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Friday, October 6, 2006

Juneau grads find success at home
JUNEAU — While some in Juneau are fighting an exodus of young professionals, five 23-year-olds have launched a local cutting-edge information-technology firm that’s thriving.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Small business center host workshops Breathing seminar planned Workers’ compensation seminar set Foster starts business Hansen attends medical education meeting Free smoke detector batteries available Carpet One launches ‘star’ pet search

Taxable sales rose during 2006 second quarter
Taxable sales in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the second quarter of 2006 grew by 4.4 percent over the previous year, while gross sales picked up by 2.1 percent, according to data released last week.

Driver wants explanation on rising diesel costs
The difference in gasoline prices between Anchorage and the peninsula have long been a disgusting controversy, but this really chaps me. After the light ends are refined from crude, i.e., propane, butane, etc., diesel fuel, then heating oil, jet fuel and gasoline are refined, pretty much in that order.

Reader: Just you wait
Regarding the Sept. 17 editorial, “Unlimited property tax exemption needs to go-now” (or, which should have been entitled: “Clarion demands open season on geezers”).

Solicitation of voters shouldn’t get rubber stamp at fed facilities
On Saturday, Sept. 23rd, at the Soldotna Post office, the public was repeatedly approached by a group soliciting voter’s signatures for an anti-hunting ballot initiative. “Save the Grizzly” rang out each time a person entered or exited the post office.

Legion saluted for service
Ninilchik Emergency Services wishes to thank Ninilchik American Legion Post No. 18 for doing its annual fundraising dinner commemorating 9/11.

Ceremony a success with community support
Many thanks to all the individuals and groups who made the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness ceremony Sept. 16 such a wonderful success.

Aggressive tactics allowed on federal grounds?
On Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Soldotna Post Office, the public was repeatedly approached by a group soliciting voters’ signatures for an anti-hunting ballot initiative. “Save the Grizzly” rang out each time a person entered or exited the post office.

Writer not a Palin fan
As a 25 year resident of Wasilla, I think we can do a lot better than elect the former mayor of Alaska’s ninth largest city as governor.

Reader cites new chapter in river issues
In the latest chapter of “Not Caring for the Kenai,” the guides have had a sudden relapse of honesty that they want put into regulations. After all these years of running “de-tuned 50 hp motors,” they seek to be allowed to use 50s all the time.

Community cooks up support for fundraiser
Once again, the Kenai Central High School Homecoming James Martin Memorial Scholarship Bar-B-Que was a success. Despite the rain, $997 was raised for the fund.

Death threat gets youth jailed
Quick reporting and a fast response nipped a potential school violence incident in the bud Tuesday, after police arrested an 11-year-old Ninilchik School student on a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening. The student threatened to bring a gun to school and kill a 16-year-old student.

Road upgrade smooths commute
The state has taken the bounce out of Kalifornsky Beach Road — at least the middle seven miles of the road between Kenai and Kasilof.

Salmon runs threatened
Yet another threat to salmon runs can be counted among the many that have crept onto the Kenai Peninsula along with human population growth.

School board discusses PERS options
After the Pledge of Allegiance and a rumble of chairs on the stage floor, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board welcomed new student representative — Lydia Ames of Soldotna High School — to its meeting Monday at the Mariner Theatre.

Reason for no bear season
In recent years, the grumbling over canceled brown bear seasons has grown as hunters complain the number of bears on the Kenai Peninsula appears to be increasing while hunting opportunities have plummeted.

KPC librarian finds perfect instrument for orchestra
A group of local orchestral musicians recently found themselves in scramble as they searched for an instrument few people bother with anymore, but is central to a piece the musicians are playing at a fundraising concert tonight.

Day planned to enhance involvement in equestrian community
The Kenai Peninsula Horse Community Development Council will host a Horse Education Day this Saturday, but organizers promise it won’t be a dog and pony show.

Wagoner: State must address pension shortfall
Giving a glimmer of hope to the dismal public employee pension fund picture, state Sen. Tom Wagoner told Kenai business leaders Wednesday the Legislature must address the situation in the next session.

Dog tag violation will cost $25 in Kenai
Driving without a license results in a fine. Gathering clams without a license nets a fine. Fishing without a license brings a fine.

Photo feature: Ready to fall
Autumn colors top out on a tree in Kenai on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters are calling for rain to return over the weekend.

