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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Who should serve?
The truth is our military is few in number and spread very thin. We are fighting wars in the Middle East that never seem to end. We are also using our military in South America, trying to keep drugs from coming into our country.

Snowmachine use essential in the Refuge
Mr. Johnston's Dec. 31 Refuge Notebook was interesting but ignored crucial facts regarding snowmobile use in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR). Sections 1110 and 811 of ANILCA permit use of snowmachines in all federal Conservation System Units (CSUs), including Wilderness Areas.

Kenai signs off on CINGSA permits: City board of adjustment denies appeal
The Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska's proposed natural gas storage facility in Kenai is a step closer to reality.

Kenai home damaged in fire
A home at 113 Deepwood Court in Kenai was considerably damaged by a fire Thursday morning. No one was injured.

Playing a waiting game: KCHS teams hoping gym recovers from water damage
For the past two weeks Kenai Central High School students have been swimming or playing broomball at the Kenai ice rink for their gym classes after a broken pipe caused water damage to the school's gym floor and temporarily closed the facility.

Soldotna to add lieutenant to police department
The Soldotna Police Department's chain of command is set to receive an upgrade, thanks to a hefty grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Soldotna police arrest suspect in armed robberies
A suspect in Wednesday’s armed robbery of a Soldotna Subway shop has been arrested.

Peninsula economy looking up: Experts see bright spots as business, industry moves forward
The economic outlook on the Kenai Peninsula is looking up, said government representatives this week.

State keeping close eye on Sterling Highway erosion
There's a spectacular view of Cook Inlet and the mountains to the west near Mile 153 of the Sterling Highway, between Happy Valley and Anchor Point. If the bluff gets much closer, there also will be an excellent view of the beach, hundreds of feet below.

Joshua J. Cheeseman
Lifelong Soldotna resident Joshua J. Cheeseman died Dec. 31, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 20.

Just say no -- to drug testing
We think the Kenai Peninsula School District board and administration made the right call this week in rejecting a random drug-testing program for student athletes.

An Outdoor View: Grilling at zero
Some people think cooking outdoors is only for summer, a time they refer to as "barbecue season." At my house, it's barbecue season all year long.

Refuge Notebook: The influence of a father on a career in the outdoors
New Year's Day for me is not only a day for reflecting on the events of the past year and anticipating those of a new one, it is also the date of my late father's birthday. Born on January 1, 1910 -- the year Halley's Comet made a spectacular reappearance -- he wondered if he would live to see the comet when it returned 75 years later. He saw it return in 1985 but chuckled at its then rather lackluster return appearance. I also thought of my father earlier in December when I read a newspaper article about the overall declining number of hunters in the United States.

Perils of Polly: Should have known -- dangerous way to San Jose
Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also wrote a series of "Peril" columns in 1998 about her Australian adventures. Her perils continue in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Around the Peninsula

Public health center to close for holiday

Voices of Religion: Add this greeting to the lexicon: Happy New You!
In addition to common greetings like "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" and "Happy New Year" around the holiday season, there can be another one: "Happy New You!"

Church Briefs

Soldotna Aglow begins new session

Bears collect tough win in Wenatchee
The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the host Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild 3-2 on Thursday in North American Hockey League action.

SkyHi boys snap 40-game skid
One by one, after the hooting and hollering had subsided, members of the Skyview boys basketball team walked out of the visitor's locker room.

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