Friday, October 5, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules QuickBooks workshops set Homer halibut derby awards party hooked Wage, hour seminar slated Fisheries business assistance available

Internet buzz: O.J. vs. the Internet round two
Grab some hairspray and dig up that Ace of Base album it's 1994 again.

Fundraiser helps EMS
On Sept. 15, the American Legion Ninilchik Post No. 18 family hosted the sixth annual EMS benefit. A spaghetti feed and item/pie auction was held.

Contractors shouldn't be exempt: Rules needed
Everyone knows there are more contractors in Iraq than U.S. soldiers, right? U.S. soldiers are at about 160,000 and the contractors are at 180,000. U.S. military has Rules of Engagement and strict oversight. Contractors have neither.

Cleaning House and Senate
Yep, I love Alaska. I care, I appreciate, I believe in, I ... I ... I ...

Public needs to be made aware of Web site
Did you know the Sport Fish Division of the ADF&G formed a committee to look into Kenai River Guide Limitation? Unfortunately, most of the public is unaware of this committee. Also unfortunately, it is made up entirely of guides. Shouldn't other user groups have a say on this very important matter?

Help bowls over teens
We would like to thank the following businesses for their kind words and donations that helped send us to Las Vegas for the annual Teen Masters Bowling Tournament: Kenai Cafe, Freedom Realty, Alaska's Auto Country, Alaska Bolt & Chain and Soldotna Computer Repair. We also would like to thank Ken and Jo Liedes at Alaska Lanes.

Zero tolerance is best policy
An excerpt from a recent letter to the editor (Clarion, Sept. 14), Let representatives do their job of looking out for Alaskans, said, "Alaskans, get out your ledger books.

Life lesson: Friends play important role
For most people, life is a maturing, educational process, acquiring values, living through puberty, discovering sex and the passion of courtship, getting a job, selecting a mate, sometimes having/raising children, sometimes acquiring a home, sometimes acquiring many unnecessary "toys" (big boats, sports cars, sports trucks, four-wheelers, snowmachines, airplanes, jet skis, etc) and rarely obtaining the monetary and other resources necessary for a comfortable retirement.

Family appreciates tribute
We four children of Fred Chambers would like to thank the community of Soldotna and the Peninsula Clarion for their involvement in honoring Fred's life. We also want to give our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Literacy benefit a success
Thank you to everyone who supported the Sept. 12 Fiona Molloy performance at The Crossing to benefit Kenai Peninsula Literacy. Even Fiona herself donated $150 from the sale of CDs to this local fundraiser that provides literacy scholarships to local schools.

Phishing scheme mimics IRS site
A new phishing scheme involving the Internal Revenue Service is turning up in peoples' e-mail inboxes. The scam asks for social security and credit card numbers and directs people to a Web site entitled "Get Your Tax Refund!" a phony imitation of the IRS's "Where's My Refund?" Web site.

Election presents dilemma
Assembly President Ron Long will convene a special meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly this morning to decide how to react to Tuesday's conflicting election results.

No court date set yet
Following discussions held behind closed doors Thursday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided against taking any immediate legal action concerning the dilemma posed by Tuesday's municipal election that saw voters re-elect three assembly and two school board incumbents while also approving term-limit propositions that prevent them from taking office.

Man convicted of abusing toddler
A 20-year-old Nikiski man has been convicted by a Kenai Superior Court jury of sexually assaulting the 2 1/2-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2006.

Skyview quiet despite threat
Even though rumors are rampant regarding a threat that was found scrawled onto a bathroom wall at Skyview High School on Monday, things are slowly getting back to normal. School officials are still searching backpacks and lockers while teachers are keeping a close eye on hallway activities, but nothing out of the ordinary has happened.

School projects in line to receive state funding
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in line for several state grants to fund capital projects and much-needed equipment and supplies.

Districts elected incumbents, split on term limits
District 3 Assemblyman Gary Superman faced no opponent in Tuesday's election and won with 77 percent of the vote the rest were write-ins. Assembly term limits were turned down in Nikiski, his home precinct, and in Salamatof. Term limits found support in Tyonek and Kachemak Bay precincts. The districtwide tally was 399 for term limits, 428 opposed.

