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Friday, December 21, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Dragonfly Gallery hosts open house Bishop's Attic expands Wisdom honored Aromatherapy classes offered Harwager returns to Oil and Gas Supply Alaska USA offers mobile access Food bank donations sought

Is it worth the risk?
Placing a big bet has a thrill for some, but the money is on the line. Not the roulette wheel, but the Alaska gas pipeline, and it's a little more like a crap shoot anyway.

Socialized medicine fails
Socialized medicine has failed worldwide. Lousy service, long lines and high taxes have forced Sweden and Switzerland to move back into free market medicine.

Let the people decide tax rate
Instead of asking lawyers and judges what the people of the Kenai Peninsula want regarding our tax rate.

College day care earns low grade
As a mother of two with some college under my belt, I can think of nothing I would like more than to finish my four-year degree.

Reader: Less tax is best
Folks, do you realize that if gas is $3.30 a gallon on New Year's Eve, it will be $3.33 a gallon on New Year's Day?

Chevron's help appreciated
Frontier Community Services would like to take this opportunity to thank Chevron for their generous donation toward our Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for 24 families.

Safety event works for kids
On Nov. 17, Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula and Central Peninsula Hospital held the ninth annual Children's Snowmobile Safety Awareness event at Soldotna Middle School.

Kenai council wraps up 2007
Kenai City Council members wrapped their last meeting of the year up in less than 45 minutes on Wednesday. With no scheduled or unscheduled comments and two minor ordinances and resolutions to vote on, council members were out of the chamber no later than 7:45 p.m.

Study: Kenai, Homer bear brunt of bluff erosion
Property owners on the bluff between Homer and the Kenai Forelands could find their homes teetering on the brink of a precipice after a few short years as erosion eats their land away.

Holidays happy for merchants
Central Peninsula retailers are reporting better than average holiday sales this season and are preparing for the expected rush of last-minute shoppers over the last weekend before Christmas.

Santa's helpers need some help
Santa isn't the only one that gets busy delivering packages during the holiday season. So, too, do local post offices, which is why they are asking postal customers to regularly check their boxes.

Homer alert system tested
If you heard what sounded like a ginormous grandfather clock ringing from the Homer Spit over the weekend of Dec.8-9, you weren't alone. The eight-note chirp could be heard from downtown to up on Diamond Ridge and was followed by a voice message saying "This is a test." The tone came from five new siren towers installed in Homer, part of a new all-hazard alert broadcast system being built in Homer, Seward, Nanwalek, Port Graham and Seldovia.

Photo feature: Windshield wonderland
Blowing snow swirls around John Vin Zant as he clears ice from his windshield before hitting the road in Soldotna on Thursday afternoon.

PacRim has more work to do
Alaska and federal agencies have notified the developers of the Chuitna Coal Project that information so far submitted for environmental review is inadequate for fully assessing the potential impact of the proposed strip mine on salmon and wildlife habitat.

Realtors reassure peninsula buyers
Kenai Peninsula real estate agents reacted Wednesday with strong words and public assurances in the wake of U.S. Grand Jury fraud indictments handed down Dec. 13 against nine individuals and one corporation in the Anchorage real estate market.

Photo feature: Moonshine
The moon rises in the sky shortly after sunset Wednesday evening. With only about six hours of daylight, the moon is visible longer than the sun this week.

Larry D. Gjovig
Longtime Soldotna resident Larry D. Gjovig died, Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, unexpectedly at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 65.

LaVon Pickarsky
Willis, Texas, resident LaVon Pickarsky died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at her home. She was 66.

Dana A. Sena-Wease
Former Kasilof resident Dana A. Sena-Wease died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, in Anchorage. She was 43.

Reflections on the season of Christmas
It was December 1864 when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the words to the poem "Christmas Bells." The nation was embroiled in Civil War, and Longfellow's son had been wounded in battle. His wife had died in a tragic fire accident a few years before. The poem eventually became the carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" with a slight re-arrangement of stanzas by John Baptiste Calkin.

Peninsula riders dreaming of a white Christmas
The moderate temperatures and lack of snow this fall and early winter over much of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have delayed the opening of snowmobile season on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Around the Peninsula
DAV to meet New charter school to be discussed Cribbage tourney continues Race volunteers sought Caregiver meetings set Counseling association offers classes Wine tasting fundraiser set SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Social Security reps to visit peninsula Donations sought for military personnel

Peninsula Clarion - Community

Soldotna defeats Kenai
It didn't take very long for Soldotna to spoil Kenai's party.

Togiak girls down Cook Inlet in Classic
Only three players found the bottom of the net for the Cook Inlet Academy girls as they fell to Togiak, 48-42, in both teams' first game of the Cook Inlet Classic on Wednesday at Cook Inlet Academy.

Kardinals sweep Bulldogs
Amanda Mills scored a team-high 11 points and Hannah Delaney and Lacie Wortham chipped in nine apiece in leading visiting Kenai to a 50-38 non-conference win over Nikiski on Thursday at Nikiski High School.

'Legend' starts strong, but ...
Hollywood is full of beautiful and successful adaptations of popular novels. So many, you might say, that some years it feels like Tinseltown turns out nothing but adaptation after adaptation. Producers and studios love adaptations because: a. The story is already written for them; and b. There is already (hopefully) a built in fan base who will, ideally, mob the theater on that all-important first weekend.

Art Briefs
Writers' group to meet Collections for exhibit sought Book club a real page turner Museum plans juried exhibit Milestone moments sought Graphic Art workshop planned Art donations sought UA video contest opens Pratt seeks program proposals Short story contest begins Writers' group seeks entries Educator grant applications available Kids' reading program ongoing Reading council seeks members Kenai Performers seek members

Poet's Corner
Sometimes there will be rocks, curves, and thorns

Back home again
Many families will welcome home their loved ones in the coming weeks. This weekend, peninsula music afficianados will have the opportunity to catch up with two of their own: Keeley Boyle and Nelson Kempf once of the Tim Sturm Band, now The Old Believers will play two shows with Matt Hopper and Kate Earl.

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

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

Pigskin Pick 'em: All Day long
Watch out NFL.

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