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Friday, December 14, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Seafood processing institute open to applicants Decorating contest continues Food bank donations sought Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought Rural agriculture funding available

Parents grateful for search-and-rescue efforts
We want to thank you all for your prayers, thoughtfulness and kindness. We are so appreciative for the men and women who have selflessly devoted their time and resources in the support of the search-and-rescue efforts of our son and the crew of LifeGuard 1 that was reported missing Dec. 3 in Prince William Sound near Whittier.

Students efforts leave positive impact
Soldotna Community Schools recently worked with the Skyview National Honor Society on our annual Make-It-and-Take It fall craft fair.

It's time to roll the dice
America's looking. Alaskans are also looking for a leader.

Cemeteries more than a resting place
I wish to commend Clark Fair on his well thought out letter to the editor (Dec. 5) concerning a cemetery in Soldotna and the need to make a decision as to its location.

States honor Capt. Tiffner
While many in America do not take a moment to notice a family in pain, others go beyond to show that they are there for the families and that they will never be forgotten.

Concert hits the right note
Congratulations to the Kenai High School Choir on the wonderful Christmas concert Dec. 2.

Governor's pipeline plan garners reader's support
The people of Alaska, and especially the Kenai Peninsula, should be pleased with Gov. Sarah Palin and the timetable she set regarding the building of an Alaska gas pipeline. We must remember this only determines the visible players who have taken a seat at the table. The poker game is just now starting and it will be years before any chips can be cashed in.

Carey to run for borough mayor
Carey to run for borough mayorSoldotna Mayor Dave Carey has announced a run for mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2008.

Anchor River king fishery liberalized
Anglers fishing for king salmon on the Anchor River will be able to come away with more fish next season. Because more fish than previously thought are swimming up the river, the Alaska Board of Fisheries decided to increase the annual catch limit of kings and extend the saltwater fishery to within one mile on either side of the mouth.

Lawmakers: Finishing in 90 days won't be easy
Ninety days may not be long enough.

Fishery proposal sparks debate
A proposal that would increase the mandatory closed periods for the Kasilof commercial set gillnet fishery sparked heated debate between sport fishermen and commercial fishermen at Wednesday's Soldotna-Kenai Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting. Despite the debate, the committee voted to oppose this proposal.

Kenai Chamber quizzes Benson
Saying the state and the entire country can be doing better on several planes, U.S. Congress candidate Diane Benson told a meager audience of Kenai business leaders changes need to be made.

Photo feature: Tree of light
A lighted tree at Peninsula Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic brightens Frontage Road in Kenai on Wednesday afternoon.

Memorial services planned for helicopter crew, patient
Central Emergency Services will hold a processional and memorial for paramedic Cameron Carter of Kenai on Saturday at the Soldotna Bible Chapel on the corner of Kobuk and Marydale.

Soldotna wants to be credited for $1.3 million PERS payment
The governor's pledge to hold the line on cities' public employee retirement contribution rates was welcome news to Soldotna leaders, but they aren't ready to forgive the $1.3 million the city already paid into the fund.

CES keeps up LifeGuard search
Every day since Tuesday five Central Emergency Services rescue workers have combed the inlets and fjords of Prince William Sound in the hopes of finding some clue as to the location of the LifeGuard helicopter that went missing more than a week ago.

CES processional route changed
Central Emergency Services has changed the route of Saturday's processional honoring paramedic Cameron Carter and the crew and patient of the LifeGuard helicopter that went missing on Dec. 3.

T-200 seeking race poster submissions
Calling all pint-sized Picassos and elementary school-aged Seurats: the Tustmena 200 Sled Dog Race Association is soliciting for artwork from students in grades first through sixth for its annual poster contest.

Ray C. Olds
Longtime Kenai resident Ray C. Olds died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at home in Kenai. He was 81.

Cameron C. Carter
Kenai resident Cameron C. Carter was reported missing Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, when the LifeGuard helicopter he was working on as the flight paramedic was reported missing in Prince William Sound near Whittier. Following an seven-day search, no survivors were found and it is presumed he made the ultimate sacrifice. He was 24.

Darrell A. Duncan
Sterling resident Darrell A. Duncan died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, of natural causes at home. He was 55.

Ronald Lee Yandell
Sterling resident Ronald Lee Yandell died, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, in Anchorage of complications from heart surgery. He was 64.

Peninsula Clarion - Editorial

Common-sense approach good for state's future
Alaskans have received an early Christmas present in the form of Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed spending plan.

A fish, an opposable thumb, a bucket, and 18,000 years
The Kenai Peninsula began to emerge from the Wisconsin glaciation approximately 18,000 years ago. As streams and lakes developed, pioneering fish species such as salmon and trout began to settle into the newly available aquatic real estate. Multiple salmon and trout species may be found in the same river because they occupy different habitats and exhibit different life history strategies. For example, pink salmon spawn in the lower Kenai river and their offspring enter the ocean after hatching, while coho salmon spawn in the upper river with their young spending a few years in fresh water.

'Best meteor shower of 2007' hitting its peak
With so little snow on the ground, some outdoor enthusiasts are looking low and high for winter activities to take part in, and today would be a good day to look straight up.

Around the Peninsula
College council meeting scheduled Santa to visit Nikiski Mycological society to meet Breakfast with Santa offered Counseling association seeks members CPHC board to meet

Vanderford ready to roll
Ninilchik coach Kevin Zimmerman doesn't think it's cocky. He doesn't think it's looking too far ahead, either.

Colony wrestlers eye title
They might as well already engrave the trophy, fork it over and place it in the school's trophy case.

Soldotna defeats Nikiski
For the Soldotna girls basketball team, it was as easy as 1-1-3.

Peninsula Clarion - High School Sports

Shirnberg lights it up for Skyview
Following perhaps the most dominant performance of Richie Shirnberg's career, in the opening game of the season nonetheless, Skyview coach Red Goodwin said his star senior still had aspects of his game that need work.

Poet's Corner
Christmas candles passive glow

'Compass' needs help getting bearings
There's no doubt that "The Golden Compass" is pegged to be the biggest kid's movie of the season but, to be honest, my enthusiasm for seeing it has swung wildly from north to south and back again since the previews started appearing some six months ago.

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

One more 'Hallelujah'
This has been a landmark year for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. It is the organization's 25th anniversary year. In the final concert of 2007, KPO in partnership with the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus and Homer High School choir, will present G.F. Handel's "Messiah" in its entirety.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Funny River players to gather Collections for exhibit sought Book club a real page turner T-200 poster contest begins Kenai Performers seek members Museum plans juried exhibit Art donations sought

Stay alert, be aware of temptations power
Robert Ozment opened his book, "but God can," warning his readers about the universal danger of temptation, writing:

Sports Brief
Joe Marshall scored 13 points and Peter Ewan added 10 points as visiting Glennallen defeated Nikiski, 60-35, on Wednesday.

Browns and Bills battle for berth
Buffalo and Cleveland have more in common than being unlikely playoff contenders.

Hakkinen takes 79th in individual
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen took 79th place in a World Cup 20-kilometer individual race on Thursday at Pokljuka, Slovenia. Hakkinen continued to struggle with his shooting at the race, missing eight out of his 20 shots. Each missed shot carries a one-minute penalty, and Hakkinen finished 10 minutes, 0.1 seconds behind the leader.

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