Tommy Thompson
Longtime Kenai resident Tommy Thompson died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.

Merlin W. ‘Tommy’ Thompson
Longtime Kenai resident Merlin W. “Tommy” Thompson died Wednesday Oct. 4, 2006, at his home in Kenai with his wife by his side. He was 84.

Carl J. Hoblet Sr.
Lifelong Alaskan and Alaska Native Carl J. Hoblet Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Jack Robert Smodey
Former peninsula resident Jack Robert Smodey died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, in his sleep while camping in his R.V. in Soldotna. He was 73.

Donald Louis Gerrald
Former Soldotna resident Donald Louis Gerrald died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at the Roseville Sutter Memorial Hospital, Roseville, Calif., from cancer. He was 40.

Carl J. Hoblet Sr.
Lifelong Alaskan and Alaska Native Carl J. Hoblet Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.

Noel Roger ‘Slim’ Larsen
Longtime Soldotna resident Noel Roger “Slim” Larsen died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.

Election gives voters chance to speak mind
Two down, one to go.

Outdoors Briefs
Comment deadline extendedPublic meetings to be held on proposed councilSubsistence proposals dueOpen house on draft 10-year strategic planTrail program grants availableCentral Peninsula advisory committee to meetKenai-Soldotna advisory committee to meetWhat’s your story?

Time to reap rewards of busy construction season in the refuge
This week, as I drive up Ski Hill Road, I’ve been enjoying the beautiful golden offerings of fall covering the road. I am starting to think about winter and how soon the ground will be covered with that first blanket of snow. Not wanting to dwell on that rapidly approaching event, I think back to the green lushness of — the construction season.

Photographer takes a shot at danger in new TV show
Some might say photographers see things from a unique perspective. Extreme image maker Jim Oltersdorf sees things from a perspective that is extraordinary even by professional shutterbug standards.

Around the Peninsula
Basketball camp set to shoot 4-H round-up planned Auditions for murder mystery play set Quilter set to sew Prime rib dinner, auction fundraiser slated Foster care, adoption information available After school programs available

Opposition to Proposition 2 widespread
Opposition to Proposition 2 was widespread, according to a precinct-by-precinct look at the votes in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Bulldogs outlast Soldotna
Hannah Thompson’s float serve kept the Nikiski volleyball team afloat long enough to defeat Soldotna on Thursday in a nonconference volleyball match.

Stars look to advance to state title game
When Soldotna High School takes the field this weekend for the small-schools football state semifinals, it will be doing it with a team that, surprisingly, has very little playoff experience.

Music takes center stage when it comes to peninsula nightlife
If music is your gig, then pick a night and a venue and come out to play. From Kenai to Soldotna, weekly open mic sessions are hosted at several locations. These sessions not only offer a creative outlet for the musically inclined, but also a musical jam for audiences to enjoy.

Poet’s Corner
Kiss me sweet child, you are off today,

Movie lets ‘Guard’ down
Alaska is a cool place to be, if only for the fact that everyone else in the country seems to equate living here with living on the far side of the moon. It’s as if they think Alaska’s not just a long way from home, it’s a whole ’nother world. What irks me, though, is that Hollywood seems to think the same thing. They like to make movies about Alaska, just not in Alaska. Yeah, this is a somewhat exotic locale, but it’s not light-years away or anything. We are continental, for goodness sakes!

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

Art Briefs
Performers looking for performers Quilters set to sew Native ghost stories wanted Elmendorf bazaar seeks Alaska art Potters to be picked for show State seeks art pros Rasmuson expands arts fund VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

Letting God’s love conquer your anger
La Bufadora, 17 miles south of Ensenada, Mexico, at the end of the Punta Banda Peninsula, is a spectacular marine geyser that explodes upwards sometimes as high as 80 feet above sea level, producing a tremendous sound.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensWomen’s Bible study set for KenaiMatrix Church event plannedSunday healing classes beginKids’ night out plannedClothes availableYouth conference continuesMissionary conference slatedChurch event photos sought

Still swinging at Birch Ridge
Birch Ridge Golf Course is still open and on the rainy and cold days of fall, we only have a few players, but when the sun is shining and the temperatures approach 50 degrees the golfers are still coming out to enjoy these last beautiful days of fall.

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