Friday, November 16, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Cold Stone collecting for food bank Soldotna seniors open gift shop Kenai chamber announces Christmas celebration Small business workshops slated Enstar United Way fundraiser continues Seafood processing institute open to applicants Children's cooking workshops offered Food safety leadership award offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Fisheries business assistance available

Nothing humane in trapping
The hypocrisy of Mr. (Laine) Lanhdt's recent statements (Clarion, Oct. 29), attempting to justify trapping, was amazing.

Children getting mixed messages on seat belts
In the Peninsula Clarion Nov. 8 article "Board learns about school bus safety," Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones told school board members that school buses use compartmentalization to protect kids on buses and I believe that's not the whole truth

Time to raise taxes?
I was happy to see that Alaska's commercial fishermen had such a great year. I certainly hope that Gov. Palin is drafting proposals to raise their taxes. That is what happens when industries have successful years after so many marginal ones, is it not?

Reader: Plaque would be nice addition at park
No veterans memorial for Soldotna park? As a veteran that is fine, but I have a suggestion.

Reader: Know how your legislators are voting
I urge each and every voter on the Kenai Peninsula to log into the Legislative Web page located at www.legis.state.ak.us/basis. Once there, use the search function to find HB2001, the new oil and gas tax rate bill, which started out as Gov. Sarah Palin's ACES plan.

Kenai Spur crash leaves 3 injured
Three people were taken to the hospital following a Wednesday afternoon vehicle collision that closed the Kenai Spur Highway at the Kenai city limits north of Soldotna.

Mayor stumps for Cook Inlet gas
Cook Inlet's known natural gas reserves may last no more than a decade under present-day rates of use even with Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer operation in mothballs, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams warned during a speech in Anchorage on Wednesday.

Photo feature: Clean sweep
George Niemi clears this week's snow from the parking lot in front of his apartment in Kenai on Thursday morning. He said he shares the job with other tenants and his landlord.

Ninilchik processor still open
When Jeff Berger said last February he was closing his business, he was. But not permanently.

Kasilof historical association plans fundraising auction
The Kasilof Regional Historical Association gives to the community all year through its preservation of the culture and antiquities of the area, but once a year it asks the community to give back so it can continue its operations, and that day is today.

New rules, course for T-200
While the official start is still two months away, organizers for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race have been busy planning this year's event, and sign-up officially opens today.

Hairy day at Soldotna salon
One customer was knocked across the room as another failed to stop her vehicle when arriving at Tina's Hair Pros salon in Soldotna on Wednesday morning for a hair appointment.

Vets pushing for memorial
The inclusion of a flag pole and memorial to Soldotna veterans continued to be a subject of much contention Wednesday night as the final conceptual plan for the redesign of Soldotna Creek Park was presented to the city.

New exemption rules pitched
Borough Mayor John Williams and Assemblyman Paul Fischer have proposed an ordinance lifting a provision of the property tax exemption law that now limits the time qualifying senior homeowners may be absent from the borough to 120 days per tax year.

Kathleen Louise (Ehalt) Barr
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Kathleen Louise (Ehalt) Barr died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at her home in Kenai. She was 77.

Derek T. Stenroos
North Pole resident Army Sgt. Derek T. Stenroos was killed Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations. He was 24.

Proud, supportive, caring: Community backs our soldiers
Thanksgiving still may be a week away, but the central Kenai Peninsula's show of support last weekend for its soldiers and veterans was no less a thanksgiving in itself.

Packing a few extra items can prevent a tragedy
With the heavy accumulations of snow that fell in several backcountry locations this past week, many are preparing to head for the hills this weekend, and whether snowmachining in Turnagain Pass, skiing the Resurrection Trail, or mushing in the Caribou Hills, all outdoor recreationists should be prepared for an emergency situation.

Ski season kicks off on Tsalteshi Trails
While there isn't much snow down in the central peninsula area, there is more than enough for the Tsalteshi Trails Association to start grooming out trails.

Checklist of Alaska bird species: Growing by leaps and bounds
In 1959, Ira Gabrielson and Frederick Lincoln published the monumental ornithological book "Birds of Alaska." This comprehensive work includes an annotated list of 311 naturally occurring bird species that had been observed in Alaska through June 1958. In 1978, Brina Kessel and Daniel Gibson updated the list through November 1977 totaling 381 bird species.

Around the Peninsula
Hospice hosts open house

Around the Peninsula
Seniors open gift shop DAV to meet Cybersmarts! workshop set Auction fundraiser set Homeless vigil today See's candy fundraiser continues Cameras, photo printers sought Reading program continues Donations sought for military personnel

Kenai knocks off Juneau-Douglas
When a defenseman pinches in to try and keep the puck in the opposing team's zone and trips, the goal that results is usually for the other team.

Homer, Glennallen win tourney games
The Homer and Glennallen hockey teams started out the End of the Road Shootout in Homer on Thursday with victories. Homer defeated Juneau-Douglas 5-2, while Glennallen topped Delta 11-1.

Range of motion
Some years ago, the dance studio on Haller Street in Kenai was called Master Dance Studio. Jean McMaster, the owner and operator of Master Dance, also was the driving force behind a company called Peninsula Dancers. Young men and women in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s grew up dancing at the studio, earning their spots in the company.

To see 'Bee' or not to see 'Bee'
Much has been made of the "Seinfeld Curse," but is there really such a thing? I'm referring, of course, to the stellar lack of success achieved by the cast members of that highest-rated sitcom of all time in the years since its disappearance from the airwaves.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

Art Briefs
Kenai library seeks children's essays Writers' group to meet Lungs for hire Performers sought Kenai Performers seek members Milestone moments sought Educator grant applications available Reading council seeks members

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

Church Briefs
Church bazaar set

Lincoln: America should thank, praise the Lord
"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the holy scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord, ..." wrote Abraham Lincoln in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863.

Maybe Kitna isn't crazy after all
Jon Kitna could have been hosting the Academy Awards. Better yet, his statement should have appeared on the Emergency Broadcast System.

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