Friday, October 26, 2007

Internet Buzz: No such thing as a free monkey
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedules Hearing Health Care Center opens QuickBooks workshops offered Women in business to gather Children's cooking workshops offered Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations accepted Fisheries business assistance available

Morris sells its small papers
AUGUSTA, Ga. Morris Publishing Group agreed Tuesday to sell 17 newspapers to GateHouse Media Inc. for $115 million.

Where mining's concerned: Are we doing enough about it?
As concerned Alaskans, I think we need to back up a bit and rethink the Pebble Mine and its potential as a vast and wonderful future operation. It becomes blatantly apparent when one reviews the largest mining operations and the past history of mining in our beloved state what the truths are concerning these poems, prayers and promises.

Term limits not a good thing
Term limits are a bad thing. Term limits with a clause penalizing past behavior is a really bad thing.

Privacy invasion inspires reader to take a first step
I thoroughly enjoyed Nan Misner's article "To pee or not to pee," and the title was certainly eye-catching.

Reader: Let incumbents stay for one more term
The dilemma over term limits has surprised me. I did not assume that passing term limits would cancel out a victory for incumbents in the same election. Perhaps I did not fully comprehend the implications of that ballot measure before the election, but the drafters of the measure certainly should have.

Photo feature: Snow day
Nimi Pollock, Heidi Watkins and Alexus Coray are reflected in the windows of their school as they make a snowman earlier this week during lunch at Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai. The forecast for the rest of the week calls for a mix of rain and snow.

Photo feature: Bathing beauty
A crow traipses through a puddle in Kenai earlier this month before taking a bath in the cold standing water.

Guide tally steady for '07
Kenai River fishing guide counts are in for the 2007 fishing season. Even though the number of motorized guides on the river increased slightly, at 396 guides on the river in 2007, the total count remains consistent with last year.

Outdated, but not worthless
Today's a big day. Today's the day you've been waiting for ever since you forked over $1,999 two weeks ago. Today's the day you're going to replace your dusty old computer with the new top of the line, brand spanking new one. But once you've booted up your new computer, what do you do with the old one?

Assembly changes tack
Gary Superman, Pete Sprague and Paul Fischer were sworn-in and took their respective assembly seats Tuesday night following a decision by the other six members of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to ignore certain provisions of a term-limit proposition passed by voters Oct. 2 that precluded them from serving.

Lack of work closes elections office
Almost as quietly as it came, the Kenai office of the state Division of Elections has gone away.

Run-off: Soldotna clerk seeks voters
The city clerk in Soldotna was drumming Wednesday night for residents to come out and vote in next week's run-off election to determine who will replace Councilwoman Jane Stein.

Assembly elects new officers
Assemblywoman Grace Merkes, of Sterling, was unanimously elected president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, as the body selected new officers to serve for the next year.

Assembly OKs spending
Sizeable appropriations for ongoing capital improvements at Central Peninsula Hospital and for school district outbuildings were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting Tuesday.

Plenty of fall festival fun for everyone
Whether you celebrate full-blown Halloween or its close cousin the Fall Harvest Festival, there are no shortage of fun and festive things to do this weekend and early next week. Here is a partial list of some of the activities going on around the central peninsula.

Wandalee Marilyn Schmahl
Wasilla resident Wandalee Marilyn Schmahl died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at home with her family at her side after a lengthy illness. She was 59.

Leo Douglas Steik
Ninilchik resident and Alaska Native Leo Douglas Steik died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, at home from complications of cancer with his companion and caregiver, Marianne, by his side. He was 77.

Winter means slow down no, it really does
Winter has hit us literally.

Gearing up: Ski team hosts sports swap
The fresh, falling snow means it's that time of the year again when skiers are starting to get ready to go, and those still needing to purchase a piece of gear for the upcoming season may want to check out the Kenai Central High School Nordic ski team's "Sports Gear Swap" fundraiser this weekend.

'Milk chocolate crunch weevils' often seen in peninsula houses
The faint pitter-patter of little brown weevils dropping from walls to the floor and their louder crunch underfoot are familiar sounds in many homes of the western Kenai Peninsula. These hard-shelled, 1/2-inch-long beetles can be abundant in the summer, crawling up walls, entering houses, and often ending up in bathtubs and sinks. As an entomology student serving the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, I get more questions about these beetles than any other animal. I spoke with Janice Chumley of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Soldotna, who also receives numerous inquiries about these weevils. Below I have listed the questions most frequently asked of us regarding these beetles and have provided the best answers that I have.

Refuge snaring seminar focuses on technique
The winter weather has many people donning thicker coats. The same is true for many animals around the peninsula, which means it won't be long until trappers are in pursuit of furbearing game.

Around the Peninsula
Digital TV to be discussed Public comment sought on park Sports gear swap scheduled Book sale fundraiser planned Sterling senior host Halloween party Developmental screening offered Holiday bazaars seek crafty people Driver safety program offered

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Kodiak aims for sweep
The Kenai Peninsula's swim coaches have installed Kodiak as the favorites on both the girls and boys sides entering the Region III swimming and diving championships on Friday and Saturday at Soldotna High School.

Bethel netters cruise past Bulldogs
With a match against Grace Christian on Saturday left in the regular season, then the Southcentral Conference tournament and possibly state to follow, it's the time of year where the Nikiski volleyball team must figure out how to defeat quality opponents.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Sweet Adelines seeks member Library pumpkin contest continues Graphic novel, art workshops slated Book club to meet Toastmasters to meet Lungs for hire Holiday bazaars seek crafty people Design contest begins VFW holds art, essay scholarship contests Artists in Schools seeks applicants Youth art work sought Digital Arts Challenge planned Milestone moments sought Poetry out loud luring students Reading council seeks members Kids' reading program ongoing Cameras, photo printers sought

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

Heartbeat of a community
Can you feel the heartbeat?

'Gone Baby Gone' one to think about
I've never read one of Dennis Lehane's novels, but if anything about the man's personality can be gained by looking at the film adaptations of two of his best known works, "Mystic River," and this week's "Gone Baby Gone," the guy must be a real live-wire at parties. If you were one of the few people who eschewed ("chewed" get it?) the Alaska vampire flick, "30 Days of Night" and went to see "Gone" instead, you appreciate the irony in the previous sentence.

Divine destination worth determination
Having recently observed Columbus Day and looking ahead to Thanksgiving, I thought about the crew of Christopher Columbus and the pilgrims who traveled those great distances long ago. Precarious journeys, but taken nonetheless. What intrepid souls they were.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Tornado blow away Brown Bears
Kenai River coach Mike Flanagan knows that no amount of practice can cure penalties.

Chargers will give area reason to cheer
It takes a rare, unforeseen situation to throw an NFL team into turmoil coming off a bye week.

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