Saturday, January 6, 2007

James Brown more than a singer
James Brown, the so-called “Godfather of Soul” died Christmas Day at 73. He is credited with influencing our present day rap, rhythm and blues and soul musicians. His passing will be memorialized with new retrospectives and old documentaries, all emphasizing his music. Brown was also known as “The hardest working man in show business.”

Reader offers recipe for cooperation
An Outdoor View (Clarion, Dec. 29) does disservice to claim the Federal Subsistence Board’s decision to establish subsistence fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof is a recipe for conflict. The FSB’s decision is not a recipe for conflict any more than a recipe for cooperation.

Veteran wants troops home
More of our youths sent to bleed and die, again, in a foreign place and in a conflict we had no business starting. I am a veteran, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Speeders giving fellow snowmachiners bad rap
After a slow start, snow has finally blanketed the Kenai Peninsula in a thick layer of white and paved the way for a seasonal breed of motorists.

Snow fans have powder aplenty
The last few weeks have seen the arrival of a snowfall finally deep enough to satisfy skiers, snowboarders and snowmachiners alike. After months of just plain cold weather, the fresh blankets of snow that have landed on the Kenai Peninsula are a relief to those who have been keeping their skis ready and waxed in the closet, waiting for the snow to arrive.

Order up: Mom, daughter to run airport eatery
The enthusiastic response from the mother and daughter planning to open the Kenai airport restaurant quelled any hesitation voiced by council members Wednesday night.

Assembly delays South Peninsula Hospital special election decision
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday delayed final approval of an ordinance authorizing a special election later this year that will ask South Peninsula Hospital Service Area voters to OK up to $16 million in bonds to complete the hospital expansion project.

Summer conference marketing Alaska food picks peninsula host
For two days this summer, people from all over the world will come to Soldotna to explore one of Alaska’s most outstanding products — food.

Calvin Munson Fair
Longtime Soldotna resident Dr. Calvin Munson Fair died Friday, Jan. 1, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with his family by his side. He was 74.

Adam Connor Williams
Sterling resident Adam Connor Williams died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at his home in Sterling. He was 2.

Progress is good medicine for community
It’s official. As of Wednesday, the “G” is gone from CPGH.

Avalanche safety all about being aware
As December began with record snowfalls, in some areas, we face the dangers of an avalanche occurring. From winter enthusiasts trekking through the backcountry to motorists on the roads, we all need to be aware of one of nature’s most dangerous calling cards.

Emergency supplies save snowmachiners
In the final hours leading up to the new year, Matthew Offrink and Trent Larson thought they would be celebrating with friends in Ninilchik, but instead found themselves wading in belly button- to waist-deep snow as they climbed a ridge in Caribou Hills to make a cell phone call letting family know they were stranded.

Groomers keeping up with snow
Ski trail groomers are working hard to keep up with heaps of snow blanketing the Kenai Peninsula this week as skiers hardy enough to handle near-zero temperatures eagerly wax their skis.

Share the refuge with a child; it will open up a brand new world
Editor’s note: This notebook originally was published on Oct. 22, 1999.

Around the Peninsula
Family classes offeredExxon litigation to be discussedSuicide to be discussedHistorical society to meetArea women to take a breakSoHi after-prom committee to meet

Kardinals take out Seahawks
Despite beating Seward by 29 points in the season opener, Kenai boys coach Jim Beeson didn’t think Thursday night’s contest against the Seahawks would be as simple.

SoHi girls blow past Seward
In the Peninsula Challenge at Skyview High School on Thursday, the Soldotna girls basketball team kept playing the way it had in posting an impressive 3-1 record at a tournament in San Diego over Christmas break.

Is your spiritual temperature hot or lukewarm?
Cold weather means some outdoor activities are more likely to take place.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes available for needyKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredClothes availableChurch conference slated

Sports Briefs
Jason Mackey takes Clam Gulch ClassicHakkinen, U.S. finish ninth

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