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Friday, December 22, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSanta comes to SoldotnaBusinesses help food bank during holidaysSmall business center to host workshopsKPAR announces board members, honorsJA seeks volunteers

The smell of bankruptcy?
We have no choice but to “band together to survive” and initiate a legal defense fund to go to court to protect our livelihood and net worth. The alternative is to financially perish at the hands of the commercial fishing industry.

Peace on Earth, good will to fish
It is always important to enter the new year with some interesting facts. There has been a lot of opposition to the 50hp proposal. Eight years ago, a state parks survey stated the Kenai River was overcrowded. Three years ago sportfish division hired an Outside consulting firm for $40,000 that arrived at the same conclusion.

Reader learns much from salmon woes
Hello my name is King. King Salmon. I plan on bringing my hydrocarbon soaked body back home in July to die.

Donation makes a difference to clients
The LeeShore Center would like to thank Alaska Communication Systems (ACS) for its donation of a $2,400 DSL Internet service waiver for 2007. This generous donation allows staff to obtain current research and better serve LeeShore clients.

Ice plays havoc with city’s efforts to slow down erosion
Some rivers are simply ungrateful.

What’s in a name?
As Central Peninsula General Hospital grows into its newly built wing, other changes at the hospital will embrace a sense of place as experienced by peninsula residents, and at the same time help patients get from place to place.

Proposed mine could cost state billions says agency
Just saying “no” to the proposed Pebble Mine project could cost the state billions of dollars, according to a legal opinion from Alaska’s Legislative Affairs Agency.

Kenai engine rules idled
Quick to dive into the controversy over hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River, the Kenai City Council is now treading water as it painstakingly writes its law governing which vessels may be launched from the city boat ramp.

Peninsula students talk with space shuttle crew
When the Alaska state flag is raised 240 miles above its audience, it’s sure to get a reaction — especially if the audience is a group of 150 school children waiting at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai to chat with their state’s first astronaut.

Catching a buzz: Coffee shops featured in calendar
Heart and soul have been poured into the coffee shops of Alaska, and Susan McKeeth recognizes this. Nine of Alaska’s many coffee shops are featured in McKeeth’s 2007 “Shots of Espresso” calendar.

Bridge may be delayed
Worker safety and construction concerns due to cold weather could result in yet another delay in completing the Sterling Highway bridge in Soldotna.

Photo Feature: Winter workout
Kenai Municipal Airport worker Daniel K. Rankin shovels drifts away from vehicles in the long term parking lot Wednesday in advance of another storm predicted for today.

Yewell Rix Stubblefield
Longtime Soldotna resident Yewell Rix Stubblefield died Dec. 12, 2006, at Sun West Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility in Sun Lakes, Ariz. He was 85.

Kimberly Anderson
Kenai resident Kimberly Anderson, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 40.

Tanner Tice
Nikiski resident Tanner Tice died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, from complications of diabetes at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 5.

Deanna LaVonne Carter Rieb
Former Nikiski resident Deanna LaVonne Carter Rieb died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, in Modesto, Calif. She was 50.

Dorothy G. Anderson
Lifelong Alaskan Pioneer Dorothy G. Anderson died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, in King Salmon from a terminal illness at the home of her son, and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Lisa Anderson. She was 71.

John Manning Severe
Longtime Kenai resident John Manning Severe died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, in Soldotna. He was 79.

Chuitna project permit process vital to success
This week, the Peninsula Clarion reported extensively about the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine Project in the Beluga coal fields on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Snow comes down, skiing picks up
Although Soldotna and Kenai area skiers may not have been rewarded with as much snow as nearby communities earlier this week, conditions have improved and local skiers do have some trail fun to look forward to over the weekend.

Law enforcement goes to the dogs on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
After two years of planning, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge entered a new era of law enforcement by purchasing and training a wildlife canine unit to be stationed in Soldotna, but be available for details throughout the state.

Students to learn the ins and outs of harvesting a moose
For one snowy day earlier this month, a group of eight Kenai and Soldotna area teenagers abandoned modern life to toil away at a warm moose carcass, tugging and slicing its flesh into pieces to take home and eat.

Around the Peninsula
Alumni basketball game slatedParenting course offeredMonopoly tournaments to be heldLighting contest winners announcedReading carnival seeks vendors

Around the Peninsula
Kids get wrapped upCribbage tourney setPhone cards soughtBoys and Girls club open for holidaysMiddle school basketball offeredYouth New Year's party set to rockSwimming classes available at KCHSMCancer fundraiser sets high goalsIndian education committee to meet

A Crafty Idea
A co-op, by definition, is a cooperative store, dwelling or program. When a person talks about his “co-op,” he might be speaking of an apartment in a cooperatively owned building, a grocery store that offers local food products, or — in the case of Designed By U — a business where Alaska crafters have the opportunity to sell their wares.

‘Eragon’: It’s cool for kids
“Eragon” 20th Century Fox 1 hour, 39 minutes

Art Briefs
Holiday class offeredWriters’ night needs authorsFilmmaking workshop plannedKids’ reading program launchedArt contest offers tech toysCarving classes offered

What’s Happening
Best BetEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming eventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage events

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes available for needyChristmas Eve service setChristmas service set to rejoiceKids’ night out plannedBearup to speak at Church of GodBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredClothes availableAglow to begin Bible study

Peace on Earth is possible from the inside out
I looked at my Christmas list ... Oops! There went my blood pressure.

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