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Monday, January 15, 2007

Reader: Clarion should stick to weather reports
This is a reply to the editorial, “ACT, let it go” (Clarion, Jan. 7).

Saddam should not have been hanged
In response to the Clarion’s poll question, “Do you thing Saddam Hussein should have been put to death?” No. Supposedly he was hanged with a rather large rope for the deaths of 148,000 people in retaliation for an assassination attempt upon him.

Does Clarion disagree with right to petition government?
I strongly disagree with your editorial of Jan. 7, concerning the Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers’ efforts to find the truth. By your words, it seems the Clarion management does not like citizens having the right to legally petition their government if it causes them to change from “business as usual.” You also said it’s all right for our government to ignore the will of the people and furthermore to disobey the law if it does not favor the position of our elected officials. By your comments, when citizens take action it is undemocratic.

Team spirit helps score a goal for kids
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association’s Bantam Tier IV team wishes to extend a great big thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated time, merchandise and services to support them at their Dec. 30 fundraiser in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Game.

Soldotna hires new finance officer
Hiring a new finance officer was chief among activities Soldotna’s city manager reported to the city council Wednesday.

State ups the price of its sand, gravel
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has jacked up the prices for state-owned sand, gravel and rock, and projects on the Kenai Peninsula are going to cost more to build when state supplies are used.

Union, borough to start contract talks
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s current three-year labor contract with its union employees expires June 30, and the two sides have begun negotiations on a new contract.

Photo Feature: Cool climb
Spectators watch as racers make their way up a hill at the Kenai Golf Course Saturday during the Kenai Klassic cross-country ski meet.

Making waves
More than 500 public comments on proposed regulation changes to raise boat outboard limits to 50 horsepower and ban the dirtiest class of motors in the Kenai River Special Management Area have flooded the state, but a recent summery of the comments has not revealed the waves of support that some might have expected.

Warm, wet weather likely to continue
It is still winter out there, but the recent severe cold snap appears to have abated, and Kenai Peninsula residents are enjoying somewhat warmer weather, at least for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

Soldotna woman charges Kenai woman with providing alcohol to 16-year-old before fatal 4-wheeler accident
The Soldotna mother of a 16-year-old who died in July has filed a civil suit against a Kenai woman claiming the woman corrupted minors and bears responsibility for the death of her son.

Borough assembly may reconsider recreational taxes
Borough lawmakers will vote Tuesday whether to bring an ordinance setting an April 1 effective date for taxing recreational sales on a per-person, per-day basis back to the table.

Lawrence ‘Bud’ Snyder
Nikiski resident Lawrence “Bud” Snyder died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at home. He was 79.

Carita Ulricksen
Lifelong Alaskan and Kasilof resident Carita Ulricksen died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at Kat’s Elder Care Assisted Living Home in Kasilof. She was 89.

Grant ‘Bill’ Stafford Jr.
Longtime Homer resident Grant “Bill” Stafford Jr. died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from complications with cancer. He was 72.

Growing pains are sign of the times in Soldotna
Soldotna is having an identity crisis.

Obits: It’s all about me
Who knew I was so fabulous?

Appetite for dog training
There’s an old saying, “If you get to thinking you’re important, try telling someone else’s dog what to do.” I experienced 14 years of daily practical application of that adage with Mrs. Poynor’s dog, Philbert. It wasn’t a simple matter of Philbert not liking me. He would have had to actually acknowledge my existence in order for him not to like me. To Phil, I was a nonentity, unworthy of even passing recognition.

Volunteers Needed
The following nonprofit organizations are seeking community members interested in leading a helping hand.

Births
· Jennifer Boothe and Jason Morris of Vancouver, Wash. announce the birth of their son Connor Killian Morris on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. He weighed 5.7 pounds and measured 18 inches.

Peninsula Reflections
Alaska pioneers Regine and Jack Lewis came to the Kenai Peninsula in the early 1940s to homestead. Jack’s endeavors were trapping, commercial fishing and guiding big game hunting. They bought fishing locations on Salamatof Beach seven miles north of the village of Kenai, and the only way to get to the site was to land on the beach by airplane or dory. The fishing season opened the last week in May, so early in the month Jack would travel down Cook Inlet from Anchorage in a dory that had one Johnson nine-horse motor.

Community Schools
The following list of Soldotna Community Schools classes and activities beginning this week is printed as a reminder to preregistered participants. For more information call 262-6768.

Weddings
Cooper, Bonaventure marry in AnchorageEllis, Jorgensen wed in AnchorageHeselius, Fabrow marry in Texas

Leaving home
Willie Mae Bowen sits in an easy chair in the corner of the living room of the cozy log home just off Strawberry Road. She and her husband Jack built the home themselves after they came to the Kenai Peninsula 40 years ago.

Photo Feature: Bridging the gap
Miss Becky’s preschool class from Cook Inlet Academy are shown in this undated photo bringing care packages to Wilder Construction workers building the new bridge in Soldotna.

Peninsula People
Bob Sizemore and won the Soldotna Elks Lodge’s doubles table tennis tournament last Wednesday. Joe Szczesney and Chuck Winters placed second, and Darin Tores and Brannon Ames placed third.

Around the Peninsula
Horton coming to libraryImmunization clinic canceledMonopoly tournaments to be heldCPCS directors to meetIndoor soccer set beginSnowmachine fundraiser set to ride

Around the Peninsula
Reading carnival vendor deadline todayArea women to take a breakMaster gardeners think springCancer fundraiser set to climbNYO seeks competitorsSoHi after-prom committee to meet

Stars, Kards defeat Bartlett
After killing the first penalty of the game with 22 seconds remaining in the opening period, Soldotna coach Aaron Swanson was content taking a tie game into the locker room.

Nikiski girls win their Tip-Off Tournament
The Nikiski girls and the Hutchison boys won the 18th Annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

Sports Briefs
Hakkinen finishes 29th in sprintDaigle takes title at Dimond

Mass starts lead to mad dashes
Not only did Colony senior Ryan Van Gorder win at the Kenai Klassic at the Kenai Nordic Trails on Saturday, but he also was the only one in the lead group still standing after the finish.

Warriors take 2 from Kardinals
For most of the game, Kenai did a respectable job defending Wasilla’s big men, forcing them to miss shots they may have normally made.

Wasilla girls, boys both top SoHi 50-39
The Wasilla girls and boys basketball teams defeated host Soldotna by identical scores of 50-39 on Friday in the Northern Lights Conference openers for both schools.

Heselius, Fabrow marry in Texas
Holly Heselius of Soldotna and Carlos Fabrow Jr. of Dallas were married in an evening ceremony Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at Winfrey Point on White Rock Lake in Texas. Jimmie Pompa, the groom’s uncle, officiated.

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