Friday, December 28, 2007

Business Briefs
What's new in your business? Chambers set schedules Builders name members of the year Classes to include cold climate findings Aromatherapy classes offered Food bank donations sought Children's cooking workshops offered Manufacturer of the Year nominations sought

Don't forget small businesses
With the gift-giving season here, it is easy to run into one of our giant department stores. It's quick and easy.

Reader against Pebble Mine
I'm with everyone who has talked out against the Pebble Mine. How can we even think of giving these bozos the right to use poisons on our precious land? Cyanide? Isn't that what makes all those people drop dead instantly in James Bond movies? They want to leave some of that behind?

Volunteers provide food for thought
On behalf of the Nikiski North Star Site Council, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers from the Lighthouse Baptist Church and the United Methodist Church who have donated their time every school morning over the past five years for our breakfast program. These individuals' typically arrive every morning at 7:30 and stay for several hours preparing food, overseeing the meal itself and cleaning up after the children have started school. Because of their efforts, over 135 children receive a nutritional breakfast each day children who otherwise might have difficulty concentrating on their academics because of hunger. As a result, these students are able to concentrate on the curriculum being taught, behave better and have higher test scores.

Golden Rule losing its luster
I read about the new house on Bear Lake Road being destroyed by juveniles, up to $10,000 in damages. This just days after reading a letter submitted by June Deitrick asking if we are too busy to teach the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you." I was compelled to write as I am discouraged with the juvenile court system, our juveniles and the parents of some of these teens.

Certificate fills the need
On behalf of the 10 recipient families, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Soldotna Rotary Club for their very generous Christmas dinner certificate through our Soldotna Safeway Deli. Your generosity has allowed these families to enjoy the true spirit of the Christmas season. Thank you.

Civic-minded spirit goes a long way for performers
How do we express gratitude for a gift that is so special that words will barely suffice? As a member of Kenai Performers, I am somewhat daunted by the task at hand, and only hope the next few paragraphs will accomplish my goal.

Letter writer needs to check information
A recent writer made some false and misleading claims about health care (Clarion, Dec. 21).

Story, efforts appreciated
Thank you for publishing Jenny Neyman's story about the Peninsula Optional High School's "Summit on Universal Human Rights and the Environment." I had the honor of listening to several of the presentations, which ranged from topics such as AIDS to women's rights. These students did a fantastic job of researching and presenting current information on some very serious subjects. In addition, each student identified what each of us can do to promote human rights and care for the environment.

Looking out for trouble
Motorists running last minute holiday errands may find an increased police presence on the roads over the next few days. Alaska State Troopers and local police are stepping up their efforts to keep impaired revelers out of their cars and off the roads this season.

Wagoner calls for energy credit
Sen. Tom Wagoner says Alaskans need an energy credit program triggered by high oil prices that would help ease the pain of home electricity bills.

River overcrowding tops KRSMA's to-do list
With more than 700 boats zipping up and down the Kenai River in search of king salmon at the peak of the July fishery, the Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board decided to put overcrowding on the river at the top of its list of most important issues.

State, borough plows staying ahead of snowfall
Successive snowstorms sometimes mixed with rain along with fluctuating temperatures have combined this week to make driving a bit hazardous on parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

Average harvest predicted
Biologists for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are predicting a reasonably good year for commercial fishermen and anglers fishing for sockeye salmon next year. The harvest should only be 200,000 fish below the 20-year average in four of the major Cook Inlet rivers including the Kenai while the sockeye salmon forecast for the Kasilof River is higher than the average.

Soldotna expansion draws an objection
Soldotna officials have not yet decided whether to annex four sections of land into the city, but one resident of a potentially impacted area let the city council know he is not interested in becoming a Soldotnan.

Bear attack: Wounds healing
It's been six months since Tom Patmor of Clam Gulch was bitten on the hand by bear while walking to the post office, and while his wounds have almost completely healed, his memories of that day have not faded.

Ice jams: Still feeling the effects
When looking back at all the destruction caused by river ice last winter, Soldotna's city manager is pleasantly surprised with what park and campground structures city workers were able to repair or replace over one summer.

Stanley Wilfred Aho
Lifetime Alaskan Stanley Wilfred Aho died on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2007, at his home on Funny River Road in Soldotna. He was 86.

Joseph Edmond Berthelot Jr.
Longtime Anchor Point resident Joseph Edmond Berthelot, Jr. died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 at his home in Anchor Point. He was 72.

Bob A. Johnston
Former Kenai Peninsula resident Bob A. Johnston died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., after losing his battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 67 years old.

Cold, hard facts about ice jams on the Kenai
It was just about a year ago that many of us were reminded just how powerful ice is.

Trails board, subsistence council seeking new members
Are you a skier that would like to see improvements made to one of your favorite trails, or perhaps a snowmachiner that would like to have better signage at four-way intersections? Do you believe you have a solution to some of the controversies surrounding fishing and hunting regulations?

Annual Audubon Christmas count slated for Saturday
The 108th annual Christmas Bird Count season is under way; tens of thousands of volunteer birders are scouring their designated areas in over 2,000 circles this holiday season throughout North America.

Around the Peninsula
T-200 poster contest continues Cribbage tourney continues Hospice plans celebration KMS volleyball camp set SoHi Class of '88 seeks information Race volunteers sought

Poet's Corner
if you are wanting to get methed out,

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

Good time to take a 'Walk': Reilly makes 'The Dewey Cox Story' more hit than miss
For a brief time in the 80s, parody was a guaranteed box office winner. "Airplane," "The Naked Gun," and "Spinal Tap," were all seminal movies, taking up the torch from Mel Brooks and influencing countless future films.

Fresh grounds, fresh sounds
What does it take to get a band off the ground?

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

Peninsula Clarion - Religion

He is the only King of Kings
It's Christmas! On farms, as well as in cities and towns across America, we celebrate the season. From New York City's Rockefeller Center, with its 84-foot-tall Norway spruce Christmas tree, covered with 30,000 multicolored lights, strung on five miles of wire, to the family tree, cut by hand from the woods or purchased at Home Depot or Fred Myer, we decorate and celebrate.

Champagne will have to wait
The 1972 Miami Dolphins need to look on the bright side.

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