
It is estimated that nearly 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and roughly 565,000 are expected to succumb to the cruel malady.

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.

Sick diners blame Kenai eatery
A night after taking four newly arrived guests to a Kenai restaurant, Jeannie Fanning found herself and three of the guests struggling to hold their cookies long enough to reach the hospital.

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.

Burglars often find themselves at odds with the justice system
A burglary crime often isn’t a first crime. Burglars typically have other criminal history in some other outlawed activity, say law enforcement experts.

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.

Sgt. James Worster
Sgt. James Worster died of natural causes in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006. He was 24.

Are we using our resources effectively?
It’s that time of year to remember how good Alaskans have it. Last week, the governor announced the amount of this year’s permanent fund dividend check will be $1,106.96. It will be distributed to an estimated 602,350 Alaskans.

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.

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.

Pawluk: Needs, costs must balance
I believe we have several challenges in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and KPBSD:

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.

Soldotna hunter takes big bull
Chuck Winters, of Soldotna, watched excitedly as he and a hunting partner from Palmer inched toward a bull moose laying in a northern Alaska marsh earlier this month. Careful to only walk when gusts of wind masked the sound of their footsteps, the hunters had crept to within 40 feet of the moose when it stood up. Winters’ hunting partner, Matt Chambers, swiftly aimed his rifle, pulled the trigger and dropped the animal dead on the spot.

Flattened fireweed flowering frenzy
Diane Owen and her husband Charlie operate the Russian River ferry in the summer and return to their home in Mississippi in the winter. Diane loves flowers and gardening, and was curious about an unusual fireweed plant she spotted growing near the Russian River this summer. She sent pictures of the flowers, and later the dried plant, to refuge headquarters after it had gone to seed.

Outdoor Briefs
Refuge fun day slatedBirders flock together

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
Kenai marathon SundayBreathing seminar plannedHorse council activity slatedPrime rib dinner, auction fundraiser set

Vocational ed, school involvement at issue for candidates
Just one of the four school board seats up for grabs is being contested this year, but board members still have some big issues to deal with in the coming year.

State’s best come to Tsalteshi
It’s anybody’s guess as to how things will shake out at the Alaska School Activities Association State Cross Country Championships, but this much is for certain: with so many talented runners in the field, there should be some exciting finishes.

Sports Briefs
Skyview sweeps Seward

All playoff spots still up for grabs
Heading into the last weekend of the regular season, no team has clinched a playoff spot from the Northern Lights Conference or the Great Land Conference.

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.

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

Compassion is caring for everyone’s needs
In his article, Voice of Compassion, appearing this week in the E-zine “Heart Touchers,” well known author and speaker Steve Goodier describes a bitterly cold January 1935, night in New York City when then Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia dismissed a judge in the city’s poorest ward and presided over night court himself.

Church Briefs
Church event photos soughtSunday healing classes beginAddictions group meetsClothes closet opensKids’ night out plannedClothes availableCatholic faith to be discussedYouth conference slatedMissionary meetings set to inspire

Sports Briefs
NHL charity hockey game to face offHockey evaluations slated

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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