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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Writer thankful for ACT
In the Sunday, Jan. 7, edition of the Clarion, the editorial was “ACT, let it go.” It seems to me that whoever wrote this editorial, which I will name Strawman, would at the least have the decency to sign a name to the opinion it made against Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers, and also, to be a bit more clear to the public how they came to the extreme negative conclusions against ACT.

Reader: Let’s not just let it go
I’d like to respond to the Clarion’s criticism of the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers legal action in its Sunday editorial, “ACT, let it go.”

Donations ease holiday stress
Holidays can be stressful times for all of us, but for those suffering from abuse it can be a devastating and lonely time, as well. We are thankful that individuals and organizations in our area recognize this and respond so thoughtfully.

Alaska has ignoble domestic violence title
On a per capita basis, Alaska ranks first in the country for the number of women killed by their intimate partner, the head of the Kenai women’s shelter told Soldotna business leaders Tuesday.

Snow doesn’t make winter merry for moose
When the snow grows deep, skiers, children armed with sleds and snowballs, and other outdoor recreationists happily frolic outdoors. But not everyone cheers at the sight of more white, and if you watch the wilderness and roadsides during this snowy winter you may see a sullen-faced character not at all happy about the snow.

Businesses unhappy with Soldotna’s proposed sign rules
Soldotna businessmen don’t approve of proposed changes to the city’s sign regulations.

Borough hopes to pick counsel for school funding lawsuit by next week
Bids from attorneys hoping to represent the Kenai Peninsula Borough in its proposed lawsuit against the state of Alaska over inequitable funding for borough schools are expected in by today.

Bobby E. ‘Gene’ McBride
Alaska pioneer and longtime Homer resident Bobby E. “Gene” McBride died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, surrounded by his family at his home on East End Road. He was 80.

Plane crash tragedy brings hero to light
Tuesday started out like any normal day in the newsroom. Reporters filed in, checking their e-mails, returning calls and generating story ideas for Wednesday’s paper.

Climate change on the Kenai Peninsula: Cooked moose?
When Franklin Roosevelt established the Kenai National Moose Range in 1941, it was to protect the habitat of the “giant Kenai moose,” then considered a subspecies unique to the peninsula. Although we now know our moose were simply big and our name has changed to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the moose continues to be our patron saint.

Moose gone wild
On a late December day Tobie Hansen was running his 12-dog team on a trail in the Kasilof area when he met with an unexpected attacker. A moose, spooked by Hansen’s team, reared up on her hind legs and then weaved through his dog team as she tried to stomp on his dogs.

Fresh snow frosts peninsula ski trails
Freshly fallen snow has softened some trails, but trail groomers say trail conditions remain good for people looking to burn some energy on cross-country skis after a cold snap that had some huddling indoors for several days.

Outdoors Briefs
Bids to ride with mushers soughtProgram seeks young fishermen

Around the Peninsula
Tickets for inaugural ball availableFamily classes offeredHistorical society to meetSteak feed fundraiser setCPHC board meeting slatedGenealogical Society to meet

Nikiski girls nip Skyview
Nikiski’s Hannah Thompson went scoreless through the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game against Skyview.

Kenai boys run wild vs. Delta
The host Kenai Central boys basketball team scored early and often on Thursday to defeat Delta Junction 88-57 in nonconference action.

Your year to overcome fear
Fear is a monster that stalks us all, bringing depression, stifling abilities, draining energy, diminishing courage and robbing life of adventure and success.

Church Briefs
Church conference slatedMatrix Church set for SundayKids’ night out plannedBible study group to meetShaping your life class offeredSoldotna Aglow to meetClothes available

U.S. men finish 7th in biathlon relay
The U.S. men’s relay team finished seventh on Thursday in a World Cup relay in Ruhpolding, Germany.

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