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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Business Briefs
Nikiski Chamber to meet Gubernatorial candidate forum slated Small business center hosts workshop Car care tips offered Free smoke detector batteries available

EMS benefit was helped by volunteers, contributors
On September 9th, 2006, the American Legion Post No. 18 Family hosted their 5th Annual EMS Benefit. A spaghetti feed and item/pie auction was held. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers and contributors that made this event successful. With all the donations from the community and other peninsula businesses, we raised $8,144, which will be presented at the next EMS Meeting.

Helpers made strides in improving kids’ safety
Many students, families, staff and community members participated in Walk Your Child to School Day at Redoubt Elementary on October 4. Thank you to Mrs. Hale, CES, SPD, Mayor Carey, Safe Kids of the Peninsula, and Mr. Dotomain for their help. PTA served hot cocoa and muffins and had prize drawings at the school. Thank you to PTA helpers Monica Frost, Lynn Dusek, Rose Henry, Nikkole Nichols, Amy Larson, and others who helped with refreshments and prizes.

Bridge delays show poor planning
When are we going to hold those in Government, that work for us, accountable for their mistakes? Private industry would not stand for the mismanagement and mistakes made with the building of this “Mickey Mouse bridge,” across a narrow part of the Kenai River. Looks like we will be going into a third year of lane restrictions.

Little writer has big thanks for CES puppet show
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, CES came to Soldotna’s Creative Play and Preschool to do a puppet show on fire safety. This letter was “written” by Clara Moore, age 4, to thank Captain Bernie for his part in the event.

Reader asks why in river politics
We live on the Kenai River, the greatest, most productive fishing stream in the world.

Caring is evident in time, effort spent
The LeeShore Center would like to thank the United Way Day of Caring volunteers.

Initiative supporter wasn’t aggressive or antihunting
A letter from Dianne MacLean (Oct. 6) alleges that an “anti hunting ballot initiative” group was blocking the post office entrances recently. This “group” was in fact one person whom I talked with there and did not observe the “aggressive” behavior alleged. If he was aggressive at other times I do not approve.

Gift of waders keeps program swimming along
To Scott and all the folks at Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware:

Reader: Palin knows more about Alaska issues
In November Alaskans will have a choice in voting for who they want to be governor of our great State. The choice will be between and old has-been who has a legacy of being one of the worst governors we’ve had and and energetic and professional female who did and exemplary fob as Mat-Su mayor and Gas Commission appointee. Let’s see how they compare on social, economic, and fisheries issues.

Brats, beer, community support made Oktoberfest grand
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the 7th Annual Oktoberfest at the Kenai Elks on September 16th. This fundraiser for KDLL Public Radio is always a good time and for a good cause.

Don’t blame ‘Fox News’ rhetoric on Democrats
With regards to the letter posted on October 11, “Tactics all about timing”, the Democrats did not start any of the rhetoric that the reader was talking about. Fox news continues to seek out and report the slanted, biased ugly news that has made them great. I know a lot of Liberals who watch Fox to laugh and get after their Conservative friends and let them stand there with nothing to say because the liberals come up with the Republican talking points and the Democrat rebuttals that prove them all incorrect.

Food bank feasts on helpers’ efforts
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Board of Directors and staff are very grateful to Chevron (formerly Unocal) employees for their United Way Day of Caring projects at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank facility on Community College Drive in Soldotna. Employees painted the Soup Kitchen dining area and preparation area plus the office area and bathrooms! Everyone appreciates the updated look. The company provided some painting supplies too.

Concert involvement hit the right chord
We were so thrilled to have the support of the Kenai-Soldotna community when we presented our Evening of Classics concert (Oct. 6). It’s our annual fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. Not only did we have 50-plus local musicians performing, we had an enthusiastic audience of over 150 people who clapped, laughed, smiled, and encouraged us as we played or sang.

Adopt-A-Stream teaches environmental awareness
In the woods surrounding Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon, a group of fifth-grade students marched through the trees and sang about their work like Snow White’s 25 dwarves.

Business acumen workshop packed in 49 concise minutes
Going on the belief that small business owners don’t have time to spare, KeyBank will present seven business tips in seven minutes each during a free seminar today in Kenai.

Assisted living, Frontier plans revised
When the tab passed the $3 million mark just to get to the back of the lot, plans for a new senior assisted living facility in Kenai and an office building for Frontier Community Services were sent back to the drawing board, according to a consultant heading up the projects.

Torpedo Lake breaks banks
Trees, root wads, dirt and chunks of peat moss, up to eight feet in length, flushed into the Kenai River Monday morning after water from Torpedo Lake washed out a creek separating the lake from the river.

Council supports Tustumena ice fishery
A request by the Ninilchik Traditional Council for a winter subsistence fishery in Tustumena Lake won backing Wednesday from the Southcentral Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meeting in Homer.

District 33 candidates share views on gas
Both candidates running for the state House of Representatives District 33 seat told Soldotna business leaders the natural gas pipeline contract is the most important issue facing the Alaska Legislature right now.

Hospital on track to open phase 2 in January
Central Peninsula General Hospital will open the doors to its new 74,000 square-foot building Jan. 2. The opening of the new hospital wing, a two-story building with a basement, will mark the completion of the second phase of the hospital’s $50 million dollar expansion project.

Carl ‘Allen’ Driver Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Carl “Allen” Driver Jr. died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, surrounded by family following a brief battle with cancer. He was 47.

Carl ‘Allen’ Driver Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Carl “Allen” Driver Jr. died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, surrounded by family following a brief battle with cancer. He was 47.

Michael Patterson
Kenai resident Michael Patterson died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, after a brief battle with pneumonia at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 49.

Around the Peninsula
La Leche league to meet Oncology to hold open house Christmas bazaar set Community dance planned CPCS board to meet Domestic violence workshop set NRA fundraiser takes aim Halloween carnival set to spook Halloween party set for fun Harvest festival set to spook Sports swap gears up Dinner theater set Adult hockey league continues

Around the Peninsula
Home school fellowship setFlood meeting planned in SewardDisabled vets to meetSharks to be investigatedColon cancer to be discussed

Floating a message
When was the last time you collaborated on a project with three other people who had no prior experience, and that shared effort resulted in a 43-foot-long work of art?

Poet’s Corner
A walk amidst the trees

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Art Briefs
Radio pledge drive for 1 day only Potters to be picked for show It’s not too early for Christmas Native arts summit slated Annual pumpkin contest continues Poetry Out Loud open to schools State seeks art pros

Resemblance to Damon only thing going for ‘The Marine’
I was trying to decide between the two stellar films that were released this weekend, so I asked my wife.

Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Soldotna senior’s project provides role models, reading buddies for elementary school students
Students at Redoubt and Soldotna elementary schools got a treat earlier this month when the biggest heroes they could imagine stopped by to share in their reading time.

KPC process technology instructor wins national recognition
The Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), part of the National Science Foundation, has awarded Kenai River Campus process technology instructor David Spann the Trailblazer’s Educator of the Year Award. Spann accepted the award at CAPT’s annual Critical Issues and Best Practices Conference held Oct. 5 in Houston. This is the inaugural year for the award.

Key to happy dating is learning to avoid pressure situations
Dating is 90-percent pressure. It can be scary. To me it’s sad, watching my friends freak out about their hair, their makeup, and their bodies, all for a guy.

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