Exposed: Community meth problem is brought to light
When Eddie Hill asked if anyone in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School was effected by methamphetamine, nearly every hand shot up. Drain cleaner, antifreeze, cat litter, lye; these ingredients are found in methamphetamine, yet it's the most popular illicit drug in the United States.

Life's a beach
Chris Cook soaks up some sun while throwing sticks to her dog Ramsey on the Cook Inlet beach at the mouth of the Kenai River on Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for cloudy skies today.

Trees face ax of development
Urban development has once again raised the dander of some Kenai homeowners.

Work halted at Homer hospital
Homer News

Photo feature: Wheelbarrows of fun
Krislynn Isam, 3, unloads leaves from a wheelbarrow Thursday afternoon just as fast as her mother, Kara, can load it in the family's yard in Kenai.

Term limit vote doesn't make it better
Kenai Peninsula Borough voters said "yes" to almost everything in Tuesday's municipal elections a cap to the unlimited senior citizen property tax exemption, term limits for borough assembly members, term limits for school board members and bonds to help finance a new fire station in Bear Creek.

Soldotna woman drawn to hunting
Hunting means different things to different people. To some it is a way to save on food bills by filling the freezer with wild game. For others it is an excuse to fraternize with friends. And, sadly, for a select few it is merely a way to legally kill another living creature.

Fish and Game advisory committees plan meetings
n The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Research Reserve Annex across from Homer Air on Kachemak Drive. Lower Cook Inlet fisheries and statewide game proposals will be discussed. For more information call Marv at 235-2468 or 235-8612.

Looking for ducks, putting up goose eggs
With frost nipping at my fingertips, I clutched my trusty drake Mallard call and gave a couple of inquisitive honks. No response, and for that matter I have not seen a duck fly in the three hours I have been sitting in this wet, muddy blind. I can see it in the eyes of my golden retriever, "Where the heck are all the birds?"

Around the Peninsula
Steak dinner, auction fundraiser planned

Homer netters top Nikiski
The Mariners topped the visiting Bulldogs, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19, 25-17, on Thursday.

SoHi eager to extend dominance
Soldotna may have the experience.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Graphic novel, art workshops planned Book club to meet Design contest begins Artists in Schools seeks applicants Poetry out loud luring students Kids' reading program ongoing

Something to say: Documentaries offer a mixed bag for comments
I've found that when you go see a movie in a theater, much of the effect it has on you can be determined by the audience around you. For example, Disney's "102 Dalmations" won't ever be considered in the pantheon of great children's films, but going to see it with an audience of delighted 5-year-olds will definitely buoy your spirits. This weekend, I went to see two films, both issue-oriented, and both of the sort that garnered audience commentary. Unfortunately, only one of the movies benefited from it.

Poet's Corner
One o'clock, they should be here.

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

Fundraiser features musical evening
Classic cars, classic beauty, classic movies: People look at something timeless, and they call it classic.

Church Briefs
Community worship planned

Recapturing the passion for prayer
Arrests in London of doctors and others charged with terrorist activities earlier this year stress the ever present dangers of our time.

Oilers add 3 players
The Peninsula Oilers recently announced the signing of three new players, all from St. Mary's College, for the upcoming 2007-08 Alaska Baseball League season.

Who needs balance when you've got Favre?
No running game. No problem. The Green Bay Packers have everything they need in Brett Favre.

It's not over 'til it's over
It ain't over 'til it's over. You hear it a lot, especially in sports and certainly on the golf course. So, I'm here to remind you once again. It ain't over 'til it's over. Even though our official golf season is over, it isn't really over until the snow flies or the frost settles in for good or the darkness takes over, whichever comes first. So hang in there Birch Ridge golfers. Take advantage of the continuing nice weather and the beautiful condition of the course, grab your golf clubs and come on out to get in as many strokes as you can. OK, let me rephrase that. Take every opportunity you can to continue to reduce your number of strokes. Call to check on play times since they are subject to change daily.

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