Friday, November 30, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Soldotna tree lighting Saturday CPH announces December events Quickbook workshop slated Food bank donations sought Enstar United Way fundraiser continues Cold Stone holding food bank fundraiser Fire department receives grant Fishermen's summit planned Seafood processing institute open to applicants Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Reader: Initiative promotes responsible mining in Alaska
I am writing to urge everyone to sign the Alaska Clean Water Initiative. This initiative would promote responsible mining and protect Alaska's clean water and wild salmon by not allowing the dumping of any toxins into surface or groundwater used as salmon habitat or drinking water.

Event's success is music to the ears
On behalf of the KDLL Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, members and listeners, I would like to thank Rebecca Lambourn and all of the wonderful musicians who donated their time and talent at the Open Mic Musical Extravaganza on Nov. 15 at Veronica's Cafe.

Reader: Earth won't die
I would like to let people know that the earth changes every so many years. My science teacher told me in 1956 that our class would probably all live to see vast changes such as Florida would become as Alaska and Alaska would become more tropical this is the nature of our planet!

Money could be better spent by city than on lights
In response to Ms. (Viveca) Draper's question regarding the lights on the Kenai River bridge (Clarion, Nov. 13), the lights in my opinion are too flashy, too distracting and should be turned off completely.

Bridge lights a bright idea
I think the lights on the new bridge are wonderful! After nearly 50 years in this wonderful state, I've come to value the things that bring color and light to our almost five months of darkness each year.

Road rules nearing adoption
Months of work on a measure that would require subdivision developers to build roads to standards necessary to place them under borough maintenance could become law Tuesday.

Cold case murder trial postponed
The murder trial of a man charged in a 25-year-old Seward cold case was put off Wednesday until next April. The trial had been set to begin sometime next week.

CES challenges community to 'Keep the Wreath Green'
As minds turn toward celebration this holiday season and people find ways to battle the cold, Central Emergency Services is asking families to be aware that as the temperatures decrease, the risk of fire in their home increases.

Photo feature: Duck and snowcover
Snowcapped peaks in the Kenai Mountains rise behind a merganser duck swimming on the Kenai River on Wednesday afternoon.

It takes a village
If your child knew someone who was being bullied, would he or she have the courage or even the tools to stop it? Would your child be able to recognize the warning signs in someone who's suicidal or have an idea how to prevent vehicle accidents?

SPH expansion denied by state
The commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services has turned down South Peninsula Hospital's application for a state Certificate of Need document necessary to launch Phase 2 of its $32.6 million expansion project.

Photo feature: Rocky rolling
Kenai Central High School junior Alex Sonnichsen finishes a cross-country ski team workout on rollerskis Thursday afternoon. Lack of snow is hurting central peninsula teams. "There was a week then it all melted and now we have this," Sonnichsen said. "It's horrible."

Public comment keeps vets memorial, cemetery talks alive
The fact that a city cemetery and a veterans memorial in Soldotna Creek Park were not on the city council's agenda Wednesday night did not deter foes and friends from voicing their opinions on the controversial topics.

Limited entry for guides supported
Despite the contention between guided and non-guided anglers, the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee breezed through guiding proposals at Wednesday's meeting relatively quickly. The committee voted to support four proposals but opposed the rest, most of which sought to restrict guides on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers.

Seminar not just for trappers
Larry Lewis set his trap hoping to catch a lynx, but when his daughter called him to rescue his dog who was snared instead, he realized that his dog was lucky he was home.

Roy C. Borchardt
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Roy C. Borchardt died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna following a long illness. He was 67.

Phyllis Jean Fleishauer
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Phyllis Jean Fleishauer died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a long illness. She was 71.

Charles 'Chuck' Henry Snyder
Kasilof resident Charles "Chuck" Henry Snyder died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 69.

Taking advantage of early spring cleaning Spur gas line is same plan, different year
Today is the deadline for applica-tions to build a natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

Taking advantage of early spring cleaning
In case you haven't noticed, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is trying to make a good impression.

Peat deposits record postglacial climate history of the Kenai
Old-timers who came to the Kenai after World War II have seen glaciers like Portage, Tustumena and Grewingk steadily pulling back into the mountains. These glaciers are small relicts of the ice sheets that extended out across the Kenai lowland and filled Kachemak Bay, and locally merged with even larger glaciers that came across Cook Inlet from the Alaska Range. The action climaxed 23,000 years ago at the height of the last glaciation.

Around the Peninsula
Trapping, snaring clinic Saturday Beekeepers all abuzz Cookie fundraiser continues Spaghetti dinner, auction fundraiser set Clean water to be discussed Drivers safety class offered Christmas event slated

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Sports Briefs
CIA netters fall in conference tourney

Hakkinen starts strong
What a difference a year makes.

Skiers waiting for some snow
Mother Nature has played Lucy the holder and area cross-country skiers have played Charlie Brown the kicker so far this winter.

Peninsula Clarion - Pulse

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

The play's the thing
Theatergoers have options this weekend, with the opening of two plays one at Nikiski High School, and one at Soldotna High School.

Animation earns split decision
Cartoons used to be nothing more than kiddie-fare, but recently, animation has entered a new era of respectability, thanks in part to graphic novels, Japanese Anim, and the intense photo-realism offered up by Pixar and others. Animation makes possible the realization of a director's vision, in ways that never were before, and the trend now is toward cartoons with real, adult stories, or live-action films with so much seamless integration of computer animation so as to make "Roger Rabbit" look like a child's sketch book. This week saw two films tackle the medium in different ways, with surprising results.

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

The answer today is mankind's well-being
A Chinese proverb states: "One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."

Brown Bears shuffle players
Adam Krefski assisted on two goals when the Wichita Falls Wildcats split a pair of games with Kenai River in mid-October.

Favre tries to snap spell
Records are meant to be broken.

Oilers name Myers their 23rd coach
Tom Myers was not a psychic.

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