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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Neighbors column wasn’t broke, why ‘fix’ it?
This letter is in reference to the so-called “New Neighbors Column” — is this what we, the readers of the Clarion, waited for so long to see? This “supposedly” new format? You promised us, the readers, a great new overview of our community. Does the Clarion believe that writing a “profile” on one member of each of our respective communities should be categorized as a “neighbors column?”

What’s a billion dollars worth?
The next time you hear a politician use the word “billion” casually, think about whether or not you want the politician spending your tax money.

Murkowski, Young did well in stand against Patriot Act
In reprinting a Voice of the Times editorial attacking Sen. Lisa for her stand on the Patriotic Act, should I assume the Clarion has the same opinion?

Lowe’s plans to come to Kenai
Now comes Lowe’s.

Hester jurors view photos of victim
Jurors viewed grim photographs of the scene of a Kasilof man’s death as attorneys in the murder trial of Betsy M. Hester questioned first responders in a Kenai courtroom on Thursday.

Enthusiasm without tickets will leave fans standing out in cold
Do you have your Arctic Winter Games sport blanket? Check. AWG collector’s pin? AWG beanie cap? AWG long-sleeved hoody sweatshirt? Sports bottle? Rascal the Raven doll? Check, check, check, check and you betcha. Think you’re ready for the Games then?

Augustine erupts again -- and again and again
Augustine Volcano erupted numerous times Friday morning. On an ominous Friday the 13th, the volcano 75 miles from Homer blew for 44 minutes starting at 3:55 a.m. and kept blowing, with the latest eruption at 11:30 a.m.

Maxine Reger
Former peninsula resident Maxine Reger died in her sleep Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif., with her daughter, Kathleen, and grandaughter, Jenny, at her bedside. She was 92.

Soldotna cemetery is long overdue
Soldotna likes to cultivate the reputation of being a “nice” community — friendly people, good schools, a well-developed service industry and a government that cares about its residents.

Early refuge manager Hakala loved the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
I was saddened to learn that one of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s earliest refuge managers, John Hakala, died on Jan. 3 in Fairbanks. Although I never worked on the refuge when John was its manager, he and his wife Mae were our neighbors and friends for over 20 years. And their black Labrador retriever “Musta” was always happy to see us.

Pike play havoc with fish stocking
Fish fingerlings that would have been used to stock Scout Lake will be withdrawn for use in other central Kenai Peninsula lakes now that northern pike have been discovered there, leaving the lake to become little more than a pike fishery, said Patty Berkhahn, a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Around the Peninsula
Public Invited to Action Coalition meetingHunting, trapping rule comments soughtMusical auditions heldFitness contest to help wrestlersTotem Tracers plan resource daySeniors cooking up buffetMDA seeks awards nominationsStep-family issues to be discussedCommunity group seeking membersPeninsula fair seeks membersPeninsula Fair quilters square off

Wagoner wants ANWR ultimatum
Saying Alaska needs to escalate the battle over opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, said Wednesday he has drafted a resolution calling for Alaska to stop doing business with Washington, Oregon and California.

Area lawmakers to keep eye on governor’s spending plans
State lawmakers representing the Kenai Peninsula say they’ll be eying closely spending proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski in his State of the State address delivered Tuesday.

Palmer girls nip Nikiski
The Nikiski Tipoff Tournament opened with some delightful high school basketball games Thursday as both the Cook Inlet Boys and the host Nikiski girls had chances to win with their final possessions.

Sports Briefs
Hutchison sweeps Nikolaevsk

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes Quarters lists scheduleSoldotna begins Bible studyCatholic mission continuesLeadership strategist to speakWomen’s Bible study offered

‘Going to bat’ in life, spirit
One of the greatest moments in baseball history comes from one of its true power hitters.

Sports Briefs
Team Alaska announces speedskating team

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