Friday, December 7, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Cooking lessons available Decorating contest begins Food bank donations sought Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Rural agriculture funding available

Omission makes reader question media
I was appalled when I recently heard our local public radio news list the Democratic candidates and leave out Dennis Kucinich. That's a lie and shows the infiltration of propaganda into what we consider a reliable source. Presently, the FCC is attempting to further consolidate the media. We need to speak out against this while we still can.

Why are bridge lights such an issue?
Who would have ever thought that in a land that has so much darkness, that the addition of lights of any color would spark such controversy?

Kenai celebration works because of many
On behalf of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend special thanks to the community for their enthusiasm and support of our annual Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration. This event has become a wonderful tradition in Kenai and would not be possible without your participation. Nov. 23 was a cool and rainy day in Kenai, and, despite the weather, we still had a great turnout and families were enjoying themselves well into the evening.

Draw your own conclusions on mine
Most people in this modern world are pretty busy. It's hard to pay attention to what s going on around us. We can barely find time to watch the news, so we may miss something very important.

Donations appreciated
Soldotna Middle School would like to thank the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for a wonderful and generous donation. Their donations went to help with the holiday baskets that the SMS homerooms are working on with the student council to give to community members who are needy this holiday season.

School board meets to beat
Following the irregular beating of Native drums and singing of an African tribal greeting song, members of the school board returned to their seats and sat down to serious business at Monday night's meeting.

Picking up a quick bite
A bald eagle watches for dinner from a perch in a spruce tree on the bluff in Kenai at dusk Wednesday evening.

ACT seeks court injunction
The attorney representing the grassroots group Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers filed motions Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court seeking an injunction to prevent implementation of the 3-percent borough sales tax scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.

Student survey draws criticism
With questions touching such sensitive constitutional topics as rights guaranteed by the first and second amendments, a proposal by the Community Action Coalition once again to survey central Kenai Peninsula school children has irked some school board members.

Kennel laws voted down
Kenai's eight licensed kennel owners can rest easy; rules governing their licenses have not changed.

Photo feature: Sundown
The setting sun highlights wave patterns on Cook Inlet at the mouth of the Kenai River recently. The central Kenai Peninsula is getting about six hours of daylight per day this week.

Legislation fails to pass
Though earning a majority of votes, an ordinance that would have eased travel restrictions on seniors trying to qualify for the borough's extended property tax exemption failed at Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Colleagues hold out hope
Even though rescuers on Wednesday turned up no sign of a LifeGuard helicopter that went missing Monday evening, those who worked with the staff on board aren't giving up hope.

Coalition rallies, seeks signatures
Every year the Bristol Bay region lures Clark Whitney to its shores. Beginning at the headwaters of the Nushagak and the Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna drainage, Whitney's hunted, trapped and fished his way to the mouth of the bay.

William Clark Burnett
Former long time Soldotna resident William Clark Burnett died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash. He was 56.

Louise Rhodes
Lifelong Alaskan resident Louise Rhodes died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from natural causes. She was 97.

Clarice Maude Dale
Longtime Kenai resident Clarice Maude Dale died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 83.

Ethel M. 'Pat' Ashworth
Sterling resident Ethel M. "Pat" Ashworth died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at home from natural causes. She was 73.

Raemonda Eugena Olson
Kasilof resident Raemonda Eugena Olson died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 55.

Housing market doesn't scare peninsula folks
We've said it time and time again how fortunate we are to live on the Kenai Peninsula. This week's Clarion story about the situation with the national housing market proved that we are, indeed, better off.

Winter plant identification workshop, other events planned
While the lack of snow cover has left many with few fun activities to do outdoors, the Kenai Watershed Forum has several functions scheduled to keep people engaged and educated about the outdoors.

Photos document wetland shrinkage
I always enjoy looking at old family photo albums to see the pictures of how my kinfolk and I have changed over the ever-accumulating decades of our lives. Time and tide wait for no man, and these family photos show the inexorably flight of time's arrow through the generations of our family.

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Around the Peninsula
KCHS blood drive today Student art exhibit set Tree identification workshop takes root Holiday bazaar set for Ninilchik PFLAG to meet Birds of a feather to gather Mycological society to meet Raffle fundraiser continues

Nikiski wrestlers bet on state trip
Their tickets have been purchased.

SkyHi makes their grades
When roughly 13 wrestlers were unable to complete last season due to academic ineligibility, Skyview coach Neldon Gardner was done playing games.

Wasilla hockey edges Soldotna
Soldotna captain Clayton Glick raised his arms and stick in triumph. The horn sounded. The Stars were leading 2-1.

Area netters lose matches at state
The Ninilchik and Nikolaevsk volleyball teams both lost their opening games at the Class 1-2-3A West state volleyball tournament in Anchorage.

Nikiski girls chase another league title
Since taking fifth place in his first year as girls basketball head coach in 1990, Nikiski's Ward Romans has won 12 Southcentral Conference titles. In the remaining five years, the Bulldogs have taken second place.

Art Briefs
Clarion seeks new neighbor Writers' group to meet Performers needed Funny River players to meet Book club a real page turner Lungs for hire Collections for exhibit sought Kenai Performers seek members Museum plans juried exhibit Art donations sought Short story contest begins

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

Poet's Corner

Welome to the Wilderhood
In the last two decades, technology has changed the way we think of record labels.

Carell continues to grow in 'Dan'
"Dan in Real Life"

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Christmas giving is for the undeserving, too
Christmas is a season for giving but some refuse to give to those they see as undeserving of their gifts; those who, like the prodigal son, have wasted their money. Why should we give to those who've had their chance and blown it?

Redskins try to win for Taylor, again
Sean Taylor would have been proud to call himself a Redskin.

Midnight Sun Volleyball to hold tryouts
The Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club will hold tryouts for the 2008 season at Kenai Central High School on Dec. 13 and Dec. 17 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. Players ages 18 and under are asked to bring playing gear and wear a numbered shirt. People interested in playing, but cannot be at the tryouts, can contact their high school coach or the club director as soon as possible. For more information, call 262-9501 or e-mail

Oilers sign Sequeirra
The Peninsula Oilers recently announced the signing of Santa Rosa Junior College sophomore infielder/outfielder Paul Jared (P.J.) Sequeirra.

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