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Friday, December 19, 2008

Business Briefs

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Students best interest still focus of company
Your readers may have noted recent media coverage of ongoing communications with our local union and the possibility of a strike occurring. As the school bus service contractor for KPBSD since 1985, First Student takes very seriously its responsibility to transport students to and from school safely and reliably. Therefore, I write to offer all parents, students, First Student employees, and the peninsula community reassurance about the service First Student offers and our commitment to our employees.

Borough decision could have long-lasting negative effects
Recent developments involving the proposed Chuitna coal mine should have many Kenai Peninsula residents concerned.

Public safety response was most professional
Over the last few weeks, there have been many wonderful people in our community honored for their acts of bravery and heroism displayed at Central Peninsula Hospital on Nov. 26.

Businesses, people make party special
A very special thanks to the following for help making Nikiski Fire Department's Christmas party truly special: Nikiski Recreation Center, Nikiski Senior Center, Nikiski Fire Board, Charlie's Pizza, The Bear Paw, The Tree House, Stop & Go, Sweeney's, Cold Stone Creamery, Home Depot and Beemun's.

Interesting question
With the latest attack against our president, does this mean that the Transportation Security Administration will be stepping up the threat level on our shoes when we fly?

Tree comes to life with help
A thank you from Soldotna Middle School to the Ladies Auxiliary for its yearly donation to help with the Angel Tree gifting and any assistance needed throughout the year for anyone in need.

HEA cuts needed
The recent notification that Homer Electric rate increases will be going up again doesn't surprise me. The current management at HEA, while claiming gas price increases for our rate hikes, doesn't include info on his or the board's expenditures for salaries and meetings each and every month.

School benefits from program
Nikiski North Star Elementary students and staff would like to extend thanks and appreciation to Artist in Residence Terry Inokuma.

Bus driver talks stalled: Teamsters, First Student hopeful for positive results
Negotiations between local union bus drivers and their employer First Student have "stalled out," according to Rick Traini, executive director of Teamsters Union 959, based in Anchorage.

Mayor plans ad-hoc group
Borough Mayor Dave Carey said this week that come January he would name members to an informal group to work on water issues.

Keeping them off the road: Law enforcment, bars play different roles in preventing DUIs
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at the impact of impaired drivers on the Kenai Peninsula.

Take a breath: New law requires ignition interlock for DUI offenders
Editor's note: This is the final part in a three-part series looking at impaired driving on the Kenai Peninsula.

Finding out who's naughty, nice: River use study will focus on social issues, angler experiences
This time of year, many children are extra concerned over who might be watching whether they've been naughty or nice.

Kenai congressional office to close
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter expressed her disappointment Wednesday evening at news of the closure of the congressional delegation office in Kenai.

Pebble Partnership CEO asks for patience
With all of the controversy surrounding the Pebble Mine project, it's still too early to determine whether or not the project should move forward. It's likely that naysayers and supporters alike will be forced to wait for quite some time before the project is ready for public scrutiny.

Billy D. Thoms
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Billy D. Thoms died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He was 69.

Kudos to Palin for tightening the state's belt
In this time when many of us are forced to tighten our belts, it's good to see the state doing the same.

An Outdoor View: Trying new things in Cordova
A few days ago, I called Steve Ranney, owner/operator of Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova. Modest to a fault, Steve is the kind of guy who has to be primed a bit before you can pump him for information.

Refuge Notebook: Reaching beyond refuge boundaries
When we think about the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we usually think about federal employees working on federal lands, such as the Kenai or Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuges. We don't think about these employees assisting private citizens with projects on private land. Yet, across the nation, each year, thousands of upland and wetland acres and hundreds of river miles are restored on private lands to enhance fish and wildlife habitat. This is all happening through a program called Partners for Fish and Wildlife. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007.

Around the Peninsula

Gift fair slated

Around the Peninsula

Quilt raffle fundraiser begins

Making it look easy: Substitute head coach leads Cordova past Kards
Chris Ganaski is normally the junior varsity coach for the Cordova girls. Thursday, in the Wolverines' 50-25 victory over Kenai Central in the opening round of the Kenai River Challenge, Ganaski took on a different role -- head coach.

Winning is what counts: Harvey not happy after breaking record
Cameron Harvey did all the right things on the floor.

Seward girls notch victory over Seldovia at CIA Invite
Seven players found the bottom of the net in leading the Seward girls to a 33-27 win over Seldovia on Thursday in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Academy Invitational.

Sports Briefs

Hakkinen takes 95th in World Cup

Art Briefs

Alaska Arts and Culture Conference slated

'Tis the Night Before Christmas
'Tis the night before Christmas,

Klaatu provides food for thought: Hollywood studios finally find a movie worthy of an update
'The Day the Earth Stood Still'

What's Happening

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Voices of Religion: Life changes, challenges can be overcome
Change in life is inevitable, whether we are ready for it or not. Yet it often seems the only one who welcomes change is a baby with a wet diaper.

Church Briefs

Churches offer Christmas buttons

Panthers, Giants battle for top seed
Tanking this game wouldn't be such a bad concept for the New York Giants.

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