Friday, November 5, 2010

State authority heads to court over Skagway dock fees
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, the state development corporation, is about to tangle in court with the owner of a dock in Skagway used by AIDEA's prime customer for the Skagway Ore Terminal, which is owned by the authority.

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

The next time a politician calls . . .
RING -- RING . . .

Trunk or Treat 2010 was bigger and better than ever
Many, many thanks to the wonderful sponsors, volunteers and to everyone who met "The Challenge" and donated items for Trunk of Treat 2010. Homer Electric Association, CH2MHILL, Marathon Alaska, Production LLC, Cali 1st Nails, Brown Agency, The Law Office of Robert J. Molloy, Carlile, Stanley Ford, Odom Coca Cola of Kenai, Phormation, Blockbuster of Kenai, Udelhoven Oilfield Services, The City of Kenai, Kenai Fire Department, Dorothy Wagnor, Challenger Learning Center, The Kenai Police Department., Arby's, Kenai Mayor Pat Porter, Bill Gregg, Lisa Murkowski and supporters, J&S Diesel, The Parfitt family, FedEx, The Harsha family and friends, Frontier Community Services, The Milburn family, Faby Peck, Georganne Roberts, Sparky, CISPRI, Kenai Alternative High School, Magnum Motors, Peak Oilfield Services, American Legion, First Student, Our Lady of the Angels, Waisanen for State House, The River Covenant Church, Holiday Station, The Thornton family and friends, Management Recruiters South Central LLD, Adkins Chiropractic, The Bundy family, The Coast Guard, Susan McLaury, Jen Moore, the staff from the Kenai Boys & Girls Club, and everyone else that participated in this fun event.

What is an anarchist?
In Alaska, it's not about the individual or what party they represent, it's about who is best to bring about economic prosperity through resource development; who is best positioned to develop opportunities for Alaskan families. Federal departments; Commerce, Interior and Agriculture command control over the majority of land and water in and around our state. Under Commerce: NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service and the Economic Development Administration. Under Interior: BIA, BLM, BOEMRE, NPS, FWS, USGS, and the Office of Surface Mining. Under Agriculture: Forest Service. These agencies are vital to developing land and water; our raw resources for Alaskans.

Not a fan of testing students for drugs
That the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is considering a drug testing policy for student "athletes" is, in my opinion, discriminatory. There are many extra-curricular activities offered to students. If they are considering this policy it should be across the board. Whether you are a member of the school debate team, cheer squad, drum line, after-school construction class participant or any athletic team, etc., to "single out" the athletes is definitely discrimination.

How common is common sense?
Republicans in, Democrats out. But really, is there going to be any change? The answer is no. It's going to be the same ol' same ol'; Republicans trying to dictate what you do in your bedroom, what you do with your body and -- here's a newer one -- where you can worship your religion based on its proximity to a sight of a terrorist attack. Not to mention probably start another war that we don't need and will put us further into debt. Democrats will play themselves as defenders of your freedoms and will get re-elected in 2012. Then what? They will dictate what the market does, attempting Keynesian economics that got us into this economic mess in the first place (or at least made it a lot worse).

17 Kenai Peninsula residents charged in Oxycodone distribution and money laundering conspiracy
Federal prosecutors on Friday charged 17 Kenai Peninsula residents for their alleged involvement in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation in Nevada and Alaska.

Cash landing at Bing's? Popular fishing hole may see some rebuild money
"Loved to death" is an oft-used phrase when it comes to fishing holes on the Kenai Peninsula.

School board discusses drug testing policy
The school board continued to mull its options on instituting a student athlete drug testing policy on Monday.

Erosion tops Kenai's capital improvement list
The City of Kenai has identified its state and federal budget requests for fiscal year 2012 with a list of capital improvement projects.

Compromise cuts through noise: 2 men solve racing nuisance issue with private, civilized dialogue
Rarely do two men who fall on the opposite side of a contentious local issue shake hands three times after the public hearing.

It's still time to be bear aware
If you think it's hibernation time for bears, think again.

Parnell asks for resignations from commissioners, officials
Gov. Sean Parnell, elected to his own four-year term in the Nov. 2 state general election, has asked for letters of resignations from all of his commissioners, deputy commissioners and division directors who are appointed, Parnell said in a press conference.

Ikuko Tidwell
Soldotna resident Ikuko Tidwell, 63, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, peacefully in her home with her husband by her side, after a 4-year battle with lung cancer.

Lila 'Maxine' Plett
Former Soldotna and Anchorage resident Lila "Maxine" Plett died Nov. 2, 2010, in Snowflake, Ariz. She was 94.

Please keep safe on our wintry roads
The tragic death of 14-year-old Rylene Oskolkoff in a vehicle collision last Tuesday is a grim reminder that we live in a land and a climate that is inherently deadly.

Working together for a reasonable solution to noise
We'd like to take a moment to commend two individuals who embarked on an effort to solve a problem, and sealed the deal with a handshake.

Perils of Polly: Tough traveling transition decisions
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Although she is now a teacher at Soldotna Middle School, the perils continue as she just returned from an around-the-world journey that started in Russia and ended in Tibet.

An Outdoor View: The master exaggerator
In 1937, George Leonard Herter started a revolution.

A sport of mental toughness
Members of area riflery teams know they're not thought of as jocks.

Refuge Notebook: A trek across the Kenai 160 years ago in search of beetles
As the entomologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a major assignment of mine is to catalog the diverse kinds of insects that live here. I tend to view this region as a relatively new frontier, with many fascinating little animals yet to be discovered. I have recently been learning about an entomological exploration of the Kenai Peninsula that took place when this really was a frontier.

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Northern Lights Conference volleyball championship begins today at Skyview
Skyview comes into the Marathon Oil Northern Lights Conference tournament with the top seed from the Southern Division, home-floor advantage and a four-game victory over first-round opponent Kodiak this year.

Poet's Corner: The Half Life (part one;)
from a bottomless moment,

Exploring life, death through art: Hospice and arts council team up in Homer
At first glance, the Homer Council on the Arts and Hospice of Homer might seem as apart in their missions as their offices at either end of Pioneer Avenue and East End Road. HCOA offers programs in the visual, performing and literary arts. Hospice of Homer helps people with terminal diseases facing the end of life.

What's Happening

First Thursday

Movie reviewer has possible Oscar nominees on radar
Those who know me or read me regularly will find it no surprise that I didn't run out to be first in line for "Saw 7" or "Saw 3-D," as it's been so cleverly titled. I watched the first "Saw" movie and thought it was a mean, grimy little one-note film with a relatively interesting ending. Since then, the series has gleefully ridden the wave of "torture-porn" horror movies, and is now desperately trying to hold on, even as that nasty little trend has started to play itself out. I know people think they're just harmless fun, but it's not for me.

Church Briefs

Bluegrass gospel featured

Voices of Religion: Break free from the chains that bind you
The woman before me in a checkout line was returning a carton of cigarettes.

Nikiski netters chasing state bid
Nikiski coach Amber Oliva-Douglas is embracing her team's underdog status in the Southcentral Conference volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday at Grace Christian in Anchorage.

Sports Briefs

Soldotna wrestlers top Cordova

Heaven, O'Leary chase state crowns
Kenai Central's Winter Heaven is seeded to have another big weekend.

Bear Tracks: Brown Bears gaining confidence
It's nice to win as we did last weekend, but it's sweeter to know we can.

Skyview topples Kodiak
The Skyview volleyball team swept Kodiak on Thursday in the opening round of the Northern Lights Conference tournament at Skyview.

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