Thursday, December 28, 2006

Business Briefs
Chambers set schedulesSmall business center to host workshopsJA seeks volunteers

Support appreciated
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Redoubt Elementary School. You all showed such kindness, support and love to me and my husband (Trooper Larry Erickson) when it was needed. The situation that took place for my husband on Dec. 9 could have turned out quite differently than it did. Your hugs and concern for my family overwhelmed me, thank you again.

Support of music hits high note
On Dec. 15, many community musicians participated in “Evening of Christmas,” a concert of seasonal music, at Christ Lutheran Church for a wonderful audience of about 150 people.

More Santas needed
Where is the Christmas spirit here on the peninsula? Today, Dec. 20, I have been calling around and trying to find a place for my granddaughter to go and have her picture taken with Santa and there is nowhere — the Peninsula Center Mall has Santa, but only part time and no other merchant offers pictures with Santa.

Store makes space for popcorn
Nikiski Cub Scout Pack No. 654 would like to thank Doug Jung and his staff at the Kenai Safeway for allowing us to sell Scout Popcorn on a Saturday in December.

Article makes reader’s day
Developing renewable energy sources are a step in the right direction for the residents of the Kenai and the state of Alaska. The Clarion’s recent article and the growing interest in tidal and wind electric generation potential in our little corner of the world made my day.

Let’s not be a Grinch
This holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for. In Bristol Bay, we have a gift from God that keeps on giving. Each year, our clean undisturbed waters become home to millions of wild sockeye salmon that continually give birth to more fresh fish. This renewable resource keeps our fisheries one of the richest and purest in the world.

Writer opposes coal project
PacRim Coal, representing Asian coal buyers, is proposing to surface mine coal near Beluga. Known as the Chuitna Coal Project, it is currently under review by regulatory authorities. There are two reasons to oppose this project. The first regards the impact of coal removal on the Beluga area. The second regards our country’s antiquated energy policy.

Hot topic: Subsistence regs
The comment deadline is fast approaching on one of the hottest issues likely to stir Kenai Peninsula waters in 2007: proposals opening new subsistence fisheries.

Erosion issue tops list
The city of Kenai wasted little time in asking newly elected Gov. Sarah Palin to be included in the budget she submits to the Legislature for the coming year.

Governor’s bash planned for Kenai
Tickets are expected to go on sale Jan. 9 for the Kenai Peninsula Palin-Parnell inaugural ball in Kenai.

Bearup to discuss Afghanistan
Open arms welcomed Army Spc. James Bearup home as he stepped off the airplane and into the long-awaited embrace of his family. Back from Afghanistan for just 15 days, Bearup’s 16-month-old son, James, refuses to let him out of his sight.

Boyle set to come home
This holiday season, one Kenai boy is celebrating the greatest gift of all — good health.

Borough waste facilities ready to accept tired Tannenbaums
When its branches become brittle and the needles start creating more of a mess than a holiday mood, the time has come for the Christmas tree to be shown the door.

Soldotna Elementary finds new ways to teach
Erin Southwick didn’t set out to implement an innovative music and reading program at Soldotna Elementary School — she was just looking to keep working full-time.

Impaired listing sought
State regulators have finalized a decision to ask the Environmental Protection Agency list the Kenai River as a Category 5 impaired water body under the federal Clean Water Act — a category listing used to flag water bodies that fail to meet state water quality standards.

Soldotna city council prepares for contract talks
In advance of upcoming contract negotiations with police and city workers, the Soldotna city manager will be meeting in executive session with the city council tonight.

Photo Feature: Chilled moose
Fresh snow covers a moose as it rests in a yard in Soldotna recently.

Plane removed from refuge by helicopter
After more than three months of puzzling over how to remove a single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 that made an emergency landing on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this summer, a salvage crew has finally disassembled the plane and removed it by helicopter.

Peninsula merchants happy with holidays
Gift recipients weren’t the only ones pleased by diligent holiday shoppers this year. Local retailers say they reaped handsome holiday sales this year, leaving last year’s sales in the dust.

Harry F. Barnes
Longtime Kenai resident Harry F. Barnes died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

Roy Albert Mullen
Soldotna and former Anchorage resident Roy Albert Mullen died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

Roy Albert Mullen
Soldotna and former Anchorage resident Roy Albert Mullen died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 78.

Clara ‘Rachael’ Gibson
Longtime Kenai resident Clara “Rachael” Gibson died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at her winter home in Fort Mohave, Ariz. She was 73.

Edward Lee Stewart
Ninilchik resident Edward Lee Stewart died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, of natural causes at his home. He was 88.

Around the Peninsula
Middle school basketball offeredCribbage tourney continuesYouth New Year’s party slatedSoccer coaches soughtSwimming classes availableYouth volleyball, basketball offeredFundraisers for cancer victim beginKids’ winter reading program continuesWriters’ night needs authors

Around the Peninsula
Bellringers to performCommunity New Year’s party slatedCPGH open house setKids’ winter reading program continuesFundraisers for cancer victim continueAlzheimer's information availableChamber to host awards ceremony

SoHi wins in San Diego
Dani Donaldson scored 12 points as the Soldotna girls basketball team defeated El Cajon (California), 53-18, in the opening game of a tournament held in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday.

Not exactly a night to remember
Museums are fascinating places, at least for Hollywood screenwriters and directors. Often portrayed as large, even cavernous, the museum represents a place of potential wonder and danger. I mean, who knows when one of those mummies is going to come to life? Or, could it be that the dark man in that painting just turned and looked at you?

If you’re going out ...
· The Clam Shell in Clam Gulch will have a jam session at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Art Briefs
Filmmaking workshop plannedWriters’ night needs authorsCarving classes offeredNew museum open in KenaiKids’ winter reading program launchedArt contest offers tech toysPoetry Out Loud open to schoolsNative ghost stories wantedRasmuson expands arts fundAlmanac looking for writersSeward hosts race to designPuppet show film for sale

Activities abound for bringing in 2007
The new year. It’s a time of renewal, resolution and celebration. One of the big decisions as we approach 2007 is how does one choose to celebrate? So what to do if you like to go out for New Year’s Eve? Most of your favorite bars will be open. Many will have music. A few events to consider:

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