Thursday, November 30, 2006

Business briefs
Chambers set schedules, elect membersSmall business center to host workshopSanta comes to SoldotnaBusinesses pitch in for food bankHoliday decorating contest continuesJA seeks volunteers

Show running over time need to be addressed
The network affiliates in Anchorage (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) add an extra two minutes of commercials to their prime time programming each hour. For the Anchorage network affiliates the evening schedule is 7, 8:02, 9:04 and 10:06 p.m.

Alaska needs a say in election
Election reform should be a priority for Americans today. How can we speak of freedom when our own elections are faulty?

PERS needs overhaul
Everyone seems so confused by Alaska’s Public Employees Retirement System, PERS.

Tailgaters annoy reader
All I want to say to the drivers in and around town during the dark hours of mornings and evenings is “get off my bumper!”

A thank-you to the people of Alaska
With the holiday season upon us, this is the perfect time of year to give thanks to all those who have helped us during the past months.

Storm sparks chain of good will
The wind storm blew a tree on my power line that ripped the meter off. The electric company workers were swamped, they couldn’t get to everyone at once. I was out from Nov. 13 to 17. On the third day, I saw water on the floor, for a moment I forgot what to do and who to call.

‘Yes’ to drift boats
This reader says “Yes” to drift boats on the Kenai River.

Opening arguments: Control freak or just misunderstood?
A Kenai jury selected to hear the murder trial of a 24-year-old Soldotna man, listened Tuesday as opening arguments in the trial claimed to describe what was going through the defendant’s mind on Jan. 29, 2005, the day his mother died from a knife wound in her back.

Longtime provider heads south
Patients in Kenai and surrounding communities are choking back tears this week, not because they are in pain but because the medical center and medical caretaker they have depended on for years is leaving.

Kenai City Council votes out of PERS
A change in the makeup of the Kenai City Council resulting from the fall elections brought about the reversal of an earlier decision involving retirement benefits for elected officials.

Assembly to award CPGH Phase 3 work contract
Dawson Construction Inc. has been chosen to build the next phase of the expansion and renovation of Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Per-person, per-day code may be delayed
Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to delay the effective date of changes to the borough’s tax code that would have put certain recreational sales on a per-person, per-day basis.

Pros encourage DNR to up power limit on Kenai
More than 75 people, mostly Kenai River fishing guides, came out in force to give testimony to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources on a proposal to raise outboard motor horsepower limits on the river.

Jurors hear 911 tape
Emergency dispatch and Alaska State Trooper recordings capturing what happened in the minutes that followed the 2005 stabbing of a Soldotna woman were played to Kenai jurors in the murder trial of a 24-year-old Soldotna man on Wednesday.

South Peninsula Hospital seeks $16 million in bonds
It could take as much as $16 million beyond funds already in hand to complete the proposed expansion of South Peninsula Hospital, say Kenai Peninsula Borough officials who are preparing to ask service area voters to approve issuing that much in general obligation bonds early next year.

Marathon agrees to pay fine for violating PCB regulations
Marathon Oil Company has agreed to pay nearly $38,000 in fines for violating the federal rules by improperly storing two transformers for several years at its Spark oil platform in Cook Inlet, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

Jasper Danielle Chumley
Infant Jasper Danielle Chumley of Battle Ground, Wash., died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, in Vancouver, Wash., shortly after birth.

No question, it’s time for a change on the Kenai River
The Kenai River advisory board has recommended a change from 35 to 50hp outboards — a good move. The facts are overwhelmingly on the side of the 50hp. But first, a bit of history: Gov. Bill Sheffield enacted a river advisory board, Kenai River Special Management Area, to help the public have input to the management of this popular river.

Around the Peninsula
Peaceful people to meetCommunity needs to be discussedSoldotna historical board meeting slatedHoliday bazaar offers homemade treatsKenai history buffs to meetCPCS board to meetCollege financial aid to be discussedCookies available to orderHoliday decorating contest beginsDessert auction set to enticeChoir fruit fundraiser beginsPhotos with Santa availableKenai lighting contest plugs inSoccer coaches sought

Around the Peninsula
Fish and Game advisory meets todayPeaceful people to meetSwim meet set to make a splashNoel tree support soughtCommunity needs to be discussed

Skyview Invite to be shortened
A shorter version of the Skyview Invite will be held on Saturday only. The girls race will begin at 11 a.m. and the boys are set to start at noon. Volunteers need to be in the library at 10 a.m.

Skyview defeats Soldotna
Welcome to high school wrestling, Jeremiah Berzanske.

Video systems top list of gifts
Young Hannah Hawkins steps to the plate, winds up and swings. A cheer goes up.

Haven’t we seen this before?
I imagine that, as an actor, it’s probably seductively easy to get typecast. Playing essentially the same character again and again makes for a ready payday and wide audience recognition. So why not? I will say, however, it takes some guts to play such a role when the very title of the movie shouts, “You’ve seen this character before!” Maybe that didn’t occur to Denzel Washington when he was reading the script for Tony Scott’s latest, “Deja Vu.”

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentFilmsUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage events

KPC spring semester registration opens Friday
Financial Aid Night at SoHiKPC Bookstore: more than textbooks and supplies

Schools
ConnectionsKaleidoscope School of Arts and ScienceKalifornsky Beach ElementaryKenai Central HighKenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head StartNikiski Middle High SchoolNinilchik SchoolRedoubt ElementarySears ElementarySoldotna HighSoldotna ElementarySoldotna MiddleSterling ElementaryTustumena ElementaryWings Christian Academy

Friends are a gift, but you need to choose them wisely
Do you always follow your parent’s advice? Do you even go to your parents for advice? I’d have to say a no to both of those.

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