Friday, October 1, 2010

Business Briefs

Cold Stone Creamery to host ice cream social

Readers: Clarion should not have published letter
As a loyal daily reader of our local newspaper and an Alaskan resident involved in the day to day concerns for the preservation of this Great State of Alaska, I am dismayed that you allowed the publication of the letter headlined "Murkowski should withdraw" (Clarion, Sept. 28).

Miller's straight forwardness appreciated
I realize that politics can be a nasty business and running for office, unfortunately, can get ugly. Sometimes when one candidate attacks another, it's not only necessary to defend a position or character, but sometimes to counter it with his or her own assault. But, I'd like to share one interesting observation with you.

Taxpayer tired of paying for same thing again
In regards to the story in reference to Proposition 1 (Clarion, Sept. 28), as the School District official stated, "back then when oil was flowing ... ." I seem to have been around at that time and my dementia has not gotten the best of me yet. I recall that at that time the School District and Borough officials were selling the building of those schools with the pitch that the State of Alaska was going to pick up 90 percent of the tab. Now, they tell us that the State of Alaska is going to pick up 70 percent of the tab to fix the roofs.

District 4 candidates: Murphy looks for the right recipe
When Linda Murphy cooks, she follows a recipe. But she adds her own spices and ingredients to come up with her own creation.

Deadline to register to vote in November approaching
While the local elections are right around the corner, the deadline to register to vote in November's general elections for governor and U.S. Congress is even closer.

Troopers catch bail jumper in a tight space
Bennie Holt was hiding in a crawl space when Alaska State Troopers found him last Wednesday after a tip came in.

Kenai council candidates share their views
Kenai City Council candidates were able to sound off against their opponents at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum Wednesday at the Merit Inn.

Local businesses targeted in check fraud scheme
The scheme went something like this:

Kenai voters could test new borough ordinance: Smalley would fight dual office regulation
Hal Smalley, current Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly who's also running for his second term on Kenai City Council might have to forfeit one of his seats if re-elected to Kenai's council Tuesday.

Service area boards connect residents, borough
There's a numbers problem, one that borders on a civics issue, in the upcoming Oct. 5 election.

District 4 candidates: Myers an 'agent of change'
J.R. Myers jokingly calls himself Heinz 57. As in, he's made up of 57 varieties.

World champ! Nikiski man sets record on classic video game
Brandon D. Moore is a video game world champion. Maybe that's not an impressive title to everyone, but to Moore and others into competitive gaming circle it's kind of a big deal -- yeah, really.

Jerry Duane Musselman
Sterling area resident Mr. Jerry Duane Musselman, 51, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital following a battle with cancer.

Edwin George Ruberg
Kenai resident, Mr. Edwin (Eddy) George Ruberg, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Riley Marei Wheaton
Riley Marei Wheaton, 8 months, died at her family home in Wasilla on Sept. 22, 2010,

Local government: Complex, but we're all in it together
In the early 70's, my wife Susan and I came to visit Kenai just one time, then packed up all of our worldly goods and moved here, jobless, but committed to making Kenai our home. I still remember family members, who were so sure we would get Alaska out of our system saying, "You're going from the Bush to where?" While they couldn't pronounce Kenai properly, it didn't stop them from visiting and growing to understand what kept us here.

'Village with a Past' has bright future
In 1984 the book called Once Upon the Kenai, Stories from the People was compiled by the Kenai Historical Society. Towards the back of the book, there is a ledger from the Alaska Resident Fisherman's Union dated 1934. Excerpts from the ledger include:

Strong community must continue to look forward
Wow, it is amazing how fast three years slips by. Each day as Mayor I look forward to taking on new challenges. I am motivated by the fact that with challenges come opportunities. During this past year we have seen the opening of Wal-Mart, ACS choosing Kenai to expand their retail business, extension of water and sewer down Bridge Access Road, the beginning development of Daubenspeck Family Park, the possibility of Enstar Reinjection Gas Plant, the expansion of our public library, national automotive retailer purchasing property, Kenatize Tribe Medical Clinic received Federal Funding and many other projects positioned to bring new jobs and economic development.

Economic development good for city
Citizens of Kenai, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your council member for the past 4 years. Kenai is a city I love and enjoy. I am a 20 year resident of Kenai and a 30 year resident of Alaska, I love the city and the people who live here, my desire is to see the city continue to grow and improve. As your council member I will continue to promote economic development and other projects which will enhance the quality of life in our great city.

Voters to consider propositions on Tuesday's ballot

Next Tuesday is voting day!

