Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Dem Bones, Dem BonesDem Rug Bones help carpet new Habitat home
You wouldn’t want to order ribs at Rug Bones any more than you’d want to order a side of fries at Chubby Chickens, but if you’re looking for flooring materials at bare bones prices you’ll want to check out the Rug Bones warehouse on K-Beach Road. According to Rug Bones General Manager Mike Cole, carpet bones are basically the ribcage of a whole carpet roll, “Kind of like a beef rib the rug bone supports the whole roll of carpet, but our name came from our owner Frank Thomas who has been in the carpet business for more than 20 years and has owned many successful flooring companies with catchy names like Fast Freddy’s and Chubby Chickens,” said Cole.

Outdoors
After returning from the slope on Friday Sept. 29th I picked up my new pick-up in Anchorage and drove home. Not new (1999) but 11 years older then my old one. While driving through the Cooper Landing area I spotted a brown bear and cubs along the river but when I turned around so my son Travis could also see them they were gone. I’m not sure whether there was two cubs with the sow or three as I was concentrating more on keeping my truck on the road then I was looking for game.

SoHi hosts District wide student government workshop
Student leaders from across the Kenai Peninsula School District gathered at Soldotna High School last week to share ideas and hear about issues confronting them and their classmates in the coming school year. According to SoHi student government advisor and BP Teacher of Excellence recipient Michael Druce, the district-wide student government meeting is an annual event designed to facilitate camaraderie and unity among students within the district.

Connections at Central Emergency Services
Last Friday the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections home school program hosted a community open house and student field trip at the Central Emergency Services (CES) in Soldotna, “This was a combination event for us. First an opportunity for the community to come out and learn more about what our program is all about and two, a chance for our home school students to get together and learn more about our emergency services in Soldotna and what our 1st responders do here at the fire station, and most importantly an opportunity to get together, talk with each other, have some fun and share a hot dog,” said Connections principal Lee Young. As Young was talking with Dispatch reporters, 13-year-old Chelsea O’Hara was diligently interviewing CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale for a paper she was writing on CES activities.

TALENTS Project introduces youth to high growth industry jobs
A new alliance between the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Labor Workforce Development Business Partnership Division known as the TALENTS Project is offering opportunities for school aged and “at risk youth” to be introduced to high growth industry opportunities.

Staff well appreciated
What a success! Frontier Community Services had a wonderful staff appreciation picnic this year. There were a lot of generous businesses and folks throughout our community who donated items for door prizes, food items for the barbecue, as well as sound systems, a lot of time and tents to keep us dry. There was a “Crazy Hair” booth, face painting, horse rides, live music, frozen T-shirt competition and games galore.

Reader: Job of parent means stepping into their world
Common sense said to leave well enough alone, but some things are important enough to speak out about. I am referring to a letter published Sept. 13 titled, “Requirements for parents attendance leaves bad taste.”

Change questioned
Why change the War Crimes Act? Does this criminal administration wish to exonerate itself from its own acts of violence and inhumanity even before its members are in the dock? We certainly do have “transparency” in government now, don’t we? What could possibly be more transparent than the blatant fact that we have thugs and criminals running this country? How long will the public sip beer in front of their television sets and pretend none of what transpires in Washington, D.C., has anything to do with them? Certainly the brown stuff is going to hit the fan, won’t it? But when? Soon?

Season a hit, thanks to sponsors
The Soldotna Little League Board of Directors would like to thank all the players and parents for a great 2006 season. We hope to see you all again next season.

Reader: Letter sends wrong message to child
This letter is in response to Dave Briscoe’s “Requirement for parents attendance leaves bad taste” (Clarion, Sept. 13).

Reader: Borough needs to have costs examined
The Clarion and I must be disappointed. The assembly reconsidered and still did basically the same inane thing on the senior tax exemption. The mayor should veto this administrative mess.

Reader offers ideas to help kids, seniors
Is it really a mystery in the Soldotna and Kenai area why there are problems in the community? Kids here have the movies, local school sport programs (what’s left of them), and if their parents have it like that, or there is a summer job taken, they ride ATVs. Usually, there are a couple of accidents a year that are fatal, and these are some of the things our children are left to do with their time:

Spur needs support
“Spur line needs to come to peninsula” (Sept. 22), by James Isham, is absolutely correct. I agree with Mr. Isham’s assertion that the majority of Alaskans will benefit from a spur line heading south from Delta Junction. If you have examined the pipeline contract negotiated between the major oil companies and the governor, Mr. Isham, you will notice the contract stipulates several “T’s” in the pipe where spur lines could be connected. BP and the other major companies have made it clear that they would not build the spur lines themselves because they don’t market and sell gas in Alaska.

