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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Elves recognized
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers and supporters of the Nikiski Senior Center. The Kenai Moose Lodge prepared for us a wonderful Christmas dinner. They have generously donated their time, many years now, to provide an opportunity for the Nikiski seniors to come and enjoy good company and a delicious meal. We appreciate their continued support.

Reader offers a solution
Lowly Soldotna could rise in the winter. A month ago they couldn't figure out whether to open Ski Hill. They say only 20 people play there on a good day and the hill, like the ice rink, loses money.

Keeping the planet clean is encouraged
I was sitting at home when I thought that we can take better care of the enviroment.

A positive response for kids
At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula, the new year celebration reminds us of 2007's generous giving, a charitable year that should be reflected upon with great success because you value our organization.

Reader expects more from Palin when it comes to mining
There are many Alaskans who are still waiting for our new, very popular governor to erase more of Frank Murkowski's legacy. With persistence and courage, Sarah Palin could be the best governor in Alaska's history.

Support helps club happen
The Skyview Volleyball Team Booster Club would like to thank all the businesses and families that supported the team during the 2007 season, including

Police officers' work affects kids in positive ways
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula would like to thank the following police officers for their dedication to the youth of the peninsula: Officer Kelly George, Officer Ben Langham, Lt. Kim Wannamaker and Sgt. Gus Sandahl from Kenai and Officer Tony Garcia from Soldotna.

Marshal to leave PRISM
After only one year, the state fire marshal is calling it quits as manager of the Kenai fire training center.

Clarion wants your votes for new comics
Over the last three weeks, the Peninsula Clarion has offered nine different cartoons in an effort to update our weekly comics page. Now we want you to tell us which cartoons you'd like to see in the paper.

Car chase spans 8 miles
Franklin Shor, 27, of Sterling, led police on an 8-mile long pursuit from Mile 5 of the Kenai Spur Highway to the intersection of Bridge Access and Kalifornsky Beach roads early Friday morning.

Kenai River boating safety to be addressed
While many Alaskans utilize boats for fun or to make a living by fishing, guiding, or transporting tourists, there are many dangers to being on the icy and often turbulent waters of the North but the state is working toward improving safety for boaters, specifically those taking to the Kenai River.

Council seeks large refund
The city of Soldotna believes the state is not giving it credit for extra payments it made to the Public Employee Retirement System. So, the city wants a refund.

Seaton proposes energy credit for alternative power
Rep. Paul Seaton has pre-filed a bill to encourage small-scale, alternative energy power generation in Alaska by requiring electrical utilities to offer customers the option of installing net-metering systems.

Photo feature: Mush on
A dog team runs in the cool morning air during the Clam Gulch Classic sled dog race Saturday.

Photo feature: Glimmer of what's to come
Pillars of light break through clouds hanging above Cook Inlet shortly before sunset recently. The central Kenai Peninsula is gaining more than two minutes of daylight each day as the march toward summer begins.

11 public hearings on tap
Tuesday's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting could be a long one.

Global warming to be discussed
From the plight of polar bears challenged by shrinking ice, to rising sea levels effecting Bering Sea coastal communities, it's tough go very long in Alaska without getting news related to global warming.

Wildflower expert visits garden club
Tree limbs may be laden with snow, but now's the time gardeners bend their thoughts toward spring. Gardeners break out the seed catalogs, begin planning future projects and seek out ideas from more experienced gardeners on what to grow and how to grow it.

Wallace 'Wally' Darrel Van Sky
North Kenai resident Wallace "Wally" Darrel Van Sky died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at home of natural causes, while surrounded by family. He was 87.

Claire Bela Barrett
Newborn infant Claire Bela Barrett of Corvallis, Ore., died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007.

Kasilof Community News
More than 200 people gathered at Dean Osmar's place in Cohoe on Dec. 31 to honor his wife, Sarah Armstrong, who died in a car crash.

Nikiski Community News
Good day to all my Nikiski neighbors.

Sterling Community News
One of the things I love the most about living in Sterling in the winter is the beautiful long sunrises we have. I think that living here, we sometimes get desensitized to all the beauty we are surrounded with every day. We go about out busy lives and don't take the time to slow down and really look at the view.

Soldotna Community News
In the third grade, Mrs. Halverson confiscated a newsletter I'd been circulating throughout the classroom. Unfortunately, the news included several grammatical errors and misspellings. She pointed this out as she read it aloud. Right in front of the entire class.

Ninilchik Community News
Have you noticed two young ladies laughing and having fun while shoveling snow and cleaning in the mornings at the Ninilchik Post Office during the past two weeks? They were Kristy Knox and Abi Daniels, filling in for Erin Knox, who was spending her Christmas vacation in Nome with her husband Jeriah Knox, who is working on a construction job there.

Around the Peninsula
Re-Group meeting T-200 seeks volunteers After-prom, grad meetings set Steak dinner, auction fundraiser planned

Kenai Community News
It's a brand new year. Seems like just a week ago we were celebrating the new century, and here we are at leap year again, and an election year, at that.

Around the Peninsula
Beekeepers all a buzz Peaceful people to meet Bowling tourney ready to roll Learn about foster care, adoption Counseling association offers classes Chamber accepts nominations, reservations Art donations sought Wine tasting fundraiser set

Peninsula Reflections
The Kasilof Airport is unique in the Clam Gulch-Kasilof area because the state owns it. The other eight airstrips are private. Most of them were built by people who owned an airplane and wanted the convenience of having it at their home.

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