Kenai would benefit from plan for development
On October 5 when you to go to the polls, I am asking for your vote to allow me to represent you as Mayor of the City of Kenai. Five years as a Councilmember have given me the background to understand the Mayor's role in our city and what is necessary to perform those duties.

Fisher: Let's keep Soldotna moving in right direction
"Why do you want to run for City Council?"

Cohesive trail system a worthy goal
My name is Terry Bookey and I work as a Firefighter and Paramedic with Central Emergency Services. Born and raised in Kenai, it is now where I have chosen to raise my own family. My wife, Jessica, and I have three children ages 17, 9, and 7. After some time in Washington for college I realized that Kenai is where I wanted to remain permanently.

Refuge Notebook: Now and then: The history of red fox on the Kenai Peninsula
You should consider yourself very fortunate if you have glimpsed a red fox anywhere on the Kenai. This furbearer is considered to be one of the rarest animals on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and has been so for several decades. Red fox numbers are so low that most biologists working on the refuge have never seen one, and most trappers on the Kenai have never caught one.

Perils of Polly: All aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Peril's of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

An Outdoor View: Losing it
One day last year, I saw a fat, old man staring at me from my bathroom mirror. I didn't like his looks, and I resolved then and there to change them.

Around the Peninsula

Garden club gathers

Around the Peninsula

Cardiac support group to meet

Soldotna City Council: Kyle Fisher

City should not impede growth of local businesses

Kenai City Council: Terry Bookey

Water quality, Kenai dipnet fishery top list of concerns

Kenai Mayor: Mike Boyle

Bluff stabilization, comprehensive plan deserve attention

Soldotna City Council: Regina Daniels

Annexation, development need further exploration

Kenai City Council: Brian Gabriel Sr.

Kenai must balance growth, impact on neighborhoods

Kenai City Council: Hal Smalley
New comprehensive plan should be a living document

Kenai Mayor: Pat Porter
Quality of life, good business environment top priorities

Kenai City Council: Barry Eldridge

Community input important to new comprehensive plan

Stars face beast from Southeast
The Soldotna football team finished the season 8-0 by dominating defending small-schools state champion Kenai Central 52-8 Saturday.

'Wall Street' sequel turns into a meltdown
"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

Gala Opening: 7th Annual Homer Film Festival
Hollywood insiders predicting nominees for the best documentary in the Academy Awards could poll critics, read trade magazines and look at recent winners of film festivals. But why do that when the Homer Documentary Film Festival has shown winners or nominees in the seven years of its history?

Poet's Corner

A Yellowing (my tribute to Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

What's Happening

Best Bets

Voices of Religion: A broken bowl holds truth, not water
Sue Bender, in her book Everyday Sacred (Harper, San Francisco, 1995) p. 13, shares a wonderful picture worth putting on your heart. Listen to her words:

Church Briefs

Kids welcome to gather

Clarion Calls

Jeff's call: Giving Van Driessche her due

Bear Tracks: Brown Bears show positive signs on long NAHL road trip
At the conclusion of the NAHL Showcase, we took our show on the road to Wenatchee to face a team we have had very little success against the past two seasons. The first of two games proved to be too much for our group to handle, as Wenatchee pulled out all the stops for their first home game of the season. The place was packed with 4,000 fans screaming louder than I'd ever heard them. The game was delayed and our boys had to sit in the locker room for a few extra minutes as the wild hung their back-to-back regular-season title banner and played last season's highlight reel.

Golf Report: Classic ending at Birch Ridge
This past Saturday, September 25 golfers were welcome to blue skies, sunshine and a bit of wind for the final tournament of the year, the Cold Weather Classic. Twenty-six couples took to the course, playing a scotch twosome, to see who could capture the trophy and maybe, just maybe, set a new Cold Weather Classic record. No record was set but Erin Bell, teaming up with partner Nick Horn, captured first place low gross with a round of 76 outpacing Tanna and Mike Chenault by three strokes. In the low net division, after a card-off, Leona Jackson and Gary Dawkins captured first place with Vicki and Mike Hollingsworth taking second place. The women definitely had their "game on" Saturday securing three of the four individual prizes. Sharon Keating captured closest to the pin on hole 6, just over nine feet from the hole, and Pat Bird put her tee shot 28 inches away on hole 8. Dave Keating captured long drive for the gentleman while Erin Bell took long drive for the ladies.

Making a move: Mucha, Beeson to lead area runners at state
Soldotna's Bree Mucha and Kenai Central's Bailey Beeson are part of a pack of about 10 runners that have a shot at claiming the Class 4A girls state cross country running title on Saturday at Bartlett Running Trails in Anchorage.

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