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Saturday, December 2, 2006

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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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