Saturday, November 18, 2006

VECO headlines not the whole story
How startling to read about the recent raids into VECO and legislators’ offices by FBI agents. I originated in a Hispanic country where people disappear or are shot first without questions being asked. Alternatively, it is awesome that in this great country that adopted me, we are all innocent until proven guilty.

Pebble worth another look
The Kenai Peninsula is home to a diverse population that has strong roots in the oil and gas industry, commercial and sport fishing, tourism and a strong retail trade. What’s exciting for longtime residents of this part of Alaska is the jobs pipeline that is being created — and will spur tremendous opportunity for future jobs — through the Pebble Mine project.

Trunk or Treat has sweet success
The Trunk or Treat event held Halloween night at the Boys & Girls Club in Kenai was a huge success and provided a safe alternative to trick or treating for the youth in our community.

HEA to restart Healy coal plant
Homer Electric Association and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have signed a project development agreement that will lead to the restart of the AIDEA-owned Healy Clean Coal Plant.

Ice jam blamed for minor flooding at Big Eddy
The National Weather Service office in Anchorage issued a small stream flood advisory along the Kenai River in the Big Eddy area between Soldotna and Kenai on Thursday afternoon.

Federal Subsistence Board addresses peninsula issues
The Alaska Federal Subsistence Board voted down a proposal to create a separate subsistence council to represent the Kenai Peninsula, but passed a proposal to open a winter subsistence fishery targeting residential fish in Tustumena Lake, in a meeting on Thursday in Anchorage.

Shorted: PS3 will be hard to come by on Kenai Peninsula
Those who do little more than eat, sleep and game may be disappointed to find out that few, if any, of Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game consoles will be available in the central Kenai Peninsula area today.

Peninsula pitches in to aid victims of Hooper Bay fire
With no shiny red fire trucks, no water tankers and no professional firefighters, it came as no surprise that an Aug. 3 fire would destroy 35 structures, including a dozen homes, as it burned a 15-acre swath through the remote village of Hooper Bay.

Coast Guard imposes ice rules in Upper Cook Inlet
The recent spell of cold weather and forecasts of severe icing conditions to come later this winter prompted the U.S. Coast Guard this week to institute Phase One ice rules in Cook Inlet and Southcentral Alaska.

What role should the government play in growth?
When it comes to the economy, Alaskans generally talk about the big three: oil, commercial fishing and tourism. Government’s role as an employer is largely ignored, even though its impact on communities throughout Alaska is huge. As state economists Neal Fried and Brigitta Windisch-Cole note in the October issue of “Alaska Economic Trends,” with more than 40,000 jobs generated by local government, it is the state’s single largest “industry employer.”

Kenai refuge offers many reasons to celebrate its 65th birthday
This December will mark the 65th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order which created the Kenai National Moose Range. I personally find this easy to remember because my brother was born on the same day the order took effect.

Lack of snow doesn’t stop winter fishing fun
After several weeks of freezing weather but virtually no snow, recreationists eager to wax skis, strap on snowshoes and drag out the sleds welcomed the modest two- to three-inch snow fall that blanketed the western Kenai Peninsula last week.

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale to help Africa needyHoliday bazaar slated at sports centerFree movie showing set to entertainClub to sell See’s candyKids’ snowmachine safety event plannedBook fair scheduledRiver contamination meeting slatedCaregivers appreciatedMoose lodge plans danceChristmas is coming to KenaiKPC opens up to performers

Church Briefs
Church photos wantedWomen’s Bible class plannedAnnual brunch plannedAglow to begin Bible studyAddictions group meetsClothes closet opensKids’ night out plannedClothes available

The prayer God always answers
While in my mid-20s — longer ago than I like to acknowledge — I received a call from my father-in-law, a pastor, asking if I would be willing to head the summer daily vacation Bible school at his church.

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