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Friday, December 1, 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

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.

Jobs wanted, Pebble Mine not
In response to Bob Favretto (Clarion, Nov. 17), those who oppose the Pebble Mine have “not failed to note that the project must go through an extensive local, state and federal permitting process before any development can occur.”

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?

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

Be cautious of PER/TRS spin
I attended the meeting presented by the commissioner of administration, Scott Nordstrand. What I heard from him was the administrations spin on the status of PERS/TRS. If you buy into his presentation our PERS/TRS employees as of July 1, are the only employees in the country that will not have a retirement system. They will have a defined contribution system similar to a 401(k). What they contribute, the state matches and any gains they may earn is all they will have for their retirement years. When it is gone, it is gone.

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!”

Gifts capture spirit of the season
On behalf of the recipient families, we would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to ABATE (Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education) for their very generous Thanksgiving food baskets donation.

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.

Coast Guard finds two missing Homer boats
Two fishing boats overdue back to Homer since Tuesday, Nov. 28, were located about 10 a.m. Friday morning by the U.S. Coast Guard in McCarty Fjord east of Gore Point on the south end of the Kenai Peninsula. Located safe and not in distress were the 42-foot F/V Volga and the 37-foot Sea Fever with three adults and two children, owned by Fadey and Dimitry Kuzmin. The vessels were headed back to Homer Friday morning.

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.

Photo feature: Fresh morning air
Deb Vienna and her beagle Moose get some fresh air and exercise Thursday morning alongside Kobuk Street in Soldotna. Forecasters are calling for snow showers through this morning with an accumulation of up to three inches.

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.

Report: Healthy job growth anticipated
Alaska’s economy is expected to add more than 48,000 jobs by 2014, with most new wage and salary positions coming in the health care and social assistance industry, according to a 10-year forecast by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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.

Impaired listing irks committee
Although concerned over high hydrocarbon levels found in the Kenai River, a local fishing and hunting advisory group said listing the river as “impaired” under the federal Clean Water Act is the wrong way to address pollution problems.

Israel to police officers: It was supposed to be me
Adam Israel learned his mother had died and wailed into his lap in a video shown to a Kenai jury during his murder trial Thursday.

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.

Frank Cromwell Hicks
Former Kenai resident Frank Cromwell Hicks died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2006. He was 83.

Ida Mahle Sigler
Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Ida Mahle Sigler died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.

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.

Kenai’s loss is Utah’s gain
Thursday the doors closed at Peninsula Insta Care on Willow Street in Kenai for the last time.

Take to the road better prepared
A letter from reader Carolyn Dowell in Thursday’s Clarion serves as a great reminder about driving safety, now that our roads are slick once again.

Snowmachiners have work to do before they’re ready to ride
With wintry weather finally starting to lay down a thin white blanket of fresh snow, it won’t be long until enough of the white stuff accumulates to break out the snowmachines.

Global warming the burning issue at forest fire symposium
Poet Robert Frost observed that, “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice .” Last month I attended the third International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in San Diego where opinions were definitely of the fire persuasion. Ice didn’t stand a chance.

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
Parenting class offeredFree movie showing set to entertainCommunity needs to be discussedHoliday bazaar offers homemade treatsArt guild offers pottery for saleCribbage tourney beginsChristmas concert SundayKenai lighting contest plugs in

Kachemak wrestlers see chances narrow
One person’s loss is another’s gain.

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.

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.”

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Religion Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet closed this weekendHoliday bazaar offers homemade treatsKids’ night out continuesShaping your life class offeredClothes availableCookies available to orderAnnual brunch plannedBahai take stand against violenceAglow to begin Bible study

Slow down, savor the ‘Hallowthankmas’ highway
Last month I drove to Anchorage and set my new personal best time. I revved my engine. I glanced at my watch. I released the brake.

Oilers sign up 2 pitchers
Ryan Tatusko has signed to return for his second season with the Oilers. The 6-foot-5 junior right-hander is from Indiana State University. Tatusko was a starter and pitched out of the bullpen for the 2006 Oilers. During the summer of ‘06 he was 4-1 with 10 appearances. He pitched 43 innings and had 42 strikeouts and eight walks. Tatusko is from Noblesville, Ind.

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