Seniors ‘round-up’ support
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank the wonderful donors and volunteers who contributed to the center’s Fall Round-Up fundraiser. A big thank you to the Spur Highway Spankers for their great music and evening of entertainment. Another huge thank you to Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Sweeney’s Clothing, Wells Fargo Bank, Jersey Subs, Radio Shack, Mykel’s Restaurant, Kaladi Brothers, Nita Douthit and Mary Lane for the fabulous door prize donations. A special thank you to Alaska Railroad for the trip tickets for two, and John Nelson for the beautiful hand-carved loon donated for raffling. A very appreciated thank you the Alaska Young Marines for their outstanding volunteerism in serving, and cleanup.

Ordinance ‘little more than eye wash’
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has passed, pending reconsideration, Ordinance 2006-21 which is little more than eye wash and will create residential fraud as the longevity bonus did and the PFD does. This ordinance really does nothing to relieve the property tax exemptions granted to seniors and disabled veterans living outside of the cities.

Grant appreciated by center
The LeeShore Center would like to thank the Fred Meyer Foundation for its recent community grant in the amount of $621.25. These funds will provide food for clients residing in LeeShore’s emergency shelter facility.

Editorial right on the mark
I salute the Clarion’s editorial on Sunday (Sept. 17) regarding the unlimited property tax exemption presently given to citizens over the age of 65 (seniors) living on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fishermen survey in the mail
If you bought a fishing license last year, there’s a chance you’ll soon discover a pair of National Marine Fisheries Service surveys have arrived in the mail.

Beluga washes ashore in Kenai
National Marine Fisheries Service biologists unleashed the heavy scent of decay over North Kenai Beach on Monday as they carved into a 2-week-old beluga carcass found there by a man walking his dog on Saturday.

School money lawsuit starts today
The civil trial for a lawsuit alleging the state’s education funding system has been inadequate and inequitable is set to begin Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

School board writing wish list
Before the school board meeting gets under way in Homer on Monday evening, board members will consider reapplications of three charter schools and state and federal legislative priorities during afternoon work sessions.

Photo feature: Scenic route
  Scott Begins, a member of the Skyview High School Relay Team, runs the last leg of the Kenai River Marathon on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Robertia

Motor issue makes waves
The turbulent debate over a proposal to increase horsepower limits on the Kenai River to 50 from 35 peaked at a public meeting Thursday when speakers on both sides of the debate claimed environmental and safety concerns in support of their position.

Pat Weaver
Nikiski resident Pat Weaver died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at her home in Nikiski. She was 72.

Lois Grenewald
Kenai resident Lois Grenewald died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 87.

George Randall Robertson
Kenai resident George Randall Robertson died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at his home with his family by his side. He was 85.

Patricia K. Newton
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Patricia K. Newton died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, after battling cancer at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

Jimmie Patsy ‘Pat’ Weaver
Longtime Nikiski resident Jimmie Patsy “Pat” Weaver died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at her home surrounded by family after a long battle with emphysema. She was 72.

Lois May Greenewald
Kenai resident Lois May Greenewald died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with her family by her side. She was 87.

Patricia Newton
Kenai resident Patricia Newton died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 55.

Births
· Tiffany and Jeremey Ley of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Gavin Robert, at 4:39 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He weighed 8 po-unds, 1.5 ounces and measured 21 1/8 inches.

Around the Peninsula
Vegetarian potluck planned Basketball camp set to shoot Depression screening available Prime rib dinner, auction fundraiser slated Take a Break to meet NRA fundraiser takes aim

Community Events
Class of 1987 seeks members Auditions for mystery play set Sauna fundraiser slated Birders flock together Woman seeks info on roots

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Around the Peninsula
Redoubt celebrates safe walking Bee keepers all a buzz Quilter set to sew General election voter registration looms Breathing seminar planned Head Start reunion slated Russian fun night scheduled

Tuesday’s election likely won’t draw many voters
If the past is any predictor of the future, fewer than one in three eligible voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will bother to head to the polls or submit absentee ballots in the Oct. 3 municipal election.

Where to vote today
The municipal election for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, school board and service areas, Kenai and Soldotna city councils and Propositions 1 and 2 will be held today. The following is a list of Kenai Peninsula polling places for the election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

General election voter registration deadline looms
Unregistered voters who wish to cast ballots in the general election Nov. 7 have less than a week to sign up.

SoHi swimmers compete in Kodiak duals
The Soldotna swimming and diving team competed in dual meets on Friday and Saturday at Kodiak.

Sports Briefs
Middle school runners tackle boroughs Kenai, Soldotna win middle school soccer

Marathon has successful debut
Just like the runners, the Kenai River Marathon is in for the long haul.

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