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Friday, October 12, 2007

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Youth facility workers honored Wage, hour seminar slated Bioneers in Alaska conference set Made in Alaska adds peninsula permit holders Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations accepted Fisheries business assistance available

Internet buzz: The rudeness of Internet discourse
I've always been skeptical of columnists who preach about the educational value of the Internet. Sure, the Internet started out as a forum for academics and scientists, but in the past 10 years the Net has evolved into a hodgepodge of amateur and commercial sites, presented more for entertainment and commerce than anything else.

Filing for disability online
Applying for disability benefits from Social Security is easier than it's ever been before. Until recently, the disability report had to be completed manually. Now, you can save time by completing it online and sending it to Social Security electronically.

Mileage perks don't make sense
I worked for the feds for 11 years and on occasion had a few chances to fly for training, but not as much as most.

Story uplifting, but ...
The feature article on Debbie Clonan's successful struggle with breast cancer (Clarion, Sept. 30) was uplifting, but one wonders why the author chose to give top billing and most mention (13 times) to Planned Parenthood.

What a breath of fresh air
Thank you, Richard Hahn, for your "Life lesson: Friends play important role" letter. You stated so eloquently, the "back to the basics" of what relationships should be made up of.

Reader a fan of charter schools
I just wanted to put my two cents in about charter schools. I don't know much about Kaleidoscope or the other charter schools in the area. I do, however, have a student at Soldotna Montessori charter school. We do receive the benefits of school lunches, and if I wanted my child to take the bus, that service is also provided. More space would be excellent. I look forward to eventually having that opportunity.

In Brief
Mountaineer to share story for fundraiser

It may be legal, but it certainly isn't fair
For anyone that hasn't seen the video posted on YouTube of a so-called "hunter" killing a brown bear in the Katmai National Preserve, it's worth taking a look at, if for no other reason than to understand the dialogue that the incident has created.

Kenai family escapes mobile home fire
Joyce Garrett, her three daughters and two dogs safely evacuated their Kenai mobile home on Wednesday after it caught fire around 6:40 a.m. When firefighters responded, flames were coming out from underneath the trailer on the west side.

Initiative process gets revisions
Several changes to the borough's initiative and referendum processes were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting Oct. 9, including one requiring sponsors to pay a $100 fee with each petition application.

For biologist, watching loons marks passage of seasons
Despite experiencing three decades of Alaska winters, the winter of 2006-2007 seemed unusually cold and exceptionally long for me. But perhaps it was merely my increasing age and impatience for warmth outdoors, enhanced by the daily visual reminder of our rapidly dwindling firewood supply. Like many others, this past winter I longed for spring and warmth. And I also longed to again hear the haunting calls of loons and to watch them rear their young on the nearby lake.

Absentee voting begins Monday in Soldotna
Absentee voting will begin Monday in Soldotna where a run-off election is needed to fill one remaining open city council seat.

Pleasant day, fowl weather
Duck hunters hike across the Kenai River flats in search of fowl Wednesday afternoon.

Black bear not burglar gives Clam Gulch resident a start
A Clam Gulch resident thought he was dreaming late Saturday evening when a bump in the night that woke him turned out to be a bruin, rather than a burglar.

Wildlife center prepares for reintroduction of wood bison
Anyone that has ever wanted a hands-on opportunity in helping save a threatened species will be able to get involved in a conservation project, from the ground up, this weekend.

Ninilchik gets a new heart monitor
Mike Chihuly's department will be better able to serve Ninilchik now that they have the money for a new high-tech heart monitor and defibrillator. The fire chief for Ninilchik Emergency Services showed up at Soldotna's Alaska USA Bank to receive an oversized check worth $16,782.

Responders drill for worst-case scenario
If you're driving on the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday and a cadre of ambulances speed past you with sirens blaring, don't be alarmed.

School board to seat Hilts, Crawford
The Oct. 2 re-election of two Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board members and the passage of Proposition 3 limiting the terms of school board members caused a confusing wrinkle and left board president Debra Mullins wondering what to do at Monday's meeting.

New chief in Nikiski
The Nikiski Fire Department has a new chief.

Photo feature: Falling into winter
A light dusting of snow glazes an autumn-colored leaf in Kenai on Thursday morning following brief flurries in the night. Forecasters are calling for cooler temperatures and cloudy skies.

Assembly plays musical chairs
Three assembly candidates re-elected Oct. 2 by large margins within their respective districts, but who are affected by the concurrent boroughwide voter approval of a term-limit ballot proposition, were prevented from taking the oath of office Tuesday by the remaining members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Loretta L. Green
Kenai resident Loretta L. Green died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 47.

Riley Lynn Rhodes-Zuck
Riley Lynn Rhodes-Zuck died Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Ival Ovilla Vangas
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Ival Ovilla Vangas died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, surrounded by family at her home. She was 71.

Election 2007: Another fine mess
Want to get people more disgusted with the political system than they already are?

Around the Peninsula
Seniors host movie night

Stars can finish 10-0 by keeping state title
As soon as he saw the incoming class walk through the doors four years ago, Galen Brantley Jr. knew something special was brewing.

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

A sense of self
n "Self" will run at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Kenai, until the end of October. The Kenai Fine Arts Center is open 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 283-7040 for more information.

'Kid' leaves critic feeling heartbroken
Have you noticed when you go into the video store, lately, that almost every new release on the shelf is boldly labeled as being the "Unrated-Unedited-Super-Sexy-Too-Hot-for-Theaters-Director's-Cut?"

Exploring God's word leads to great discoveries
"In fourteen hundred ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue."

Church Briefs
Peninsula Grace has a new senior pastor

81's clash: Getcha hot dogs ready
A couple of years ago, this matchup could have been mistaken for an anger management class.

Oilers announce two more signings
The Peninsula Oilers recently announced the signings of a pair of players from Duke University.

UTVs race at Twin Cities
AK-49 and Twin Cities Raceway have come together to start the Alaska UTV Racing Association. The AURA gets racers together to compete on Utility Terrain Vehicles.

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